GP locum chambers – NHS – March 2014

Posted on March 26, 2014. Filed under: General Practice |

GP locum chambers – NHS – March 2014

“1.0 Executive Summary

In 2012 Dr Penny Newman undertook a review of the sustainability of GP leadership for commissioning1 on behalf of NHS Midlands and East SHA. This identified that GPs are under significant pressure due to increasing complexity of patient demand, changes in the GP workforce to more part-time and sessional roles, new commissioning responsibilities, poor access to GP locums and difficulties in recruitment with many GPs nearing retirement. New models of primary care were recommended to ensure sufficient GP capacity and capability as providers and commissioners in future.

This paper1 outlines how the innovative model of GP locum chambers can help address these challenges, options for development and how to get started. It is a resource for GPs, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Commissioning Support Units (CSU) and others and aims:
• To encourage locum GPs to start a chambers themselves or join one already established
• To enable other local organisations to seed and grow interest
• To provide information on options for development, costs and benefits as a basis for local discussion.

This resource is published in two parts: The Executive Summary and a fuller description and start up guide available from It accompanies work commissioned simultaneously by Penny Newman and Jill Matthews on behalf of the SHA from the Nuffield Trust and Kings Fund on new models of care Securing the Future of General Practice available from

1.2 What is a GP locum chambers?

Locum GP chambers are self-funding professional groups of locum GPs working as a ‘virtual practice’, supported by a team of managers and clinical directors. All business, professional and governance issues relating to the day-to-day engagement of all GPs in the chambers takes place within the chambers’ managed environment.

1.3 Why is chambers a good idea?”

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