GP locums in Suffolk and North East Essex

SNEE logos for NASGP funded GP locum membership scheme

If you are a GP who wants to work in Suffolk and North East Essex, you qualify for fully-funded use of LocumDeck.

When you confirm just one in-person session at any participating local practice on LocumDeck we will automatically give you all the benefits of NASGP membership, and waive local booking fees until 30 June 2025.

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FULLY-FUNDED MEMBERSHIP

Benefits of using LocumDeck include:

  • Post your availability and book sessions instantly.
  • Add your local practices and get notified when they post session requests.
  • Set your own rate and booking terms – NASGP is not an agency.
  • Automate invoices and NHS pensions paperwork.

FULLY-FUNDED MEMBERSHIP

Pay the locum’s fee and employer pension contribution, nothing more – NASGP is not an agency.

  • Shortlist the locums you want to book.
  • Book and confirm available locums instantly.
  • Request sessions if the locum you need isn’t already available.
  • Get notified when shortlisted locums add availability.
  • Pay the locum’s fee and employer pension contribution – nothing more.
  • Automate administrative tasks, including paperless pension forms.
  • Call our helpdesk and get tips at live demos.

How do GPs join? 

GPs can sign up online on this page.

If you’re a GP and not yet a NASGP member, you can sign up here – absolutely no bank details or payments required. When you confirm your first in-person session in a local practice on LocumDeck you’ll be automatically enrolled to all the benefits of fully-funded NASGP membership for work carried out in-person in local practices.

If you’re already a paying NASGP member, when you confirm an in-person session at a participating practice we’ll pause your Direct Debit.

If you’re a GP and you’ve already signed up with NASGP before, contact us to reactivate your trial membership. Visit the ‘Contact us’ page or email info@nasgp.org.uk

Do I have to live in Suffolk and North East Essex to participate?

No, you don’t have to live in Suffolk and North East Essex to participate – you just have to confirm one or more in-person sessions at a local practice in the area to qualify.

How can I identify practices in one of NASGP’s funded regional partnerships? 

You can spot participating practices by the handshake icon by their name in LocumDeck.

How will NASGP know my membership is covered by the funded regional partnership? 

For GPs, NASGP automatically enters you into the regional partnership when you confirm an in-person session or more at a practice that has a handshake icon in LocumDeck.

What if my NASGP membership has now expired?

If you’re a GP and your previous membership has now expired, contact us to reactivate your trial membership. Visit the ‘Contact us’ page or email info@nasgp.org.uk.

What if my NASGP membership expires before it should?

Contact us info@nasgp.org.uk if you need to login and we will reactivate your membership.

What are the benefits of joining NASGP?

Being with NASGP makes your working life easier. Founded and run by GP locums, NASGP is the independent, membership support organisation for sessional GPs. We know how hard locum work can be and we have tools and resources that give you everything you need to work well as a locum.

LocumDeck, our platform, makes booking locum sessions easier for you and the practices you work with. We know you want to work on your own terms and have everything coordinated. So LocumDeck gives you a customisable terms template, and booking and invoicing tools to help you find the work you want and track your finances. Plus we give you everything you need to know to work as a GP locum in our Knowledgebase, News and Money and Pensions sections, and provide support and connection with your peers and our Membership Support Managers in our forums and from our helpdesk.

For even more support, this partnership also includes the option to join NASGP Locum Chambers. NASGP Locum Chambers is ideal for GP locums who don’t want to go it alone. Joining NASGP Locum Chambers means you become part of a respected collective. Each local NASGP Locum Chambers is a local team of up to 15 GP locums who meet up regularly. It is a collaborative group who share a dedicated manager and clinical director while retaining independence. Find out more.

The key features of NASGP membership include:

  • LocumDeck.
  • Weekly newsletter.
  • Resources.
  • Money and pensions information.
  • Discounts with partners.
  • Lower, capped booking fees.
  • NASGP Locum Rates Calculator.
  • AppraisalAid.

NASGP Locum Chambers membership (worth up to £251/month) includes all the benefits above, plus:

  • Chamber Management support.
  • A clinical director.
  • Monthly online meetings.
  • Peer support.
  • Monthly automated invoicing.

