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Getting Started as a Locum GP

  1. Join the local Medical Performer’s List if you are not already on one.

  2. Contact the CCG in the area you plan to work to see if they have a locum list. Look at locum agencies covering your area.

  3. Join the Derbyshire locum list by emailing attaching the completed form: LOCUM APPLICATION FORM TO JOIN DERBYSHIRE CPD LOCUM LIST. These details are kept confidential and are not advertised on the website.

  4. Look at the National Association of Sessional GP’s website NASGP
  5. You may wish to join the Derbyshire Sessional GP’s Education group which has monthly Thursday afternoon meetings. These take place at the education Centre Chesterfield Royal Hospital where you will meet GP peers and update your learning (up to 30 hours a year including mandatory training in child safeguarding and CPR training). Please email your name, address and preferred email address to

  6. Look at the vacancies advertised on this website: Work Vacancies.

  7. Register for payment of Class 11 National Insurance contributions. Telephone 084591 54655, or follow the link to the Inland Revenue website
  8. Make sure you have a reliable email address and mobile telephone number to be contacted about work.

  9. Negotiate what fees you will charge with the practices before accepting a work booking. Confirm fees and dates/hours of work and arrangements regarding visits and administrative work in writing to the practice manager when you accept a locum booking.

  10. If this is your first time at a practice allow extra unpaid time to meet the practice staff and to familiarise yourself with the practice computer system and referrals/ prescribing. The practice should provide you with a locum pack of essential information and a drugs bag for visits if needed.

  11. Complete and ask the practice manager or OOH manager to sign the appropriate pension forms each month. Look at the website for NHS pensions for locums link:

  12. Send your NHS pensions forms and cheques to the appropriate CCG finance department: see Contacts.

  13. Ask the Practice Manager to complete the attached feedback form which you can submit with your yearly appraisal portfolio as supporting information on your performance as a locum. Locum GP Feedback Form

  14. Please be aware that if you are working as a Salaried GP with a GP practice you cannot locum with the same practice after your initial 6 months employment with the practice. After this time you will need to claim for any additional hours worked for the practice to be paid to you as additional hours added to your monthly salaried pay with tax and NI paid at source.


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