Advice from CQC on compliance documentation for practices engaging locum GPs

4th October 2017 by NASGP

Advice from CQC on compliance documentation for practices engaging locum GPs

Nigel Sparrow, the CQC’s Senior National GP Advisor and Responsible Officer, has published some new helpful guidance to clarify what sort of information is required by practices in his latest Nigel’s Surgery on GP Locums.

We’ve taken each of Nigel’s points and provided a checklist of everything a practice will need:

Your NASGP membership gives you free access to LocumDeck, which allows you to upload, store and display all these necessary documents for practice managers.

CQC advice NASGP explanation
Proof of being a GP Copy of medical degree and completion of GP training (if issued)
Medical indemnity Declared as part of NHS appraisal or copy of certificate (NB certificate may not be valid if the individual is working more sessions than is indemnified for – hence NHS appraisal declaration is preferred)
GMC registration GMC number
Performers List Copy of certificate (and is proof of DBS check and being a GP if not originally given a certificate of completion of training). In England practices can search online for your status.
Proof of identity including a recent photograph NHS smartcard or driving licence or passport
Satisfactory evidence of conduct in previous employment concerned with the provision of health or social care; or children or vulnerable adults At least one recent (within last year) reference
Satisfactory documentary evidence of any relevant qualification GMC membership + copy of any relevant certificates if performing a specific role (smears etc).
A full employment history together with a satisfactory written explanation of any gaps in employment CV – use NASGP’s CV builder
Such other information as is required under any enactment to be kept by the registered person in relation to such persons employed DBS check – NASGP advice is that for temporary self-employed locums evidence of being on a Performers List is proof of valid DBS (see separate CQC advice).


"I am so glad and grateful for being a member of NASGP's BOB locum chambers. I started with them in a critical period of my career as I was a newly-qualified GP, looking for work in a new area with a new virus hardly hitting the world and the jobs market.

Richard and Ali's help was a godsend. They introduced me to locum work in a friendly and kind manner, provided valuable support and excellent service through the ever-improving LocumDeck and NASGP website. With the help of the chambers, I received a face to face tutorial on Emis (I trained on SystmOne) and my online profile was promoted on a growing network of GP practices throughout Buckinghamshire, Oxford and Berkshire.

I was able to work in different GP practices with different staff and patient demographics, massively increasing my clinical experience, resilience and communication skills.

It also helped me funnelling down all the job offers I received through my locum work until I recently agreed for a salaried position in a GP practice that I love working at. "

Dr Nazar Ahmed, Oxford

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