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BMA launches locum handbook

The Locum GPs Handbook will be officially launched at the BMA conference Sessional GPs: Redefining Success and each attendee will receive a free copy.

The handbook is currently available online only, but print copies will be available from October.

It provides advice on starting out as a locum, setting up your business, and establishing a contract for services with providers.

It discusses different types of locum work, and contains information for locums on professional considerations such as appraisal and networking. It also explains the representation of locum GPs nationally and locally.

It builds on the success of the Salaried GPs Handbook.

Share your experiences

Locum GPs can make contact with other locums on a new discussion on the BMJ doc2doc forum.

Doctors who have posted comments on the site since it went live last month have been discussing why GPs choose to work as locums, how to find locum work in London, what practices look for in locums, and how locum GPs can stay on top of audits.

In a discussion about what to look for in a locum, one poster writes: ‘Firstly, turning up at the correct time. Hard work, medical competence and pleasant personality. Be nice to patients and to receptionists.’

Another, discussing why she has chosen to be a GP locum, says: ‘It was hard at first, but I’ve discovered so many advantages that I don’t think I could ever go back to a permanent job … The flexibility helps me juggle my career mum status.’

Anyone can read the comments on the doc2doc network but to post or comment on other people’s posts, you need to register.