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.

Greater Manchester Workforce Bank

The GM Workforce Bank enables general practices to post shifts that they need locum GPs to work. It also enables GPs to book onto shifts that they want to work.

The GM Workforce Bank Passport enables locum GPs to keep a digital record of their employment documentation, such as DBS check and Right to work in the UK. It also enables the GPs to keep a record of the statutory and mandatory training that they have completed.

To start using the GM Workforce Bank follow these 3 steps:

  1. Register with the GM Primary Care website at https://bit.ly/gm-pc-register
    Remember to tick the checkbox labelled Workforce Bank Passport under the field titled Your GM Primary Care Passport/s
  2. Log in to your GM Workforce Bank Passport at https://bit.ly/workforce-bank-passport and upload your employment documentation
  3. Register and book your shifts on the GM Workforce Bank at https://gmworkforcebank.co.uk

Please see the following FAQ’s for more information https://gmprimarycare.org.uk/workforce/gm-primary-care-workforce-bank.

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.

Please visit the ‘Other Resources for GPs’ page.