Guidance supporting organisations engaging with locums and doctors in short-term placement

Doctors in both primary and secondary care who locum or work within health organisations for short-term placements often face some specific challenges. They often do not have easy access to systems or structures in place to support their continuing professional development, appraisal, revalidation, and governance.

It is hoped that the guidance ‘Supporting locums and doctors in short-term placements: A practical guide for doctors in these roles’, along with the accompanying guidance ‘Supporting organisations engaging with locums and doctors in short-term placements: A practical guide for healthcare providers, locum agencies and revalidation management services’, will highlight ways that doctors working in this way 61may be supported to enhance their work experience and provide safe provision of healthcare as a valuable part of the workforce.

This guidance is directed towards medical directors, responsible officers, those with governance responsibility for doctors’ practice (in a place where the doctor is working), appraisal leads and human resources personnel engaging with  doctors who locum or work within health organisations for short-term placements.

It should also be of interest to other bodies with direct involvement in this area or with any of the above groups, such as the Care Quality Commission (CQC) regarding inspections and approved Framework Agreement operators for the provision of agency/temporary staff to the NHS.