DESIGNING FOR THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE: PART ONE
4 Trusts, 1 Staff Bank and You
Here at Locum’s Nest, we understand that for our product to be truly effective, it has to be accessible to all our users - new and existing. Sounds fairly straightforward but, in reality, it is probably one of the hardest things any product team has to face – a never-ending cycle of thinking, testing, building and learning.
Hello, my name is Jason Peart and I am Head of Design at Locum’s Nest.
Here, I will take a little time to explain some of the ins and outs of what goes into transforming and developing our vision from concept to reality whilst also explaining the thinking that got us here, over a series of posts.
Women's History Month: Women in Medicine
Thousands of doctors can instantly book shifts using innovative mobile technology, saving the NHS millions.
This month saw the launch of the proudly named “South England Collaborative Staff Bank”; a cross organisational shared workforce agreement between four Trusts working hard to push boundaries and be at the forefront of the NHS workforce revolution.
The success of our partnership with Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital and Royal Surrey County Hospital in combining their staff banks has shown that collaboration is key and essential in dealing with the NHS workforce crisis. This collaboration has now expanded and welcomes Hampshire Hospitals and Salisbury Hospital and we believe that these pioneering Trusts will pave the way for all Trusts across the NHS.
6 financial mistakes you should avoid
Women’s presence, achievements and influence in the medical sphere continues to rise. This is a testament to the many women who challenge themselves and society to break through glass ceilings and reconsider traditional thoughts on medicine, healthcare and gender.
Dr Owlbert is at your service
Doctors are notorious for making mistakes when it comes to managing their money. We’ve looked in to some of the most common mistakes we make - avoid these 6 things to better enjoy your hard-earned savings.
I quit medicine to change the NHS
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The Doctors have spoken and they want an app
When I found out about Locum’s Nest and met with the team I recognised it as an opportunity to positively impact change in the NHS, system-wide. It was the change I needed after 18 months working as a junior doctor in the NHS left me feeling frustrated but inspired. Frustrated at a system that was under-resourced and over-utilised, but inspired by what was achieved daily for patients by dedicated staff, and the belief that the system could be changed to reach its incredible potential.
How to plan your year out
Dr Benjamin James and Dr Rosalind Mole, an F2 and SpR respectively, used an internet-based survey to question their colleagues about their experiences of organising locum shifts. With responses from over 100 doctors, from F1 up to registrar level, the results speak for themselves.
What does IR35 mean for me?
It’s an idea toyed by many medics in all stages of their careers. “Can I afford to take a break?” “Do I need a break?” “How will this affect my training?”. Taking a break between training programmes is now more common than ever, with many FY2s and CT2s opting to take a ‘locum year’ before they enter their next stage of their training. The most important question to ask is — is it right for you? We can’t answer this one for you. Some doctors feel that they want to ‘crack on’ with their training, especially if they are applying to a competitive speciality. However, with competition ratios at record lows, many doctors are opting for the ‘no rush’ approach, meaning they can work more flexible hours whilst also gaining some additional experience out of training.
If you do decide to take a year out, read on, but not before you’ve downloaded Locum’s Nest!
5 things to note when beginning your medical career
IR35 is a piece of tax legislation that aims to combat tax avoidance including those who are paid through umbrella companies and intermediaries as ‘disguised employees’. Changes to the legislation that came into effect on 6th April 2017 have had major implications in the way in which some locums are paid.
How to maximise sleep on night shifts
With the dawn of a new year, many of us will look back and reflect on our lives and the decisions we have made along the way. OK, I know this is somewhat idealistic and we may only do this fleetingly but at least we tried!
2018 marks a significant anniversary for me; drum roll please…..10 years since I graduated from
medical school. I can’t quite believe it and yes, of course I still look as young and fresh as I did when I started university!! Anyway, moving swiftly on, I have compiled a list of 5 things I would go back and tell myself at the start of my medical career. Read on and see if you agree or in fact can relate.
Flu Jab – Why bother?
One of our toughest working requirements is night shifts. The ‘hero’ attitude to putting patient care above personal needs is, many times, what keeps the NHS going. But what are the implications of this self-sacrifice? And is it really in the best interest of the patients under our care? Despite increasing evidence for the effect of sleep deprivation on our ability to deliver safe care, doctors often don’t receive much, if any, information and education on the importance of sleep management. Here, we’ll go through some important facts about sleep, and tips for how to optimise your waking and sleeping hours.
Make your money go further...
It’s that time of year again. Yep, that’s right, the time of year where most of us have managed to avoid the occupational health team trying to give us our flu jab as we don’t want it/can’t be
bothered. This year I thought I’d look into the vaccination in a bit more detail….
Addicted to Apps
It's one thing doing extra shifts to top up your salary, but one thing we doctors don't always think about is what to do next — the best way to manage your money. We may be quite comfortable putting in cannulas, maintaining someone's airway, and of course, doing TTOs. But when do we get taught about taking control of our finances?
For some of us, saving might be something as simple as moving a portion of our salary into a bank account every month. But is this really the best way to help it to grow? Or even to stay afloat?
In today’s blog we show you three essential steps to follow to make sure your money goes further.
How does the new Junior Dr contract affect my locum work?
Smartphones and tablet devices have become an increasingly prominent, some would say essential, part of our lives. Recent data produced by Deloitte (one of the "Big Four" accounting firms and the largest professional services network in the world by revenue and number of professionals) stated that 52% of smartphone users check their phone within 15 minutes of waking up.
Want to work on a tropical island?
With the advent of the new junior doctor contract in August of this year there comes a fair amount of change, including how we can locum.
We all do at least the odd shift of locum work (we all need to get away to Marbella, right?) and so it is important to know where you stand with regards to the new contract. These are the key points you need to know about to stay on the right side of J. Hunt (if you want to that is…).
A new model of medical staffing – The first virtual NHS collaborative staff bank
Before working for Locum’s nest, Clinical Lead Dr. Ben Herring did several trips as an expedition medic. One of these trips was to a remote Indonesian Island called Hoga to take care of a group of scientists and students as part of a scientific dive expedition.
Are medical locums becoming the backbone of the NHS?
April saw the launch of the first collaborative staff bank in the National Health Service - A joint venture between Locum’s Nest, Royal Surrey County Hospital and Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals.
Golden Owl Award
In this blog post we will explore the economics behind headlines such as “Locum doctors are being paid up to £4,000 a DAY as NHS trusts 'throw money' at stand-in staff to plug shortages in care” and “Locums raking in up to £363 an hour – NHS watchdog”
We often forget, to thank the ordinary, every-day heroes who work tirelessly day in and day out, fighting to keep the NHS running a 24-hour service.