2015 Exhibitions

2015 Exhibitions

We are pleased to have attended several conferences and exhibitions in 2015 where we were lucky enough to register over 3,000 doctors looking for locum work across the UK. We gave away heaps of cool merchandise and goodies including a chance to win a free iPad.

Needless to say, the most important part of each exhibition was the chance to meet the locum doctors we work with. It is a great opportunity to strengthen existing relationships and build new ones.

If we didn’t get to see you Medecho will be exhibiting at the Acute and General Medicine (AGM) conference on the 12th and 13th November at the Excel in London so come and say hi and collect your free goodie bag. Alternatively you can always call us on 020 8969 9915 or via email at doctors@medecho.com.

New NHS contract could lead to junior doctors getting a 40% pay cut.

New NHS contract could lead to junior doctors getting a 40% pay cut.

Junior doctors are currently fighting a new NHS contract imposed on them by the Department of Health which could lead to a 40% pay cut, forcing them to do locum work and antisocial hours. They have pledged to oppose this new government contract, which they say is “bad for patients, bad for junior doctors and bad for NHS”. It is said that the affected 53,000 junior doctors may even go on strike in protest.

The move is part of the drive towards a seven day working week in the NHS. Under the new NHS contract, to be rolled out next year, junior doctor’s shift hours would end at 10pm instead of 7pm and will include Saturdays, resulting in cuts to overtime pay and salary reductions of up to 40 percent.

The Department of Health says the new contract is a better deal and will increase the basic salary for doctors, reward those who work across specialities and improve training.

Trainee doctors currently start on Foundation Year One, their first year of training with a salary of just over £22,000, which rises to £30,000 within four year period. However, before beginning their training, a trainee doctor must hold a medical degree, which can take five to six years to complete. According to the National Union of Students, studying for a medical degree in England costs at least £10,000 a year.

One junior doctor said the move would mean that his pay would go down drastically, from £31,000 to almost £23,000 plus 40% more for working evenings. “None of us feel we need to be paid more. We already work far more than our allotted hours for free as patient care requires. We just don’t want extreme pay cuts to our salaries,” he said. Junior doctors reacted with “absolute horror” to the imposition of the new NHS contract.

Medecho awarded CCS RM3711 Multidisciplinary Framework for the supply of Temporary Healthcare Personnel.

Medecho awarded CCS RM3711 Multidisciplinary Framework for the supply of Temporary Healthcare Personnel.

Medecho are one of a handful of suppliers awarded under the Framework “RM3711 Multidisciplinary Temporary Healthcare Personnel (link to https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-agreement-will-provide-the-nhs-with-a-flexible-single-solution-to-recruit-temporary-healthcare-staff) for the supply of locum doctors to the NHS.

Our experience in delivering the highest standards of locum recruitment has led to our previous awards with PaSA, GPS and CCS National Framework holders 4 times running, and we are currently on the CCS FA RM1570 for the supply of medical locum doctors. We will apply the same recognised robust approach to the management of this Framework which includes:

  • Sustainable direct savings of up to 33% and additional process efficiency indirect savings
  • Immediate connection with a vast multi-disciplinary staffing resource through leading recruitment technology.
  • Leveraging of multiple staffing companies to obtain competitive rates
  • Full bank staff integration
  • Supply chain management of preferred suppliers
  • Robust compliance, screening and vetting processes

Benefits of using RM3711 Multidisciplinary Healthcare Personnel Framework:

  • Significant and sustainable cost savings
  • Fixed agency fees
  • Pre-placement compliance with NHS Employment Check Standards
  • Centralised technology platform offering full vendor management services to the NHS.
  • Dedicated Client Manager (single point of contact)
  • Clear and transparent timesheets and invoices

To find out more, please contact our dedicated client division on 020 8969 9915 or submit email enquiries to jobs@medecho.com.

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What is a Locum Agency?

What is a Locum Agency?

A locum agency is a recruitment company that specialise in the placement of medical staff on a temporary and permanent basis.

The locum agency offers recruitment services to employers such as hospitals, private practices, and clinics whereby suitable candidates for a particular locum requirements are sourced. The locum recruitment agency also offers placement services for candidates looking locum employment related to their skills, experience, qualifications, and interests.

The main benefits and functions of the locum agency for the hospital include:

• Sourcing of the most suitable candidates to fill a specific locum job.

