Starting out as a GP locum: how to choose which practices to work at in your area

30th August 2021 by Dr Leila Saeed

Starting out as a GP locum: how to choose which practices to work at in your area

When newly qualified as a GP and looking for the surgery to locum in, it can be both exciting and daunting. You are now a ‘free’ agent to choose any surgery of your choice. No longer are you subject to a rota co-ordinator choosing your location and shifts. Having this freedom and the World as your feet brings with it many options and many questions. Being a locum gives you that luxury of choosing where you want to be with no strings attached.

You may do your research by talking to other GPs, talking to non-GP friends, or checking local surgery patient satisfaction scores (!). You may already have some places in mind i.e., the surgery where you trained (common and in fact what I did).

I have worked in many different surgeries and along the way, cultivated my own pros and cons for different surgeries, which I will share with you.

Large health centre vs small quaint surgery

Large health centre

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Starting out as a GP locum

"LocumDeck is so good and so intuitive that I am lost for words and utterly filled with glee.

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."

Dr Annette Steele

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