Understand how T&Cs are handled in GPnetworks

A GP uploads their T&C’s to their profile

When a practice requests a GP via the system, and the GPs accepts the request, the T&C’s are attached to the email notification to the practice.

Note, an acceptance is not a confirmed session – the practice still has the option to confirm or cancel accepted requests. this means the practice can review those T&Cs before confirming a session

hope this clears it up

Unraveling the logic of the request process

On this support system, other articles deal with the basic logic of the request process.

This Q&A looks at the issues of cancellation and first come first served when booking sessions.

For example, on 29th I accepted a request from practice A in the morning and practice B in the afternoon. But I had also been requested by practice C for the whole day.
When I accept the requests from practice A and B, does practice C automatically get sent a message declining them? (As at this point their request disappears from my GP Networks).

Almost. The logic outlined above is true but relates to when session requests that you have accepted are Confirmed by a practice – this is when a session becomes effectively locked and disappears for all other employers availability calendars

At this point another practice cannot request you or a practice with an outstanding request will get a declined notification and be unable to continue with the booking process with you for that session

GP professional documents

GPs store many of their important professional documents within their Profiles. You can view these any time by visiting a GP Profile (click a GP name in your calendar)

As well as this, when you book a GP via the system, the conformation email will contain links to the GPs important documents, for you to download

Near the foot of the Confirmation email, you will see something like this:


To contact this GP please use the following contact details:

Telephone: 02081338636
Email: joealiferis@doctors.org.uk

GMC no: 123456789

You can view his or her terms and conditions here: Download
Medical Defence Certificate Document: Download
GMC Registration Document: Download
Performers List Letter Of Confirmation Document: Download


Sole Trader vs Limited Company: Which One Should You Be?

Sole Trader vs Limited Company: Which One Should You Be?

Author: Joshua Danton Boyd – Crunch Accounting

It’s clear the life of a locum doctor can be stressful and time-consuming. It’s no surprise then when it comes to getting paid many will take the simpler choice. While ease may rank highly, in the end, you want to be doing things in the most fiscally efficient way possible. NHS and locum agencies may be simple, but they can also bring your income down.

The next simplest choice is to become a sole trader. In other words, you become self-employed. This is a fairly easy process and pretty much means you become responsible for receiving your wages and ensuring you pay the correct tax on it all. That’s done with a yearly Self-Assessment and can be fairly straightforward if you keep on top of your papers and accounts over the year.

An added benefit though is the ability to claim expenses against the tax you pay. This can include things like travel and equipment costs. While it does make doing your accounts a slight more complicated, it could end up saving you a fair bit of cash too.

Another option is to form your own Limited Company. This, depending on your situation, can have even more benefits. First of all, you can of course claim business costs to bring your tax down which is always handy. After that, things get a little bit more complicated.

A Limited Company is often the most tax efficient way to pay yourself. This is done by giving yourself a set salary equal to the national minimum wage. This brings down the level of income tax that you pay. To top that up, you then pay yourself in dividends which are taxed at a lower rate. This can lead to massive savings.

For example, if you had an income of £40,000, by forming a Limited Company you could be saving yourself well over £2,000 a year. That’s also without including any expenses that you could further claim to bring that number up. The more you earn, the more going incorporated will get you.

A Limited Company does mean more work though and is certainly a more tricky method than being a sole trader. The simple way to think that though is to hire yourself an accountant. In most cases the savings you’ll be making will easily cover the accounting fees with plenty left over.

They’ll take on all the hard work, and with someone like us at Crunch, it’ll just be a matter of using a simple piece of software. We even do the whole process from scratch starting with your incorporation as a limited company!

So, it’s certainly worth looking into if you haven’t already. There’s a lot of money to be saved if you’re willing to make a change.

Visit Crunch now to find out about their services

How to find locum work near you

There are a few simple things to do, in order to find locum work that suits you.


1. Enter your sessional availability
Each day is broken down into 4 sessions – click any sessions to make them available then save the changes

2. Add you skills and qualifications
Tick the boxes next to the particular skills and/or qualification that you have – then save the changes

3. Choose your work radius and manage your list of surgeries
The work radius determines what practices are in your Surgeries list below and, by the same token, what practices can see your sessional availability and request you to work. It is a general expression of how far you are willing to travel for sessional work. After setting this radius, you can individually select or deselect any of the surgeries in your list. When you are done, click ‘save’ to save the changes.

You are not committed to work for a practice because they are in your list. Each Request for work is negotiated between you and an employer directly.


Your message to employers
Go to your Profile, scroll down to ‘Optional short message’ and write something that will help practices to understand why they should request you.

Upload your CV and as many professional documents as you can
Update you availability frequently – the more frequently you update the greater your visibility to pracyices looking for sessional cover. This is because availability for any given day is served to employers in lists, within their calendar interface. When you update your availability you go to the top of the lists.

Use the ‘send your availability to anyone‘ feature to send your calendar to employers outside of GPnetworks

This feature is explained in an article here