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 […]

3 Common Ways Locum Pharmacists Lose Agency Bookings

  Healthcare locums provide vital cover when a regular member of staff is absent. Broadly, there’s very substantial demand for locums here in the UK. But statistically, a high proportion of locums lose bookings for reasons they can very easily avoid. In this post, we’re going to look at three of the most common reasons […]

Newly Qualified Pharmacists in Locum Work

[Note: for an updated/condensed version of this article, head here to our 2018 post]   One of the ways in which newly qualified pharmacists can quickly gain a wealth of experience, is through locum work. We looked, in our Career Advancement For Pharmacists post, at how locum work can help a less experienced pharmacist to […]

What To Do When Your Pharmacist Doesn’t Turn Up

It can happen so unexpectedly. One minute your pharmacy has a pharmacist. The next, it doesn’t. But what do you do when that unexpected circumstance hits you, out of the blue? Well, if anyone knows about dealing with emergencies in the world of pharmacy, it’s us at Team Locum. We’d advise… Nay, beg any pharmacy […]

Acquiring a Locum-Coded EPS Release 2 Smartcard

If you’re just getting started as a locum pharmacist, you may have heard mention of a special EPS Release 2 (or just EPS2) Smartcard carrying the locum-specific User Role Profile: FFFFF. But how important is this special Smartcard, and how does a locum get hold of one? THE IMPORTANCE OF AN EPS2 SMARTCARD FOR LOCUM […]

10 Reasons Why Locums Become Locums

People often wonder why healthcare professionals move into locum work – and it’s a good question. Locuming can involve a significant amount of travel, and whilst that’s a plus point for some, others instinctively see it as an inconvenience. But is the decision to locum or not to locum purely founded on a liking for, […]