This process can often feel more upsetting because of the extended periods of time you will have to wait while trying to continue your work and build similar routines in a new environment. Generally, these delays are caused by the amount of paperwork you are required to submit to access your profession in a new country. At times like these it’s important to remember to stay positive, the journey might seem complicated but, in the end, it’s going to be worth it.
The biggest challenges
I worked as a paediatric dentist in Ukraine for 16 years before having to relocate to the UK. I decided to start my journey as a dental hygienist and dental therapist, as I believed it would allow me to continue my work within a shorter timeframe. Paediatric dentistry is my passion. Children come to us in pain, unable to eat or sleep, and often scared. My life’s work has been improving their quality of life and making a difference. When I relocated, I knew it would be a long time before I would be able to practise again, however, I felt like I had a duty to continue my work and help children in a country that supported me during a very difficult time.
Throughout the course of my application, the biggest issue I faced was staying positive through such a long process. I applied for my GDC registration as a dental hygienist and dental therapist back in February 2023, and I had to complete more than 60 hours of CPD courses and provide a great number of forms along with an official translation of my 250 pages syllabus from dentistry school. This was a challenge, not only because it was quite costly but, as there is still an active war in Ukraine, it took around six months for me to receive the full document.