Athona Recruitment is a leading recruitment agency specialising in the healthcare market. Based in Essex, we cover the whole of the UK and have dedicated teams supporting locum doctors both in the UK and from overseas.

Athona is the supplier of choice on all three major frameworks and hold several Master Vendor Agreements and Tier 1 contracts. We recruit medical staff into the NHS and private sector for both locum and permanent roles.

We understand the locum and permanent markets are very different and require a tailored approach to recruitment. Our dedicated locum recruitment teams are aligned by specialty and experienced in assisting doctors find the right locum role. We place doctors of all grades and specialties including; A&E, Obs & Gynae, Anaesthetics, Paediatrics & Neonates, Surgery, Radiology and Medicine.

As a locum doctor working through Athona, you have access to many benefits such as lucrative refer and earn incentives, access to the latest jobs first and a professional and trustworthy service. We also offer:


Each doctor is assigned a dedicated compliance officer to help guide them through the process. We know your time is valuable, so our compliance team try to make the procedure as smooth and easy as possible. Find out more here.

CPD Support

Athona offer financial support for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities for all doctors, showing our commitment to supporting your career. Find out more here.


Our dedicated appraisal and revalidation team are able to assist you through the process ensuring it’s as simplified as possible. Find out more here.

English language testing

If you need to pass the IELTS or OET exam before gaining your GMC license, our partnership with one of the UK’s leading training providers could fast-track you to success. We’re pleased to offer a discount on selected courses from Specialist Language Courses (SLC), simply get in touch with our team to find out more.

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