Being a locum GP isn’t easy. There’s a lot you have to manage on top of treating patients – admin, paperwork, especially being in unfamiliar surroundings, however, this can be very rewarding.
There are many things to keep in mind – particularly when becoming a locum for the first time – and the following list of top tips should be useful when you’re establishing yourself as a locum GP.
When starting at a new practice, speak to your Locum agency the day before you are due to start to make sure you know where you are going and who to speak to when you arrive. If you arrive at your shift feeling prepared your day will run smoothly.
At the end of each day, write up a brief note about what is going well, what could be improved and what needs to be done the following day. This saves time at handover or helps if there’s no time for a handover.
Get to know your area
We know it can be daunting starting a role in a new place, try to get out into the area and explore. You may find your new favourite restaurant or make friends in your new neighbourhood.
Get to know your colleagues
Get to know your colleagues well – they’ll be able to help you out with any questions or concerns that arise during your shift. It’s nice to have someone to socialise with on your breaks, as being new can be lonely.
Ultimately, it’s just about being professional and doing your best to fulfil the needs of the practice, while doing what you can to ensure that you enjoy the experience.