Working as a freelance GP locum

7th July 2020 by NASGP

Working as a freelance GP locum

The National Association of Sessional GPs was founded in 1997 by GP locums who all recognised the professional isolation of working independently in different practices, often in conditions that they we had not anticipated during the protected years of our training and partnerships. Back then, GP locums weren’t even allowed to contribute to the NHS pension scheme, so that was first on our list.

So here we’ve put together everything any GP needs to know about stepping into the exciting world of working as a GP locum. And we do really mean that. It can be a real thrill to explore new geographical areas, working in lots of different premises, helping out struggling practices, seeing thousands of different patients, giving your personal slant on their care, tweaking or reinforcing their existing management where necessary.

You’ll see that throughout, as well as explaining how to do all this yourself, we also refer to LocumDeck, our online locum management platform, that is packed with tools that take away a lot of the technical hurdles of being a GP locum, and replace it with really useful features to make sure you’re in full control of your very own locum practice.

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"Work as GP locum provides me both flexibility and autonomy together with great job satisfaction. However, there are some complexities one needs to address in starting out and doing everything right.

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.

LocumDeck makes my running things as a self-employed GP almost effortless - I don't think I would want to work without it. Invoicing is streamlined and the website is very user-friendly. After a busy week at work, the last thing you want is to spend hours on business admin. LocumDeck is a real timesaver.
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Dr James O’Mahony

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