Connecting clinical expertise to patient care

What is NHS Emeritus?

NHS Emeritus is an initiative to connect recently retired clinicians across the country with organisations and teams looking to reduce waiting times for outpatient care. Telehealth technology enables highly skilled clinicians to deliver outpatient care remotely, fitting in as much or as little as they would like to do around their other interests, activities and commitments.

Whilst not having an exclusive focus on remote delivery, the pilot aims to make optimal use of technology, enabling clinicians to deliver care remotely and flexibly, when clinically appropriate and practically feasible.

It has been set up to help reduce the number of patients waiting for outpatient appointments by enabling retired specialists to support elective recovery efforts.

Benefits of joining as a clinician

  • Work flexibly, from any location in the UK, to suit both your requirements and expertise
  • Manage your pay and receive regular payment for assignments completed
  • Streamlined application process and dedicated support
  • Be part of the effort to reduce the elective recovery backlog, and benefit those waiting for care

Frequently Asked Questions

NHS Emeritus uses a cloud-based, digital platform to connect Emeritus members with secondary care providers who require additional highly skilled and experienced clinician capacity.

Provider trusts will be able to enter required remote or in-person Direct Clinical Care (DCC) activity on the platform. Clinicians with the relevant specialty training and experience will be able to view required clinical activities by specialty, signal their interest and availability and be considered for engagement and booking by the trust.

The NHS Emeritus programme is limited to secondary care clinicians to specifically support clinical activities to support reducing non-admitted elective care and cancer backlogs.

The focus of the pilot is to enable providers to increase clinical capacity for elective care. It is not suitable for securing workforce for on-call or for other medical grades, such as junior doctors on-call or ward cover.

Currently the scope does not extend to workforce cover for Primary Care, Community Health Services or Mental Health Services.

Clinicians can join NHS Emeritus and access the NECS support service for free. There is also no cost to providers to use the TempRE platform to find suitable cover for their assignments.

Providers will, however, be responsible for paying for the members’ time. Providers will be responsible for any other operational costs relating to clinical activity the NHS Emeritus member has been engaged for, and for provision of any IT equipment and/or access to trust IT/clinical applications and any building access (for onsite assignments).

As a provider trust who wishes to engage an Emeritus clinician, you would be responsible for:

  • Registering your organisation on the platform
  • Entering details of the assignments you would like covered
  • Nominating the rate of pay offered for the clinical activity – hourly or sessional rate in accordance with local trust guidance and policies
  • Selecting and booking the clinician of your choice via the TempRE application
  • Providing the usual induction process and activities for clinical staff
  • Providing any equipment and access required, including IT equipment and access to trust IT applications that the Emeritus clinician may require to undertake their duties
  • Providing the usual administrative support for clinical activity undertaken by the Emeritus clinician
  • Booking patient appointments in the usual way
  • Approving the clinician’s timesheet on the TempRE application
  • Paying for the clinician’s time as invoiced by the Lead Employer within the agreed terms

  • The short form below is available for soon-to-retire or recently retired consultants to register expressions of interest in participating.
  • Clinicians who have lodged an expression of interest will be contacted with information on how to register.
  • The NHS Emeritus pilot is live and will be live until end of September 2024, allowing providers across England to promote requirements for consultant cover, and recently retired consultants to offer their availability and expertise virtually and in person.

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Express Your Interest

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Expression of interest form

After completing the expression of interest, we will contact you to confirm your eligibility and provide information on registration and pre-employment checks.