GP Locums in HERTFORDSHIRE AND ESSEX

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If you are a GP locum working in Hertfordshire or Essex you have fully-funded access to LocumDeck. LocumDeck is simple and easy to use for both locums and practices. It takes care of bookings, invoicing and pension forms all in one place.

When you confirm in-person sessions at participating practices on LocumDeck we will automatically give you all the benefits of NASGP membership until 31 August 2024, and waive local booking fees.

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GP locums using LocumDeck benefit from:

  • Schedule management.
  • Choice of when and where you work.
  • Automatic invoicing and pension forms.
  • Pension calculations and bookkeeping.
  • Fully funded choice of membership.

Locums have two choices of fully-funded benefits.

Membership Plus:

  • Become part of a nationwide community of GP locums.
  • We promise to deliver support, connection and a collective voice.
  • We’ll enable you to deliver your best possible work and take your freelance GP business to the next level.

GP Locum Chambers:

  • The complete model for running and developing your freelance business as a doctor.
  • Ideal for those who don’t want to go it alone.
  • Joining one of our NASGP Locum Chambers means you become part of a respected collective.
  • Each Chambers is a local team of up to 15 GP locums who meet up regularly.
  • It is a collaborative group who share a dedicated manager and clinical director while retaining independence.
  • You will have access to a dedicated support service to assist with pension forms and automatic invoicing.

Membership is fully-funded until 31 October.

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We now have over 2,800 GP practices across the UK already using LocumDeck, and have booked over 100,000 locum sessions to date. It’s simple to use, reliable and saves time and money.

Practice managers using LocumDeck benefit from:

  • A pool of professional locums in one place.
  • Posting and booking available sessions/locums instantly.
  • Automated administrative tasks, including pension forms.
  • Fully funded support.

Sign your practice up to LocumDeck now

“I would fully recommend using LocumDeck. It is a really easy and clear system to use and the invoicing part is very useful.” Rebecca Pittuck, Business Manager Partner, Tennyson House Surgery, Chelmsford, Essex

“Your platform is such a pleasure to use – so easy and clear to navigate. I am already excited as having published shifts today three hours ago and already had four GPs requesting to fill them. I can see all their qualifications and any questions they have. I have worked in workforce and temporary staffing roles for ages and had numerous interactions with agencies. LocumDeck is so much better than any other booking systems I have used before.” Abbe Robertson, Associate Director of Operations, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

How do we join?

GPs and practice managers can sign up to Hertfordshire and Essex’s two-year NASGP partnership at nasgp.org.uk/herts-essex/.

If you’re a GP and not yet a NASGP member, you can sign up here – absolutely no bank details or payments required. When you confirm your first in-person session in a local practice on LocumDeck you’ll be automatically enrolled to all the benefits of fully-funded NASGP membership for work carried out in-person in local practices.

If you’re already a paying NASGP member, as soon as you confirm a session within LocumDeck we’ll pause your Direct Debit for the entirety of this partnership period.

If you’re a GP and your previous membership has expired, please contact us directly using the ‘Contact us’ page or by emailing info@nasgp.org.uk and we’ll reactivate your trial membership.

If you’re a practice manager, you can sign up indefinitely at no cost.

How will NASGP know my membership is covered by the funded regional partnerships? 

For GPs, NASGP automatically enters you into the regional partnership when you confirm an in-person session at a practice that has a handshake icon in LocumDeck.

For practice managers, NASGP knows you are part of funded regional partnerships because partners have supplied a list of practices the partnerships cover.

Do I have to live in Hertfordshire or Essex to participate?

No, you don’t have to live in Hertfordshire or Essex to sign up to Hertfordshire and Essex’s NASGP partnership.

If you are a GP, you have to confirm one or more in-person sessions at a practice that has a handshake icon in LocumDeck to qualify.

If you are a practice manager your practice has to be in Hertfordshire or Essex to participate.

