Candidate Tips
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.

 
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 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. 

Please give Lewis a call on 01992 507863 or drop him an This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


 
’Ten top tips’ for Revalidation
2012/11/02

1.Appraisers ‘appraise’, Responsible Officers ‘recommend’ and the GMC ‘revalidate’. This statement makes it clear that your appraiser will not be deciding whether you are to be recommended for revalidation.

2.Year 0 (April 2012/March 2013) – Responsible Officers will be revalidated

Year 1 (April 2012/March 2014) – 20% of doctors (mostly GP leaders, educators and management)

Year 2 (April 2014/March 2015) – further 40% of doctors

Year 3 (April 2015/March 2016) – the remaining 40% doctors

You will have at least 3 months’ notice of your revalidation date

3.Appraisers will be making an assessment of your engagement overall, your pre-appraisal documentation and supporting information, your progress year on year (against PDPs) and your progress towards the GMC’s revalidation requirements.

4.Doctors will be appraised on the whole scope of their practice. If you need medical qualification to do it, you need to provide evidence about it in your appraisal.

5.Evidence you provide will be matched to the four domains of ‘Good Medical Practice’.

1)Knowledge, skills and performance

2)Safety and quality

3)Communication, partnership and teamwork

4)Maintaining trust

6.The use of an online toolkit (e.g. The MAG Model Appraisal form, the New Clarity Appraisal Toolkit or The RCGP Toolkit) is the preferred method of presenting your appraisal portfolio. There are many advantages for you (the doctor), your appraiser, the Responsible Officer and your local area (appraisal) team.

7.Support information may be defined by three levels.

Level 1 - That required by the GMC as the minimum for revalidation and will indicate your fitness to practice.

Level 2 – That required by your employing organisation or specialist body (e.g. RCGP) and will indicate your fitness for purpose.

Level 3 – That defined by yourself to include your professional development and personal aspirations.

8.Doctors will have to sign off statements about significant events, complaints, probity, health, the appraisal portfolio and GMC requirements. There are five declarations for the appraiser and doctor to sign at the end of the appraisal.

9.There are 28 days from the appraisal interview to complete and sign off all documentation. This timescale is not negotiable and your Responsible Officer might conclude that you have not engaged with revalidation and inform the GMC.

10.The Responsible Officer will assess your appraisal outputs along with the clinical governance information and any other data held about you. They have only 3 options:-

1)Positive recommendation

2)Request a deferral

3)Notify the GMC of failure to engage

 


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