FAQ: How do GP locums get appraisal payments?


In 2004, the NHS England allocated £30 million to support GP appraisal, but in May 2013 announced that it would no longer fund the locum appraisal payment for the time during which a locum undertakes their appraisal.

So what should you do?

You must still send an invoice! Just because NHS England has taken this unilateral decision not to fund, this doesn’t stop you having an equal right to funding.

Appraisal payment claim form

NASGP Locum Toolkit Appraisal Claim Form

On your invoice, we suggest you charge a figure similar to all the other GPs – it’ll be a figure that includes travel etc i.e. an all-encompassing sum. It varies across England, and from year to year – anywhere from £200 to £500.

Wales and Northern Ireland

The allocated sum is £300.


NHS Scotland has never organised centralised appraisal funding for GP locums, so we advise to use the same invoice for England as above.

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