Getting started as a locum
- Register for payment of CLASS II NATIONAL INSURANCE contributions. 084591-54655, or click the link to the Inland Revenue website.
- Join the NESG- this will keep you well informed of current working practices, you will receive notification of locum vacancies by email and other useful information. You can get support from other members at monthly NESG meetings. .
- Join a performer's list (contact NEPCSA North east Primary Care Contractor Services Agency deals with applications for lists held by Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland, South Tyneside and Northumberland) NEPCSA .
- Read all about locuming and the National Association of Sessional GPs code of good practice from the NASGP website.
- Decide what fees you will charge and be clear about these with practices when you accept/confirm bookings.
- Get email and a mobile phone to be contacted about work. It is also useful to have a fax number for receiving written confirmation of work which is booked at short notice. If you donít have a home fax machine you can sign up for a fax to email service for free at www.yac.com. This allows you to receive faxes as emails.
- Register with your local GP tutor for sessional GPs (Dr Paula Wright). To do this go to the Postgraduate Institute website then General Practice for more info on GP tutors. This will help ensure that you don't miss out on educational mailings
- Find out who to send your pension forms and cheques to at your PCT (see also pension page)
- Set up a spreadsheet to log all your earnings, expenses (mileage, subscriptions, courses, etc) and pension payments. Remember to set aside income for tax later.)
Setting your locum fees
The current law does not allow NESG to set recommended locum fees. However the BMA and the National Association of Sessional GPs have jointly published guidance on how individual locums can set their fees.
The pdf also contains a handy calculator in Excel format enabling you to do the calculations very simply
Guidance on calculating locum fees
Chambers is a model of working, where locums group together but maintain their self employed status. They employ a manager, work to agreed fees, and work together to maintain professional standards (through educational and SEA meetings, and proper recruitment procedures when joining). They pay a proportion of their income to the chambers (usually 10%), and can still participate in the nhs superannuation scheme. A chambers is not an agency and it is a model which has been tested in law. This model is thought to offer many benefits in terms in the context of revalidation.
Why do practices like them ?
They like having one point of contact; they are reassured by the clinical governance umbrella (recruiting interviewing, education, feedback, etc).
Read more about locum chambers in the link and attached document
OFT RULING 2003 ON ANAESTHETIST CHAMBERS
about locum chambers
Locum booking forms
Agreeing things in writing with a practice for each locum that you agree to do can be immensely helpful and can save arguments at a later date about what you did or did not agree to do.
Here are a couple of examples of booking forms that you might wish to use. If you would like to. please download them and amend them to your particular requirements.
Locum booking forms