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  • New to locumming

    Hi all

    I wanted a bit of help. I have decided to work as a locum for now but I'm a bit confused by it all. I know I have to set up my company, get a business account, join the agencies and ensure I have all the relevant and necessary accreditations but I'm a bit unsure about the documentation and payment side of things. I have spoken to an accountant who has informed me that I must ensure I keep a spreadsheet. Do I record the following:

    Where I worked and hours worked, rate, if mileage was paid, any extra payments e.g ££ per MUR, when the payment was received

    Also, I have read that I must leave/email an invoice at each place that I worked- Where do I obtain this from? Do I need to have one with me each time I go to a branch? Does the branch give me a document to fill out? I vaguely remember with Lloyds, locums having to use their system and upload their payment information before the shift ends but I am not clear.

    I have also read on another thread that I need to have a contract or use the standard NPA contract. Would I need this even if I have booked via an agency? I'm at loss as to why I would need this as my understanding was after I am booked (my bank details will be part of the booking process), I do my shift and then I just need to keep a lookout for each payment right?

    Of course I am aware that it is my responsibility to ensure I receive the payments, I guess I'm just a bit apprehensive about anything I may have missed. My fear is that I book a shift do the work but then don't get paid I really don't want the hassle of chasing payment to be honest.


    I would appreciate any advice/ tips on getting started and if I have missed anything or If I have got it wrong, please feel free to reply


    I'm looking forward to your responses



  • #2
    use the search box to search the forum.
    johnep

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    • #3
      You are asking the right questions.
      Mostly keep your own records of income and expenses, and also outgoings and expenses paid out.
      You can do this without having a limited company though.

      Best to have a 'one off' with an accountant to go through the processes needed.
      You can also put this on your books as a business expense.

      Take care that you work for different people - HMRC are looking for people who they think should be employees.

      I'm assuming you are in the PDA?
      Most of us would not set foot in a pharmacy and sign the RP register without being a member.

      Also keep your own records of dates and hours worked where.
      Some companies will try not to pay you and some have a very bad reputation and some always forget to post the cheque.



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      • #4
        Simply print out a label and stick in your diary.this will prove you at the pharmacy on the day in question. I used to put my self in the PMR.
        johnep

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        • #5
          Originally posted by johnep View Post
          Simply print out a label and stick in your diary.this will prove you at the pharmacy on the day in question. I used to put my self in the PMR.
          johnep
          Putting yourself in the PMR is a good one!
          Though most PMR require you to be logged in as RP and agree to have read and signed every SOP.
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