GP locum chambers

Our four-minute guide to NASGP Locum Chambers

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GP locum chambers were first conceived in 2002 when a group of 30 NASGP GP locum group leads from across the UK met at the RCGP head office in London one rainy Saturday, and came up with a model whereby GP locums could work as part of a team.

NASGP’s GP Locum Chambers

Locum chambers are small, independent groups of local self-employed locum GPs all working together through a shared management and clinical governance structure to support NHS GP practices and locums to maintain, and in some cases improve, local GP services.

Small but significant, by collectivising administrative work, pastoral care and systems and processes for clinical governance, chambers support and retain flexible GPs, enabling them to become a well-engaged presence in a local health area.

NASGP’s aim is to help set up and support GP locum chambers in every town and city in the UK. Whether you’re one or two locums who’d like to be part of a chambers in your area, or a CCG, federation, PCN or other similar organisation who’d value a locum chambers in their area to help support local practices, NASGP can get a chambers up and running in your area in no time.

From use of our comprehensive LocumDeck online locum chambers management software, with access to our suite of chambers management support tools and training, to even have NASGP completely manage your chamber for you. All with a very affordable operational cost based on a small percentage of your chamber members’ locum earnings.

Join Dr David Church and Dr Faye Stockton in a new GP Locum Chambers in Wales. As more members join, we’ll be creating more chambers across Wales.

Join Dr Anna Finkelstein in a new GP Locum Chambers for GP locums in north London.

Starting up a new network of GP Locum Chambers in Hertfordshire and West Exxex for GP locums working in Hertford, Ware, Enfield, Hatfield, Welwyn and Hertfordshire practices.

Join a new GP Locum Chambers for GP locums working in and around Chelmsford in Mid-Essex and at practices in Broomfield, Great Baddow, Maldon, Billericay, Brentwood, Shenfield and Woodham Ferrers.

Join a brand new GP Locum Chambers for NASGP members in and around  Nottingham and Derby, including practices in Beeston, Netherfield, Mansfield and Loughborough.

Join Dr Aswin Thampy, the Chambers Lead of our fastest-growing GP Locum Chambers in Manchester. If you work in Greater Manchester, Bolton, Oldham or Stockport, get in touch.

Frimley Locum Hub is a community of GP locums connecting with local practices in the Frimley area, including Ascot, Bracknell, Farnham, Maidenhead, North East Hampshire, Slough, Surrey Heath and Windsor.

From 1st April 2021, join an established GP Locum Chambers in the Cumbria and Lancashire area, including Carlisle, Penrith, Preston, Lancaster and Kendal, and now part of the NASGP community!

Join a brand new GP Locum Chambers for NASGP members in and around Leicester, Coventry and the Leicestershire area.

Join Dr Alicia Barnes at a new GP Locum Chambers around Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire, including Tamworth, Lichfield and Cannock Chase.

Join GP locums in BOB (Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire) Locum Chambers, working with practices across High WycombeOxford and Aylesbury.

Join Dr Camille Gajria at a new GP Locum Chambers in Ealing in west London.

Join a new GP locum chambers in Norfolk & Waveney with GP Careers Plus, in association with Norfolk and Waveney CCG.

Join a new network of GP locum chambers in Cambridge and Cambridgeshire, covering GP locums working across Wisbech, Soham, St Ives, Huntingdon, Cambourne, Trumpington and Grantchester.

A new ‘seed’ GP Locum Chambers in West Yorkshire for any locums in the Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield and Huddersfield areas.

Join Dr Vinod Ojha at a brand new GP locum chambers in Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire.

Join Dr Tim Davis to set up a new network of locum chambers across Devon, Cornwall and the south-west of England including Plymouth, Exeter, Penzance and Truro.

Join Dr Sitwat Qadir at a chambers in Lincoln for GP locums working in the city and Lincolnshire.

Join North East Essex Locum Chambers to connect with other GP locums around in and around Colchester, Manningtree, Clacton-on-Sea, Mersea Island, Harwich and north-east Essex, in association with North East Essex CCG.

Join Dr Justine Hall at new chambers for GP locums working in or around West Surrey practices in Guildford, Waverley, Woking and Farnham.

Join GP locums working in the south-west Thames area, including in south-west London, Surrey, Hounslow, Richmond upon Thames and Kingston upon Thames.

