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.
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.
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.
Changes to IR35 mean that from April 2017 it is now the responsibility of GP practices to ensure their locums' employment status is correct. Katie Singer explains what this means and provides a model contract that practices can use.
Research your options carefully when considering how to recruit locums.
A written agreement, negotiated and finalised in advance, ensures both parties know what is expected.
Practices should prepare well for a new locum GP or prepare them to fail.
Practice systems vary, so use a check list to ensure your locum is able to do a good job.
Provide locums with details about the patient they are visiting, their situation and their home.
If properly enabled, GP locums can provide effective care for patients and add real value to practices.
Some practices are finding it difficult to fill locum vacancies, so how can you make your practice stand out from the crowd?
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.
Jenny Stone explains how paying the employer's share of locums' NHS pension contributions will impact on practices' finances.