After nearly 20 years of campaigning, both by NASGP and the BMA's GPC Sessional GP Committee, and more recently working closely with a great team of people at NHS Digital, NHSmail is being rolled out for all locums on the National Performer's List (NPL) who don't otherwise yet have one.
Because of the special privileges that NHSmail can give you, your application will need to be cross-referenced between your entry on the NPL and your GMC record, and emailed to your GMC-registered email address. Further upgrade work is currently being done on the NPL, so some locums may find that their application has to be delayed until the summer.
All GPs are eligible for an NHS email ('NHSmail') account, regardless of whether you're a partner, locum or salaried, and is an essential requirement for your practise as a GP in the NHS.
From March 2020, GP locums in England can register online.
If you're not in England, either ask the IT person in a practice that you get on well with to 'sponsor' you, but failing that your local Primary Care Organisation, or its equivalent, is under obligation to issue you with one.
If you already have an NHS email address from your role as a salaried GP or partner, probably 'branded' with your practice's name, you are entitled to keep it. Speak to your local IT helpdesk (CCG or equivalent) and they will simply change your 'brand' to the CCG's or equivalent.
Don't take no for an answer, and explain that you need it to access certain courses such as online safeguarding training, for NHS appraisal (in many cases) as an appraisee, and as a GP to pass information securely about patients.
If your NHSmail address is Dr Dan Fantastic (Burberry Surgery), and you want to change it to Dr Dan Fantastic (GP Locum), ask your organisation to mark you down as a 'leaver', then contact email@example.com, using your NHSmail account, requesting they mark you as a ‘joiner’ to the GP Locum organisation.
- NASGP work with NHS England to help as many NASGP locum members in England receive one every September (not April), so please make sure that you've updated your NASGP membership with your country, GMC number and GP status.
- Salaried GPs should organise distribution through their practice; if you're a locum and salaried/partner, you'll receive a BNF via your practice - NHS England will only send you one if you're not otherwise listed as a partner or salaried GP. We can't guarantee that NHS England will provide one, as they have ultimate control over distribution and distribution is dependent on available supplies.
- In Scotland, the Local Health Boards (or equivalent) distribute the BNF so please contact them.
- If you live in Wales or Northern Ireland, your local Health Authority still has responsibility so you need to send your contact details to the chief executive of your Health Authority.
There is the online eBNF, or the BNF smartphone/tablet apps.
If I didn't receive my BNF?
- NASGP acts as a third party by sharing your details with NHS England's agent Binleys once a year, and they then cross-check our list against their own. If they see you on a different list e.g. on a previous practice (partner or salaried) they'll send it to that practice instead. We suggest check with your old practice (if you had one within the last 18 months), or if not contact Binleys direct.
- NASGP submits its list once per year in July ready for the September BNF mailing of that year (usually posted end of October and beginning of November of that same year). If you join the NASGP after July, you won't be able to receive a BNF via the NASGP until the following year.
- NASGP can not supply BNFs if NHS Englands allocation to Binleys has run out, and can not guarantee that you will receive a copy. Please direct all queries about non-supply to Binleys.