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NHSP for Doctors Direct

We run a wide range of events to help our Doctors continue their professional development throughout their time with us.
Yes. NHS Professionals is a Designated Body with a Responsible Officer and we are able to make a revalidation recommendation for Doctors connected to NHS Professionals. To find out more about revalidation through Doctors Direct, please contact the Doctor’s Clinical Governance department by emailing DoctorsClinicalGovernance@NHSProfessionals.nhs.uk

We'll get in touch whenever a post comes up that suits your skills and experience. You can also put yourself forward for shifts on NHSP:Connect, our online system. It’s also possible to contact the Trust directly, so their Booking Manager can log you on the system.

Ask your Trust Liaison Coordinator for a form.

It depends on the specific Trust, but Locums working through Doctors Direct will often be paid one week after their shift.

Please contact your Trust Liaison Coordinator, who will arrange for your information to be updated.

  • It is the professional duty of the doctor themselves to ensure that they are safe to return to clinical practice
  • Doctors must identify and address issues arising from absence and help set in place the necessary processes to support them to update their skills and knowledge[ii]. This process is likely to require collaboration with bodies including their employer, designated body, appraiser, etc.

A TLC is an NHS Professionals Trust Liaison Coordinator. They provide dedicated on-site support to our partner Trusts.

Doctors Direct is NHS Professionals' medical locum service. We provide NHS Trusts across the UK with a bank of temporary, flexible Doctors. Our service saves money for NHS Trusts because, while we offer the same salaries as independent agencies, we don’t charge the same expensive fees. 

We have team members based at each of our partner Trusts, who provide support and assistance wherever necessary, as well as a dedicated Head Office team, who manage staff supply and demand right across the country.

  • A significant number of doctors take breaks away from clinical practice for reasons including family (e.g. maternity or paternity leave), academic research or sabbaticals for travelling
  • Evidence suggests that clinical skills are lost rapidly during time away from practice
  • Therefore, when doctors return to work after a break they should do so in a way which prioritises patient safety and minimises professional risk to themselves

Each of our partnered Trusts has their own TLC. Call us on 0845 302 7410 to get the contact details for your local TLC.

We run a wide range of events to help our Doctors continue their professional development throughout their time with us.
Yes. Many Doctors who are substantively employed at Trusts work additional shifts through NHS Professionals.
NHS Professionals follows the Agenda for Change pay structures for the assignment undertaken, based on the assignment codes.  There may be certain exceptions where Personalised Pay Rates are paid for specific assignments.

Yes, however if you have up-to-date Occupational Health records you may not need further immunisation/vaccinations.
Please allow up to half a day for the process. This will enable us to meet you and to assess your experience and skills. It will also give you the opportunity to find out more about us.
You will find an NHS Professionals office at each of our client Trusts, where a Trust Liaison Coordinator will be able to verify your documents. You can also get your documents verified by a member of the Doctors Recruitment team. Email the team at drs@nhsprofessionals.nhs.uk or call them on 0845 302 7410.
Just click the ‘Apply’ tab on this website and follow the simple instructions on the page. Alternatively, email a copy of your CV to drs@nhsprofessionals.nhs.uk. A member of the recruitment team will aim to be in touch within 48 hours.

You can contact the Doctors Recruitment team by:

The first stage, which begins soon after you register your interest, is our screening process. If you pass this, we will send you an application pack to complete. You’ll then need to send it back to us with your verified documents.

Next are our pre-employment checks, including a DBS, Occupational Health clearance and professional reference checks. Once you have passed these, you will be sent a welcome pack including your new NHS Professionals ID badge.

For more information about DBS checks, visit the dedicated government website.

You need at least six months’ experience, gained in the NHS within the last two years.
If you just want to work at one Trust, you can register using our Trust Exclusive Bank process. Just send your application documents to our recruitment team and we’ll process them while you work. That way you can get paid sooner.

If you want to do Doctors Direct shifts at a range of Trusts, however, you will need to go through the full application process before you can start work.

You can find a list of the Trusts we are actively recruiting for on our website. We also have opportunities at a growing number of Trusts right across the UK.
Once registered with NHS Professionals you will be assigned a Placement Officer, who will keep you informed of any suitable placements that come up. You can also see all available shifts on NHSP:Connect.

You need to provide two references (unless you are applying for a Consultant post, in which case you will need three). References are important because they allow us confirm who you are and that you meet NHS Professionals’ high standards.

Your referees should be supervisors (Consultants) who have worked with you in the last 12 months. If you are a Consultant, one of your referees should be the Medical Director from the Trust you most recently worked for.