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Locum doctors in the NHS

The numbers of doctors working in temporary positions (known as locums) in the NHS has doubled in recent years.

This research is looking to understand where locum doctors work in the NHS in England, what kinds of work they do, and how the use of locum doctors is organised. Findings will be used to identify ways to improve working arrangements and the quality and safety of patient care they provide.

It is being carried out by a team of researchers at The University of Manchester.


  • Aged 18+
  • have experience of seeing a locum doctor


  • Online


Taking part will involve:

  • attending an online focus/discussion group (approx 90 minutes)


  • attending a one-to-one interview, via telephone or online (approx 60 minutes)

Participants will be paid £25 to cover their involvement.

Recruiting until

  • 30/09/2021

Want to take part or learn more?