Are you contemplating locum work?
As a career option, it is definitely an appealing choice, with plenty of plus points – including increased independence and flexibility. Leading a locum lifestyle can be very different from a traditional medical career; some doctors have concerns before taking the plunge into a new way of working.
At Total Assist, so many professionals are receiving benefits of locum work, many of their original concerns are completely unfounded once they began clocking up the shifts.
This article aims to explain some of the most common locum concerns and why they shouldn’t be worrying you.
1) People will think I am doing locum shifts as I can’t find permanent work.
Not true – the majority of doctors who perform locum work actually leave a permanent post to do so, or work ad-hoc shifts around a full time post, for example over weekends or during annual leave.
Working as a locum doctor is an active career choice, and not a last resort. The flexibility locum work works fantastically with your schedule if you have other commitments, such as a young family, hobbies or family events.
Often locum work is used as an exploratory tool to help medics pin down what locations and fields they want to specialize in. This means that when they do decide to find a permanent post, they know exactly what they are looking for.
Locum work allows you to solely focus on patient care. More senior doctors looking to cut back on hours, as they ease into retirement, also often decide to pick up locum shifts as it acts as a perfect middle ground for them as they can pick and choose what shifts they want to work.
2) My schedule will be too unstable.
One of the biggest advantages of locum work is that you are in complete control of your diary. You tell us the days, times and months you are free and we work around what you want to do.
You can decide how many hours you want to work, the location you want to work and the period of time. It really is up to you and your schedule, as there is always work available for locum doctors.
3) I won’t be able to find satisfying work.
Here at Total Assist, we put 110% effort into making sure we find placements that are a jigsaw puzzle fit for you. In our initial conversation you can really talk us through exactly what you are looking for and what you hope to achieve from your locum work – we are just as keen as you are. After we have pin-pointed your key requirements, we will only send you roles we know you will be interested in, this way you don’t have to worry about finding work, as we do the hard work for you.
4) Travelling will be too difficult.
Just by widening your travel, you could actually double the amount of opportunities that you can receive, which could really boost your career. We are completely happy to arrange accommodation for you so you can work as far afield as you fancy. As we can find you a place to stay whether this be in hospital on-site flats or in a local B&B – you will even get a discounted rate to pay as well. Travelling as a locum is an ideal way to adventure through the UK and see cities you may not have visited before, with the perks of knowing you are being paid.
Total Assist works with the NHS as well as private sectors in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales so there are always opportunities aplenty.