Join Dr Shampa Hazra, Chamber Lead for North Worcestershire Locum Chambers, and Dr Manuel Villarreal, Chamber Lead for South Worcestershire Locum Chamber, to connect with GP locums working in and around Worcester and Worcestershire, including at practices in Evesham, Redditch and the Malverns.

Join Dr Richard Smith, a GP locum in West Suffolk, at a new chambers for West Suffolk, including Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Thetford and Stowmarket.

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Our in-depth guide to NASGP Locum Chambers

GP Locum Chambers - A modern solution for tomorrow's GP workforce

NHS England has released a paper to empower clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to set up GP locum chambers in their areas.

Download PDF: ‘GP locum chambers – A modern solution for tomorrow’s GP workforce’ (NHS England)

Chambers FAQs

Why should an established GP pay a chambers fee for work at a practice?

In spite of the chamber fee, many locums in chamber report that they earn more working via chambers compared to being a freelance locum, because the wraparound professional and administrative services of the chambers frees up time and expands your opportunities to earn. Being in a chamber means that most of the day-to-day hassles of finding work, making bookings, managing your admin and setting up CPD and appraisal opportunities are removed. You can choose how to use the extra time and energy available to you. Some chambers locums, reassured by the support of chambers, feel able to work more sessions in a wider range of practices. Others focus on developing special clinical interests (all very welcome in chambers) or take on non-clinical roles as part of a portfolio career.

In NASGP Locum Chambers, your pay rates for locum work are your business, set entirely by you to reflect what you see as your value to practices and to cover your needs.

I’m an established GP locum and I already have work in my regular practices which I don’t want to risk losing to other locums

If you have an established relationship with a practice, your chambers will help you maintain that relationship. Practices can ‘Favourite’ you and specifically book you.

A new benefit to your regular practice of working with you is that you now have chambers colleagues to cover you in the event of any last minute absences. And likewise, you can cross-cover your locum colleagues’ practices when they’re absent. It’s a collaboration rather than a competition.

How can I claim my locum chambers fee for tax purposes?

Fees paid to your chamber are tax deductible. Your accountant will be able to give you personalised advice. Generally, the suggestion would be to show the fee on your tax return as either ‘other office costs’ or ‘admin support’ rather than ‘professional subs’ (which normally relates to membership of a professional body, rather than buying a specific service). So long as it is analysed consistently, it doesn’t really matter how it’s classified on your tax return.

Are locums in Chambers self-employed or employed?

GP locums can work either as a self-employed individual or through their own limited company.

How do chambers organise continuing professional development (CPD)?

Chambers have a budget to employ dedicated staff to organise in-house training – such as BLS or safeguarding – or regular programmes of evening education, open to all local GPs.

As chambers locums perform all their locum work through the chambers, their management team act as a feedback conduit from employing practices, including the dreaded “We no longer want to book Dr X again” – as an independent locum, Dr X would be none the wiser, but in chambers they have the benefit of learning from this sort of event. Often the practice that initiates this type of feedback learns something constructive about how to improve their practice systems too.

Many chambers have monthly or bi-monthly internal clinical governance meetings as part of their conditions of membership, where all members meet up to discuss significant events and spread best practice.

Does all my GP work have to be through my Chambers?

A GP locum chambers is a partnership of GP locums, all working together to pool their professional resources to provide support and a clinical governance framework for their GP locum work.

Once a chambers is properly up and running, working as a GP locum outside the chambers partnership therefore undermines your chambers quite significantly. But whilst the chambers is getting up and going – and especially during Covid – members could get GP locum work outside the chambers if really necessary. Wherever possible, the locum should ask their Chambers Manager to liaise with the practice to get any work put through the chambers.

Of course, out-of-hours, appraisals, salaried work etc all have their own clinical governance and support networks, so that won’t present an issue with your chamber colleagues – that can all be performed outside the chambers.

How quickly can I join an NASGP Locum Chambers?

Very quickly! Once an NASGP member applies to join a locum chambers, it can be a matter of days until their application is approved. 

For example one NASGP member went from application to membership in just 11 days in 2020. Two weeks later he was booked for seven all-day sessions through the same chambers. 

We recommend that GP locums who are keen to fast-track their application get their references ready to speed up the process. 

NASGP Chambers manager Ali Lewis says she managed to add a new locum chambers member in just 10 days. 

