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Hopefully many of you will have seen that the BMA recently published our new Locum template terms and conditions and some of you will have already begun using them with practices.
If so, we would love to hear from you!
If you haven’t started using them yet, the document can be found here along with supporting guidance that explains all the legal terminology.
The purpose of the document is to set out basic protections for Locums and for practices and to take away the worry about correct legal terms. For most situations we would suggest you leave these as written, as they have been crafted by our legal team to ensure things like the risk of IR35 (ie being considered an employee by HMRC) are minimised.
The area that should always be completed is the work schedule section. This is probably the most important part for Locum GPs as it sets the understanding of workload from the outset and prevents disagreements down the line.
We do suggest you re-complete or reaffirm the job plan with each new booking at a practice as this is an essential part of ensuring you are regarded as self-employed. You don’t have to formally reassess it each time if it is working well, but an updated signature with your booking confirmation is recommended.
Are there any areas that aren’t working or aren’t clear in the guidance notes? Have practices been happy receiving them? The subcommittee is keen to make sure the Locum T&Cs are as useful and helpful as possible, so your feedback is essential. Please email us at [email protected] with your thoughts.
Ben Molyneux is part of the executive team on the sessional GPs subcommittee
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As you may already know, the NHS app was launched at the end of last year with the aim of improving patient access to digital health services. The app is free to download and use, and free for practices.