Locum rates across the UK

Every year Medeconomics surveys GP locums from across the country to find out what they earn for work booked directly with practices and work booked via agencies. Our latest survey was carried out in October 2016 and involved 648 respondents. Of these 140 took work from locum agencies.

You can access the latest tables below. There are also links to the locum rate tables from the previous two years, along with links to information and resources to help practices manage their locums more effectively.

Locum rates from previous years

Resources to help practices manage locums

Indicative locum rate set at £80 an hour

Indicative locum rate set at £80 an hour

NHS England has set an indicative rate for GP locum pay at £80 an hour and, in the coming weeks, practices will be asked to submit data on how many times they have paid above this rate.

CQC Essentials: GP locums

CQC Essentials: GP locums

In its inspections of GP practices, the CQC asks whether staff have the skills, knowledge and experience to deliver effective care and treatment - this includes temporary staff and GP locums.

Demonstrating that your GP locums are self-employed

Demonstrating that your GP locums are self-employed

Avoid disputes over the employment status of locums by following this guide and downloading a model contract.

Sourcing a suitable GP locum

Sourcing a suitable GP locum

Research your options carefully when considering how to recruit locums.

Agreeing terms and conditions with GP locums

Agreeing terms and conditions with GP locums

A written agreement, negotiated and finalised in advance, ensures both parties know what is expected.

Preparing for a new locum GP

Preparing for a new locum GP

Practices should prepare well for a new locum GP or prepare them to fail.

Equipping a GP locum to do their job safely and effectively

Equipping a GP locum to do their job safely and effectively

Practice systems vary, so use a check list to ensure your locum is able to do a good job.

Preparing GP locums to make effective home visits

Preparing GP locums to make effective home visits

Provide locums with details about the patient they are visiting, their situation and their home.

Making the most of your GP locum

Making the most of your GP locum

If properly enabled, GP locums can provide effective care for patients and add real value to practices.

Attracting GP locums to your practice

Attracting GP locums to your practice

Some practices are finding it difficult to fill locum vacancies, so how can you make your practice stand out from the crowd?

CQC Essentials: Practice induction packs

CQC Essentials: Practice induction packs

During an inspection, the CQC will check practice's arrangements for ensuring its policies and procedures are communicated to staff and implemented effectively - a practice induction pack could form part of this.

Dealing with locum GPs' superannuation

Dealing with locum GPs' superannuation

Jenny Stone explains how paying the employer's share of locums' NHS pension contributions will impact on practices' finances.


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