Locum booking system
The Southern GP Federations have employed sessional GPs on a permanent basis where they will be obliged to perform 2 clinical GP sessions per week which are to be booked at the request of any of practices within their allocated federation area.
In this locum pool GPs will be employed for 1 day a week providing 46 weeks cover each per year. They will be guaranteed salaries with full pension contributions.
A web based diary scheduling service, similar to the one used by Southern Area Urgent Care Services, will be used by member practices to book a locum. It will show a calendar indicating available days to the practice. The web based system will be accessible to both locum and practice. Practice access would mostly be via desktops and locums would access the system via mobiles.
The GP practice will book locums for the days needed in advance. Users will be instructed not to book a session with a locum without 24 hours’ notice thereby allowing locums to have a good knowledge of their incoming working week.