The job tends to be set hours, usually 8am until 4.30/5.00pm. No home visits, no on-call (occasionally there is, but not for locums), often a proper lunch-time, protected time for meetings and a good multi-disciplinary team to work with. There is usually a physiotherapy team within the medical centre as well.
Locum pay is about £65 per hour, so about £450-500 a day, depending on how many hours you’ve done. All locum work has to go through an agency – either MMP or CRG (the same jobs are advertised by both agencies).
Previous military locums advise: ‘the jobs are usually advertised as full-time, but if you speak to the medical centre itself, you can ask if they’d be happy with part-time and they often are, some days a week is better than nothing! As a locum, I worked term-time only and took school holidays off’
There are often permanent posts available – called CMPs, Civilian Medical Practitioners, and adverts for these are on Civil Service Jobs website – search for health professionals, and then look through the jobs looking for Civilian Medical Practitioner.