What if my NASGP membership has now expired?

If you’re a GP and your previous membership has expired, please contact us using the ‘Contact us’ page or by emailing info@nasgp.org.uk and we’ll reactivate your membership so that you can benefit from this partnership.

What if my NASGP membership expires before it should?

Contact us info@nasgp.org.uk if you need to login and we will reactivate your membership.

What are the benefits of joining NASGP?

Being with NASGP makes your working life easier. Founded and run by GP locums, NASGP is the independent, membership support organisation for sessional GPs. We know how hard locum work can be and we have tools and resources that give you everything you need to work well as a locum.

LocumDeck, our platform, makes booking locum sessions easier for you and the practices you work with. We know you want to work on your own terms and have everything coordinated. So LocumDeck gives you a customisable terms template, and booking and invoicing tools to help you find the work you want and track your finances. Plus we give you everything you need to know to work as a GP locum in our Knowledgebase, News and Money and Pensions sections, and provide support and connection with your peers and our Membership Support Managers in our forums and from our helpdesk.

For even more support, this partnership also includes the option to join NASGP Locum Chambers. NASGP Locum Chambers is ideal for GP locums who don’t want to go it alone. Joining NASGP Locum Chambers means you become part of a respected collective. Each local NASGP Locum Chambers is a local team of up to 15 GP locums who meet up regularly. It is a collaborative group who share a dedicated manager and clinical director while retaining independence. Find out more.

The key features of NASGP membership include:

  • LocumDeck.
  • Weekly newsletter.
  • Resources.
  • Money and pensions information.
  • Discounts with partners.

NASGP Locum Chambers membership (worth up to £251/month) includes all the benefits above, plus:

  • Chamber Management support.
  • A clinical director.
  • Monthly online meetings.
  • Peer support.
  • Monthly automated invoicing.

What if a practice manager contacts me outside of LocumDeck to make a booking? 

It is very easy to make a manual booking – simply add the practice or organisation to your LocumDeck address book. If the practice isn’t already on LocumDeck, you can add it manually to your address book. Add the manual booking to your LocumDeck calendar, and once you have completed a session, it’s ready immediately for you to generate the invoice and pension form.

Is there a cost to making manual bookings?

No, there is no cost to making a manual booking on LocumDeck.

‘Manual bookings’ are bookings that are not made through LocumDeck’s Instant Book system – for example if a practice manager texts you to book a session. To make a manual booking, add the practice or organisation to your LocumDeck address book. If the practice isn’t already on LocumDeck, you can add it manually to your address book. Add the manual booking to your LocumDeck calendar, and once you have completed a session, it’s ready immediately for you to generate the invoice and pension form.

We always recommend using LocumDeck to manage manual bookings so you can manage your calendar, invoices and terms for those sessions in one place. Read more about manual bookings and how to manage them on LocumDeck.

Once you get the hang of adding manual sessions, we strongly recommend that you take full advantage of using Instant Book, which is fully funded by the ICB for all sessions within this partnership. Instant Book saves so much time for GP locums and practices alike, and in areas where we’ve been running regional partnerships like this since 2020, it’s become the favourite way to book work. Find out more.

Why is it important to make sure the booking is in LocumDeck?

Any manual bookings made, once they are confirmed on LocumDeck by the local practice, then qualify for the regional funded membership.

What fees apply for work outside the area?

Membership and Instant Book fees for local in-person work are completely covered by this regional partnership. When you confirm your first local booking within LocumDeck, your monthly membership fee and all Instant Book fees are both fully-funded until the partnership ends.

The partnership has been launched to support in-person sessions at local practices, but includes the flexibility for GPs to work outside the area. When you Instant Book for in-person sessions in any practice without a handshake icon, your usual Instant Book fee applies. All sessions performed remotely through LocumDeck are subject to a remote session fee of £11.

