On your terms.
“Professional T&Cs are so important to safe, effective locum sessions and productive relationships between locums and practices. Yet so often these are missing or unclear, impacting on morale, practice efficiency and even patient safety. Protecting professional standards is a key concept behind LocumDeck.”
NASGP Chairman and founder, Dr Richard Fieldhouse.
Determine your own professional terms and conditions.
“Using T&Cs has made detailing which work I will do much clearer..., which has helped with constructive relationships with practices.”
Learn more about why T&Cs are important and how LocumDeck helps
- GPs are key decision-makers in a safety-critical system that all too often does not recognise our limits as humans, placing us in unsafe systems and then personalising blame when there is an error.
- Many GPs become locums to regain some autonomy and control over their safe working boundaries, only to find those boundaries evaporate if they don’t have clear T&Cs and a robust booking process.
- Or they are deployed by an agency or platform which has practice-facing, unbalanced terms, favouring the practice’s short term interest rather than your long term career interest.
- LocumDeck give you a framework to define your own professional T&Cs
- Within that framework locums have total flexibility to create and personalise your own sessions structures and pay rates; there’s a very fine degree of control at the level of each practice but it’s all presented to the practices in a standardised format.
- So there is much less room for misunderstandings and more chance of building transparent, balanced relationships with practices.
Clear booking confirmations.
“The calendar for documenting future shifts, the ability to share booking information and requesting practice confirmation is brilliant in its own right. You have to use it to truly appreciate it.”
With LocumDeck’s smart confirmation system, everyone understands the work agreed. And there’s an audit trail to prove it, protecting both you and the practice.
“The fact I can publish my availability to individual practices and have my terms of work and ‘documentation’ automatically attached gives clarity to the practice and myself.”
Instant Book is a paradigm shift in locum booking, giving GPs the confidence and security to pre-define all their booking conditions so that practices can book multiple sessions in just a few seconds.
Why Instant Book?
- By proactively planning your work in advance, it helps you pace yourself and work to your professional safety standards by getting booked for exactly the work you want with fewer booking errors and without having to do any work at the point of booking.
- It helps practices, saving them time and potentially hefty agency costs.
Instant Book in action
Picture this; at a calm moment, with a cup of tea on hand, you sit down with your online calendar to plan your working patterns for the next few months.
First, you add all those important non-work commitments like holidays and family events. LocumDeck’s calendar clash feature will now block you from inadvertently adding any work into these slots without a big red warning message appearing.
Then you build your work availability around these. For each available slot you add, remember that a practice only ‘sees’ the specific session type you have set up for them that fits within the availability you define.
For instance, you make yourself available in your calendar to work from 8 am to 6 pm. You have a favourite, familiar practice which is 10 min drive from your doorstep so you have authorised them to ‘see’ that they can Instant Book an 8am to 6pm on call session. In contrast, another practice is 30 minutes drive away; you are less familiar with their procedures and don’t like working there in the afternoon as the practice nurse leaves at 2pm. So you limit your Instant Book sessions with them to 9am - 1pm.
And then, that’s it! No more day to day hassle of responding reactively to booking enquiries and having to make rushed decisions ‘on the go’. No negotiating over rates or terms - the practice has already accepted your pre-defined terms in making the booking.
So you just wait for the confirmation emails, notification texts and your booking calendar to fill up with work within the professional framework that you have designed and have had full control over. And generating invoices and pension forms literally takes one-click, with the practice also getting their own summary on their LocumDeck.
Find new practices, and build closer relationships with your regular ones.
Invoicing, pension forms and bookkeeping.
“We just wanted to obliterate the important but draining task of invoicing and pension forms so GPs are as unencumbered as possible. LocumDeck has successfully brought that down from hours per month to a few minutes per month for our members.”
NASGP Chairman and founder, Dr Richard Fieldhouse
How you use LocumDeck is up to you: generate invoices with automatic paperless pension forms, or add your own bookings with smart confirmation system and audit trail.
At full potential, allow practices to book your personalised pre-defined sessions using Instant Book.
It’s all on your own terms.
LocumDeck is part of NASGP's locum-led, locum-developed evolving Practeus platform - our online platform for general practice, and the embodiment of NASGP’s twenty year commitment to supporting sessional GPs and promoting safety and quality by fostering good working relationships between practices and GP locums.
LocumDeck is an easy-to-use yet sophisticated online tool that gives GP locums full control over how they work and, when using the Instant Book option, gives the locum and practice everything they need to book GP locums instantly. It reduces booking errors, avoids misunderstandings, saves precious time, and opens up much-needed GP capacity.
WhereLocumDeck efficiently and safely engages GP locums, the Standardised Practice Information Portal (Spip) component of Practeus then welcomes and inducts these often isolated GP locums into an ecosystem of practice-specific information presented in an easy-to-navigate standardised format and shared by all GP staff within the practice and across networks of practices and CCGs.
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What does it cost?
You get a three month free trial free as an Associate member. After that, you have to be a full NASGP member at £11 per month.
This is central to how Instant Book works. By the GP locum fully committing to all sessions that they make available for Instant Book to specific practices that they choose within LocumDeck, those chosen practices can be assured that all the locum availability that’s shown to practices is completely accurate.
GP locums get to set the parameters around their availability in great detail; from defining which practices they are willing to work in, when they want to work, and the duties and workload they are prepared to undertake in each practice setting.
Committed Availability removes the need for practices and locums to undertake discussions by phone or email, reduces the chances of double-bookings, misunderstandings or other problems occurring on the day. It allows GP locums to use their professional judgement in setting the boundary around what work they feel they can safely carry out in each practice.
LocumDeck is unique in its ability to allow GP locums to define every significant parameter concerning their acceptance of a session at any given practice, even taking into account average rush-hour travel times between practices.
Having defined these parameters, and manually activated the capability for each individual practice to instantly book them, the GP locum can then define any dates and times on their own personal calendar within LocumDeck - Committed Availability - and undertake a declaration to commit to a booking should the practice book them directly through LocumDeck using Instant Book.
We firmly believe that there should be no restriction on GP locums being asked by practices to become regular employed GPs or partners. NASGP does not impose any form of restrictive or exclusivity 'Trojan Horse' clause on either practices or GP locums, which could result in the practice being liable to pay the agency or platform some 15% of the employed GPs salary for one year.
Instead, practices and GPs can be reassured that they are free to offer salaried posts or partnerships without any financial penalty whatsoever. In fact, we encourage practices to use LocumDeck as a means of identifying future substantive staff!
In allowing GPs to tailor their terms and workload for each practice setting, which by definition the practice has to accept to make a booking, the Instant Book feature of LocumDeck gives professional autonomy in setting safe working boundaries.