Top 10 Tips for the Locum Doctor Jobs
Locum doctor jobs are more in demand than ever as NHS and private sector budgets continue to tighten. Particularly for those doctors who want to work at a time and location of their choice, says locum agency Locum Services of the UK (LSUK).
Working with one of the leading locum agencies offers the best opportunities for qualified doctors who want extra shifts and pay - or choose to work part-time for a better work-life balance. Rates are up to £120 per hour (Consultant, Bank Holiday rate) at LSUK . The agency offers both NHS and private sector vacancies, and is an accredited ‘Government Procurement Service’ provider.
Locum Services of the UK has this advice for GP and hospital locums in all specialisations:
1) Register with more than one locum agency: to increase your opportunities for work, you can start the process of registration through LSUK and register just once to work for other selected agencies in the A24 Group.
2) At registration, ensure you provide all the data required, to complete the process as fast as possible: LSUK meets with all candidates locally for face-to-face interviews and to help them complete the registration process. Initial registration should be started on-line through the Locum Services of the UK web site.
Documents required include: DBS certification; completion of a detailed agency application form; recent job references relevant to experience and proof of qualifications.
3) Keep your registrations up to date: once you have registered with the locum agencies, ensure that your annual certifications are up to date – whether for training, DBS or other requirements.
LSUK organises a range of on-line and classroom-based locum training courses required for work
4) Are you a specialist? In addition to the general requirements for GP and hospital doctors, there is a continuing need for a range of specialisations:
Accident & Emergency, Anaesthetics, Dental, General Medicine Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Pathology, Psychiatry, Radiology, and Surgical staff.
Current certificates are essential as proof of your speciality, so LSUK can match your qualifications with relevant work. Also, if you do additional specialist training on an annual basis in your permanent job, then please inform the agency.
5) Let the agency know when you are free to work: LSUK’s on-line web diary enables medical staff to confirm when they are available. It’s worth updating the diary at least weekly.
Be flexible: if LSUK knows that you will accept work at short notice - or that you will work some evenings, weekends or Bank Holidays - you are more likely to receive more, higher-paying shifts
6) Stay in touch: find out which LSUK consultants deal with the location where you want to work. It’s helpful to e-mail the names of the towns and hospitals so that LSUK’s staff can help. When they get to know you and the type of work you want, then this will increase work opportunities
7) Social Media: it’s worth following LSUK’s Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages so that you are up to date on agency news and job opportunities
8) Complaints: feedback is always welcome. Let the agency know if there is anything with which you are unhappy - or that could be done differently, or other issues you have in the workplace. Good locum agencies are grateful for feedback
9) Tell a friend: if you have friends who are interested in medical staffing work, then telling them about the agency is often helpful. You can direct them to this website for LSUK or our Social Media pages to find more information.
10) Consider your career: are you looking for specific types of work or experience? If you are, do discuss this with your LSUK consultant, as the agency may be able to help, if you meet the client requirements for relevant shifts
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