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Performers Lists

The process for performers to gain entry and make status changes to the National Performer Lists will be changing.

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There are three national performers lists operated by NHS England – one for medical, dental and ophthalmic performers. The lists provide an extra layer of reassurance for the public that GPs, Dentists and Opticians practicing in the NHS are suitably qualified, have up to date training, have appropriate English language skills and have passed other relevant checks such as with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and the NHS Litigation Authority.

PCSE is responsible for administering entry and status changes to performers lists on behalf of NHS England. The decision to admit or decline an applicant to the National Performers Lists is the responsibility of NHS England.

If you have an enquiry regarding the performers lists, please email pcse.performerlists@nhs.net.

Easy steps to Performers Lists applications

Applying to join the Performers Lists for the first time

Important information regarding Disclosure and Barring Service checks:

  • Applicants need to be aware of the importance of getting a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check early, and in advance of making an NPL1 application. It can take up to eight weeks to obtain a DBS certificate, and an application cannot be progressed without one.
  • Applicants need to register for the online DBS online update service within 30 days of the DBS certificate being issued

Important note to GP Trainees


Step One – Application form and supporting documents

To apply for entry onto a performers list, you will need to complete the NPL1 National Performer List Application form which can be downloaded at: https://www.england.nhs.uk/joint/

As well as sending a completed NPL1 form, you will need to send evidence of a DBS check and provide references in order to complete your application.  Further information on this can be found on the NPL1 National Performer application form.


Step Two – Submitting your application

Your application form should be emailed to PCSE at pcse.performerlists@nhs.net, putting NPL 1 in the email subject line. Please ensure that your application is signed before submitting to PCSE.


Step Three – Application form checks

Once you have submitted your application, the PCSE performers lists team will check that your application form has been completed properly and will contact you if there is any missing information. Your application will then be passed to the PCSE National Engagement Team (NET) to organise a face-to-face meeting for identity checks and document verification.


Step Four – Identification and document verification appointment

Once the NET team have received your application, a member of the team will contact you to arrange a face-to-face appointment and remind you of the documents you need to provide.


Step Five – Processing the application

Following a successful face-to-face appointment, PCSE will start processing your application and complete the necessary background checks. PCSE will then send your application to the relevant NHS England local office, who will consider your application. The outcome of NHS England’s decision is sent to PCSE.

PCSE may contact you to request further information if the NHS England local office dealing with your application need this to help make their decision.


Step Six – Notification and confirmation

PCSE will notify you of the outcome of the decision by post or email. If your application is approved, PCSE will notify you, and add you to the Performer List.

Routine applications take approximately 12 weeks to process from start to finish. If there are any issues, such as incomplete or missing documents, with the application checks the process will take longer.

Please note, performers can carry out NHS work as soon as they receive their inclusion letter and do not need to wait until their details are added on to the performers list website.

Primary care providers should speak to your NHS England local office to confirm the status of a performer in the absence of them being evident on the National Performers List website.

Change of circumstance or status


Step One – Change notification form

To change your name, address, status or practice*, the performer will need to complete and return the NPL3 change notification form which can be downloaded at: https://www.england.nhs.uk/joint/.


Step Two – Submitting your change notification form

The performer should email the completed NPL3 change notification form to PCSE at pcse.performerlists@nhs.net, putting NPL 3 in the email subject line. 


Movement to a different NHS England team


Step One – Application form

If a performer moves between NHS England local offices, they will need to complete and return the NPL2 change notification form which can be downloaded from https://www.england.nhs.uk/joint/

Please note: If the movement also includes a change of practice and/or status, the performer will not need to complete an NPL3 change notification form in addition to the NPL2 form.


Step Two – Submitting your change notification form

The performer should email the completed NPL2 change notification form to PCSE at pcse.performerlists@nhs.net, putting NPL 2 in the email subject line.


Step Three - Additional information required (for salaried GPs and GP Partners only) 

Please note: PCSE is unable to start processing a request until all the required documentation is received.

Once PCSE has received the completed NPL2 change notification form, PCSE will:

  • Email a declaration form to the performer’s current NHS England local office for them to complete and return


Click here to view the most frequently asked questions by GP Practices

PCSE is responsible for checking that any partners who have left a practice have had their patients redistributed to other GPs at the practice – this is part of NPL2 and NPL3 processing.

If you are contacted regarding this, please provide the details of how the patients need to be reallocated.

Practices can set up pooled lists which would avoid the need for the patient split to be communicated each time a partner leaves. To set up a pooled list, please email PCSE at pcse.performerlists@nhs.net

Yes.  If you move to a new practice, a new GP code will be issued to you as part of the Performers List change  notification process.  Please do not use your old GP code once you move to a new practice, as this would result in new  patient registrations being assigned to your previous practice, and the patient’s medical records would be sent to your previous practice.

When an NPL 2 (change of area or practice) is processed for a new GP joining a practice, PCSE will send the performer a change notification confirmation letter which includes their prescribing number,  G referral code, and their local code. If you require these codes for performers in your practice, please ask them for a copy of this letter.