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5 Common Misconceptions Around Hiring Medical Locums



When considering locums to help solve staffing needs, it’s normal to have a few questions about how the process works. Here we take a look at some of the top misconceptions around hiring locums that we run into from time to time when working with practices.



1.GP Locums are often less qualified that staff GPs.


This is certainly not the case. GP Locums meet all the same qualifications that staff GPs do. In fact a Locum’s varied experience often attracts some of the higher qualified GPs. Being a Locum is a great way to get extra hours and subsidise travel, without necessarily signing on for a long-term commitment within a given organisation. 


2. Hiring Locums is an HR headache. 


Modern Locums agency like ourselves take most of the hassle out of hiring new Locums. Bringing on a Locum GP is actually less onerous than hiring a full time staff member, especially when you consider the negotiations and benefits required for the latter. 


3. Locums will not be accepted by my current staff.


It’s the nature of modern medicine that there are staff rotations and shift work; there is always constant change. Hiring Locums works because GPs and Nurses are trained to be multidisciplinary, and team based. As long as the team they are working with is filled with competent individuals, they will know how to work alongside one another and provide excellent patient care. Personality conflicts can happen among any two people, but it’s certainly not true that Locums and existing staff will be inherently at odds with one another. 


4. Locums are never interested in a full-time position. 


While there is some truth that some Locums are simply looking for short-term work, there are  large number that are open to offers for long-term work. Healthcare administrators can sometimes use Locums as a job interview or ‘audition’. If it just so happens you get a rising GP superstar, make them an offer. You may be pleasantly surprised. 


5. Locums are less committed to patient care. 


This is such an unfortunate and incorrect thought, because it broadly mis-characterises medical Locums. GPs and Nurses who perform Locum work, usually seek exposure to different environments, different cultures, and different patient populations. For them it is as much about a learning experience as a chance to expand their practice and skills. Just like most other primary care practitioners, Locums want to help people and are extremely committed to patient care. 



If you want to learn about how Locums can help solve your staffing needs, speak to a medical Locums account manager today.

State-backed indemnity scheme to cover 'all GPs for all NHS work'



The ‘state-backed’ indemnity scheme will be open to all GPs, including locums and sessional work, for all NHS work, the health secretary has announced. 


The scheme will be available in April 2019, health secretary Jeremy Hunt told delegates at today’s RCGP Conference in Liverpool, alongside an announcement that he was expanding the £20,000 ‘golden hello’ scheme and was looking into regulating physician associates.


He added that it will be available to locums and sessional GPs, but stopped short of promising it would be for all practice staff.


Pulse had previously reported that the scheme would cover all practice staff, but Mr Hunt said this was not the case.


He was asked by Dr Richard Vautrey, chair of the BMA’s GP Committee, whether the scheme would include all practice staff and locums.


Mr Hunt replied: 'I can give the commitment it will be for doctors working in general practice. The wider commitments, I would love to be able to give you, but I don’t know the answers. I don’t want to promise something I will have to retract later.’


Earlier in his speech, he had said the scheme ’will take time to introduce’.


He said: ’It will take us 18 months. We need to negotiate with the BMA and the medical defence organisations. It will be introduced in this year’s contract discussions.


’It will be more affordable and reliable for you. We’ll have control of variables that makes indemnity fees fluctuate… I hope this will give some stability.’


The announcement of the scheme follows pressure from the profession and Pulse to tackle the problem of rising indemnity fees.


GP leaders gave the announcement a cautious welcome, but said more details on funding and who it will cover was needed.


Pulse last week delivered a letter to the Department of Health signed by more than 300 GPs calling on the Government to ‘fully reimburse the cost of GP indemnity’.


The BMA’s GP Committee warned earlier this year that rising indemnity costs were set to make the profession ‘untenable’, especially with potential changes to the size of compensation payouts.


But in a statement today, the DH said that it is looking at a ‘long-term solution’.

It said: ‘The Government is planning to develop a state-backed indemnity scheme for GPs, to protect them from the costs of clinical negligence claims, subject to further work on relevant issues.


