Over 800 GP locums sign up to NHSmail

3rd September 2020 by NASGP

Over 800 GP locums sign up to NHSmail

Over 800 GP locums have signed up for NHSmail since NASGP promoted the opportunity to its members, NHS England has reported.

After years of campaigning with the BMA, in March the NASGP announced that NHSmail was finally opening to GP locums.

Figures from NHS England and NHS Improvement show that in the 15 weeks after registration opened to GP locums in April, over 800 NHSmail accounts had been created. At its peak, over 250 requests were made every week, and NHS England is still receiving around 10 requests a week.

Admins advised that they had also had a number of requests that hit roadblocks: GPs who apply for NHSmail must be on the NPL and GMC register and provide a full GMC number. The scheme can’t accept GP registrars yet.

The NASGP has campaigned for NHSmail for GP locums through years of being locked out, and we’re delighted to see NHS England delivering the benefits GP locums deserve from NHS systems.

Our FAQ on NHSmail email addresses explains how to sign up.

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"I started using LocumDeck as one of our locums used it. It was easy to see her availability and when bookings are made I get confirmation of the booking and can view them on the calendar too. When invoices are sent, I can see it on the site, and digitally sign the pension form (this is one of the best bits!). It would be good if all locums used it, as then it would be so much easier for me to track my bookings and check their availability without emailing or texting them, waiting for a reply and then emailing back to confirm. It’s a great place for their documents to sit also. I can access it from home or my mobile which is useful as when I am not in surgery is when I usually need a locum!"

Debbie, Practice Manager in St Ives

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