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Why join Doctors Direct?


Whatever your background or story, your role is vital to the NHS, every locum we employ makes a real difference to patients’ lives every day.

We value your skills, dedication and commitment in supporting your local trust and the NHS, and we believe together we can continue to deliver world-class healthcare service to our patients. 

Our locum service

Doctors Direct is a locum service by NHS Professionals. Our aim is to provide NHS trusts across the UK with quality, cost-effective locum cover. We offer the same competitive pay rates as private agencies, without the expensive agency fees. Doctors Direct is owned by the Department of Health, meaning profits made go directly back into supporting our NHS, and your NHS trusts.

Whether you’re looking to enhance your skill set, gain more experience or simply earn extra money, Doctors Direct can help you achieve this. Upon application, you will be assigned a dedicated contact who will remain your point of contact at Doctors Direct. They will support you through the application process, assist you with bookings and payment and be there to answer any queries that you have. In addition to your dedicated contact, you will also have an onsite team based at each of our client trusts. The Doctors Direct team also run a quarterly drop-in sessions at each trust where you can meet the team, find out about exciting incentives we have running and get any questions you have answered. Find out when your nearest drop-in session is on our events page.

Member benefits 

  • Weekly pay
  • First choice of shifts
  • Book and review shifts easily online
  • Have your own dedicated contact and onsite team
  • Competitive rates of pay


There are currently 2 membership options for you to join Doctors Direct as an NHS Locum. If you have previously worked at one of our partner trusts and would like to work shifts within that trust only, you can join with our Bank Exclusive membership. Alternatively, if you are not permanently employed by one of our partner trusts and would like the flexibility of working at any of our NHS trusts, you can apply through the Bank Only route.


For more information about the membership types we offer please see our FAQ’s or call the Doctors Direct team on 03330 143 652

Pre-employment checks

If you apply through our Bank Exclusive or Full membership the following pre-employment checks are carried out:

  • DBS check
  • Occupational Health Clearance
  • References

If you have concerns about any sanctions on your license please inform our recruitment team at the point of joining.


Applying for full membership with Doctors Direct will require you to also complete the following mandatory training: