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locum fast

Messly is the new way to find locum work. The best locum agencies compete for you, offering you real shifts before you’ve shared your contact details.

Rated the #1 way to find locum work by doctors.

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Creating your profile is free, takes 5 minutes and gives you access to 1,000s of locum vacancies.

Finding locum work shouldn’t be this hard.
You choose an agency and hope they're the best one for you. But you only know what shifts they have once you’re tied in. You end up with whatever they have. You’re missing out on better paid, more rewarding work.
Messly is the new way to find locum work.
See shifts from only the best agencies up-front, before you’ve shared your personal details. Manage agency registration once using our Docs service.
Most doctors on Messly get pitched suitable shifts by three or more agencies within 24 hours. More choice means better rates, less travel and your pick of departments.
That's why we're the number 1 rated way for doctors to find locum work.

We're rated #1 by locum doctors

Nov 2020
Dr. Liz S.

“It was very easy to set up a profile on Messly. I was contacted by various agencies very quickly. Each of them was very professional, and efficient, and I was able to find a three month posting I was happy with, within a couple of days. I couldn't be happier!”

Oct 2020
Dr. Laura S.

“I’ve had a fab experience with Messly, the team has always been very easily contactable, the website is user friendly - generally a no fuss, speedy process.”

Nov 2020
Dr. Louisa Adam

“Really easy website to work. Easy to set up profile and great to have multiple agencies contact you with appropriate work. Got an exciting job opportunity within 24 hours of signing up.”

April 2021
Dr. Adnan Ali

"Game changer in securing locum work. Vetted agencies with suitable job roles sent to you after one simple profile setup. No longer taking leaps of faiths signing up to agencies without any knowledge of preferred trusts or even job roles these agencies offer!"

Oct 2020
Dr. Jon Embery

“A really good way to be put in with lots of useful agencies. I found the platform and usability a good experience and the staff were very welcoming.”

Oct 2020
Dr. Rowena D.

“I've only recently signed up to Messly and within this short time I've been sent a number of roles in my ideal location and specialty. Messly has opened up opportunities and it has been the easiest process from my side.”


The new and better way to find locums

All the jobs in one place

We've brought all the best agencies onto Messly, and make it easy for you to see who has what shifts upfront. Make them compete for you.

Agencies you can trust

Only work with the best-rated, trusted agencies. We select them based on doctor feedback, and ensure they provide a great service.

Find work fast

We use tech to speed up the process. Find the right agency quickly, get compliant and start working within a few days.

Hassle free and easy

Manage everything from our mobile app, and use our Docs service to register with agencies quickly. Only share personal details when you’re sure you want to go ahead.


We make agencies compete for you

✔️  We've handpicked the best agencies

We only work with the best-rated and trusted agencies, selected based on doctor feedback. We make them follow a strict code of conduct to ensure they provide a great service.

✔️  We have jobs for all doctors

Messly works with all the major agencies in the UK so we have jobs for all types of doctors:‍

✅   SHOs, F3s, Registrars, Consultants and GPs
✅   All specialties
✅   Ad-hoc shifts or long-term locums
✅   All parts of the UK

✔️  Only share contact details when you're ready

Your contact details won't be shared with agencies until you're ready. All our recruiters adhere to our stringent code of conduct so you can ensure you'll get the best service.


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How it works

How we find you
the perfect locum

Step 1

Tell us what you want

Forget emailing hospital banks and agencies and not hearing back. We bring them together online and ask them to pitch you work. We put the power back in your hands.

What do I put on my profile?

A doctor's profile includes: grade and specialties, start dates, minimum rate, travel distances and more.

Who sees my profile?

Only recruiters from agencies that are vetted and approved by Messly can see your profile, so you don't need to worry about your colleagues or current hospital coming across it.

Is it anonymous?

Yes, we only include your first name and you don't share your full name, GMC number or any contact details.

Step 2

Receive locum offers from agencies

Agencies contact you through Messly, offering specific locum jobs upfront which are tailored to your locum wishlist. You manage all your conversation within Messly, and don't share your personal details until you're sure that you want to go ahead. You can turn off your Messly profile any time, and nobody can contact you.

Who are the locum agencies?

We only work with the best-rated and trusted agencies. We select them based on doctor feedback, and ensure they provide a great service.

Can I see jobs upfront?

Yes, agencies have to mention specific vacancies they have them they message you. No more vague promises of work that don't materalise!

How long does it take to get locum offers?

Most doctors will get multiple offers on the day they make their profile.

Step 3

We help you register and start work quickly

Our Docs service helps you save time registering with locum agencies, so you can start working quickly and without hassle. Learn what registration documents you need to provide, store them in one place and share with locum agencies in one click. Doctors who used Docs registered 70% faster with locum agencies.

How does Docs help me save time?

Docs saves you time by giving you a central hub for your registration documents. You can learn about what registration documents you require, upload them to one place and share them instantly with locum agencies with one-click.

You can upload all your key documents including your passport, visa, proof of address, GMC certificate, medical school certificates, appraisals and others.

What if I want to work with several locum agencies?

Our Docs service is designed to help you register quickly with several locum agencies and avoid you having to repeat the same process. Once you've added your registration documents to Messly, just hit share button and your documents will be instantly sent over to your preferred locum agencies.

Why is this better than signing up directly?

Messly gives you access to the whole market rather than a single agency so you're much more likely to find the right locum. In addition we make it easy to see jobs upfront, schedule calls with recruiters and manage all the admin from your phone.

About Messly

How Messly helped 100s of doctors find their perfect locums

About Messly

Hi, I’m Abrar

Anaesthetics Registrar & Founder of Messly

“I started Messly in 2016 with my friend Chris, with the goal of supporting doctors to have more fulfilling careers.

As a doctor I've experienced the challenges of finding the right locum work. At a time when more doctors are looking to explore portfolio careers, or top up their income with locum work, we are here to help.

This service is built with doctors in mind, putting you in control and helping you find your perfect locum jobs, quickly and on your terms.”


Got questions?

Who is Messly?

Since 2016 we have helped doctors make better career decisions and have more fulfilling lives as doctors. In that period over 30,000 have registered to use our career planning tools and other services. You can learn more about us at and read our blog at

Why is Messly doing this?

We want to make it as easy as possible for doctors who are locuming, or considering locuming, to find work.

We know that finding regular, rewarding and safe work is the hardest part of being a locum doctor.

By helping you find the right work with the right agency, we hope that you will feed fulfilled in your career as a doctor.

What kind of roles will I get offered on Messly?

Initially the roles offered will be locums within NHS hospitals, offered through our agency partners. We occasionally offer roles in Australia and New Zealand, and are looking to expand into non-clinical roles in the future.

Is Messly a recruitment agency?

No, but we partner with NHS hospitals and recruitment agencies who have opportunities across the NHS so you access to a much wider range of opportunities than working with any single one.

Do I have to apply for jobs in Messly?

No. You create an online profile, and agencies with roles available that match your clinical skills and availability will contact you. They will explain who they are and what shifts they have. You can reply if you're interested or reject them if not. You don't share your personal details until you're sure that you want to go ahead.

Do I have to pay to use Messly?

No the service is completely free of charge for all doctors. We take a small fee from an agency for successfully placing you to help us maintain the service.

Does Messly have work for me?

Messly works with every major agency in the UK so we have jobs for all types of doctors:‍

✅   SHOs, F3s, Registrars, Consultants and GPs
✅   All major specialties
✅   Ad-hoc shifts or long-term locums
✅   All parts of the UK

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