’Our ambition is to provide a more stable and affordable system for GPs. The scheme could provide financially sustainable cover for claims arising from the delivery of NHS services.’




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Making the most of Christmas as a Locum



There are many reasons why someone might choice locum work. It could be for the flexibility in hours and shifts and travel opportunities, extra money or for a more well-rounded experience. Whatever the reason for choosing locum work, you can be assured that the Christmas season brings with it even more opportunity for all of those things. 


Christmas is renowned for keeping the doctors surgeries busy, so any extra hands over this period are always welcome. 


Here are some great ways to making the most of the Christmas holidays as a locum: 


Pick up extra shifts 


Christmas is a time where it is traditional for many people to take their annual holidays. Some people may need to travel overseas to see family so have to take time off from work, and others may have young families at home that they’d like to spend some time with if possible. Some of these people are local GPs and nurses. It has been thought, anecdotally, that the reduction in GP numbers over the Christmas period is the reason why hospitals are busier. 


Either way, this all works in your favour as it means more shifts available to you. 


If you’d like to earn more money, the Christmas period is a way you can really boost the bank balance. Take on extra shifts being offered and save your holiday time for a different part of the year. By picking up extra shifts, you will not only be rewarded financially, but you will also gain a lot of experience. You will also get the chance to do some networking and work with some great colleagues, which can be beneficial down the line if you decide to go back and apply for permanent positions. 




If spending Christmas at home with family isn’t your cup of tea, now is the perfect time to travel. Wherever you go, plan ahead by checking which surgeries are hiring and what kind of accommodation is available to you over this time. 


Getting away at Christmas can be nice for those who do not have any family to spend the holidays with. Joining a new work team will open up opportunities to meet other’s in the same situation as you, and you never know, you may end up with a group of like-minded people to spend Christmas Day with. 


Take a holiday


One of the great advantages of being a locum is the flexibility it offers. If taking a holiday over Christmas sounds appealing to you, it’s something you can absolutely do. 


Being a locum means you don’t have to worry about getting your holiday leave in early, or worry about scheduling holidays in around others. If you don’t want to work over Christmas or New Years, simply don’t put your name down for any shifts at that time. You can come back to work when you are ready. 


If you haven’t taken the step of going locum yet, but it is something that has been on your New Years Resolutions list for a while, perhaps these holidays are the right time of you to give it a try. Give us a call to chat through your options further.

Advice for Practices on employers pension contributions

From 1 April 2013, GP practices will take over responsibility for funding employer’s pension contributions for the locums they use which have until now been paid by Primary Care Organisations (PCO).

On top of any locum fees, practices are required to pay the 14% employer’s pension contribution for the period paid for by the practice when the locum GP is contributing to the NHS pension scheme.

Although practice funding is being increased as a result of these changes, the actual employer contribution will be paid through the locum. Locums themselves will be responsible for making the payments to the Area Team at the same time as they pay their employee contributions. The Department of Health has stated that it expects locums to increase their fees as a result.  

This applies to any contracts already agreed with locums for work from April onwards; the locum will add the 14% to any previously agreed charges on their invoice. Legally, the practice is liable to pay the 14%, not the individual partner requiring locum cover. The Pensions Agency has said that they will report any practices refusing to pay the 14% contribution to the Pensions Regulator. Failure to pay could result in legal action.

Please note that the employer’s pension contribution is based on the locum’s pensionable income only, which is 90% of their total fee. The remaining 10% is regarded as covering expenses. Once they have been paid by a practice, the locum must then make the payment to the NHS Commissioning Board; they cannot keep the fee.

Locum GPs who are not part of the NHS pension scheme will not receive the employer’s contributions. The change does not affect locum GPs who work through locum agencies that are not recognised NHS employing authorities and who therefore cannot pension their income. Similarly, individual locums trading as limited companies cannot pension their income.

