Our Story


Doctors Direct launched in 2016 as part of NHS Professionals. Doctors Direct is wholly owned by the Department of Health; and is a leading provider of locum services to the NHS.  

Our aim


Support NHS Trusts across the UK with quality, cost effective locum cover


Care for our patients and their families with first class doctors.


Doctors Direct are an alternative to expensive private agencies, despite offering the same competitive rates we do not charge the expensive agency fees. Profits we make go directly back into the NHS, meaning locum shifts worked through us support your local trust and save money for the NHS.


In 2017 we saved nearly £2 million for the NHS by reducing agency commission charges, migrating agency locums to Doctors Direct and by locums working their shifts through our Direct Engagement model. We aim to triple this figure over the next 5 years. 


Why Choose Doctors Direct


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We are 100% committed to

  • Delivering savings to NHS Trusts.
  • Guaranteeing compliance.
  • Controlling costs & expenditure.
  • Improving the quality of patient care.

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