You need to be fully registered to locum outside of your own hospital. Some hospitals might allow FY1s to locum internally for jobs they’ve already completed.
In our guide, we discuss whether you should locum & how you can go about finding locum shifts.
|Flexible lifestyle & work-life balance (including the time to spend on hobbies & other interests)||Have to plan your own hours, travel extensively & risk of no shifts|
|Increased income for fewer hours (assuming you’re not working on top of regular shifts)||Lack of training opportunities & organising your own portfolio|
|Paid for all the hours you work||Endless timesheets & no sick or annual leave|
|Work in different hospitals/specialties & gain experiences||Unfamiliarity with system/patients & trust/training doctors may look down on you or dump jobs on you|
|Can easily move to another department/hospital if you dislike it||May be asked to change shift-type at short notice e.g. clerking to ward cover. Minimal influence over the department you work|
Locuming in your own hospital is easy – you simply sign up to the hospital bank or service and you’ll be set up immediately. To widen your opportunities, experience and pay you could sign up to another hospital bank or locum agency. Doctors frequently complain though about locum agencies incessantly calling them, so instead we recommend Messly as they let you see shifts without sharing your details with locum agencies.