The change to employer’s pension contributions will not affect the current arrangements for longer term locums. After 6 months of continuous work with a practice, the locum is regarded as a Type 2 Practitioner for the purposes of the pension scheme. The practice then administers and pays their pension contributions as they would for a salaried GP. Locum forms A and B cannot be used in this situation.

How to write a goldfish-proof medical CV summary



Back in 2015 an article in The Telegraph revealed that the average human attention span has decreased from 12 seconds to 8 seconds in the past fifteen years. In contrast, goldfish are though to have an attention span of around 9 seconds. 


While there may be a range of explanations for this, you need to consider this when you’re applying for your next job as a GP, Practice Nurse or HCA. 


One of the keys to an excellent medical CV is a concise well-crafted summary at the start of the document. The reason it is so important is that it gives the recruiter or consultant assessing your application a quick snapshot of who you are, and where you’re going. Here at Agenda Locum Recruitment, we read over CVs quite quickly, as we look for keywords. As depressing as that seems, after you've spent hours on your CV, that is the reality of a competitive recruitment process. 


We get a lot of questions about what to put on your CV profile, and it’s actually pretty straightforward. Contrary to a somewhat popular belief, it’s not just a space for a career objective, although that is part of it. The conventions for CVs vary from country to country, but if you’re writing a medical CV for a UK employer this is a good guide. 


Think of your CV profile like the abstract of a journal article. You should pretty much just get the gist of the document just by reading that introductory paragraph. 


This should be the structure of your CV profile: 


  • State what your current position is, and how much experience you have had in that position
  • Provide a highlight of specific achievements, interests, projects, or research
  • Say what makes you different to other candidates
  • Give an explanation of what your career objective is
  • A statement about your values and how that aligns with your career


I have been completing advanced anaesthetics training since 2013 as part of the North Hills Network. I have a special interest in paediatrics, and recently completed a research project on XYZ, and was the recipient of the Smith Prize for excellence. I recently completed a volunteer fellowship in neonatal anaesthetics in Canada, which gave me a unique level of experience in the field. It is my intention to specialise in paediatric anaesthetics, with a particular emphasis on XYZ cases. I am passionate about accessible healthcare, and I am committed to spending a significant amount of my time in public cases.


It’s important that you don’t just make it a superlative soup. The reader wants to know genuine information about you in order to make a quick judgement on how to proceed with your application. And, remember, it is a summary, so keep it brief.


Having an attention-grabbing CV profile is one way of making sure your CV goes to the top of the pile for your next job application. If you don’t have a profile on your CV, now is the time to get started! 


Keep in mind that it should evolve with you and your career, and may even change from application to application.


If you need more assistance with your CV, and your career in general, get in touch with one of our expert medical locum recruiters.

6 Reasons why you should consider locum work




Flexibility and work life balance 

One of the biggest advantages of locum work for most locum doctors is the control over your working life. This can be especially useful if you’re just returning to work from maternity leave, or you enjoy dedicating your time to other interesting, non-clinical pursuits.


Try before you buy 

Locum work can give you the chance to try out different specialties before you commit to a role full time. Use this opportunity to experience as much as possible before deciding on one specialty. 


Competitive pay rates

Locum doctors offer a specialist service and this should be reflected in the rates you receive for your work - especially if you’re willing to pick up extra shifts at the weekend or in the evenings.


More choice of work 

Rather than joining a number of different banks and having to complete lengthy registration checks each time, with a locum agency you can gain access to all these jobs in one place, including overseas locations such as Australia.


One dedicated point of contact 

At Agenda Locum Recruitment, you’ll be assigned a dedicated recruitment consultant with in-depth knowledge of your requirements and availability. No need to go searching for that perfect position, your recruitment consultant will pro-actively look for jobs that suit you and present you with appropriate opportunities.This also means you have one point of contact for all queries.


Keep up to date with new legislation 

It's our job to inform and advise where possible on new government legislation and framework directives, which means you can stay ahead of the curve with minimal effort. We are extremely proud of our compliance team, and they do a great job to keep you in the loop.

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