Fewer locums opted to work during heatwave
A major London trust reported workforce shortages in July because fewer locums wanted to work during the heatwave. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS could save £480m a year by cutting agency staff
Research reveals five locum doctors cost the NHS over £2m a year Related items fromOnMedica GP contract for England brings overall 3.4% increase GPs warn government: fund service properly or it will collapse BMA reveals improvements to new GP contract Vital that parties tackle NHS funding shortfall NHS failing to incentivise consultant performance (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 3, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Meet our NHS
Kalliopi Kolagki, front centre, with colleagues at Watford General          © Jess Hurd Kalliopi Kolagki is a nurse in the Accident and Emergency ward of Watford General Hospital. Originally from Greece, she’s been in Watford for 18 months and is one of hundreds of EU workers on the hospital staff. She’s enthusiastic and professional, and speaks of her experience as “very positive”. But she also has a very particular anecdote that speaks volumes about today’s NHS, for good and ill. “On the shop floor – that’s how we talk of A&E – I&rsqu...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 1, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Magazine BREXIT eu migrant NHS recruitment Source Type: news

Locum rates increased in most parts of the UK over past 12 months
The average daily rates received by locums have risen in most parts of the country over the past 12 months, according to analysis by GPonline's sister site Medeconomics. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 26, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP locums Source Type: news

Safe medical staffing
This guidance aims to help those planning and organising core hospital medical services to answer the question:'How many doctors or their alternatives, with what capabilities, do we need to provide safe, timely and effective care for patients with medical problems?'(Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Teaching trust offers higher rates than 'mandated' bank cap
A London teaching trust is offering higher pay than those “mandated” by the London-wide bank rates for medical locums following feedback from staff. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 13, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Overseas agreement could mean new GP trainees
Caribbean deal will bring up to 100 trainees per year Related items fromOnMedica Women underrepresented in senior roles in NHS Doctors bear burden of Government ’s financial failure NHS faces unpredictable outcomes following Brexit vote Practices should not use GP trainees as substitute locums Better assessment of doctors in training will cut burden (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 13, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GP partnership review
A review, led by Dr Nigel Watson, will consider the challenges facing partnerships within the context of general practice and the wider NHS, the benefits and shortcomings of the partnership model for patients, partners, salaried GPs, locum GPs, practice nurses, and the wider NHS, and how best to reinvigorate the partnership model to equip it to help transform general practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 4, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Take part in our locum rates survey and you could win £150 of John Lewis vouchers
GPonline and Medeconomics are running their annual survey to find out average rates charged by GP locums across the country. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - July 3, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Top 5 Locum Tenens Apps for Primary Care Providers
What are the top apps for primary care providers who do locum tenens work? Click through our quick slideshow to find out which apps can help keep you organized and prepared.   (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - June 28, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Ted W. James, MD Source Type: news

How this Boulder defense contractor plans to triple revenue by 2021
The founder of the medical staffing company acknowledges that he got into the business at the right time. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 27, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ed Sealover Source Type: news

6 Ways to Turn Locum Tenens into an Adventure of a Lifetime
(MedPage Today) -- Think: NASCAR racing, dog sledding, and sailing (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - June 21, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Legal fight winding down in hospital hepatitis C case
A hospital has settled with a staffing agency but is still suing a registry organization over a traveling medical technician who infected dozens of patients in multiple states with hepatitis C before his arrest in 2012 (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Staff shortages delay new locum rates rollout
Attempts to reduce locum medical spending in London are being hampered by concerns over staffing shortages, with one major trust delaying adoption of new lower pay rates. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 16, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

When the Doctor's Away, the Locum Tenens Comes Into Play When the Doctor's Away, the Locum Tenens Comes Into Play
Locum tenens physicians are rising in popularity as an option for covering doctors who are away, but how well does the care they provide measure up?Medscape Hospital Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

Why it's time to see locums as part of the solution to the GP crisis
Locum GPs are an 'immense, forgotten resource' that can play a vital role in supporting a struggling general practice system, says GPC sessional subcommittee chair Dr Zoe Norris. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 1, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Exclusive: Practices reveal rising dependence on GP locum workforce
Three in five GP partners say their practice's reliance on locums has risen over the past year, with around one in six sessions now filled by locums on average, a GPonline poll reveals. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - April 27, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Coppell-based AMN Healthcare acquires multiple companies for over $225M
AMN Healthcare Services Inc., which has dual headquarters in Coppell and San Diego, has completed multiple acquisitions, including one that makes the medical staffing firm a major player in the health care revenue cycle management space. AMN (NYSE: AMN) announced Monday it has acquired national mid-revenue cycle firm MedPartners and two related brands in health care leadership services, Phillips DiPisa and Leaders For Today. MedPartners, based in Tampa, Florida, provides services that help maximize… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bill Hethcock Source Type: news

