Return to Work - Induction Pointers

Arranging a proper induction is good practice to ensure safety and will ultimately reduce the number of queries saving time all round.


Building/out and about

  • Keycodes for doors/FOB/car park pass
  • Satnav – ensure this is working to save time and stress
  • Emergency bag/equipment – where to locate it and what is in it
  • Emergency telephone number for the practice – e.g. if running late/off sick to avoid having to go through reception


  • Panic button
  • List of internal and external phone numbers including acute care numbers and language line code
  • Equipment – check the clinical equipment you have and need is working and PAT testing is up to date!
  • See IT/computer tips for more specific advice

Policies and procedures

Every practice does things differently, and things change quickly. As well as reading the usual policies and procedures ask for an induction/locum pack. If this is not available, try to familiarise yourself with the following:

  • Any major changes in practice or new local pathways since being off
  • Repeat prescriptions
  • Referrals – 2 week waits, routine and changes in forms etc.
  • Letters and coding
  • Results – procedure for actioning and buddying
  • Tasks – secretaries, reception/admin, who deals with what
  • QOF – reminder of how to access templates and update on changes
  • How the practice communicates with each other – ensure you are on the mailing lists for appropriate email/notifications

Documents to consider having ready

For locums:

  • ID – passport/driving licence, proof of address.
  • Original GMC certificate
  • Proof of recent DBS check (number if available)
  • Letter of being on a Performers List
  • Original Primary Degree Certificate and qualifications
  • Proof of immunisations, including Hep B

For all:

  • Indemnity Insurance
  • Level 3 Safeguarding/Adult Safeguarding
  • Advanced Life Support Training
  • Car insurance (for Business use) for home visit

For planning induction since COVID-19 please view our document Returning to work during COVID-19.


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