Benefits equivalent to both types of membership are fully-funded until 31 March 2024.

Is there a cost to making manual bookings?

No, there is never a cost to making a manual booking on LocumDeck. To qualify for regional funded membership, make sure the manual bookings you add are also confirmed on LocumDeck with the local practice.

‘Manual bookings’ are bookings that are not made through LocumDeck’s Instant Book system – for example if a practice manager texts you to book a session. To make a manual booking, add the practice or organisation to your LocumDeck address book. If the practice isn’t already on LocumDeck, you can add it manually to your address book. Add the manual booking to your LocumDeck calendar, and once you have completed a session, it’s ready immediately for you to generate the invoice and pension form.

We always recommend using LocumDeck to manage manual bookings so you can manage your calendar, invoices and terms for those sessions in one place. Read more about manual bookings and how to manage them on LocumDeck.

Once you get the hang of adding manual sessions, we strongly recommend that you take full advantage of using Instant Book, which is fully funded by the ICB for all sessions within this partnership. Instant Book saves so much time for GP locums and practices alike, and in areas where we’ve been running regional partnerships like this since 2020, it’s become the favourite way to book work. Find out more.

What fees apply for work outside the area?

Membership and Instant Book fees for local in-person work are completely covered by this regional partnership. When you confirm your first local booking within LocumDeck, your monthly membership fee and all Instant Book fees are both fully-funded until the partnership ends.

The partnership has been launched to support in-person sessions at local practices, but includes the flexibility for GPs to work outside the area. When you Instant Book for in-person sessions in practices with no handshake icon, your usual Instant Book fee applies. All sessions performed remotely through LocumDeck are subject to a remote session fee of £11.

What if a practice manager contacts me outside of LocumDeck to make a booking? 

It is very easy to make a manual booking – simply add the practice or organisation to your LocumDeck address book. If the practice isn’t already on LocumDeck, you can add it manually to your address book. Add the manual booking to your LocumDeck calendar, and once you have completed a session, it’s ready immediately for you to generate the invoice and pension form.

How do practices join LocumDeck? 

Practice managers can sign up for LocumDeck indefinitely at no cost on this page.

Do I have to live in Suffolk and North East Essex to participate?

No, you don’t have to live in Suffolk and North East Essex to participate. If you are a practice manager, your practice has to be in Suffolk and North East Essex to participate.

How will NASGP know my membership is covered by the funded regional partnership? 

NASGP knows you are taking part because partners have supplied a list of practices the partnerships cover.

Benefits for GPs

FULLY-FUNDED MEMBERSHIP

Benefits of using LocumDeck include:

  • Post your availability and book sessions instantly.
  • Add your local practices and get notified when they post session requests.
  • Set your own rate and booking terms – NASGP is not an agency.
  • Automate invoices and NHS pensions paperwork.

Benefits for practices

FULLY-FUNDED MEMBERSHIP

Pay the locum’s fee and employer pension contribution, nothing more – NASGP is not an agency.

  • Shortlist the locums you want to book.
  • Book and confirm available locums instantly.
  • Request sessions if the locum you need isn’t already available.
  • Get notified when shortlisted locums add availability.
  • Pay the locum’s fee and employer pension contribution – nothing more.
  • Automate administrative tasks, including paperless pension forms.
  • Call our helpdesk and get tips at live demos.

GP FAQs

How do GPs join? 

GPs can sign up online on this page.

If you’re a GP and not yet a NASGP member, you can sign up here – absolutely no bank details or payments required. When you confirm your first in-person session in a local practice on LocumDeck you’ll be automatically enrolled to all the benefits of fully-funded NASGP membership for work carried out in-person in local practices.

If you’re already a paying NASGP member, when you confirm an in-person session at a participating practice we’ll pause your Direct Debit.

If you’re a GP and you’ve already signed up with NASGP before, contact us to reactivate your trial membership. Visit the ‘Contact us’ page or email info@nasgp.org.uk

Do I have to live in Suffolk and North East Essex to participate?

No, you don’t have to live in Suffolk and North East Essex to participate – you just have to confirm one or more in-person sessions at a local practice in the area to qualify.

