Definition of locum in English:

locum

noun

British
  • A person who stands in temporarily for someone else of the same profession, especially a cleric or doctor.

    • ‘For example, monitoring of particular subgroups of general practitioners, such as locums, assistants, and those caring for people in hospices, may be difficult if not impossible.’
    • ‘I once worked as a locum for the regular ship's doctor of a large transatlantic passenger liner.’
    • ‘Umpteen years ago, I worked as a locum for an unwell general practitioner in another part of the country.’
    • ‘It describes the current procedure for approving employment of locums who are over retirement age as a ‘rubber stamp’ that provides no safeguard for the trust or its patients.’
    • ‘The three consultant obstetricians who work as locums at the unit handle about 20 cases each a year, which, by anybody's calculation, is not a heavy workload.’
    • ‘Restricting them to a 58-hour week could leave hospitals having to rely on foreign medics and locums to work in areas where they do not have specialist knowledge, the British Medical Association warned.’
    • ‘Other reforms by the government to try to restore public confidence in the medical profession include more rigorous checks of hospital doctors and locums before they are appointed to posts.’
    • ‘In reaction to this, the Health Professions Council said that a registered doctor may employ locums at his practice who will then be allowed to use the letterheads and premises.’
    • ‘He retired from the NHS when he was 65 but was his own locum for while.’
    • ‘In general practice, locums who cover for colleagues on holiday or study leave are already being advised to report on any deviations from approved standards of practice.’
    • ‘Having been pensioned off in 1982 at the age of 65, he returned to general practice as a locum.’
    • ‘We excluded doctors not in training grades and locums who had been in post less than two weeks.’
    • ‘The general practitioners in particular found it difficult to attend training sessions unless locums were provided, and training exercises sometimes had to be repeated.’
    • ‘Doing and repairing episiotomies was one of my routine jobs when I was a locum in obstetrics 25 years ago.’
    • ‘Not only did his organisation provide much-needed on-call services for GP practices, it also provided locums for hospitals, which at that time were short of manpower.’
    • ‘In general practice, men are more prepared to see a registrar or a locum than women and seem to place less store on the doctor-patient relationship than women.’
    • ‘A total of 240 clinicians participated: 152 doctors and 88 nurses, including locums and those working part time.’
    • ‘He acted as a locum when he retired and was a member of the local Probus Club, as well as being interested in cookery, wine, and history.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the dearth of registrars and locums will make implementation of a new system difficult.’
    • ‘After house officer posts he entered general practice as a locum and then took up a definitive post in the Markets area of Belfast.’

Origin

Early 20th century: short for locum tenens.

Pronunciation:

locum

/ˈləʊkəm/