Doctors in primary care who locum or work within health organisations for short-term placements often face some specific challenges. They often do not have easy access to systems or structures in place to support their continuing professional development, appraisal, revalidation, and governance.

The NHS England guidance ‘Supporting locums and doctors in short-term placements: A practical guide for doctors in these roles’, along with the accompanying guidance ‘Supporting organisations engaging with locums and doctors in short-term placements: A practical guide for healthcare providers, locum agencies and revalidation management services’, highlight ways that doctors working in this way may be supported to enhance their work experience and provide safe provision of healthcare as a valuable part of the workforce.

The NASGP is the independent national membership organisation for sessional GPs. The website includes information regarding locum chambers, FAQs, setting locum rates and more www.nasgp.org.uk

The RCGP’s First5 Transition Handbook includes a short section with career and financial advice for locums who are RCGP members. Find out more about it at www.rcgp.org.uk/first5.

The BMA Sessional and locum GP contract guidance provides information about resources for salaried GPs, locum GPs and their employers, including handbooks, model contracts, advice for negotiations and employment rights. Find out more about it at www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/contracts/sessional-and-locum-gp-contracts/locum-gp-handbook.

From 1 April 2020, as part of the new 5-year GP Contract, a new Locum Support Scheme is being rolled out nationally. Locum GPs engaged through the Locum Support Scheme will receive a funded session of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) per month in exchange for a minimum contribution of sessions per week to the group of Primary Care Networks.

Please visit the ‘Other Resources for GPs’ page.