Newly qualified Pharmacists in locum work pt. 1- why locum? [2018]

So it’s done- you’ve finally been released from the throes of education. You’ve studied diligently, slowly built your confidence in your own abilities, and now you’re ready to dive headfirst into the world of work as a qualified pharmacist.   But, like anything in life, it is not always simply a case up of wind-up […]

Vital signs of change: the evolving purpose of community pharmacy

The landscape of community pharmacy is ever-shifting, and anything but stagnant. The word ‘community’ is particularly appropriate, as at its heart are dedicated professionals that actively work together to remain informed, united and heard- often in the face of adversity from many sides. Whether it has been in the form of funding cuts, an increasingly […]

Pillars of the community: Your local pharmacy services at a glance.

Did you know that free, qualified, face-to-face healthcare advice could be just a stones-throw from your front door?   Far from being simply a pickup-point for prescriptions, the role of the Community Pharmacy is to provide a range of professionally curated and performed services that are accessible to all. In fact, 89% of England’s population […]

Quit dreaming; start locuming

People’s professional desires are changing. No longer does the idea of being a ‘lifer’ much appeal to the majority of today’s younger workforce. Rather, mobility and work-life balance are two of the key concerns for ‘millennials’ when choosing a career- positions that allow the potential for consistent earning, whilst being flexible in their demanded hours, […]

Should a Locum Agency Be Run By Healthcare Professionals?

More than ever in entrepreneurial circles, it seems, there’s a belief that anything is possible. Business is, after all, a world bursting with self-fulfilling prophecy. Proclaim it; live it. As one Derek Trotter would have said: “He who dares, wins“. But is setting up and running a healthcare locum agency really that simple? Is it […]

Pharmacy Technicians in the Locum World

Photo © Team Locum. For illustrative purposes only. The role title conjures up visions of a supreme, introverted boffin, processing pharmaceuticals in a scientific lab, away from the public gaze. But in the community, pharmacy technicians really come into their own in busy public settings, where there’s strong demand for patient-facing interaction. Indeed, people skills […]

Should Internet Tech Giants Become Our New Healthcare Champions?

In a quarter of a century, the Internet has grown from a dark and obscure exchange of geekery, into the very hub of social interaction, entertainment and commerce. And as we’ve become more dependent on the World Wide Web, the relatively new environment has increasingly been seen by ambitious entrepreneurs as a route to unprecedented […]