If you’ve been working in general practice for a while and are seeking a fresh new challenge or a better work/life balance, then working as a locum could be the right step for you to take. Here are some places you can look for that new locum position you’re seeking:
Be an Independent locum GP
This is the most popular method for working as a locum because of the independence and autonomy it provides. As an independent locum, you are in control of negotiating your own rates and the hours and days when you are available to work. You will still contribute towards your NHS pension and can concentrate on working with practices close to home, avoiding the need for a long commute. By fostering excellent relationships with local practices, you will also be guaranteed a constant flow of work. Recent studies by the British Medical Association have found that 75% of locum doctors book their work in this way.
It can be time-consuming to source work in this way and it requires a certain investment in time as you build up your relationships with practices in your local area. It can all seem a bit daunting at the start, but regular bookings should start to come in and then you’re working on your own terms.
Locum agencies or online job platforms
As mentioned above, building an independent practice takes time. To continue earning while you establish yourself, many GPs choose to find work through a dedicated agency. This is an excellent option if you need to find work quickly. You’ll work to their terms and conditions, so make sure you fully understand the commitment and cancellation policy. You can register with more than one agency which will increase your chance of finding a good placement. The practices that use this method of finding locum GPs are often large ones with a high staff turnover and a regular requirement for locum GPs to help out. For GP Locum Jobs, contact http://www.thegplocumagency.co.uk/
This set-up involves a fairly small group of locum GPs who work together to arrange and book work with local GP practices. You can continue to contribute to your NHS pension if working in this way and it’s a good solution for those who wish to have some peer support. Working independently might get a little lonely sometimes! A fee is normally deducted from earnings, which might not appeal to everyone. However, for those who don’t feel they want to always work independently.