Swansea Sessional GPs

To reduce isolation, provide support and improve local communication

Getting started as a Freelance (Locum) GP


Things you MUST do when starting off as a locum:


Make sure you are on the medical performers list as a GP locum


Inform Defence Body of work status and number of sessions per week


Register with HMRC for self employed status (click here for link)


Agree your locum rates, terms of service and have it in writing before starting work


Download NHS pension forms


Develop a robust system for bookings to prevent cancellations and double bookings


Develop a system for invoicing and tracking payments


Record all income, expenses and mileage as you go


Keep all receipts for expenses in case of a HMRC investigation


Set a side at least a third of your gross earnings for tax (rough estimate)


Know where to turn to for help and support


Make sure you are on the Wales Deanery Appraisal Database




Things to consider:


Make a list of contact details for practices in your area


Familiarise yourself with different computer systems


Learn how to use a spreadsheet


Get an accountant


Get Income protection/ critical illness cover


Consolidate your personal finances e.g. mortgage, savings, loans, credit cards


Decide what equipment, documents, paperwork you will need to carry with you


Decide what drugs you will carry in your bag if any at all


Plan your holidays in advance to prevent overwork and burnout


Join a Sessional GP group and attend meetings


Join the National Association of Sessional GPs


Join a Locum Agency



Further reading:


Locum Doctor Survival Guide (Paperback) by Robbie Coull


BMA Locum GP Handbook (2012)  Password proctected access for BMA members only