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The importance of being an organised locum

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30 Aug 2017

 

Working as a locum can be demanding at times – it is understandable that you are being pulled in different directions for new roles from different agencies, and when you get into a new role you want to cover all aspects of the work load to the best of your ability. This is why it is so important for a locum to keep organised and have a simple approach of dealing with anything new that arises. In order to keep organised and on track with everything that is going on, below are some key tips on how to be a successful organised and focussed.

Organise your locum life

When applying to numerous locum roles through different agencies it is common to find yourself stuck in the middle of assignments. By keeping an organised diary you are able to keep track of which assignments you have already booked in, what locations you will be travelling to and what time you have to be there. This helps you to make prior arrangements and if you have time to do a dummy run. 

It is beneficial to keep a copy or a note of key information and documents you may need for your new assignment. This will include your identification and any other formal qualifications like your practicing certificate. Whilst working as a locum it is important to keep your CV up-to-date with the firms you have worked at and what your responsibilities were. This can be beneficial to both yourself and the agency, as many repeat and new placements come from praise, referrals and references of previous bookings.

Landing on your feet

Working as a locum means having to go into businesses and landing on your feet, this can only be done when things move smoothly. Due to firms having alternative systems and ways of completing tasks it is essential that a locum is able to hit the ground running and complete assignments from a handover. The more detailed information on a handover the easier you will find it, however it is not always guaranteed that you will have the ideal list of instructions. This means that locums often have to think on their feet and the only way of doing this is to be organised and manage their time effectively.

The more informative the handover and hand back a locum gets and gives to the firm, the more both parties will get out of the experience. The transition of individuals working on the matters will be made easier for everyone involved and this can also be a positive selling point to firms for repeat bookings.

Organising your daily desk 

Keeping an organised schedule as a locum is essential, whilst you are working in a firm a locum need to use folders, emails and lists to make their work load manageable. 

By being prepared, ranking the tasks they need to complete and labelling them with an allocated time, a locum can assess their day. This can be repeated and reviewed throughout the day due to new matters coming in or becoming urgent.

Keeping track of emails and creating relevant folders for new matters and issues can help a locum organise all relevant correspondence for ease of future reference and use. This is also an easy way of managing time throughout the day as the locum knows where everything is to do with one matter. 

Working as a locum can be demanding at times but by organising and keeping track of your assignments and the desk you are looking after, you are more likely to benefit from the role both at the time and in the future. Using some of the tips outlined above will hopefully help you manage your time easier and relieve some pressure.
If you are thinking about becoming a locum please get in touch with Georgia Would at Sellick Partnership on 020 4741 8189 or contact on georgia.would@sellickpartnership.co.uk
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