Practice Management

Sessional and Locum GP Contract Guidance

A roundup of BMA resources for salaried GPs, locum GPs and their employers, including handbooks, model contracts, advice for negotiations and employment rights.

Includes the most up to date versions of the BMA Salaried GP handbook and BMA Locum GP handbook.


BMA locum practice agreement

This guidance from the BMA provides background and information about the locum practice agreement, including model terms and conditions.


An introduction to the NHS pension scheme for locum GPs

Your pension can be hard to navigate as a locum GP. This resource from the BMA guides you on how to pension locum earnings, opting out of the NHS scheme and how your benefits are calculated.


NHSmail for locum GPs

If you’re a locum GP you can now get an NHS email address – this guidance from the BMA tells you how to apply and what you need to do if you already have one.


How IR35 affects doctors

This tax guidance from the BMA provides information on IR35, including recent changes.


A GP’s guide to the NHS pension scheme’s death in service benefit

A blog by Dr Krishan Aggarwal of the BMA’s sessional GP committee outlining what you are entitled to as a sessional GP with the Death in Service benefit.


IR35 Guidance for Sessional GPs (2020)

This document from the BMA gives guidance to sessional GPs who may be affected by IR35. Includes an employment status checklist.



This set of BMA resources is designed to help GPs understand the annual appraisals process and how to get the most out of it. It includes a section on appraisal tips for sessional GPs.