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Partnering With Doctors Direct

Doctors Direct are committed to the values and principles of the NHS. We are solely owned by the Department of Health (DH), and our entire focus is providing patients with world class care by working in partnership with Trusts across the country.

We are an alternative to expensive private healthcare agencies. Despite offering the same competitive rates we do not charge the expensive agency fees and profits we make go directly back into the NHS. By partnering with us every time a locum works a shift though Doctors Direct money is saved for that Trust and the NHS.


Partnering with us provides the following benefits:

  • Highest standards of Clinical Governance
  • Comprehensive management information service tailored to your needs
  • Dedicated on-site team and 24/7 service centre offering support everyday of the year
  • Assured patient safety through the highest quality care
  • Innovative Workforce Programmes customised to your trust

Doctors Direct offer a tailored service to meet the specific needs of the locum market. Part of our service includes a dedicated team that are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In addition to this we have local onsite teams supporting trusts and locums at each of our partner trusts.


Our service includes:

  • A bespoke IT platform that handles ordering, fulfilment and on boarding of temporary locum doctors
  • Agency Migration capabilities to support partner trusts reduce agency costs and migrate supply away from high-cost agencies
  • An ability to support multiple engagement types, including enabling a trust to directly engage with a worker from any source (bank or agency)
  • Management information reporting
  • Highest standards of governance and assurance. We are a designated body with our own Responsible Officer


Through Bankshare® we offer neighbouring Trusts the option to join together and share their bank of substantively employed locums.

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Direct Engagement

Through Direct Engagement, Trusts have greater transparency in costs and greater control over the supply process. Paying the workers directly also means the NHS has influence over Doctors’ rates of pay which could create a more regulated pay system.

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Agency Support

We recognise that recruitment agencies do perform an imperative role by helping align the temporary workforce with demand to ensure safer staffing levels at Trusts can be met. Therefore our team are available to support recruitment agencies at our client Trusts, providing administrative and technical support.

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