There’s no need to um and ah over whether you should contemplate working as a locum doctor; it is definitely an attractive option to be considered by most medical professionals, whether they are toying with the idea of making some extra money over their weekends, or if they fancy making the switch to a full time locum career. There are an abundance of benefits to nabbing yourself some locum shifts, first and foremost because of the increasing demand for them. A recent Staff Care survey revealed that the number of locum doctors across America rose from 26,000 in 2012 to almost double at 40,000 come 2014. The same trend can be seen in the number of healthcare facilities who hired locum doctors in the US – 73.6% in 2012 increased to a massive 90% in 2013. Across the pond, the same factors are in play, with Total Assist Group liaising and partnering with all of the NHS trusts operating across the UK. With plenty of prospects for work, right now is an ideal time to engage in locum work, as not only could you be lining your pockets, but it may also open your eyes to the opportunities that are available.
What’s in it for me?
Searching for permanent positions? Then don’t disregard locum work straight off as it can actually be a very useful investigative tool, as not only can you test drive numerous hospitals and locations, but you can also sample different specialties to really see where your passions lie. As well as getting paid, you can fine tune the areas and trusts you want to work with, meaning that when you do knuckle down to finding a permanent place, you know exactly what to look for to tick your boxes. The main benefits are most definitely the freedom and flexibility that locum work affords you, as you have complete control over your schedule, meaning you are able to work as little or as much as you want.
Depending on the shifts you say yes to, you could be working ad-hoc days to slot in with a full time position elsewhere to help top up your savings account, or you could be situated in a 6 month placement covering a maternity leave. The choices are endless, and really enable you to cater to your lifestyle and career requirements. As aspect of this is also travel, whether you strive to be as close to your front door mat as humanly possible (where there may not be many permanent positions going) or whether you aim to trek further afield to take in some sight seeing and regions you may not have come across before, turning your placements into a bit of an adventure.
Here are some more advantages to working as a locum doctor:
- Political neutrality – hospital politics are a thing of the past
- Professional development and personal relationships – build on skills and network with colleagues
- Travel the country – if you want
- Gain experience – whether to brush up on clinical skills or fine tune your career plan
- Flexible schedule – whatever your commitments, you can still generate an income with locum shifts
- Travel / accommodation expenses may be paid for, or given to you at a heavily discounted rate
- Variety of hospital experiences – makes you more adaptable with different systems and processes
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