Do you want to try locum work? Here’s some guidance for securing your first locum position in Respiratory Physiology
During the past couple of months’ the respiratory locum market has really picked up there is no better time than now to try locum work in the respiratory field. Here are 5 initial steps to secure your first placement.
Experience over education
The first step when a new position comes in will to send a copy of your CV. Content is vital. As respiratory covers a wide range of lung function tests for example spirometry, oximetry and gas transfer tests, different hospitals typically require their staff to carry out varieties of tests. A clear CV indicating your experience levels of each test is a great start. It is also helpful to separate skills involved in sleep studies. Two references from your most recent employer will then reiterate this however the more referees the better!
Getting yourself accredited
Affiliations and accreditations can make the big difference between two candidates going for the one position: such as ARTP, SCST and RPSGT. The accreditation that respiratory managers value most in their locums is the ARTP accreditation: Association of Respiratory Technology and Physiology. This reflects a high standard of professionalism and an understanding of the ever-increasing demands of new technology and medicine. The accreditation includes; a two-day intensive course; portfolios; exams; and practical assessment. It costs £200 to register with ARTP for full accreditation. Another useful membership, which is free and voluntary, is the RCCP.
Location, location, location
Being flexible on location is key. Even short-term positions or ones requiring a long commute are well worth having on your CV. Not least if they are your first experience in that part of the UK – you earn great money too! Most hospitals outside London offer cheap accommodation.
On speed dial
It is important in any profession to have your phone to hand when doing locum work. Shifts often pop up last minute and to ensure you can cover the position we need to update you quickly on the details. These covers can be vital in securing longer and more frequent positions at the same hospital or even cross-site hospitals.
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It is very common that managers request a previously employed locum for more assignments therefore a positive first impression is essential. Always arrive early at the department so that you can familiarize yourself with the operations and equipment. When using the equipment – which we will inform you of before the placement - try and work as independently as your confidence allows. However, in most cases for a first day in a week assignment, they will offer support.
When it comes to your consultant please feel free to be as specific as possible with us about job duties whether specializing in respiratory or sleep. If you have any particular hospitals you are interested in do not hesitate to highlight these to us so that we can use the best of our resources to get you placed there.
If you are interested to learn more about us at Globe or have an interest in any of our current jobs please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively give us a call on 0207 229 2620