Give yourself the best chance of securing locum work

So you’ve registered and you’re finally ready to take on the world of locum work, but with so many other locums looking to do the same, how do you give yourself the best chance of securing shifts? Whether you’re a pharmacist or optometrist here are the simple steps you can take to make sure you’re […]

IR35 – Are your locums ‘In’ or ‘Out’?

This question has become a hot topic in the pharmacy and optometry locum worlds and was discussed at a recent event hosted by the Company Chemists’ Association at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society premises on 13th February 2019.  HMRC had been invited to make a presentation to CCA members and other interested parties regarding IR35 and […]

Newly-qualified pharmacists in locum work pt. 3- making the most of your early days [2018]

Welcome to our final chapter in our trilogy of posts focusing on newly-qualified pharmacists undertaking locum work! If you’ve yet to do so, check out part 1 and part 2. You’re elated. You feel weightless. You’ve seen it all and you’re stronger for it. Yes- you’ve finally completed all the paperwork involved in becoming a […]

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, […]

‘Asdaburys’? What the Asda/Sainsburys merger may mean for the UK’s pharmaceutical and optometry landscape.

In a move that’s been the subject of much analysis and speculation, it was announced this month that Sainsburys and Asda have agreed on plans to merge. If approved by the CMA, the £12 billion merger deal will result in one third of the UK’s entire supermarket purchases being from one of their 2800-strong store […]

An Agency’s Eye View of Pharmacist Accreditations

If you read our Three Common Ways Locum Pharmacists Lose Bookings post, you’ll know that we ranked a failure to provide up-to-date documentation (especially relating to accreditations) as a primary reason why agencies stop offering pharmacists work. But why is it so common that agency locums find themselves in such a situation? One of the […]