Ali says: “The GP is early on in his career, and very focused – it has only taken 10 days to get him from his application to chambers to chambers membership. 

“He’d filled in as much information as he could in his application, and got his references ready.”

But Ali adds, some GP locums prefer to take it slow – and that’s fine too. 

She says: “Not every GP can join as quickly as he could. 

“For example, another GP locum got in touch with us last May. She is moving across the country with her family, and looking for a new home at the same time, so her application took a few months. 

“Everyone’s circumstances are different and the important thing for us is to go at the GP’s pace.”

Join an NASGP locum chambers near you today.

How do I join an NASGP locum chambers?

To join an existing NASGP locum chambers, log into the LocumDeck dashboard (members.nasgp.org.uk/espip/my_account.php).

In the list of NASGP locum chambers, click the one you want to apply to and click ‘apply’. A chambers manager will get in touch.

It’s that easy to join a GP locum chambers.

Do you have any testimonials from GPs in NASGP Locum Chambers?

Yes, we do.  Members say:

–”I know how isolating it can be to be a locum, and I wanted to fight a way to tackle that. So when I read about NASGP Locum Chambers, I thought: this is an ideal thing. In a chambers we know that we are part of a group. It will feel like a virtual surgery.” Dr Vin Ohja, Stoke Chambers.

–“I was delighted to have been invited to join GP locum chambers. I enjoy great peer support from my colleagues via our monthly meetings.” Dr Chloe Evans, Oxford Chambers.

–“The NASGP locum chambers that I’m in has provided invaluable assistance to me before and throughout Covid-19. All aspects of locum work have been made easier – from accessing work to ensuring invoicing and documentation is all sorted. I feel more secure and can devote more of my energy on my clinical work.” Dr Richard Smith, West Suffolk Chambers.

Chambers membership gives GPs a chance to work in a local group of locums – sharing advice, covering one another’s shifts in emergencies and getting the support GP locums need to make the most of their careers. Our chambers support manager handles admin chores like invoice-chasing and complaints management. Members also get extra benefits, like 10% off indemnity costs with Medical Protection membership. 

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To join, login to LocumDeck and find your local chambers on the homepage, or sign up to NASGP’s Chambers plan today.

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It can send an email confirming the sessions that are booked and creates and emails invoices direct to the practice for you. These contain links to your beautifully laid out ‘credentials’ page with all your relevant documents, and a model contract that is all ready for you to accept or edit.

It automatically produces and sends the locum form A, and will produce locum form B. It also acts as the calendar... And it all happens automatically. It is really less than a minute to invoice and do the pension forms, with everything calculated perfectly."

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Chambers FAQs

Why should an established GP pay a chambers fee for work at a practice?

In spite of the chamber fee, many locums in chamber report that they earn more working via chambers compared to being a freelance locum, because the wraparound professional and administrative services of the chambers frees up time and expands your opportunities to earn. Being in a chamber means that most of the day-to-day hassles of finding work, making bookings, managing your admin and setting up CPD and appraisal opportunities are removed. You can choose how to use the extra time and energy available to you. Some chambers locums, reassured by the support of chambers, feel able to work more sessions in a wider range of practices. Others focus on developing special clinical interests (all very welcome in chambers) or take on non-clinical roles as part of a portfolio career.

In NASGP Locum Chambers, your pay rates for locum work are your business, set entirely by you to reflect what you see as your value to practices and to cover your needs.

I’m an established GP locum and I already have work in my regular practices which I don’t want to risk losing to other locums

If you have an established relationship with a practice, your chambers will help you maintain that relationship. Practices can ‘Favourite’ you and specifically book you.

A new benefit to your regular practice of working with you is that you now have chambers colleagues to cover you in the event of any last minute absences. And likewise, you can cross-cover your locum colleagues’ practices when they’re absent. It’s a collaboration rather than a competition.

How can I claim my locum chambers fee for tax purposes?

Fees paid to your chamber are tax deductible. Your accountant will be able to give you personalised advice. Generally, the suggestion would be to show the fee on your tax return as either ‘other office costs’ or ‘admin support’ rather than ‘professional subs’ (which normally relates to membership of a professional body, rather than buying a specific service). So long as it is analysed consistently, it doesn’t really matter how it’s classified on your tax return.

Are locums in Chambers self-employed or employed?

GP locums can work either as a self-employed individual or through their own limited company.

