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If you’re not sure where to get started, why don’t you try Messly? Messly has a developed a fantastic new resource to help you find locum opportunities in the UK!


How to find a locum job

Bank

If you already work in the hospital you want to locum in, joining the bank is very easy; just contact medical staffing and say you want to join the bank.

If you wish to join a different bank, you may already have an email of who to contact (it’s worth asking on F3 Facebook groups for email addresses). If you don’t have any contacts, go through switchboard for the trust and ask for medical staffing or internal bank.

Below we have collated some emails and phone numbers for you to directly contact in some trusts.

If you have a useful contact and want to add it to this list, please email us at guidetof3@gmail.com to help others!

Agency

You should ideally join the agencies that provide the most work in your area. You can ask on F3 facebook groups for advice on which agencies are the best in your specific region of interest.

Bank vs. Agency

BANK

Pros:

  • Pros
    • If you join the bank for of trust you did your foundation year in you probably won’t have to do all the paper work again.
    • You usually get to pick shifts first. Most trusts will advertise internally before externally to an agency.
    • The trust will do your appraisal for free.
  • Cons
    • May be slightly less pay than agency.
    • If you join a different bank from the one you did foundation in, the amount of paper work you do is the same.
AGENCY
  • Pros
    • You may get slightly better pay.
    • You may have scope to negotiate your pay.
  • Cons:
    • You often have to pay for an appraisal – this can be around £300 for some agencies! It’s definitely worth checking how much they charge prior to signing up.
    • You may be offered fewer jobs than bank staff – Because the trust has to pay your wage plus a fee to the agency, some trusts are reluctant to use agency doctors.
    • Messly provides a platform that lets you review shifts from multiple locum agencies both in the UK and abroad. You can review shifts without having to go through the process of signing-up to a specific agency.
    • Please note: For the above Messly resource: Unfortunately this resource is not aimed at IMG’s without any NHS experience or F1’s.

Trust-specific Information

Below there is some limited specific information about trusts. We are still building this and will add more weekly.

If you have any further information that would be useful to other doctors or any corrections to the information already provided please contact us! We will provide a certificate for participation.

Edinburgh

Agency rate £37.50 this is usually the max pay
Agencies to join: ID medical or MP locums. Templars for Fife.
Not many agency jobs around Edinburgh, however pay is better.
Specialities: Haematology/Oncology seems to be where most of the agency locum work is in Edinburgh for long term locum posts
Bank: NHS Lothian covers West General Hospital, Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, St John’s Livingstone.
Apply for bank: Medical.staffbank@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk
Bank pay: £26 an hour, £31 OOH

To join NHS Fife – Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy contact: Lindamoffat@nhs.net
Rates: around £45 an hour, £55 OOH

London

Most trusts use third parties for locum work
Chelsea & Westminster, Impresial, London North West, Hillingdon, London COVID 19 Digital Bank all use Patchwork (an agency previous called Locum Tap) which is app based and allows you to book shifts through the app.
You must still sign up through the bank.
St George’s and Kingston use Bank Partners

London rates are capped at £36 an hour and £43 OOH

North West

ELHT (Royal Blackburn Hospital and Burnley district general)
Most jobs are through internal bank £45 an hour in hours and around £47 OOH
Few long term locum jobs but many shifts available adhoc.
Agency: ID – unsure how much they will pay an hour

LTHTR (Royal Preston and Chorley District General)
Most jobs are through internal bank at £40 an hour and around £45 OOH
Do have some long term locums. Many adhoc shifts available in both hospitals.
Joining bank: internal bank staff are managed by Medacs.
Medical joining bank: Joanne.cocklin@lthtr.nhs.uk
Agency: Medacs, fewer shifts available


Article written by Dr. Augustus Diaz and Dr. D Dave