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What is a Locum Agency?

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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.


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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

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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.