Before he left Syria, A was an ENT Surgeon. He was keen to continue with his career but, with very limited funds and no support, he was finding it difficult to find a way to do this. His problems came to light during his Initial Assessment with the This Way 4 English Team and subsequent ESOL Zoom lessons. With a lot of support and reassurance he was finally able to get some sponsorship from Refuaid to allow him to take the necessary English for Healthcare Workers (OET) exams to allow him to practice in the UK.
However, he needed to have his certification attested by a notary. Initially he was told this would cost him £120 which is way beyond his means. His GP was unable to help him with attestation. With a lot of effort and tenacity the team was able to find a solicitor who would attest his documents for him at a very reduced costs – though still a lot for an asylum seeker on very limited funds.
He undertook his exam on 11/10/20 and has been able to register as an ENT doctor under the new Covid-19 scheme. It usually takes 2 weeks to get the results and if he passes, he will be able to work as an asylum seeker assistant doctor, which is brilliant! He is still attending Zoom sessions to improve his fluency.