It is unfortunate the word ‘locum’ is often synonymous with the pursuit of fast money. The hourly or per diem rate can look attractive at face value, but in truth, ask a locum why they locum and you’ll often hear a range of reasons before money is even mentioned.
Hey Google! Medicine proves that women can take over male dominated industries and do just fine thanks… https://t.co/1cGtRaeySq
Jeremy Hunt scraps plans to force doctors to work in NHS for 4 years as it might worsen ongoing recruitment crisis… https://t.co/408QskHpzL
Shortage of GPs & GP locums leads to practice closure in Scottish Highlands https://t.co/dU8Q1w7qXq
RT @dataduce: Meet the JobTaker. https://t.co/XmMdB2RXiI
Cost of doctor shortage at one NHS emergency department increased fivefold in 3 years to almost £3m… https://t.co/m8timzYh83
Many Irish solo GPs can't take a summer holiday for want of a locum to cover their practice https://t.co/jEtLWXIlWM
Wavelength sends doctors all over Australia, but perhaps the most unique experience we offer is the chance to practice indigenous health in some of our most remote communities. Some become quite enamoured with this kind of work, such as Hobart-based Dr Amin Sadruddin...
The recent debate in Ireland over doctors' hours has brought back some not so fond memories of my own internship in Scotland. My record shift was 57 hours straight with about 1.5 hours sleep. I actually fell asleep whilst walking down the corridor to write up a paracetamol order.
Nature teaches us a lot about the need for a rich and balanced ecosystem. Knock out one species and top predators starve, weeds and algae bloom and co-dependent species go extinct. So it is with the medical workforce which is large, essential and 24/7.
Everyone loves the Oscars, the Emmys and the Arias. We love the human drama and, because they are for celebrities, we all take a keen interest. However, most industries like to celebrate their best and brightest in some fashion. And for good reason - awards not only allow an industry ...
In my last blog “A bunch of great reasons to locum...” I proposed that locum work is not always about the money. Whilst the article received much positive feedback, it seems that many still doubt the motives of locums, expressing, in particular, incredulity at the dollar amount that locums are paid.
Why do locum work? OK - so you might be seduced by the attractive rates of pay, but if that is all that drives you then I foretell that you will quickly run out of enthusiasm. There are in fact many reasons, other than financial, why locum work can be a rewarding experience. Here is a brief, but not exhaustive list:
Working as a locum on temporary contracts can be a thankless task and the lack of positive strokes can sometimes give locums cause to forget their usual standards of civil behaviour. Just as a motorist will cuss and gesticulate from behind the wheel in a way that they never would as a pedestrian, ...
Since my international flight has been delayed by 48 hours I suddenly have a bit of time on my hands. Rather than twiddle my thumbs I thought I would delve into our resume database to see what I could find. With tens of thousands of records you can start to draw some statistically significant conclusions about ...
As a sponsor of a scholarship for the University of NSW indigenous medical student programme we were invited to attend a donors lunch last week. There was lively discussion around the table on the state of funding for such programmes, and consensus that all Australian state and federal ...
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About the author
Dr. John Bethell graduated from Aberdeen Medical School in 1990 and worked as a doctor in both the UK and Australia, launching Wavelength with co-founder Claire Ponsford in 1999. As a pioneer and market leader of medical recruitment in Australia Dr. Bethell has seen the industry grow and mature. After two decades of helping doctors find work and employers find doctors, he sees the medical workforce world through a unique perspective.
- → Anaesthetists
- → Australian health workforce
- → British GPs
- → Emergency physicians
- → General practitioners
- → Healthcare Partners
- → Junior Doctors
- → Living and working in Australia
- → Living and working in New Zealand
- → Living and working overseas
- → Locum doctors
- → Medical career development
- → Medical practitioners
- → Psychiatry
- → Radiologists
- → Recruitment
- → Regulatory & Migration
- → Rural medicine
- → Specialist Physicians
- → Surgeons