BENEFITS FOR GP LOCUMS

GP locums using LocumDeck benefit from:

  • Schedule management.
  • Choice of when and where you work.
  • Automatic invoicing and pension forms.
  • Pension calculations and bookkeeping.
  • Fully funded choice of membership.

Locums have two choices of fully-funded benefits.

Membership Plus:

  • Become part of a nationwide community of GP locums.
  • We promise to deliver support, connection and a collective voice.
  • We’ll enable you to deliver your best possible work and take your freelance GP business to the next level.

GP Locum Chambers:

  • The complete model for running and developing your freelance business as a doctor.
  • Ideal for those who don’t want to go it alone.
  • Joining one of our NASGP Locum Chambers means you become part of a respected collective.
  • Each Chambers is a local team of up to 15 GP locums who meet up regularly.
  • It is a collaborative group who share a dedicated manager and clinical director while retaining independence.
  • You will have access to a dedicated support service to assist with pension forms and automatic invoicing.

Membership is fully-funded until 31 October.

Login or sign up now

BENEFITS FOR PRACTICES

We now have over 2,800 GP practices across the UK already using LocumDeck, and have booked over 100,000 locum sessions to date. It’s simple to use, reliable and saves time and money.

Practice managers using LocumDeck benefit from:

  • A pool of professional locums in one place.
  • Posting and booking available sessions/locums instantly.
  • Automated administrative tasks, including pension forms.
  • Fully funded support.

Sign your practice up to LocumDeck now

“I would fully recommend using LocumDeck. It is a really easy and clear system to use and the invoicing part is very useful.” Rebecca Pittuck, Business Manager Partner, Tennyson House Surgery, Chelmsford, Essex

“Your platform is such a pleasure to use – so easy and clear to navigate. I am already excited as having published shifts today three hours ago and already had four GPs requesting to fill them. I can see all their qualifications and any questions they have. I have worked in workforce and temporary staffing roles for ages and had numerous interactions with agencies. LocumDeck is so much better than any other booking systems I have used before.” Abbe Robertson, Associate Director of Operations, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

FAQs

How do we join?

GPs and practice managers can sign up to Hertfordshire and Essex’s two-year NASGP partnership at nasgp.org.uk/herts-essex/.

If you’re a GP and not yet a NASGP member, you can sign up here – absolutely no bank details or payments required. When you confirm your first in-person session in a local practice on LocumDeck you’ll be automatically enrolled to all the benefits of fully-funded NASGP membership for work carried out in-person in local practices.

If you’re already a paying NASGP member, as soon as you confirm a session within LocumDeck we’ll pause your Direct Debit for the entirety of this partnership period.

If you’re a GP and your previous membership has expired, please contact us directly using the ‘Contact us’ page or by emailing info@nasgp.org.uk and we’ll reactivate your trial membership.

If you’re a practice manager, you can sign up indefinitely at no cost.

How will NASGP know my membership is covered by the funded regional partnerships? 

For GPs, NASGP automatically enters you into the regional partnership when you confirm an in-person session at a practice that has a handshake icon in LocumDeck.

For practice managers, NASGP knows you are part of funded regional partnerships because partners have supplied a list of practices the partnerships cover.

Do I have to live in Hertfordshire or Essex to participate?

No, you don’t have to live in Hertfordshire or Essex to sign up to Hertfordshire and Essex’s NASGP partnership.

If you are a GP, you have to confirm one or more in-person sessions at a practice that has a handshake icon in LocumDeck to qualify.

If you are a practice manager your practice has to be in Hertfordshire or Essex to participate.

What if my NASGP membership has now expired?

If you’re a GP and your previous membership has expired, please contact us using the ‘Contact us’ page or by emailing info@nasgp.org.uk and we’ll reactivate your membership so that you can benefit from this partnership.

What if my NASGP membership expires before it should?

Contact us info@nasgp.org.uk if you need to login and we will reactivate your membership.

What are the benefits of joining NASGP?

