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Certificate of Eligibility for short-term locums (CEL)

An NHS certificate of eligibility for locums in O&G will be a pre-requisite for employment of short-term locums for tier 2nd and 3rd on call rotas (2 weeks or less) from February 2023.

RCOG guidance on the engagement of short-term locums in maternity care (August 2022) (PDF)

RCOG has developed the above guidance on the engagement of locums in maternity care in collaboration with the NHS. This guidance outlines the roles and responsibilities for healthcare providers, health care organisations and individual doctors undertaking locum positions within the NHS.

CEL user guide (PDF 2.2mb)

For the purposes of this guidance, a ‘locum’ refers to a doctor who is either placed by a locum agency or a locum bank in a healthcare provider organisation or directly engages with healthcare organisations for short-term work. For the purposes of this guidance, ‘short-term’ refers to placements of two weeks or less.

A locum can also be a doctor in a short-term placement who is an employee of the organisation for a short, fixed term. There may also be doctors in training who work as locums outside their training.




CEL fee

(for 2 years)

Group 1

Trainees already registered on ePortfolio

(Annual Trainee register fee of £148 applied)

No charge

Group 2

SAS and Locally Employed doctors already registered on ePotfolio

(ePortfolio administration charge deducted from CEL fee)


Group 3

Fellows/Members/Associates not registered on ePortfolio


Group 4

Non-members not registered on the ePortfolio


CEL renewal fee

The CEL fee will expire 24 months after the initial payment for those in Groups 2-4. After 24 months, doctors who were previously in Group 1 but who have now moved to Groups 2-4 will also be required to pay the CEL fee.

To ensure continued access to your ePortfolio account and your CEL assessment to renew your certificate, please make your payment online when it is due. An email reminder will be sent to you 8 weeks prior to your access expiring. The charges can be viewed in your account under the ‘My Payments’ tab. To login to your account please visit If the fee is not received by the renewal date, your access to the CEL area on the Training ePortfolio will be removed.

CEL videos

To learn more about this certificate and what it means for you as a locum, healthcare provider or clinical supervisor, please view our videos below showing a presentation from our promotional webinar with all the details, and a brief demo of the platform.