Guidance on the appointment and employment of locum doctors


In August 2013, we updated our published guidelines and standards for the appointment and employment of NHS locum doctors.

Patient safety requires ensuring that all doctors, including locums, are appropriately trained and qualified for the work they undertake. This guidance is intended to summarise the current standards governing the appointment and use of locum doctors.

All locum appointments, whether made directly or through NHS or private locum agencies, should comply with this guidance.

Employers are advised to follow this guidance as they have the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that a locum doctor is a suitable appointee for the role, whether or not the locum doctor has been supplied by an agency. Employers should only use locum agencies that subscribe to this guidance.


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