You’re coming to the end of your studies, you’re cramming as much information in to prepare yourself for your final exam and you’re probably fielding lots of advice from uni tutors, lecturers, pre-reg tutors, pharmacy friends who are already working and social media…it’s a lot right?
On top of all this, you’re probably also wondering what you can practically do right now to put yourself in the best possible position for when your results are in and you’re ready to hit the locum world.
Let us help you with that.
We want to tell you what we can do for you and how to begin the registration process with us; yes you can start now and worry less when the time comes to work. Plus, read on to the end for some commonly asked questions we get from other pre-reg pharmacists.
What can Pharmaseekers provide for a newly qualified pharmacist?
- Pharmaseekers can provide you with a supported pathway into your fresh locum career.
- We will facilitate relationships between you and industry leading customers to give you a range of working opportunities and a breadth of experience.
- Pharmaseekers will provide you with an intuitive and customisable online diary, so you can both maximise your suitable working offers whilst keeping your organisation to an optimum (a great tool to have whilst navigating your way in your new career).
- We will keep you up to date with industry expectations and standards in services, so you become the ‘In Demand’ locum.
- Over a decade of experience in the Locum Pharmacist industry for you to make the most of.
How do I register with Pharmaseekers?
- Head to our Registration page to begin, start your registration as a pharmacist and when you get to page 3, tick the Pre-Reg check box when prompted for a GPhC number.
- Your account as a pre-reg pharmacist will allow you to begin your registration now and get ahead of the game.
- Upload your documents as and when you complete them. We’ll advise you of the documents you can complete now you so when you’re ready to take bookings, you’ll be doing just that, not completing registrations.
What else should I know?
- As a locum pharmacist you will be considered self-employed. This means you need to make yourself aware of your tax obligations. A lot of locums opt to use the services of an accountant. You may find these links helpful:
How much work can you offer me?
- The amount of offers you receive depends on a lot of factors. To begin with, the area you work within is the biggest factor. Some, highly populated areas have so many locums already that it can be difficult to find regular work. To find out where locums are needed most, read here. Being as flexible as possible with your working criteria (hours, mileages etc) will help maximise the amount of offers you receive. Also, being accredited to provide locally commissioned services is another big step in the direction of increasing booking offers. Locums who can provide the likes of EHC, Minor Ailments, Supervised Consumption etc are always very popular with customers.
Do I need a DBS and if so, how do I get one?
- In short, Yes, you do need a DBS certificate unless you live and work in Scotland. Read our blogs for full information on why DBS is important and how to get your certificate.
Is it okay to be working with more than one locum agency?
- There are no rules against working with more than one agency. Our only advice is to be confident in your own organisation. It’s safe to assume that different agencies work in different ways. So if you are giving your dates to more than one company, make sure you’re fully aware of how they all work to avoid any possibility of double bookings.