Advice for Locum Pharmacists

Advice for Locum Pharmacists

As a Locum Pharmacist, when you work for a pharmacy contractor, they may require you to have a PVG. It is an offence for any organisation, including a pharmacy contractor, to knowingly offer regulated work to an individual barred from that work (Section 35(1) of the PVG Act). To avoid committing this offence it is best for pharmacies to ensure that an individual being offered regulated work is a PVG Scheme member.

A number of pharmacy contractors and locum agencies are now asking Locum Pharmacists to become PVG Scheme members to comply with the information above. Any employer has the right to ask for an updated scheme record to register as an “interested party” in relation to your PVG.

Please note that a PVG Scheme Record or Scheme Record Update applied for through a locum agency will only cover working hours booked through the agency.

To make things easy, we have created a membership status chart to help you determine your PVG status. 

If you have lost your current certificate, or you are unsure if you have been disclosed you should contact Disclosure Scotland on 03000 2000 40 and select option 3. We have created a list of questions that you will need answered to establish your status.

If you have any questions about the PVG Scheme or your membership status, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0131 467 7766 or email pvg.enquiries@cps.scot.