A Locum GP provides an invaluable service to the local community by covering temporary periods such as sick leave, staff holidays or training commitments.
Many people decide to work as a locum for a variety of reasons, including:
- The potential to increase and maximise income
- Flexible working conditions – ability to choose when and where to work
- Better work-life balance
- Variety – different working environments and patients
- The choice to explore career options and alternative work locations without committing to a long-term contract
It is understood that a Locum GP will earn a higher rate of pay per hour compared to a permanent GP in a fixed term contract. Typical starting daily rate for a Locum GP is £500. The average daily rate for a more experienced Locum GP is around £600 with the potential to grow to up to £800. Areas with high demands for GPs (less desirable areas) pay the best rates for Locum GPs
All Primary Care Professionals candidates can benefit from free financial advice from Primary Care Accountancy to ensure tax efficiency and any other financial support.
Qualifications and skills required for Locum GPs are the same as those required for Permanent GP positions:
- Degree in Medicine
- Foundation programme of General training
- Specialist training in general practice
Other training in key interest areas are also beneficial when seeking Locum GP work.
Access to CPD can be tricky as a locum, but Primary Care Professionals are here to offer guidance on local training sessions due to our strong working partnerships.
The flexibility of the working conditions and variety of working environments makes being a Locum GP very appealing. This is an ideal career path for those who enjoy a challenge and working with a wide range of patients.
Alongside the potential to increase income, other benefits of being a Locum GP include being able to offer patients alternative opinions, flexible working conditions and a great work-life balance.