Being with NASGP makes your working life easier. Founded and run by GP locums, NASGP is the independent, membership support organisation for sessional GPs. We know how hard locum work can be and we have tools and resources that give you everything you need to work well as a locum.

LocumDeck, our platform, makes booking locum sessions easier for you and the practices you work with. We know you want to work on your own terms and have everything coordinated. So LocumDeck gives you a customisable terms template, and booking and invoicing tools to help you find the work you want and track your finances. Plus we give you everything you need to know to work as a GP locum in our Knowledgebase, News and Money and Pensions sections, and provide support and connection with your peers and our Membership Support Managers in our forums and from our helpdesk.

For even more support, this partnership also includes the option to join NASGP Locum Chambers. NASGP Locum Chambers is ideal for GP locums who don’t want to go it alone. Joining NASGP Locum Chambers means you become part of a respected collective. Each local NASGP Locum Chambers is a local team of up to 15 GP locums who meet up regularly. It is a collaborative group who share a dedicated manager and clinical director while retaining independence. Find out more.

The key features of NASGP membership include:

  • LocumDeck.
  • Weekly newsletter.
  • Resources.
  • Money and pensions information.
  • Discounts with partners.

NASGP Locum Chambers membership (worth up to £251/month) includes all the benefits above, plus:

  • Chamber Management support.
  • A clinical director.
  • Monthly online meetings.
  • Peer support.
  • Monthly automated invoicing.

What if a practice manager contacts me outside of LocumDeck to make a booking? 

It is very easy to make a manual booking – simply add the practice or organisation to your LocumDeck address book. If the practice isn’t already on LocumDeck, you can add it manually to your address book. Add the manual booking to your LocumDeck calendar, and once you have completed a session, it’s ready immediately for you to generate the invoice and pension form.

Is there a cost to making manual bookings?

No, there is no cost to making a manual booking on LocumDeck.

‘Manual bookings’ are bookings that are not made through LocumDeck’s Instant Book system – for example if a practice manager texts you to book a session. To make a manual booking, add the practice or organisation to your LocumDeck address book. If the practice isn’t already on LocumDeck, you can add it manually to your address book. Add the manual booking to your LocumDeck calendar, and once you have completed a session, it’s ready immediately for you to generate the invoice and pension form.

We always recommend using LocumDeck to manage manual bookings so you can manage your calendar, invoices and terms for those sessions in one place. Read more about manual bookings and how to manage them on LocumDeck.

Once you get the hang of adding manual sessions, we strongly recommend that you take full advantage of using Instant Book, which is fully funded by the ICB for all sessions within this partnership. Instant Book saves so much time for GP locums and practices alike, and in areas where we’ve been running regional partnerships like this since 2020, it’s become the favourite way to book work. Find out more.

Why is it important to make sure the booking is in LocumDeck?

Any manual bookings made, once they are confirmed on LocumDeck by the local practice, then qualify for the regional funded membership.

What fees apply for work outside the area?

Membership and Instant Book fees for local in-person work are completely covered by this regional partnership. When you confirm your first local booking within LocumDeck, your monthly membership fee and all Instant Book fees are both fully-funded until the partnership ends.

The partnership has been launched to support in-person sessions at local practices, but includes the flexibility for GPs to work outside the area. When you Instant Book for in-person sessions in any practice without a handshake icon, your usual Instant Book fee applies. All sessions performed remotely through LocumDeck are subject to a remote session fee of £11.

What GPs are saying about LocumDeck

"The NASGP and the GP locum chambers that I'm in have provided invaluable assistance both before and through Covid-19 to me as a full-time GP locum. All aspects of locum work have been made easier as a result of membership and the chamber's support structure - from accessing work, to ensuring invoicing and documentation is all sorted, and access to other locums as peer support. Having a chamber manager means I feel more secure and can devote more of my energy on my clinical work."

