Doctors Direct


Providing NHS Trusts with quality, cost effective locum cover.

Working in partnership with NHS Trusts, we provide cost-effective, safe, reliable and quality assured doctors either on a locum, fixed term or substantive basis.


About the service

Doctors Direct employ doctors ready to work locum shifts so that NHS Trusts don’t have to. We help Trusts save time and money, without compromising on patient care and safety.

Our doctors fill significantly more than 1million locum hours for our clients every year, and with members at a range of grades and specialities, we are confident that we have the flexible workforce to meet your needs.

Behind the scenes, our specialist teams manage recruitment, HR, payroll, member benefits, education, appraisal, revalidation, complaints and performance management. We also take responsibility for all back-office administration to ensure that our members’ shifts run smoothly.

Our workforce has the highest levels of clinical governance, ensuring that our partner Trusts and their patients are always in safe hands. Partnering with us gives Trusts the opportunity to focus on what’s important, patient care.


Who are Doctors Direct?

Doctors Direct, by NHS Professionals, are the market leader in managed locum services. Our doctors work in places to care throughout England. Wholly owned by the Department of Health and Social Care, we reinvest any surplus made back into the wider healthcare economy.


Benefits to your Trust

  • Access to a pool of highly trained, flexible doctors where and when you need them
  • Work in partnership with neighbouring Trusts, engage staff through our Bankshare system at agreed rates and no commission to pay
  • Our dedicated agency support team assists you with day-to-day queries, cascading and tiering. Self-bill and consolidated invoice solutions result in less administration and more efficient invoice management
  • Save time and money thanks to NHS Professional’s purpose-built IT infrastructure, which leaves you nothing to install, upgrade or maintain.


How do I get more information?

Contact our specialist team today to find out more and join Trusts throughout England who are already experiencing the benefits of Doctors Direct in their hospitals on: