Revalidation: locums and doctors on temporary or fixed-term contracts


25 / 2 / 2013 4.12pm

Revalidation applies to all doctors who wish to retain a licence to practise in the UK, including locums and doctors on temporary or fixed-term contracts. All doctors should have a prescribed connection with a designated body and be engaging in annual appraisal that covers their whole scope of practice.

The same pre-employment checks are required for all doctors irrespective of the duration of their appointment. For locums these checks should be done by their locum agency, but the employing organisation is ultimately responsible for ensuring they are undertaken. The processes for starters, induction, in employment and for leavers should also be followed for doctors you employ on temporary or fixed-term contracts.

Locum doctors

It is good practice to request details of the locum doctor's designated body and RO before engaging the locum. It may be helpful to understand what information the doctor or their RO will require from you at the end of the locum episode for their supporting information portfolio.

The locum agencies on the Government Procurement Services framework are obliged to perform the necessary pre-employment checks but the trust is ultimately responsible for ensuring they are undertaken. If locum agencies are used which are not on this or other quality assured framework then the full set of checks must be performed by the trust.

The doctor must be able to fulfil their revalidation obligations and you must ensure that copies of any supporting information from their work within your organisation (e.g. complaints, compliments, significant events, investigations) are supplied to both the doctor and, where applicable, their RO.

Exit reports or end of attachment reports should be completed and sent to the doctor, the locum agency and their RO, if the RO is not from the agency that supplied the doctor.


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