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Starting As A Locum

Starting out as a locum can feel very daunting. You have qualified as a GP and are happy with the challenges of clinical complexity but being self-employed and running yourself as a business commodity can feel like a whole new world.

The following links and pages are here to help you along that journey. There is a wealth of resources out there to help and we have tried to bring a number of them to one easy to find location.


If you are considering becoming a locum immediately after you qualify then do look at our guide ‘Getting Ready to Qualify’ to make sure you get everything in place to allow you to practice as a locum. Getting ready to qualify as a GP? What you need to know...

If you are just moving to the Wessex Area then have a look at the following link ‘New to Wessex’ Newly qualified in Wessex?

BMA Locum GP Handbook

The BMA have also created an excellent guide which is free to access if you are a BMA member.

Locum Charter

It is important to specify your terms and conditions with each practice. This document may form a useful basis for discussion: (With thanks to Central Lancashire Local Medical Committee who produced the attached): Locum Charter

Locum Membership to the LMC

Don’t forget to join the LMC . How to join the LMC:  Wessex LMCs: What can the LMC do for Locum / Sessional GPs


Some other useful places to look that have free excellent advice on what you need to consider when starting out:

Locum Organiser

National Association of Sessional GPs

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