DBJ Best Places to Work Honoree: Next Medical Staffing
Next Medical Staffing provides temporary and direct placement of travel staffing and locum tenens for medical facilities. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 12, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Don Thrasher Source Type: news

Interested in Locum Tenens?
(MedPage Today) -- Many docs prefer it -- how about you? (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - April 11, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

How to Choose the Best Locum Tenens Staffing Agency for You
(MedPage Today) -- Docs must gauge an agency's ability to find the right jobs in the right places (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - April 3, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Legal Eagles
When UNISON won its employment tribunal fees case in the Supreme Court last year, the landmark victory thrust the union’s in-house legal team into the limelight. U met two of them, head of legal services Adam Creme and his colleague Shantha David, the legal officer who ran the five-year case against the government. Shantha David It was two days after the biggest legal case in her life, the judicial review in which UNISON defeated the government in one of the most important decisions in the history of employment law. After a string of media interviews talking about the victory, Shantha David was finally sitting alone,...
Source: UNISON Health care news - March 2, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article Magazine employment rights employment tribunal fees legal services Source Type: news

The Value of Locum Tenens for Residents
(MedPage Today) -- A path to opportunities and experiences in a real-world setting (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - February 12, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Bullying in public psychiatry - Brown P.
Bullying of patients is endemic in public psychiatry. I repeatedly encountered it in my locum travels. Aggression of staff members, not infrequently unconscious, based in personal and system dynamics (managerialism) as much as patient dynamics, not only... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Occupational Issues Source Type: news

Welsh LMCs debate call to deny locums access to indemnity support
Locums should be denied access to a Welsh version of the state-backed indemnity scheme being developed in England to force more GPs into 'permanent positions', according to a motion that will be debated by Welsh LMCs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Public fear NHS at risk of collapse within five years without extra cash
Patient safety also a concern, small survey of service users and locum staff indicates Related items fromOnMedica GMC issues warning over impact of winter pressures NHS pressures will jeopardise patient safety, doctors warn Fall in nurse numbers could threaten patient safety Social care collapse by next year will hurt NHS, warn experts General practice still on brink of collapse, warn GP leaders (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 5, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Locum Tenens Predictions for 2018
Looking back at how locum tenens physicians made an impact in 2017 and predicting trends in 2018. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 2, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: Mike Gianas Tags: Blog Career Training Performance Physician Productivity Source Type: news

The History of Locum Tenens in Healthcare
This month's blog post is a history lesson on how the locum tenens physician industry came to be. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 13, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Lisa Grabl Tags: Blog Career CME Productivity Physician Productivity Source Type: news

No Excess Mortality When Locum Tenens Docs Treat Patients No Excess Mortality When Locum Tenens Docs Treat Patients
Mortality rate did not differ among inpatients treated by locum tenens physicians compared with non-locum tenens physicians, a study found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

GP numbers down 1% since June, official data reveal
The number of full-time equivalent GPs in England - excluding locums - fell by 1% between June and September 2017, official NHS workforce data reveal. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 21, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Wisconsin medical staffing firm acquires Sacramento-based Valley Healthcare
TotalMed Staffing, an Appleton, Wisconsin-based clinical staffing company that serves over 5,000 medical facilities across the U.S., has acquired Sacramento-based Valley Healthcare Staffing Inc. The deal was completed Oct. 31, according to a statement released by TotalMed. Steve Swan, chief technology officer for TotalMed, declined to disclose the terms of the acquisition or the revenues of either company. Valley Healthcare was founded in 2002 and employed about 35 full-time staff. Befo re the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 15, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Scott Rodd Source Type: news

Wisconsin medical staffing firm acquires Sacramento-based Valley Healthcare
TotalMed Staffing, an Appleton, Wisconsin-based clinical staffing company that serves over 5,000 medical facilities across the U.S., has acquired Sacramento-based Valley Healthcare Staffing Inc. The deal was completed Oct. 31, according to a statement released by TotalMed. Steve Swan, chief technology officer for TotalMed, declined to disclose the terms of the acquisition or the revenues of either company. Valley Healthcare was founded in 2002 and employed about 35 full-time staff. Befo re the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 15, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Scott Rodd Source Type: news

