Locum GPs enjoy more freedom than salaried GPs, for instance, since they’re only attached to a surgery for a certain period – and they’re always in demand. Just how in demand they are in a particular area will influence how much you earn.
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Long Term Locum GP - Plymouth, Devon £800 per day
MCG Healthcare is working with an established healthcare provider in Plymouth, Devon operating a well-managed...
A really good GP Surgery in Ashford are looking for a long term GP Locum to join their practice on a 6 - 12...
An excellent GP surgery in Maidstone are looking for a GP Locum to work short to long term with an earning of...
Long term Locum GP - 6 to 12 months
A really good GP Surgery in Bicester are looking for a long term GP Locum to join their practice on a 6 - 12...
Long term Locum GP - 12 months
An excellent GP Partnership on the South Coast of Kent are looking for an 6-9 session GP to work long term in...
This depends on where you work. Larger towns and cities tend to have a higher concentration of available GPs, so your rate would be lower there, perhaps around £650 per day. In urban areas where there are fewer GPs, you can earn up to £800 per day. Some practices do offer pay rates of up to £1,000 per day.
Because of the wording of the model contract it is hard to give a definitive answer to this question. Paragraph 1.7 of the model defines NHS employment as previous work for an NHS trust, primary care organisation, strategic health authority or special health authority, together with time as a GP provider or performer. From this it could be argued that provided a GP is performing primary medical services then it doesn’t matter if it was as a locum. Depending on how paragraph 1.7 is interpreted, locum work may not count toward a GP’s entitlement to maternity/paternity, sickness and redundancy benefits.
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.