How can I identify practices in one of NASGP’s funded regional partnerships? 

You can spot participating practices by the handshake icon by their name in LocumDeck.

How will NASGP know my membership is covered by the funded regional partnership? 

For GPs, NASGP automatically enters you into the regional partnership when you confirm an in-person session or more at a practice that has a handshake icon in LocumDeck.

What if my NASGP membership has now expired?

If you’re a GP and your previous membership has now expired, contact us to reactivate your trial membership. Visit the ‘Contact us’ page or email info@nasgp.org.uk.

What if my NASGP membership expires before it should?

Contact us info@nasgp.org.uk if you need to login and we will reactivate your membership.

What are the benefits of joining NASGP?

Being with NASGP makes your working life easier. Founded and run by GP locums, NASGP is the independent, membership support organisation for sessional GPs. We know how hard locum work can be and we have tools and resources that give you everything you need to work well as a locum.

LocumDeck, our platform, makes booking locum sessions easier for you and the practices you work with. We know you want to work on your own terms and have everything coordinated. So LocumDeck gives you a customisable terms template, and booking and invoicing tools to help you find the work you want and track your finances. Plus we give you everything you need to know to work as a GP locum in our Knowledgebase, News and Money and Pensions sections, and provide support and connection with your peers and our Membership Support Managers in our forums and from our helpdesk.

For even more support, this partnership also includes the option to join NASGP Locum Chambers. NASGP Locum Chambers is ideal for GP locums who don’t want to go it alone. Joining NASGP Locum Chambers means you become part of a respected collective. Each local NASGP Locum Chambers is a local team of up to 15 GP locums who meet up regularly. It is a collaborative group who share a dedicated manager and clinical director while retaining independence. Find out more.

The key features of NASGP membership include:

  • LocumDeck.
  • Weekly newsletter.
  • Resources.
  • Money and pensions information.
  • Discounts with partners.
  • Lower, capped booking fees.
  • NASGP Locum Rates Calculator.
  • AppraisalAid.

NASGP Locum Chambers membership (worth up to £251/month) includes all the benefits above, plus:

  • Chamber Management support.
  • A clinical director.
  • Monthly online meetings.
  • Peer support.
  • Monthly automated invoicing.

Benefits equivalent to both types of membership are fully-funded until 31 March 2024.

Is there a cost to making manual bookings?

No, there is never a cost to making a manual booking on LocumDeck. To qualify for regional funded membership, make sure the manual bookings you add are also confirmed on LocumDeck with the local practice.

‘Manual bookings’ are bookings that are not made through LocumDeck’s Instant Book system – for example if a practice manager texts you to book a session. To make a manual booking, add the practice or organisation to your LocumDeck address book. If the practice isn’t already on LocumDeck, you can add it manually to your address book. Add the manual booking to your LocumDeck calendar, and once you have completed a session, it’s ready immediately for you to generate the invoice and pension form.

We always recommend using LocumDeck to manage manual bookings so you can manage your calendar, invoices and terms for those sessions in one place. Read more about manual bookings and how to manage them on LocumDeck.

Once you get the hang of adding manual sessions, we strongly recommend that you take full advantage of using Instant Book, which is fully funded by the ICB for all sessions within this partnership. Instant Book saves so much time for GP locums and practices alike, and in areas where we’ve been running regional partnerships like this since 2020, it’s become the favourite way to book work. Find out more.

What fees apply for work outside the area?

Membership and Instant Book fees for local in-person work are completely covered by this regional partnership. When you confirm your first local booking within LocumDeck, your monthly membership fee and all Instant Book fees are both fully-funded until the partnership ends.

The partnership has been launched to support in-person sessions at local practices, but includes the flexibility for GPs to work outside the area. When you Instant Book for in-person sessions in practices with no handshake icon, your usual Instant Book fee applies. All sessions performed remotely through LocumDeck are subject to a remote session fee of £11.

What if a practice manager contacts me outside of LocumDeck to make a booking? 

It is very easy to make a manual booking – simply add the practice or organisation to your LocumDeck address book. If the practice isn’t already on LocumDeck, you can add it manually to your address book. Add the manual booking to your LocumDeck calendar, and once you have completed a session, it’s ready immediately for you to generate the invoice and pension form.

