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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?

Hints & Tips

We also have a tips on locuming page which gives you a flavour of what you need to get your head around.

Tips & info on locuming as a GP:

Choices for GP locums: freelance, chambers, agency or web?

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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Updated on Friday, 19 February 2021 5919 views