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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.

 
Our Medical Portfolio has Grown


Our vast, national database offers fully compliant, ready to go individuals, with excellent references. As we have real time availability it really is a quick, simple and easy process to have one on board. 

Remember that our professionals, with the exception of HCAs, are all VAT exempt, a real saving of 20%. We believe this represents superb value for money

You can book one of our Locums to support you either now or going forward: 

  • ANPs
  • UCPs
  • Practice Nurses
  • HCAs
  • Phlebotomists

If you would like to know more please contact one of our medical team, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it on 01992 507870

 
Advice for Practices on employers pension contributions
2013/04/18

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.

 
The Importance of looking after your own health and well-being

 

Doctor Well-being

 

Working in the health sector can be a super tough gig. 

 

Doctors and nurses know very well that there are particular challenges and stresses unique to the business of keeping humans healthy. The Doctor’s Support Network, a website that caters for the health needs of medical professionals and students, reports that doctors are MORE likely than non doctors to have a mental health problem. These include: 

 

Stress

Burnout

Anxiety

Depression

Bipolar Disorder

Psychoses 

Eating Disorders

 

These stresses in turn place pressures on relationships, family life and life balance. Medical professionals clearly experience similar tensions, worries and obstacles as other professionals, and yet, despite working in the area of healthcare, they are less likely to feel supported and encouraged in looking after their own health. 

 

A survey by Cardiff University, which consulted almost 2,000 British doctors at various stages of their careers, 60% had experienced mental illness (the figure is 82% among doctors working in England). What’s more, most of those struggling had not sought help. It is obvious with regard to doctors’ health, both physical and mental, that support is needed and a change in workplace culture is necessary. 

 

So what can doctors and medical professionals do to improve and prioritise their personal health?

 

Helpful suggestions include the importance for medical professionals to have their own independent GP. Establishing a relationship with another trusted doctor ensures the delivery of evidence-based preventative care. Within this space a documented history can be created and the opportunity for health promotion discussions becomes available. Too often doctors rely on ad-hoc ‘corridor consultations’ with colleagues, which is not a practise that can adequately address serious health concerns. Having an independent GP often facilitates access to the healthcare system that many doctors (as patients) describe as being difficult.

 

To overcome some of the difficulties doctors face in accessing healthcare the BMA have developed advisory services providing information and links to resources for medical professionals throughout the UK. Other services including the Doctors’ Support Network and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  are dedicated to improving the health of doctors, medical students and primary care professionals. 

 

If you are suffer from any of the health problems itemised in the bullet-point list above, or know of someone who is, then these resources are well worth checking out. For those looking to improve the health of their own practice or workplace, encourage your colleagues to seek out and regularly check in with their own independent GP. Value the notion of doctors taking care of their own health. Model this behaviour yourself, particularly if you are in contact with junior doctors. A simple sentence like, “Sorry I’m late, I’ve just been to the doctor.” can go a long way to changing the culture and attitudes of a practice.

 

Medicine is a tough gig, and we need to take care of one another.

 

If you wish to discuss you current locum placement or further locum opportunities, know that Agenda Medical Recruitment is always keen to support you.

 
The General Practice Awards 2013

 

The General Practice awards 2013

On the 27th November 2013, the Agenda medical team attended the General Practice awards 2013, the General Practice Awards are designed to recognise, highlight, and reward the hard work and innovation that gets carried out every day in surgeries up and down the UK, Team projects or individual achievements all carried out in order to serve the best possible care to patients.We were delighted to be nominated as finalists in the "staffing agency of the year" category. The ceremony was held at the Lancaster hotel in London, we are very proud that the medical team were finalists at the award and we thank them for all their hard work, a fantastic evening was had by all.

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From left to right,

Sean Burch -  Medical Team Leader
Lewis Thomson - Principal Consultant
James Burgess - Senior Principal Consultant
Joe Collins - Senior Principal Consultant
Pete Cousins - Principal Consultant

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(Above) 

Angela Wilcox - Compliance & Database manager
Kate Devlin - Agenda Digital & Creative team Manager

(Below) Clockwise: Sean Burch, Joe Collins, Lewis Thomson, Scott Moy (MD), Angela Wilcox,
Jan Frost, Greg Moy (SD), Kate Devlin, James Burgess.

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The GP Life in Australia



Australia offers fantastic opportunities for GPs wanting to work and live there. With greater clinical freedom and a higher potential earnings than in the UK, as well as a better work life balance, we can certainly see the benefits.
 
Here at Agenda Medical Locums, we recently secured a contract to find high calibre GPs for a number of surgeries on the West Coast of Australia. So what are the benefits of practising down under? And what do GPs need to know before they decide to make the move?
 
Similar practice 
 
In terms of clinical work, there really isn't much difference to the UK. The types of cases are similar, and there’s more clinical freedom with regards to prescribing and making referrals. You’ll see your paperwork decrease; there’s significantly less in comparison with the UK. And the workload is much less intense. A standard day is usually 8 hours seeing about 40-50 patients per day. 
 
Sounding good yet?…
 
General Practice Funding 
 
One major difference - doctors charge patients a fee. Australia’s healthcare system, Medicare, offers Australian citizens and permanent residents rebates for services provided to them by healthcare professionals with a Medicare provider number. GPs can directly charge Medicare on behalf of patients, and this known as bulk billing. Most GPs offer mixed billing, where some may be bulk billed and others privately billed. All the practices we work with in Australia are bulk billing at 70%.
 
After hours and weekends aren’t mandatory but one thing to bear in mind is that the volume of patients seen will heavily influence earning potential. On the west coast, GPs can expect to make about $2000 per day after about 3 months on a regular basis.
 
The surgeries we have positions for can allow a GP to work on a 2 month basis. And they will offer up to $300 a week towards accommodation, making something like the below affordable. 

 
Still interested?
 
Let us help you find the right practice for you and navigate the paperwork. 

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Tenders for APMS services in Bedfordshire
2013/02/26

Type of document: Contract Notice
Country: United Kingdom
OJEU Ref: (13/S 40-64378/EN)
Nature of contract: Service contract
Procedure: Restricted procedure
Regulation of procurement: EU - with participation by GPA countries
Award criteria: Most economic bid
Type of bid required: Mixed global and partial bid
Contract notice
Services
Directive 2004/18/EC

 
GP Vacancy Rates Doubling in Just Two Years
2013/02/28

The NHS is facing a “workforce crisis”, with GP vacancy rates doubling at the very least in just two years, doctors are warning.

Large numbers of senior doctors are retiring early while surgeries are finding it hard to tempt medicine graduates to be family doctors, they say.

The result is a looming crisis at a time Britain needs more GPs than ever to care for its ageing population.

Pulse magazine found the GP vacancy rate had risen from 4.2 per cent in 2011 to 7.9 per cent this January. The official GP vacancy rate was 2.1 per cent at the start of 2011.

In addition, GP surgeries are spending almost 20 per cent more on locums than two years ago because they cannot fill their posts with permanent staff.

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

 


 
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