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Locum's life as outcast

From Dr Kim Ahmoye


I am a newly-qualified GP and, like many of my registrar group, I am currently working as a locum, mainly to get experience in different surgeries before settling into a long-term post.

I recently contacted NICE to ask if I could get their guidelines sent to my home address, as I want to keep in touch with any new ones.

I was told they could only be sent out to an NHS address, not my home. The best they could do was to send it to the surgery where I worked most frequently as a locum.

NICE do send updates out by e-mail, but large documents like guidelines are much easier to read in paper version.

I am aware of the need for proof of good medical practice for appraisals and revalidation. What upsets me is that if you are at 'no-fixed-NHS-abode' you lose out on invitations to educational meetings and on certain publications.

This makes it harder to organise your CPD, and makes you feel almost an outcast.

Locally our higher professional education group has lost a huge amount of funding, even for specialist speakers for educational meetings. To attend these meetings as a locum means losing a day's income, as we do not have any paid study leave.

Locums do get paid well and it is a lifestyle choice, but it would be nice to not to be made to feel an outcast.

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