Becoming a locum GP through Key Medical Services can be a very rewarding move at any stage in a GP’s career. New GPs may choose locum work while they decide where they want to settle, some GPs make a career of being a locum, established GPs in permanent positions can take on locum work to enjoy greater flexibility and explore different avenues, and more experienced GPs can become locums as a way to semi-retire so that they can work as and when they choose.

Indeed, the onset of Covid-19 encouraged a lot of brave retired practitioners to re-enter the locum market to help administer care for those affected by the virus. Becoming a locum with Key Medical Services is a relatively simple process, and we’ve broken it up into three easily digested steps:

Three simple steps to becoming a locum GP:

1. Register with the GMC and as a limited company

In order to begin your career as a locum GP with us, you must be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) as a GP and be on a GP performers’ list, just as you would for a permanent position. From there, you will need to register as an independent limited company, which is the most tax-efficient way to work.

Once completed, you will be a director of your own company, which will mean being responsible for completing a small amount of additional admin every month. You will be responsible for you own tax and will need to be fiscally responsible in recording your expenses and keeping receipts.

2. Register with Key Medical Services

Once you have decided to operate as a locum, you will be looking for assignments and opportunities, and Key Medical Services is the perfect choice of partner to find you assignments that fit your lifestyle. This is a very exciting moment in your career where you have free reign to decide what kind of work will suit your life and your career goals.

Getting in touch with Key Medical Services will give you the benefits of our experience as we have built relationships with independent practices and local authorities around the UK. We take the time to assess your requirements and match your skills with the optimal position for you. We can also assist with your with administrative tasks, help you stay on top of compliance requirements, and help you quickly ‘onboard’ from assignment to assignment.

We’ve made the registration process as simple as possible and can be completed in just a few minutes and from there quickly enjoy assignments that align with your career goals!

Register here

3. Enjoy flexible assignments and develop your career!

Key Medical Services align the roles we source with your career goals and skill development so that you are always building towards your future. We provide multiple assignments based on your availability, and from there all you have to do is say which ones you’d like to take on!

What to expect from life as a locum:

Freedom and flexibility. You will have control over your working hours and can spread your assignments out to accommodate additional training, writing for a medical journal, attending or delivering speeches, talks and conferences, relaxing or focusing on your own health and wellbeing, etc.

Locum work means you can expect to see and help a wider variety of patients, but does mean that you won’t establish long-term patient rapport, however, many find the experience exciting, ever-changing and fulfilling.

If you are considering becoming a locum and are looking for advice on how to source assignments, our team of specialist consultants at Key Medical Services would be happy to guide you in this time. They can help you get your compliance levels up to 100% and help source the best locum opportunities that suit your career goals.

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