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Practical Tips for New Locums

Whether you are interested in working at a large tertiary training hospital, a remote site medical clinic or anything in between, there are multiple roles available. As clinicians, we are often focussed on the clinical aspects of the role – case mix, support, supervision, infrastructure, training opportunities and the like. Whilst these considerations are important, all locum assignments also require a fair amount of paperwork, administration, logistics and practicalities. It is important that you check with your locum agency what support they offer with the following:

Medical Registration
If you are planning to locum in another country, you will need to be registered with that country’s medical board. The process can take some time, and often requires a fair amount of documentation and supporting evidence. Some countries may also require you to complete an interview or examination, and they may have different categories of registration – each with its own rights and limitations. Make sure you understand what is required, plan ahead and are aware of the implications of the registration category you will be eligible for.

Visas / Work Permits
Some countries require overseas doctors to apply for and be granted a visa before travelling to that country. In simple terms, a visa allows you to enter the country, and stipulates the conditions of such entry. Be sure you understand what your right and obligations under a particular visa category is. It is also possible that the country of destination requires international visitors to hold a work permit before being allowed employment. The work permit again stipulates the rights and obligations of the employee. Also note that some countries have combined their visas and work permits into a single document and process.

If you plan on travelling with any family members including children, it is very important that you also understand what rights and obligations pertain to them. Common questions to ask include whether they would be eligible to attend school, take up employment, qualify for certain benefits.

All international travellers should have health insurance coverage. There are multiple providers in both origin and destination countries who would be available to provide quotes and a detailed breakdown of the insurance on offer. Make sure you know what you are paying for, what is covered, and what is not. If you are not sure, ask your insurance broker, lawyer or financial advisor to assist.

Medical Indemnity insurance is another key consideration. Some public health facilities will provide state / federal / government based insurance for all doctors working at that facility. Our advice is that all doctors give serious consideration to purchasing their own private Medical Indemnity insurance irrespective of what is offered by the employer. With a general increase in the number of malpractice claims and litigation, the peace of mind gained from having your insurances in place, is well worth the investment.

Whilst your locum agency should be able to provide general guidance on all the above, remember that most agencies are not licensed financial or legal service providers and hence you are best advised to seek further guidance from professional advisers.

Global Medics has almost 15 years international medical recruitment and advisory experience. We work with leading professional service providers in each of the countries where we do business, and can provide you with the details of independent professional services on request.