‘The team at NHS Professionals are incredibly supportive and are always on hand to assist with queries’

Frequently Asked Questions

Applications should be submitted through the NHS Jobs website www.jobs.nhs.uk, which can be accessed via the 'Apply now' buttons on this website.

Yes. You can email a copy of your C.V. to drs@nhsprofessionals.nhs.uk . A member of the recruitment team will aim to contact you within 48 hours of receiving your C.V.

You are required to have at least 6 months experience, gained within the last 2 years, in the UK and in an NHS setting.

Yes, however if you have up-to-date Occupational Health records you may not need further immunisation/vaccinations. 

Yes, you will need to reapply. If you have not worked for NHS Professionals for 6 months your details will have been archived.

All applications are subject to basic screening criteria. Following successful screening all applicants must satisfactorily complete all pre-employment checks and attend training. You may have been unsuccessful for various reasons e.g. lack of relevant experience. You can reapply after 6 months.

Yes, many doctors undertake additional placement opportunities through NHS Professionals whilst being substantively employed. 

You can go to the NHS Professionals' office in your Trust, where a Trust Liaison Co-ordinator will verify your documents. Alternatively a member of the Doctors Recruitment team can arrange for this to be done. The Doctors Recruitment team can be contacted by email drs@nhsprofessionals.nhs.uk or telephone 0845 302 7410.

To see a list of the Trusts we are actively recruiting for click here. We also have opportunities at a growing number of Trusts across the country. 

For a list of our current locum opportunities visit NHS Jobs by clicking here. Once registered you will be able to view specific placement opportunities by logging on to NHSP:Online via the 'Login' link on each page.

We aim to turn around your application as quickly as we can. It takes time because we're thorough, which is good for you, good for the NHS and good for patient safety. The time it takes depends on several factors including providing us with full and correct information as well as working with us to ensure that you attend an interview, complete your training and ensure that your referees reply to us as soon as possible.  

No, however you will be required to meet with an NHS Professionals representative to have your documents verified.

Once you have submitted your application, it is subject to screening. If your screening is successful you will be sent an application pack to be completed and returned to us with your verified documents. We will then complete several pre-employment checks including a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service, previously Criminal records Bureau) check, an Occupational Health clearance and professional reference checks. Once these checks are satisfactorily completed you will be sent a welcome pack containing your NHS Professionals ID badge.

Please note that DBS usually takes 7-10 days for doctors. To check your DBS status online you will need your DBS form reference number (E00…) and your date of birth. To obtain the reference number you can either call us on 0845 302 7410 or call the Disclosure Barring Service direct on 0870 909 0844, stating the personal details required. 

To track your status online click here then type your E00 reference number, your date of birth and click enter.

You should receive your application pack within 10 days of completing the application process. If after this time you have not received your pack please call us on 0845 302 7410.

NHS Professionals complies with the requirements outlined in the prevention of Illegal Working, Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. For more information please consult the UKBA website by clicking here.

It takes an average of 7 days to receive feedback. The feedback will inform you of the next steps specific to you. 

You need to provide 2 referees if you are a training grade and 3 referees if you are a career grade (e.g. Consultant or Associate Specialist). You need these references to be approved before you can work placements for NHS Professionals. 

Your references should be supervisors (Consultants) you have worked with in the last 12 months. If you are a career grade, one of these references needs to be the Medical Director from the Trust you have most recently worked for.  

The Doctors Recruitment team can be contacted by:

Telephone 0845 302 7410 (09:00 - 17:00) or by  Email drs@nhsprofessionals.nhs.uk

Our accounts payable team can be contacted by post:

NHS Professionals
E01 Payables 7095
Phoenix House
Topcliffe Lane
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
WF3 1WE

Please post a passport compliant photo of yourself, accompanied by written verification of your identity supplied by your local Trust Liaison Coordinator, to:

Doctors Recruitment team
NHS Professionals
3rd Floor, Edward Hyde Building 
38 Clarendon Road
Watford
WD17 1JW

Please ensure that you print your name on the reverse of the photo and include a cover note to explain your requirement. 

A TLC is an NHS Professionals Trust Liaison Coordinator, providing on-site support to the NHS Trusts that NHS Professionals works in partnership with. 

Please contact us on 0845 302 7410 to obtain the contact details for the appropriate TLC. 

Locum Bank Only Doctors - Do not hold a contracted post within one of our partner NHS Trusts, and only work placements through NHS Professionals.

Locum Substantive Doctors - Hold a contracted post within one of our partner NHS Trusts and works additional placements through NHS Professionals at that Trust only. 

Yes. You will be able to view and book placements via logging into the NHSP:Online system. We will also contact you to discuss suitable placements and you are under no obligation to accept. 

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

You can find out more information about the NHSP Stakeholder pension by clicking here.