We’ve compiled some info about common queries about how NASGP membership, Membership Plus or Locum Chambers membership benefit you.
Our advice about free trials, changing location and LocumDeck makes managing your NASGP membership benefits quick and easy. For questions not listed, use our ‘Contact’ section to get in touch.
How does the RCGP ‘Membership Plus’ offer work for existing members?
From 4th September 2020, we have an offer on our new NASGP Membership Plus for RCGP members.
- RCGP members who’ve qualified within the last 12 months get free Membership Plus (normally £24/month), then 70% off Membership Plus for the following two years.
- RCGP members who qualified longer than 12 months ago qualify for a 50% Membership Plus discount.
All existing NASGP members paying £11/month were automatically upgraded to NASGP Membership Plus, still at £11/month, for one year, after which they will be given the choice to either return to NASGP Membership (kept at £11/month instead of £12/month) or continue with NASGP Membership Plus at £24/year.
How can I find out more about NASGP Locum Chambers?
Whether you’re a GP locum, GP practice or primary care organisation, our NASGP Locum Chambers page gives you plenty of useful information. If you need to know more, please email us at email@example.com.
Can I claim my membership fee and booking fees as a tax-deductible expense?
Yes, NASGP is approved by HMRC as a professional organisation, and you can claim tax relief on your membership subscriptions. This GOV.UK page tells you more (we’re listed under ‘S’ as ‘Sessional GPs National Association of’).
Any booking fees are also tax deductible, as they’re an expense incurred in doing your job. Your accountant can advise you on how to classify these in your individual case.
If I’m on maternity or paternity leave, can I take a payment holiday?
Yes, your membership is completely free while you’re on parenting leave – and you’ll want to stay with us, as you’re likely to need support when you return to work. Let us know you’re going on leave by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll look after your membership while you’re off work.
What payment methods can I use for my NASGP fees?
You’ll pay your monthly membership fees by direct debit – through GoCardless, a trusted, easy-to-use provider. If you use LocumDeck to publish your availability and terms and take bookings directly from practices, we’ll send you invoices for the booking fees covering the sessions you’ve worked each month. You will also pay these invoices by direct debit, keeping everything simple and convenient.
I’m a member of staff at a GP practice. How can I sign up and register for access to LocumDeck?
Simply go to our GP practices page to register for LocumDeck – for free. You’ll need to tell us which practice you mainly work in. Also, having your practice’s ODS code or postcode will make registration easier.
Can I join as a GP in training?
Yes, and it’s completely free. So you get a helping hand in the early stages of your career, with no financial commitment. Find out more.
Do you offer a free trial for fully qualified GPs?
Yes, we offer a free three-month trial of Membership Plus. So you can sample a wide range of services and support, including LocumDeck for managing your bookings and admin. You don’t need to provide any payment details – just give us a try to make sure the NASGP is for you. Find out more.
What if I move to a new area?
LocumDeck can help you find practices to work in. Its list of practices shows each one’s distance from your home, and the direct booking feature lets you set your working boundaries for each practice – for example, while you get used to the area, you might prefer to limit your session types (shorter sessions, longer consultations, no on-call, etc) and then broaden your horizons as you gain confidence and familiarity. Also, if you’re feeling isolated, with our Membership Plus you’ll be able to join or set up a locum group. Or joining NASGP Locum Chambers would offer you a more complete solution to the challenges of working alone.
If I have a portfolio career, can I use LocumDeck to schedule locum work around other commitments?
Yes, the direct booking feature has plenty of flexibility. You can configure it to vary your availability times for different days, set clear boundaries on the sessions you offer, and set your pay rates at the level of each practice.
I’m a GP partner nearing retirement. Can LocumDeck help me get into locum work?
Of course. As well as helping you find and book locum work, it provides plenty of logistical and administrative support – so it’s invaluable to locums at all levels of medical experience. You can check if it suits you as part of a free three-month trial of NASGP Membership Plus. Or you could consider joining NASGP Locum Chambers – they are powered by LocumDeck and offer more complete support in navigating the challenges of working as a locum.
If I’m already getting lots of work as a GP locum, can LocumDeck still help me?
Even if you’re well established, you’ll still find LocumDeck extremely useful. For example, you can save significant admin time by using the invoicing and bookkeeping functions, and automated pension forms. You can also make and confirm your own bookings, and create a clear record of the agreed session details, for you and each practice. Most importantly, you can protect against the uncertainty of work flows by widening the range of practices you’re in touch with.
Can I use LocumDeck to make my own bookings?
Yes. If you have Membership or Membership Plus, you have the flexibility to make your own bookings while still getting work-request alerts from practices and taking online bookings.
If a practice books me on LocumDeck, and I then take a permanent job there, are there any restrictions or financial consequences?
No. Unlike an agency or some other online platforms, we don’t have exclusivity clauses or introduction fees that could prevent you taking a position at the practice in the future.
Can I configure LocumDeck so practices can book me on my terms?
Yes, we’ve designed LocumDeck to give you plenty of flexibility – so you can say what work you want to do and where you want to do it. You can vary your availability for different days, state your preferred session types and workload, and set your pay rates at the level of each practice.
As a GP locum, can I use LocumDeck to find and book work?
Yes, in two ways.
First, you can publish your availability on LocumDeck, along with your terms, and let the work come to you. Practices can book and confirm in one step, so you get to work quickly.
Second, all GP locum members get live requests from practices looking for cover, which you can respond to.