Should I work as a locum doctor?
09 October 2015
There are many different reasons that candidates go down the locum route. Some decide to make a lifestyle choice as they enjoy the flexibility locuming offers whilst others see it as a means to an end whilst they search for their next permanent role. Either way, there are a number of reasons why you should consider it.
1. More choice
The sheer amount of choice that working with a locum agency brings you is one of the main advantages. Holt Doctors hold a number of priority recruitment contacts all across the UK, which means that you can have first pick of a large selection of jobs. Plus - we'll do all the hard work for you, bringing jobs straight to you which are expertly matched to your grade, specialty and availability.
2. Extra money
Whether it’s now or 6 months down the line, you may unexpectedly find yourself in need of some extra cash. It could be that you need the money to cover school fees, take a special holiday or build that house extension. Whatever the reason – locum work is a great way to top up your earnings.
3. Travel opportunities
Locum work can be a great opportunity to visit some new and exciting places that you might not otherwise get the chance to experience. Fancy a working holiday in the sunny Channel Islands? Or why not visit the beautiful Isle of Wight? Holt Doctors can offer you unique travel opportunities that you won’t find anywhere else!
4. Help with Revalidation/Appraisals
Working with a locum agency can also mean extra support that you wouldn’t normally have, for example with your annual appraisal and Revalidation. Our dedicated support team is there every step of the way to make sure you are completely comfortable with all aspects of your appraisal and revalidation. Plus, gain extra rewards from our CPD Loyalty scheme when you work as a locum. The more you work – the more you earn!
5. Better work-life balance
A big attraction of locum work is the complete flexibility you have over your work-life balance. Whether you chose to work 6 months of the year and spend the other 6 elsewhere, or even just to work a 4 day week, the choice is completely up to you. You can fit your work around friends, family and other commitments – not the other way around.
Although locum work may seem daunting at first there are plenty of advantages and working as a locum can turn in to an invaluable opportunity to build up your experience, CV and ultimately progress your career even further.