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.