Locum GP WhatsApp Groups
FAQs/Rules for the Groups
*** PLEASE NOTE: The WhatsApp Groups will be
amalgamated into 1 App in early 2020 (iOS & Android)***
What are the Locum GP WhatsApp groups?
There are multiple WhatsApp groups covering England. Practices and Locum GPs may join the groups for free by texting 07481 999111. Practices can post locum GP requirements in the groups and Locum GPs can contact the practices directly if they can help. This is a free service. T&Cs are negotiated directly between Locum GPs and the Practices.
Are there any rules?
By joining/deciding to remain in the groups, you agree to behave in a professional manner (no spamming/copying personal data etc). 999111 may communicate with you occasionally however to help improve its service to you and the community. The 'Locum' groups (red icon) are to be used for advertising and responding to Locum Ads only. The 'Chat' groups (green icon) are for professional interactions only and can be used for advertising permanent posts/courses etc.
Also, you will be given ‘admin’ status. This means that you can add others to the groups that you are in (with consent). Please:
ask members that you add to familiarize themselves with these FAQs
only add colleagues that you know/have known. Please do not add agencies.Others can text 07481999111 to join
text me if anyone has been inappropriately added
What is WhatsApp?
To familiarise yourself with the workings of WhatsApp please see www.whatsapp.com.
Can we discuss fees in the groups?
Please avoid any discussion in the groups which could amount to price fixing of locum rates.
What does a practice manager need to know?
Please mention your Practice name/location/system and contact details when posting.
Please leave a message in the group once a position has been filled.
Can I join more than one group?
Locum GPs may join more than one group. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org from your NHS email address confirming your GMC and mobile number for details. Practices can join their local group only. There are no active groups for Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland. However please subscribe to the 999111 mailing listfor updates on the App release where all areas will be covered.
I am a GP partner. Can I join as a locum GP as well as on behalf of my practice?
What restrictions are there?
There are none! 999111 provides the platform to connect. All negotiation and agreements are between the individual GP and Practice. Locum GPs can continue to contribute to the NHS Pension scheme and Practice Managers can of course use a locum agency if unable to find cover via their WhatsApp group. Practice managers can also approach locum GPs directly in future (if they like a particular GP who has covered for their practice before!)
My group is quiet with few members - shall I leave?
Please stay! It will encourage other to join gradually. In some areas groups have become full (WhatsApp group size limit is 256) and so a second group has been set up. In other areas numbers are in single digits. Please text on 07481 999111 if you would like to know how active your local group is.
I have heard about the sister 'Chat' groups - what are they?
There are now sister Whatsapp ‘Chat’ groups (green icon) for every area. Chat groups may contain Locum GPs, Partners and Practice Managers (just like the locum groups) but they are for professional 'chat' and advertising of non-locus GP posts/courses/Q&As.
How can I 'mute' a group?
Tap on the group name at the top, then 'mute' then select the duration. You will still receive messages but your phone will not vibrate nor make a sound. You can also unmute.
How do I permanently leave a group?
You do not need to seek permission from me! If you wish to leave a group permanently tap on the group name at the top, scroll down to the bottom and tap on ‘exit group’. You can ask to rejoin at any time.
Will my contact details be shared?
No! Be aware however that members in your WhatsApp group can see the contact numbers for the members within that group. If you become aware of any spam messages then please inform me immediately as this is is not professional/reasonable use of the groups.
Do you have a Facebook group?
Three active Facebook Groups have sprung from the 999111 network. Please see the Facebook Groups page here.
How can I give feedback?
Please text, WhatsApp, email or use the form on the Contacts page – your suggestions and feedback are most appreciated and always taken into consideration.
Which other organisations have you worked with?
Cogora which organises Pulse Live events agreed to cross advertise events and services for a while in 2017-18. I have also received kind support from Dr John Bidwell, a retired GP who had been doing something similar with great success in the North West for the past several years (www.gplocum.org). I would also like to say a big thank youto all of the individual GPs, Practice Managers and others who have been instrumental in spreading the word about 999111!
What are your future plans?
There were plans to launch a 999111 Recruitment App in 2018. However there were numerous delays but finally this will happen in 2020. Please check here for updates!
How is this service funded?
This service is being provided for free. I value the support everyone has given in spreading the word about 999111. The hope is to raise some funds from sponsors to cover costs in the future.
'Thanks Amin. I’ll inform my colleagues and PM of the service. Thumbs up for setting up the service. Regards'
Locum GP (Herefordshire)
'Yes such a great idea, makes you wonder why no one thought of this before!'
Locum GP (Birmingham)
'That's very good initiative
If we all combine like this we could save loads of money instead of paying to agencies'
Locum GP (Cheshire)
'You have taken time and effort to do something so innovative and that needs to be appreciated without doubt ! We have got a group practice and I've emailed my other partners to approve registering the practices on your groups for future Locum covers'
GP Partner (London)
'Sure Amin. Thanks for adding me. I will meet quite a few of my colleagues at the teaching tomorrow and will try to get them to join us'
GP ST3 (Warwickshire)
'It's such a great idea. I will mention it at the next practice managers seminar'
Practice Manager (Harrow)
'Thanks Amin, brilliant idea :)'
GP Partner (West Suffolk)
'I filled them with a mixture - some on WhatsApp and some through direct relationships we have established with locums. The WhatsApp group has been absolutely brilliant for us and has introduced us to at least 6 locums since I joined the group in November. It has enabled us to fill about 95% of our locum need and we have been through a difficult period over the last 3 months where we have had a lot of quite last minute requirements... What I love is that I can post a message in seconds and it goes out to a large number of locums. It is just so easy. With our locums who are not on Whattsapp we have to message separately which is far more time consuming. I have been considering asking all our locums to join and saying that this will be the only way I will use advertise our requirements in the future'
Practice Manager (Coventry)
'Thank you so much
So helpful as always
Also just wanted to say thank you once again - I’ve been working as a locum for the last 4 years and only recently moved to London - and due to your ingenious WhatsApp group - I’ve not had any difficulties obtaining sessions - so thank you so very much !'
Dr G Akhtar, Locum GP (London)