Work can be sought by contacting practices direct and asking to be added to their email list (often they will want copies of your paperwork – GMC, MDU/MPS, CRB, immunisation etc.), and then joining the bunfight when they email everyonewith sessions available.
There are some locum websites that, if you area member, allow you to see sessions and book practices and vice versa. At present, I do not think any practices are signed up to this, but if enough people decide to use them, no doubt the practices will join up too. Websites are below. Please note we do not endorse any – this is for information only:
www.gplocumdirect.co.uk (£8/month I think)
www.locumorganiser.com (£10 + vat)
Setting your locum fees
Competition law does not permit recommending locum fee rates. However the BMA and the National Association of Sessional GPs have jointly published guidance on how individual locums can set their fees.
The pdf also contains a handy calculator in Excel format enabling you to do the calculations very simply. Click here for the guidance on calculating locum fees.
Locum booking forms
Some practices send written confirmation, others will just confirm by email. It is an idea to keep all confirmations together in a file.
A tricky, personal area. You should really be given enough notice to get more work, but cancellation fees should be made clear at the time of confirmation of the work if you intend to charge.
Weekly, monthly, it doesn’t matter. Just don’t forget to do it! Adding you fees/cancellation policy to the bottom of all of your invoices means practices know where they stand.
Getting an accountant makes it a lot easier. You are now self employed, so the rules on what you can claim as expenses are different. A simple guide from HMRC may help: Employed or self-employed? It is a guide to employment status for tax and National Insurance contributions.