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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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….
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.Read More
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.Read More
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…).Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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”Read More
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.Read More
Medical locum spend has recently been in the spotlight with the media, hospital executives, the government and NHS bodies all weighing in.Read More
Not since its inception in 1948 has the National Health Service been under such pressure in demographic, economic and structural domains. For the frontline workers of the 5th largest employer worldwide, it seems that their pleas for additional funding have fallen on deaf ears as the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP) roll ahead.Read More