Dr Richard Smith, GP, Suffolk

Dr Richard Smith, GP, Suffolk

"Joining NASGP's Locum Chambers in Essex after CCT has been a fantastic decision for me. The Chambers structure provides support with my locum work as well as a peer support network with regular meetings.

The Chambers support also extends to support with complaints when these occur. This is an amazing benefit that helps to minimise the professional isolation that can come with being a locum.

The Instant Book feature within LocumDeck makes arranging sessions easy. Whilst getting things set up initially does take a bit of work, this eventually pays off and the return on this initial time investment is impressive. New features are always being added based on feedback from members. "

Dr Shanil Shivji, GP, Essex

"Since joining NASGP Locum Chambers I have noted a positive change which I feel has made a significant contribution in both my professional and personal life.

LocumDeck's booking system puts me in touch with a large number of surgeries. I work part-time and the software is intricately tailored to facilitate working at my pace and choice.

In addition, I have access to the NASGP Locum Chambers' supporting infrastructure such as the Chambers Manager through whom all my admin work (like generating invoices and pension forms) is organised. In the past this felt like a load. Now I feel that my time is 'freed up' and so I have a better work-life balance. Working with NASGP Locum Chambers has simplified my life."

Dr Smita Iyer, GP, Essex

"I started my career as a GP locum last year a week after CCT. I strongly agree with the doctors who praise the NASGP team. If there is no NASGP, there would be no GP locum called Dr Darshanie Seneviratne.

The team is absolutely amazing especially Dr Richard Fieldhouse, Ali Lewis and Jacqui Gumbrell – all providing unbelievable support to us. I've never seen such urgent assistance from any other team at any point in my career. For example when one of my invoices was delayed by a month and a half, Ali was incredibly supportive. It is a very good strength for us as we have support with any issues. I would like to stay with this amazing team forever. "

Dr Darshanie Seneviratne, GP, Essex

"As a newly-qualified CCT and a GP moving to a new region post-CCT, I found LocumDeck and the NASGP to be very helpful. LocumDeck has been useful: Ali Lewis helped me to set myself up, get in touch with practices and book sessions, and also helped me chase payments. The NASGP itself, providing peer support and advice, has also been very good. I would certainly encourage my colleagues to join."

Dr Smita Sharma, GP, Hertfordshire

"I fell into a salaried role post-CCT, so faced with an unexpected relocation to a completely new area of the country the thought of GP locuming was incredibly daunting.

The assistance I have received from NASGP has been invaluable. I have received excellent and patient admin support when setting up my LocumDeck account. I have enjoyed the monthly chambers meetings I have attended: this made locuming feel far less isolating.

I have easily found plentiful work and am grateful for the invoicing and pension forms being taken care of – this gives me time to focus on the clinical work or make the most of precious days off.

With the support of NASGP Locum Chambers I have filled my diary working in a variety of practices in my new area, and have now joined one practice I enjoyed locuming at on a salaried basis while I continue to do some locum work on top using LocumDeck."

Dr Joanne Wright, GP, Essex

Our Partners

Mid & South Essex Integrated Care System and Hertfordshire & West Essex Integrated Care System have partnered with NASGP to offer fully funded NASGP membership to all GP locums working in practices across Essex and Hertfordshire.

We also connect nurses and practices locally.

Mid & South Essex ICS

The Mid & South Essex ICS is made up of five CCGs across Essex. We support the 149 GP practices and 27 PCNs within this area and are delighted to be working with NASGP to provide a fully funded, flexible pool of GP locums to our practices and PCNs using primary care flexible staff pool funding.

Hertfordshire and West Essex ICS

The Hertfordshire and West Essex ICS is made up of Herts Valleys, East and North Hertfordshire and West Essex. We support the 138 GP practices and 36 PCNs within this area and are delighted to be working with NASGP to provide a fully funded, flexible pool of GP locums to our practices and PCNs using primary care flexible staff pool funding.