It’s so important to surround yourself with a support network. You are not alone as a locum. There are a lot of us out there and it’s important to stay connected and help each other.
This not only can help you through clinical issues, and networking, but also helps rack up those hours of CPD.
You may already know of a local group, or why not set up your own? A mix of locums and salaried/ partner colleagues works well.
of your local post graduate education centre. Meetings not only provide useful CPD opportunities, but it’s a great place to network and prevent any feelings of isolation.
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Even if it’s just for the first year or so. A good specialist medical accountant will save you more money than you spend on their fee. A typical fee equates to a day’s locum work, and you’ll be able to get on with what you do best, secure in the knowledge that your tax is being minimised and HMRC rules are being complied with. Ask local GPs who they would recommend.
The trade union and professional body for doctors in the UK.
TIKO’s Facebook group and Resilient GP Facebook group are both closed groups, only for GPs. Great resources for advice on anything GP related that’s bothering you- clinical or non clinical. There are locum / sessional groups too, and likely a local locum or post VTS closed group local to you. Why not ask around? This can be another great way to organise learning events and feel part of a community.
LMCs support and promote General Practice. As a locum, your LMC can give you professional advice and support. They can help mediate between you and practices for fair play- for example late payments. There is usually a payment to join, but the first year of qualification is sometimes free.
You can search for your LMC here:
Support for GP locums in Wales: http://www.gpone.wales.nhs.uk/gp-locums
Appraisal and CPD support for GP locums in Northern Ireland: http://www.nimdta.gov.uk
Support for newly qualified GPs in Scotland: http://www.newgpscotland.com/scotland
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