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Recently one of the mentees, a doctor with a General Practice background from Afghanistan from our first cohort, was successful in getting through his IELTS. He had made a number of attempts and despite achieving high scores on the speaking, reading and listening components, he had always just missed the required 7.0 in the writing component. He is delighted and is looking forward to completing PLAB 1 in June, then PLAB 2 and registering with the GMC.

He managed this, despite the discouraging repeated failures, through his determination to return to a profession he loves. He sent an email to thank his mentor, 'Your advice and guidance really helped me to regain my confidence and finally pass the IELTS. Thanks a lot for all your support so far.' His mentor will continue to support him through PLAB 1 and 2.

Refugee doctors looking to join this scheme should first contact Louise Salmon at RAGU, the Refugee Assessment and Guidance Unit at London Metropolitan University.