Locum work for doctors

This page covers the advantages and disadvantages of locum work, the differences between Locum Appointment for Training (LAT) and Locum Appointment for Service (LAS) posts and how to find work as a locum.

Why should I do locum work?

There are various stages of your medical career where you may wish to consider working as a locum. For example:

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Advantages:

Disadvantages:

Locum Appointment for Training (LAT)

According to the Gold Guide 2016:

"LAT trainees have several subsequent career options open to them:

  • apply for a run-through, core or higher specialty training programme
  • apply for another LAT appointment in the same or a different specialty
  • seek appointment to a career post when eligible to do so."

It goes on to say:

"LAT appointments are undertaken in approved training posts, which can contribute towards a CCT once a trainee has been competitively selected for a relevant training programme. They can also be used by doctors in submitting their CESR application."

Locum Appointment for Service (LAS)

According to the Gold Guide 2016:

"LAS posts cannot count for CCT or CESR/CEGPR(CP) awards but may be used as part of the evidence for a CESR/CEGPR application."

Consultant, specialty doctor or GP locum posts

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