Locum GPs need more support and protection, LMCs warn
GP leaders at the England LMCs conference have called on the GPC to formulate a 'blueprint for the future of general practice' that will improve support for sessional GPs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 10, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Making locum work more attractive 'could ease GP workforce crisis'
The GPC should draw up plans to make locum GP careers more attractive and push for financial backing from NHS England, LMCs will argue next week. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - November 2, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

No applicants for GP job at locum-run Pembrokeshire surgery
Not a single person applied to work as a GP in the surgery which is currently staffed by locums. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors threaten legal action against NHS over IR35 tax rules
Unions representing locum doctors have threatened to seek a judicial review against NHS Improvement claiming the NHS is continuing to wrongly apply new tax rules. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Unions launch legal challenge to locum doctors tax rule
They say trusts “unlawful” interpretation of new tax rules is leaving workers out of pocket Related items fromOnMedica Regulator backs down on agency staff tax rules Curb PFI company profits to fund patient care, says think tank ‘Secret plans’ detail severe cuts across the NHS Widespread public support for tax hike to fund NHS Experts call for higher tax to boost NHS finances (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

7 Things Doctors Can Learn From Doing Locum Tenens
Participating in locum tenens helped a group of new doctor's excel in their everyday practice. Here's what they had to say about their experience. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 12, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Lisa Grabl Tags: Career Operations Physician Productivity Physician Compensation Source Type: news

NHS Improvement to introduce 'maximum' caps on agency rates
Hospitals struggling to recruit medical locums to tackle staff shortages will need to limit the amount they can spend even when safety is a factor, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 29, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Capital's trusts to introduce 'maximum' caps on agency rates
Hospitals in London struggling to recruit medical locums to tackle staff shortages are to limit the amount they can spend even when safety is a factor from this weekend, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 29, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: Staffing agencies' profits fall after national squeeze on rates
The four largest agencies supplying temporary medical staff to the NHS have seen a 24 per cent fall in turnover, HSJ analysis reveals. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: Most partners plan to cut costs by reducing use of locum GPs
Over 60% of GP partners plan to cut their practice's use of locum GPs in the next year, and half could reduce their own pay to keep their practices sustainable. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 22, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Medical staffing firm to relocate to Kettering
​The Dayton branch of Dedicated Nursing Associates, a medical staffing and home care firm, will relocate early next year to an office in Far Hills Square in Kettering. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - September 15, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Cecilia Salomone Source Type: news

Medical staffing firm to relocate to Kettering
​The Dayton branch of Dedicated Nursing Associates, a medical staffing and home care firm, will relocate early next year to an office in Far Hills Square in Kettering. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 15, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Cecilia Salomone Source Type: news

UNISON welcomes government U-turn on selling NHS staffing agency
UNISON has welcomed the government’s U-turn on plans to sell off NHS Professionals (NHSP), the publicly-owned NHS staffing agency in England. Over the summer UNISON staff and activists combined with the We Own It campaign group to petition and lobby MPs, civil servants and the National Audit Office. The result has been hailed as a public sector success story, in allowing NHS trusts to avoid private sector agencies and ensuring that staff are employed on NHS pay and conditions. UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “The government has at last seen sense. NHS Professionals is an organisation that saves the...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - September 8, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News NHS England nhs pay NHS Professionals NHS staff recruitment Source Type: news

Government halts sale of NHS Professionals staffing agency
The government has revealed that is abandoning its plans to sell off the health service ’s in-house workforce agency just under a year after it began the process. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - September 7, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nigeria: Govt Dares Striking Doctors, Orders Hospitals to Hire Interim Physicians
[Premium Times] The Federal Government has directed Chief Medical Directors of Federal Hospitals to immediately engage the services of locum doctors, to augment the services of Consultants, pending the resolution of the ongoing strike by the resident doctors. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 6, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Locums could be paying thousands of pounds of tax in error
Locum GPs could be paying thousands of pounds in 'unfair' tax payments, the Locum Doctors' Union (LDU) has said, as it released guidance advising locums how to navigate IR35 tax rules with providers. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - September 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

NHS launches £100m drive to recruit foreign GPs
Contracts offered to recruitment agencies to help NHS achieve its goal of boosting workforce by 5,000 GPs. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS will pay £100 million to agencies to recruit GPs
Recruitment agencies will be paid £20,000 for every doctor found in England. An estimated 5,000 is needed by 2020, with up to 3,000 coming from overseas, it has been announced. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news