About Doctors Direct

Doctors Direct, which is a part of NHS Professionals, is wholly owned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). We are a leading provider of locum services to the NHS and work with partner NHS Trusts across the country.

By working with a variety of NHS Trusts, including acute, mental health and community hospitals, we are regularly recruiting doctors of all grades and specialities to provide care. Whether you’re looking to enhance your skill set, gain more experience, or to explore different specialities, Doctors Direct can offer you the opportunity to work within your chosen area.

In order to work with us, you will need a GMC licence to practise and 6 months experience in an NHS setting within the past 2 years.


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Why Choose Doctors Direct


Our dedicated Doctors Direct team are here to help 24/7 365 days a year. You can call Doctors Direct on 03330 143 652. Please note, this number will only be able to help you with questions relating to our Doctors Direct service.

Our aim

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

Care for patients and their families with first class doctors.

Our members play a key role in helping the NHS continue to deliver world-class care. Working through Doctors Direct enables our members to support NHS colleagues and Trusts manage their capacity during peak times. Profits we make go directly back into the NHS, meaning locum shifts worked through us help support your local Trust whilst saving money for the NHS.





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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.

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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.