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AUG 30/2013

Working as a locum A&E Doctor: What can you expect?

With such a high demand for staff in accident and emergency departments the role of the locum A&E doctor is becoming ever more important.

Due to the nature of demands placed on emergency departments, a 24/7 service is required - which means there are many weekend and night shifts available for skilled A&E locum doctors looking for work.

With lucrative contracts and excellent rates of pay taking on these short-term positions can be highly rewarding, with a guaranteed supply of roles on offer and a wide range of working environments and geographical locations from which to choose.

The role itself remains broadly similar to permanent accident and emergency doctor positions, with a diverse variety of patients and tasks to be completed.

You will be relied upon to make vital decisions and ensure that the department is being safely and accurately managed throughout your shift. This includes giving patients the best possible care and adequately meeting their needs through interacting with the different members of staff working with you in the A&E unit.

Positions are fast paced and job vacancies in these departments arise very quickly. This calls for appropriate locum doctors to fill them as soon as possible, offering great flexibility and ensuring that you will rarely be without work if you are keen to stay busy.

All A&E locum doctors are carefully selected so that they can provide customers with a high quality service, which best fits their patients, the hospital and themselves.

As you will know from working in A&E departments no two shifts are ever the same, therefore having the opportunity to work in a range of different locations and environments could see you using your entire portfolio of skills, while also developing new ones.

This will provide you with invaluable experience, which can only be gained from working in such diverse environments and meeting a wide cross section of patients with different conditions and symptoms.

Taking on locum positions such as this are also excellent for getting to grips with a range of NHS Trusts and meeting many different doctors and specialist members of staff. This can help to build up your professional network and could contribute to the sharing of key cases and medical knowledge - helping to further your development as a doctor and improving the care of your patients.

Find out more about our A&E locum doctor jobs.

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