Making the leap from a permanent doctor role to locum work can often be daunting and your curiosity about a career shift may have been met with a long list of cons and horror stories from colleagues.
However, many of our recruitment consultants have been helping doctors live their locum life at Total Assist Group since 1999 and have heard firsthand how working locum shifts can provide a fantastically varied and rewarding career option for many doctors.
Our consultants have put together their top eight reasons why you should seriously consider becoming a locum either permanently or on an ad-hoc basis:
You won’t be sitting around waiting for work if your documentation is up to date and ready to go you could potentially be working within the week. We have an abundance of shifts flooding in from hospitals up and down the UK, so we will be able to find a placement that suits your requirements.
Doctors are always in high demand, especially in the NHS. There are thousands of amazing opportunities all over the country available right now. This gives you plenty of options, as you can either find work on your doorstep or you can use the opportunity to check out new cities at the other end of the country. Partnering with hospitals in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales we can easily fix you up with accommodation so that you can work wherever you please. You can also have your say about whether you work ad-hoc shifts or on a longer term basis, which can be for a few weeks or even months long.
- Well Paid
Many locum doctors will get paid a higher hourly rate than a permanent position doctor, be sure to keep on top of your timesheets and regular payments will be made. If you want to ramp up your earnings one month, all you have to do is book in more shifts – your earnings are completely in your control.
Once you have worked a few placements, hospitals will bear you in mind for future shifts, or you may even get your current placement extended if they believe you are a great fit.
By far one of the biggest advantages; you can pick both when and where you work, and not many jobs can say that. This makes taking your annual leave a breeze as you don’t have to squabble with colleagues about school holiday dates as you can plan your work to slot in and around when you need. Equally, you can pencil in your holidays for when you don’t have any work planned, meaning you stay well rested between placements.
Working across a spectrum of hospital environments will massively boost your knowledge base, giving you greater confidence when tackling new systems and processes. You will also become more confident handling yourself in new situations and being able to deliver great patient care no matter what the surroundings.
Many doctors are surprised to learn that locuming can also open other career doors. Providing additional training in certain areas or even allowing you to teach opportunities to junior or student doctors will look great on your CV.
Mixing and matching your workload will keep your days interesting and ensure that no two shifts are the same. You could even swap around the specialties that you work if you are qualified to do so, adding even more variety to your working day.
If you want to register with Total Assist today and become a part of the award-winning agency contact us on: 01708388000 or via our website: http://totalassist.co.uk/doctors/registration/