• Pre-screening including compliance, identity checks, and interviews conducted on behalf of the employer.

• Handling of payroll administration.

• Cost and time savings for human resources.

• Improving the quality of the workforce since experts in locum recruitment handle the screening process ensuring a perfect match between employer and employee.

The main benefits and functions of the locum agency for the locum doctor include:

• Finding suitable positions according to the candidate’s interests, remuneration needs, experience and qualifications.

• Cost and time savings for the candidate.

• Improved chances of landing the perfect locum position.

• Reviews and verification of compliance including identity, documents, qualifications, and references ensuring that the candidate doesn’t have to go through the process several times.

The locum agency focuses on the medical industry ensuring better matching capabilities, a larger employer and employee pool, and offers expert medical recruitment guidance and advice to the employer and candidate alike.


What is a locum?

A locum also known as locum tenens is a medical professional working in a temporary position at a hospital, clinic or private practice. The locum often holds the place of another medical professional providing cover, which is also what locum tenens refers to – placeholder. In layman’s terms the locum is a doctor or medical professional who freelances. Whether the person acts as substitute or just to fill a position on a temporary basis, the role of the locum doctor is crucial.

Why locums are important

Without the use of locum doctors many positions will remain unfilled, leaving gaps in service delivery jeopardizing patient care and as such employers need the services of locums.

Why make use of medical recruitment agencies?

Most locum positions are filled through the usage of medical recruitment agencies such as Medecho. Reasons for this varies, but mostly because doctors don’t have the time to search for positions while the hospitals where their services are required also don’t have the time and resources to recruit. The agency offers value added services ranging from advertising, screening and compliance and interviewing of the locum doctor. Both the hospital and the doctor benefit from our services.

Benefits of being a locum

The benefit of being a locum is that you get to choose where and when you want to work with attractive pay rates. 

Some doctors become locums just after completion of their training and obtaining the required certification. This affords them the freedom to travel while gaining experience and learning from the best experts in their specific field. If the travelling takes you to another country. It may however, also mean additional training to ensure that you can fulfill the minimum requirement for instance, regulations in the UK and working in the NHS.

Once a doctor finds a location and position which fit their interests, they will have the benefit of experience in that area and may even eventually apply for one of the permanent jobs available at that hospital. It is however, not only the large hospital that makes use of the locum, but also smaller private practices where a doctor needs to take study leave, travel or simply require additional help to run the hospital efficiently.

Jobs For Locum Doctors

We make it as easy as possible to locate the most suitable locum jobs on our site. You can use the search facility to search according to specific criteria such as the career grading level, the specialty, and region. Once you have selected an appropriate position apply online.

    How to choose the perfect Locum Job

    How to choose the perfect Locum Job

    Locum Work Made Simple

    Choosing the right locum jobs doesn’t have to be a challenge. Medecho makes the process as easy as possible by using our online locum job search. Here you can search for locum jobs according to set criteria:

    • Specialty
    • Job title
    • Location
    • Grade

    When choosing from our long list of locum doctor jobs, keep the following in mind:

    • Seniority
    • Period of employment
    • Accommodation requirements
    • Salary expectations
    • Hours that you will have to work
    • Whether it is in the private sector or NHS
    • Whether you will take your family along
    • How long you will need to make your arrangements
    • How much money you are hoping to make
    • How many hours you are willing to work
    • Your preferences, for instance do you operate better in a high pressure environment or a tranquil rural hospital?

    Since locum jobs are normally advertised for a specific period with a short lead time, you will need to have your documents ready to hand. As such please ensure that you have completed the GMC registration process, have your vaccination certificates, understand which visa requirements will apply, have completed the relevant assessments and are ready to take the locum job at the required date.

    Your first step should be to ensure that you have the relevant qualifications and experience required in order to do locum work in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. We can assist you with information and as such recommend that you browse through our locum recruitment section for information regarding requirements, specialties, grades, pay rates and assessments. Sign up with us for free and have access to all the jobs for doctors advertised on our site.

    Once you have determined that you qualify for a particular locum job, be ready to apply. We take you through the application process and will provide ample information.

    Simply email any questions that you may have about a particular locum job to jobs@medecho.com or you can use our Call Back option to have one of our experienced medical recruitment consultants call you with the required information about any of the medical jobs for doctors advertised on our site.