There are several benefits to working as a locum GP.
You’re in control – as a locum, you decide when and where you work. You can take time off when you want, work 10 sessions a week or just a couple. If a practice you locum at isn’t a good fit for you, you can choose not to book shifts there again.
You’re the boss – you can set and negotiate your own pay. You also decide where you work and how far you travel for work. As a self-employed worker, you can also claim more expenses against your taxes to increase your annual income.
Variety is the spice of life – working anywhere you want, you can pick up a block booking in an area of the country you want to visit, taking a week by the coast or in the Lake District. You also get to see how different practices operate to build your own experience and best practices. If you’re considering a salaried role for a few sessions or more, you can try out practices as a locum first to see if it suits you.