NHSmail for locum GPs

If you're a locum GP you can now get an NHS email address – find out how to apply and what you need to do if you already have one.

Location: England
Audience: GPs
Updated: Wednesday 25 January 2023
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NHSmail is live for locum GPs in England. This means that all locum GPs are entitled to an NHS email address. This will allow you to share patient and sensitive information securely with your practice and access local and national updates as part of the network.


New access for locums

NHSmail provides a collaborative platform for health and social care professionals to share information through secure email.

After campaigning from the BMA, NHSmail for locum GPs went live in March 2020. It is an important step in the recognition of the value and importance of locum GPs within primary care.


How to apply for an NHS email address

Apply for NHSmail 

You should enter the requested data as it appears on your GMC registration. There is detailed guidance on how to complete the form, should you need it.

NHS England will then contact you using the email address you have registered with the GMC, please ensure this is up to date first.

Your email address will be compiled using your GMC and national performers list information in the convention [email protected] or [email protected].

You can only have one NHS email address.

If you have issues with the sign up process, you can email [email protected].

If you already have an NHS email address

If you already have an NHS email address from your role as a salaried GP or partner, you are entitled to keep it. However, if you wish to be move to the GP locum part of the NHSmail service please contact the NHSmail helpdesk at [email protected].

You can explain that you need this to access certain courses such as online safeguarding training, for NHS appraisal, and as a GP to pass information securely about patients.

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