How do chambers organise continuing professional development (CPD)?

Chambers have a budget to employ dedicated staff to organise in-house training – such as BLS or safeguarding – or regular programmes of evening education, open to all local GPs.

As chambers locums perform all their locum work through the chambers, their management team act as a feedback conduit from employing practices, including the dreaded “We no longer want to book Dr X again” – as an independent locum, Dr X would be none the wiser, but in chambers they have the benefit of learning from this sort of event. Often the practice that initiates this type of feedback learns something constructive about how to improve their practice systems too.

Many chambers have monthly or bi-monthly internal clinical governance meetings as part of their conditions of membership, where all members meet up to discuss significant events and spread best practice.

Does all my GP work have to be through my Chambers?

A GP locum chambers is a partnership of GP locums, all working together to pool their professional resources to provide support and a clinical governance framework for their GP locum work.

Once a chambers is properly up and running, working as a GP locum outside the chambers partnership therefore undermines your chambers quite significantly. But whilst the chambers is getting up and going – and especially during Covid – members could get GP locum work outside the chambers if really necessary. Wherever possible, the locum should ask their Chambers Manager to liaise with the practice to get any work put through the chambers.

Of course, out-of-hours, appraisals, salaried work etc all have their own clinical governance and support networks, so that won’t present an issue with your chamber colleagues – that can all be performed outside the chambers.

How quickly can I join an NASGP Locum Chambers?

Very quickly! Once an NASGP member applies to join a locum chambers, it can be a matter of days until their application is approved. 

For example one NASGP member went from application to membership in just 11 days in 2020. Two weeks later he was booked for seven all-day sessions through the same chambers. 

We recommend that GP locums who are keen to fast-track their application get their references ready to speed up the process. 

NASGP Chambers manager Ali Lewis says she managed to add a new locum chambers member in just 10 days. 

Ali says: “The GP is early on in his career, and very focused – it has only taken 10 days to get him from his application to chambers to chambers membership. 

“He’d filled in as much information as he could in his application, and got his references ready.”

But Ali adds, some GP locums prefer to take it slow – and that’s fine too. 

She says: “Not every GP can join as quickly as he could. 

“For example, another GP locum got in touch with us last May. She is moving across the country with her family, and looking for a new home at the same time, so her application took a few months. 

“Everyone’s circumstances are different and the important thing for us is to go at the GP’s pace.”

Join an NASGP locum chambers near you today.

How do I join an NASGP locum chambers?

To join an existing NASGP locum chambers, log into the LocumDeck dashboard (members.nasgp.org.uk/espip/my_account.php).

In the list of NASGP locum chambers, click the one you want to apply to and click ‘apply’. A chambers manager will get in touch.

It’s that easy to join a GP locum chambers.

Do you have any testimonials from GPs in NASGP Locum Chambers?

Yes, we do.  Members say:

–”I know how isolating it can be to be a locum, and I wanted to fight a way to tackle that. So when I read about NASGP Locum Chambers, I thought: this is an ideal thing. In a chambers we know that we are part of a group. It will feel like a virtual surgery.” Dr Vin Ohja, Stoke Chambers.

–“I was delighted to have been invited to join GP locum chambers. I enjoy great peer support from my colleagues via our monthly meetings.” Dr Chloe Evans, Oxford Chambers.

–“The NASGP locum chambers that I’m in has provided invaluable assistance to me before and throughout Covid-19. All aspects of locum work have been made easier – from accessing work to ensuring invoicing and documentation is all sorted. I feel more secure and can devote more of my energy on my clinical work.” Dr Richard Smith, West Suffolk Chambers.

Chambers membership gives GPs a chance to work in a local group of locums – sharing advice, covering one another’s shifts in emergencies and getting the support GP locums need to make the most of their careers. Our chambers support manager handles admin chores like invoice-chasing and complaints management. Members also get extra benefits, like 10% off indemnity costs with Medical Protection membership. 

Download survey results

To join, login to LocumDeck and find your local chambers on the homepage, or sign up to NASGP’s Chambers plan today.

"I have found LocumDeck to be the most helpful and invaluable resource for keeping bookings and accounts. I want to thank you for the wonderful service you provide. Many thanks once again for all the NASGP provides, and particularly for use of the excellent resource LocumDeck has proved to be – something I have recommended to many colleagues who have taken a step to locum work."

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Dr Ruth Snowball

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