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: https://www.wessexlmcs.com/tipsonlocumingasagp
BMA Locum GP Handbook
The BMA have also created an excellent guide which is free to access if you are a BMA member.https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/contracts/sessional-and-locum-gp-contracts/locum-gp-handbook
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:
National Association of Sessional GPs