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Welcome to my first Simply Locums blog. Here you can read about my own journey into locuming and learn about some rather unexpected benefits. My journey with locuming I had been a full-time, small animal vet for 15 years when I decided I needed a change. I loved my job but had begun to feel th...
So you have your first day of locuming booked. Now what? While all practices differ, here is my top ten day-one essential checklist to get you thinking. I am new to locuming and don’t do many shifts, so if you have comments or suggestions about what you read or what you think should be on this list,...
Locuming: Taking the ruff with the smoothAs I alluded to in my previous blog, locuming has many perks such as flexibility and control. Being still quite new to locum work, my struggles are ongoing. Although as locums we hope to forge good working relationships within the practices we work, we are of...
Once you are experienced enough to be able to make the step into locum work, large numbers of doors will open up to you-from local practices, to opportunities for international travel and working abroad. It can certainly be a bit daunting when you first make the leap and it is important to equi...
Step 1: In the beginning....It is an exciting time in your life, you have decided that you are going to branch out on your own-be that as a vet, nurse, or that you have decided to diversify into becoming a freelance aerial acrobat with the Cirque du Soleil crew.However, before that there is some ser...
I know this will come as a shock to many of you, but bosses tend not to pay people when they are unable to work! Generally speaking, our employers as private businesses will not be able to pay us in full while we are off work ill, so we would go to statutory sick pay of £94.25 weekly once you h...
Well, that’s a catchy title isn’t it. Locum fees are a hot topic throughout the profession at the moment. Whether you are a vet contemplating what you can charge for your services or a practice who may be lamenting some of the fees that re being advised and set by veterinary professionals. Time...
Before reading this blog, I must caveat that I have no leadership training and only a slight insight into these matters. I have learnt so much from others and these are simply some of my own musings based on thoughts that occasionally make some sense in my head! As a diehard Everton supporter,...
If you could make a veterinary practice the perfect place to work, what would it be like? Imagine a place that you would love to go to work at every day and know that you would leave feeling happy and that the day had gone according to plan. Would the bosses shower you with doughnuts once a wee...