GP locum chambers

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.

Your GP Locum Chambers

Dr Saumya Jha is a GP locum in the Barnet area and is working with NASGP to set up a new GP Locum Chambers.

A brand new GP Locum Chambers for NASGP members in and around the Leicester area.

Dr Alicia Barnes is getting a new GP Locum Chambers off the ground  around the Burton-on-Trent and surrounding areas, between Leicester and Stoke-on-Trent.

A brand new GP Locum Chambers for NASGP members in and around the Nottingham area.

Dr Aswin Thampy is the Chambers Lead.

Starting up a new GP Locum Chambers.

Starting up a new GP Locum Chambers.

In association with Norfolk and Waveney CCG.

I’m Dr Vinod Ojha and am helping set up a brand new GP locum chambers in the Stoke-on-Trent area.

Dr Tim Davis is working with NASGP to set up a new network of locum chambers across the south west of England.

Dr Sitwat Qadir has been locuming in Lincoln for seven years and is getting a new GP Locum Chambers going.

North East Essex Locum Chambers in association with North East Essex CCG.

Dr Justine Hall is helping to get some some new locum chambers off the ground around the Guildford, Waverley, Woking and Farnham areas.

Across the SW Thames area.

Dr Shampa Hazra is the Chamber Lead for North Worcestershire Locum Chambers and Dr Manuel Villarreal the Chamber Lead for South Worcestershire Locum Chamber.

Dr Richard Smith is a GP locum in West Suffolk using LocumDeck, and is getting a new chambers off the ground locally.

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BOB Locum Chambers across High WycombeOxford and Aylesbury.

Frimley Locum Hub is a community of locum GPs Connecting with local practices covering Ascot, Bracknell, Farnham, Maidenhead, North East Hampshire, Slough, Surrey Heath and Windsor.

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

NHS England has realised the full potential of the model in terms of its ability to help support its commissioning agenda, and has released a paper to empower clinical commissioning groups to encourage or host locum GP chambers in their areas.

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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.

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I've generally found answers to any issues I've had on the NASGP website – an excellent repository of very relevant information. The blog and magazines alone are almost worth the small costs of membership. The fact that NASGP is run by motivated fellow GPs gives me confidence in their guidance and advice.

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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.

"I am delighted by the way the NASGP has grown and become such a good support group for locums and other non-principals. I have really appreciated the mailings and enjoyed attending one conference. Please keep up the good work!"

Dr Sarah Steed

Dr Sarah Steed

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