6 Reasons You Should Become a Locum Doctor

6 Reasons You Should Become a Locum Doctor

Consultants at Medsol Healthcare have been working on placing doctors into the NHS and Private sector for 13 years. We’ve seen first-hand the pros and cons of working as a locum doctor, and if you’ve been curious about making the leap, we’re here to offer you transparency. Don’t believe all of the horror stories you’ve heard, because making the jump over to locum life might not be as scary (or anywhere near as bad) as you might think. In fact, you might even prefer it!

Our consultants share their top six reasons on why you might consider becoming a locum…


What you probably thought you’d lack, you actually gain. Doctors are always in high demand, especially in the sectors that we recruit in. Contrary to what you might think or read, there are thousands of opportunities all over the country for locum doctors. Unlike permanent work, you can also have more of a say in terms of whether you work ad-hoc or on a longer-term basis. If you’re in need of more flexibility and getting bored of the permanent way of working, then locum life is definitely for you.


Getting started as a locum isn’t as hard as you think. With the plenty open vacancies going around, you won’t be short of work and once you’ve worked your first few placements, hospitals will always bare you in mind for future shifts. Working as a locum allows you to get yourself in front of more hospitals, meaning you can gain more experience in different environments.

Widen your knowledge

Working in a range of placements will boost your knowledge base, giving you better confidence when you’re trying to tackle new things. You’ll find yourself becoming more confident in how you handle yourself and delivering exceptional patient care.


Sitting around waiting for work can be extremely boring. If your documents are up-to-date, as a locum, you certainly won’t be sitting around waiting for things to happen. We have a huge number of shifts coming in on a weekly basis all over the country, so providing you have the documents you need ready to work, you won’t be short of shifts.


Generally speaking, many locums will be paid a higher hourly rate than a permanent doctor. Booking yourself into more shifts will increase your earning potential, and they’re totally in your control!


Our consultants see this as the biggest advantage of working as a locum. You can pick when AND where you work, and not many jobs let you do that. Taking annual leave is far easier as a locum than a permanent doctor and you can easily schedule shifts around your time off. This is one of the biggest pitfalls for doctors working in permanent placements, and getting time off can be a real struggle.

If you want to register with Medsol Healthcare and be in-the-know about regular shift work, you can contact us today on (0) 203 5981804