One of the biggest advantages of undertaking locum work is the fact that your career can take you anywhere – once equipped with your qualifications and experiences you can work up and down the country.
Becoming a locum doctor is a fantastic idea, even if you stay within the boundaries of the UK, there are still so many options and opportunities. It is one of the very lucky professions, where you can travel wherever you choose to and be paid to provide a high quality service, dealing with interesting cases and patients.
Total Assist works with NHS trusts and private sectors across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales so you don’t need to feel restrained if you want to adventure further afield. With partners in every part of the country, we can easily arrange for you to work in regions or cities that you have never visited before, allowing you to feel comfortable in an environment that suits you.
As we are able to supply accommodation, if required, for any and all locum placements, there are no limits whatsoever on being able to head all around the United Kingdom.
To help you adjust to the travel, here are our top tips to make anywhere feel like home:
- Stock up.
Generally, locum accommodation can differ quite a lot, so it’s always a good idea to have various bits and pieces that you can take with you to every travelling placement.
We recommend you take the following with you:
- Cupboard essentials: Such as cooking oil, sugar, tea, coffee as well as salt and pepper.
- Kitchen and cleaning supplies: Such as zip lock bags for leftover food, bin liners, dish cloths and washing up liquid.
- Indulgence item: To really make you feel at home, for example having your own pillow to help you sleep better.
- Always unpack.
You might be tempted to just live out of a suitcase, even if you are only on a placement for a week, but to really help settle you in it is important to make sure you unpack and have your belongings dotted around the place to make you feel at home.
- Continue with your daily routine.
There is no need to ditch the daily jog or cafe coffee just because you are in a new location. Yes, it may take a bit more effort, since you are unfamiliar with your surroundings but you can still enjoy your favourite activities.
Get into the habit of asking new colleagues where the best places are, this will help you learn more about the city and it’s also a great way to discover likeminded people.
- Stay in touch with people at home.
Family and friends aren’t ever too far away with the help of social media like Facebook and twitter. By using Skype you can also live video chat with loved ones who are at home allowing you to update each other on your days.
- Make new friends.
A good idea, especially if you are on long term placements that could last a number of months, is to never say no to an invitation. You may need to step outside of your comfort zone, but it’s a brilliant way to get to know your new colleagues.