Locums | Do GP locums need special training and skills?

Yes, without a doubt, although it hasn't yet been incorporated into the GP training curriculum. Training GPs to work as locums is very often overlooked, yet most newly qualified GPs spend a significant time working as GP locums.

In this paper, written with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), we take a look at GP consultation skills, see how these skills may be used differently when locuming, and examine how we can then help GPs to learn those skills.


And in April 2015, the British Journal of General Practice published Views of newly-qualified GPs about their training and preparedness: lessons for extended generalist training, which illustrates both the importance of training GPs to work as locums, and how working as a locum broadens their experience.


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