Practice FAQs

How do practices join LocumDeck? 

Practice managers can sign up for LocumDeck indefinitely at no cost on this page.

Do I have to live in Suffolk and North East Essex to participate?

No, you don’t have to live in Suffolk and North East Essex to participate. If you are a practice manager, your practice has to be in Suffolk and North East Essex to participate.

How will NASGP know my membership is covered by the funded regional partnership? 

NASGP knows you are taking part because partners have supplied a list of practices the partnerships cover.

What GPs in Suffolk and Essex say about LocumDeck

"The NASGP and the GP locum chambers that I'm in have provided invaluable assistance both before and through Covid-19 to me as a full-time GP locum. All aspects of locum work have been made easier as a result of membership and the chamber's support structure - from accessing work, to ensuring invoicing and documentation is all sorted, and access to other locums as peer support. Having a chamber manager means I feel more secure and can devote more of my energy on my clinical work."

Dr Richard Smith, GP, Suffolk

Dr Richard Smith, GP, Suffolk

"Joining NASGP's Locum Chambers in Essex after CCT has been a fantastic decision for me. The Chambers structure provides support with my locum work as well as a peer support network with regular meetings.

The Chambers support also extends to support with complaints when these occur. This is an amazing benefit that helps to minimise the professional isolation that can come with being a locum.

The Instant Book feature within LocumDeck makes arranging sessions easy. Whilst getting things set up initially does take a bit of work, this eventually pays off and the return on this initial time investment is impressive. New features are always being added based on feedback from members. "

Dr Shanil Shivji, GP, Essex

"Since joining NASGP Locum Chambers I have noted a positive change which I feel has made a significant contribution in both my professional and personal life.

LocumDeck's booking system puts me in touch with a large number of surgeries. I work part-time and the software is intricately tailored to facilitate working at my pace and choice.

In addition, I have access to the NASGP Locum Chambers' supporting infrastructure such as the Chambers Manager through whom all my admin work (like generating invoices and pension forms) is organised. In the past this felt like a load. Now I feel that my time is 'freed up' and so I have a better work-life balance. Working with NASGP Locum Chambers has simplified my life."

Dr Smita Iyer, GP, Essex

"I started my career as a GP locum last year a week after CCT. I strongly agree with the doctors who praise the NASGP team. If there is no NASGP, there would be no GP locum called Dr Darshanie Seneviratne.

The team is absolutely amazing especially Dr Richard Fieldhouse, Ali Lewis and Jacqui Gumbrell – all providing unbelievable support to us. I've never seen such urgent assistance from any other team at any point in my career. For example when one of my invoices was delayed by a month and a half, Ali was incredibly supportive. It is a very good strength for us as we have support with any issues. I would like to stay with this amazing team forever. "

Dr Darshanie Seneviratne, GP, Essex

"I fell into a salaried role post-CCT, so faced with an unexpected relocation to a completely new area of the country the thought of GP locuming was incredibly daunting.

The assistance I have received from NASGP has been invaluable. I have received excellent and patient admin support when setting up my LocumDeck account. I have enjoyed the monthly chambers meetings I have attended: this made locuming feel far less isolating.

I have easily found plentiful work and am grateful for the invoicing and pension forms being taken care of – this gives me time to focus on the clinical work or make the most of precious days off.

With the support of NASGP Locum Chambers I have filled my diary working in a variety of practices in my new area, and have now joined one practice I enjoyed locuming at on a salaried basis while I continue to do some locum work on top using LocumDeck."

Dr Joanne Wright, GP, Essex

"I find Instant Book, the instant booking facility, invaluable - it is a huge time-saver. "

Dr Karin Ashar, GP locum, Harlow, Essex

Our partners

Suffolk and North East Essex ICB

We plan and buy healthcare services for over 1 million people, working closely with partners to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.

Suffolk and North East Essex Training Hub

Suffolk and North East Essex Training Hub’s key aim is to establish a local education and training infrastructure to help support the primary care workforce of today and tomorrow to ensure they have the necessary skills, values and behaviours to deliver high quality care.

We also connect practices with practice nurses locally.

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