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How much are locums costing your practice?

Whatever the cost – and it varies hugely around the UK – it’s set to increase by 5.5% in April 2020. As you will be aware, in April 2019, the NHS employer contribution rose from 14.3% to 20.6% although implementation, for the NHS, was deferred until April 2020. Now the implementation date is looming.  As

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Employing locums – is it really the solution?

Firstly, I should say that locums come in many forms, not just doctors. I’ve recently come across a locum practice manager, a locum nurse practitioner as well as a locum healthcare assistant, a locum pharmacist and even agency reception and secretarial staff, all of whom were highly skilled and beneficial to the practice. However, all

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Employing locums – salaried doctor or not?

March 21, 2018, by in Legislation, Locums


Employing locums - salaried doctor or not?

(Time to read: 3 minutes) Recent announcements regarding the employment status of GP locums have caused concern and raised many questions. So Russell Finn, the new medical expert at Harold Sharp, hopes to allay some fears. His article aims to explain in a nutshell the implications for GP practices of employing locums. What has happened?

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GP sickness absence reimbursement

April 20, 2017, by in GPs, Insurance, Locums


Author: Lynda Cox The new reimbursement provisions, announced in February and effective (in England) from 1st April 2017, mean that practices can claim up to £1734.18 pw for the first 26 weeks of a GP’s sickness absence, falling to half in the second 26 weeks of absence. This doesn’t mean that practices can claim £1734 pw

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Locums: Taxed and tested

February 16, 2017, by in Locums, Tax


Summary of 2018/19 tax changes for GP practices

At the first mention of the word tax, most people will immediately click onto another page. But please stick with us on this one as it’s important – and it could save you from a nasty and unexpected tax bill! In April 2017 some substantial changes are to be made to the IR35 tax legislation.

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Cutting the cost of locums and increasing value

December 8, 2016, by in Locums


The dreaded Christmas ‘do’.

Locums are never far from the headlines these days given the staffing crisis gripping the primary healthcare sector. The latest story, published earlier this week, said that over 10,000 patients will lose their GP practice over the holiday period, as four practices are set to close. The reason for the closures? The cost of locums.

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Locum rates and trends

September 28, 2016, by in Locums


Achieving the correct appointment versus patient ratio

Firstly, I must begin with the main factor driving locum rates provided to us (this may be an obvious one!) being the time of year in which sessions are booked. This may not always be the case, but is the main contributing factor – after all, this is a seasonal market! Holiday periods during which locum demand reaches peak levels, offers locum GPs more choice and flexibility, inevitably impacting charging rates.

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