Once a GP has qualified from medical school and undertaken their placements it is time for them to decide on where they would like to work. Some GPs choose to work in general practice in NHS surgeries others prefer to look to private practice. There is also a third option which is to work as a locum. All doctors surgeries will have Locum Insurance like that offered by MPRS Locum Insurance that will cover the costs of needing a locum to come in and fulfil the role of a GP for a given period of time. Without this type of insurance, it can be incredibly expensive for a doctors surgery to have the cover support that they need to be able to run their surgery efficiently and effectively for their patients.
There are many advantages to working as a locum and some of these include:
- Have final choice over when and where you work and the ability to decide how many hours your work each week and the daily schedule that you want to work to.
- Can work around other commitments such as family or other part-time jobs that you may have and will be able to take time off when needed rather than needing to negotiate these on a rota basis.
- By being a locum in the geographical area that you want to work in you will be making contacts in lots of different GP practices and you may be the first one to find out when they have a permanent vacancy available.