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