If you are someone contemplating locum work, then you most certainly have given some thought to whether it is worth registering with a locum agency. If you are an existing locum, then you probably receive between five and ten calls per week from various locum agencies canvassing your CV and references. With so many agencies to choose from, how do you decide which one will be best for your specific needs or interests?
Over the past 15 years, I have witnessed a significant rise in the number of doctors who are willing to consider locum opportunities. The reasons, of which there are many, won’t be covered in this blog but I am sure you will agree are often multiple. Whatever yours may be, finding an agency who not only has the scope and capabilities to source the best available jobs, but also understands the often very personal and specific requirements of the doctor and his or her family is more important than most would appreciate.
In my view, the professional relationship between a recruitment consultant and a doctor is the single most important attribute of a successful locum career. The recruitment consultant must have sophisticated knowledge of the market in the therapeutic area in which they work, thorough understanding of the clinical skills and capabilities of the locum doctor, and the ability to match the demands of a role with the attributes of their candidate.
In turn, the locum doctor must have confidence in the ability of the recruitment consultant to understand their needs and objectives, find suitable roles, negotiate appropriate remuneration and provide necessary support with documentation and logistics.
This “partnership” between a recruitment consultant and locum doctor develops over time and is a function of trust. Spending time researching the various locum agencies, and making sure you pick the one that is best placed to further your locum career, is time well spent.
Global Medics has been providing locum services to doctors around the world since 2001. The business is structured to allow recruitment consultants specialisation in their fields of business together with a sophisticated support capability – finding the best jobs around the world. Many of the doctors who work through Global Medics have been with the company for many years, and keep coming back based on the quality of service provided.
If you are interested in finding a locum role that is ideal for you, give us a call, we are available 24/7 and look forward to speaking with you.