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Career Focus

Interview and travel expenses

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 19 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:s270
  1. Turab Syed, specialist registrar in orthopaedics
  1. Milton Keynes General NHS Trust

When shortlisted for interviews ring human resources to confirm that you are attending. Most hospitals provide overnight accommodation in hospital or pay for it outside (see web extra). Keep all the receipts of the travelling (expenses for rail travel, food, drink, etc) and claim from human resources. (Do not forget to get receipts for any parking at or travel to airports, which can be reimbursed as well.) Here is a rough guide of expenses that you can claim for.

  • Night's subsistence: commercial accommodation

    —Actual receipted cost of B&B (bed and breakfast) up to £55, plus

    —Meal allowance of £20 to cover the cost of main evening meal and any other daytime meal.

  • Night's subsistence: non-commercial accommodation

    —You can stay with friends and relatives or in caravan accommodation (while on an interview or course) and can claim at a flat rate of £25 a day. This includes an allowance for meals and no receipts are required for this

  • If you require accommodation, especially accommodation for a married couple, at your new job ask at the interview as usually a member of human resources is present

  • If a job is offered confirm in writing with your requirements, for example, accommodation for a married couple. Confirm how many beds you require

  • Also confirm from human resources the relocation expenses they are willing to pay. They should pay in full the cost of relocation and will usually ask you to obtain three quotations and use the cheapest. It is easier to use removal firms as it saves you the headache of packing and unpacking. Check with the hospital as most have a preferred removal firm. To get quotations look up in yellow pages ( and request written quotations. But remember that there is no point in getting a cheap quotation from a firm who are not free on the day you are moving.


  • Embedded ImagePlease go to web extra at for more information and advice for overseas doctors about practical and financial matters (different sorts of bank accounts and how to set up an account, and how to get a driving licence) by Turab Syed.

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