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.  It allows trusts to capitalise on telehealth technology to enable these experienced, highly skilled clinicians to deliver outpatient care remotely, and flexibly, around their other interests, activities and commitments.  As such, clinicians can be engaged to provide clinical cover for leave, additional capacity, or backfill clinical elements of a vacant post.

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 registering as a provider

  • Fill specialism gaps and increase capacity for your organisation
  • Access top-level, highly experienced clinicians nationally to complete elective care caseloads – supporting both your internal workforce and patients
  • Reduce waiting lists by matching specialist clinicians to outpatients waiting for care
  • Select whether your Trust requires remote or in-person Direct Clinical Care (DCC) activity on the platform, to suit the organisation’s needs
  • Easily track and access bookings with a bespoke mobile-enabled workforce management platform
  • Minimise delays with a fast-track, 6-week set-up, making a quick impact on elective care waitlists and your NHS targets

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 scope of the programme does not include admitted care or other pathway programmes such as Urgent and Emergency Care, Primary Care or Mental Health.

There is no cost to clinicians or providers to register on the NHS Emeritus platform.  Neither is there any cost to providers to promote requirements for clinicians cover.  However, providers will be responsible for bearing the costs for delivery of the clinical activity, including consultant time.

NHS Emeritus will not accept registration of clinicians via recruitment agencies.

Provider trusts who wish to engage an Emeritus clinician will be responsible for:

  • Registering their organisation on the platform
  • Entering the clinical activity needing to be covered
  • Reviewing clinicians’ expressions of interest and suitability
  • Selecting and booking (via the platform) the preferred clinician
  • Providing a named clinical lead and local induction for the clinicians
  • Providing necessary systems access e.g., EPR, video platform, digital dictation
  • Contracting with the clinician and approving timesheets
  • Providing usual administrative support for clinical activity e.g., clerking in of patients, cashing up of clinics, typing and dissemination of clinic letters

  • The short form below is available for soon-to-retire or recently retired clinicians to register expressions of interest in participating.
  • Clinicians will be contacted to commence formal registration.
  • The NHS Emeritus digital platform has launched and will be live for twelve months, 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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Register your interest to access NHS Emeritus as a provider organisation

Form - Provider

Expression of interest form

After completing the expression of interest, we will be in contact to provide further information and next steps for your organisation.