What do you need to take on locum assignments?

Starting a new locum placement is always exciting, whether it’s your first shift or you’re a regular locum. Either way, if you are travelling further afield, it is essential that you have all the right documents with you so that you aren’t held up by forgotten paperwork once you’ve begun your stay.

Since Total Assist is partnered with NHS trusts and private clinics across England, Northern Ireland Scotland and Wales, you could find yourself working in any corner of the UK, visiting spots you may never have seen before.

Remember to include the following important items:

  • Photo ID – driver’s license or passport
  • Housing information – if you are staying away from home, make sure you have information about either your on-site accommodation and how to get the keys or booking details for your B&B room
  • Directions – map out your routes from the train station / motorway to your temporary home or the hospital. This is especially important if you are visiting a new town to ensure that you don’t get lost
  • Tourist information – You’ll want to fill your leisure time with checking out the city’s local events, attractions and restaurants. Make sure you research these beforehand as your stay may be limited.
  • Recruitment Consultant’s contact details – if you encounter any problems or have any questions, we’ll be able to help you immediately either via phone or email
  • First day information – make sure you are aware of your start time and date and who you will need to report in to
  • Induction information – you may have been forwarded log-in details or instructions on relevant computer systems, try to keep these handy as you will need them.
  • Dress code – make sure you ask beforehand to ensure you dress the part. Most hospitals have a smart dress code, be sure to follow.
  • Timesheet – you will definitely need to pack this to make sure it gets signed by the relevant person in authority so that you can get paid on time.
  • Parking information – if you are planning on driving to your assignment and require parking at the hospital, you will need to inquire about a parking permit. Be sure to do this before your shift begins to avoid any delays with starting.