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. 


Go Direct

With Doctors Direct


Join Doctors Direct and you’ll receive a £200 amazon voucher*

Working locum shifts through Doctors Direct can help save your trust money. As part of the NHS family, Doctors Direct reduces the reliance that your trust may have on expensive agencies and helps save money, whilst still offering you competitive rates of pay.

Doctors Direct also have several other member benefits that you will receive on joining us, these include:

  • Your own dedicated contact
  • Work flexibly with shifts that suit you
  • Competitive pay
  • Book and review shifts easily online
  • Appraisal and revalidation support


How to join

As you are already known by the trust, either by being substantively employed, or currently working locum shifts, you can select to register via our bank exclusive route.

If you apply through our Bank Exclusive route the following pre-employment checks will carried out:

  • DBS check
  • Occupational Health Clearance
  • References

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Once your application has been accepted you will be able to work locum shifts through Doctors Direct at your trust. To complete your application, continue working with Doctors Direct and receive your £200 amazon voucher you must complete your milestones within 6 weeks. These are set in relation to the pre employment checks required.

Claiming your voucher

Your dedicated Doctors Direct contact will issue your voucher via an email voucher code. Once your application has been completed and your hours worked. They will confirm on application submission the T&C’s of the incentive and that your application has been made within the incentive period.

*This incentive applies if you register to join Doctors Direct through our bank exclusive route between 14.10.19 - 31.12.19. You will need to complete your milestones within 6 weeks and work at least 100 hours by 31.01.20 to receive your £200 Amazon voucher. This incentive is eligible to doctors applying to work at Pennine Acute NHS Trust.


Why Choose Doctors Direct


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Alex Bunn

There was never any one thing that drew Alex to study medicine, just something that drew him to it, and a love for it that is compounded by a supportive team right from his very first day.

Gabriela Land

At just 5 years old Gabriela knew she wanted to be a doctor. Growing up with a seriously ill parent made her acutely aware of the impact a doctor has on the lives of patients, and their families.

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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