Locum staff

NHS operating staff in hospital corridor

Locum staff (temporary cover staff) play an increasingly important and often invaluable role in the NHS.

However AvMA has become concerned about staff shortages leading to over use of locums, and a lack of consistent and structured screening, induction, supervision, support and training for locum staff.

In the absence of a co-ordinated approach to this issue from the official NHS bodies, AvMA is leading research into locum usage and its implications for patient safety.