Qualities of a good locum

There are a number of reasons why a professional chooses to locum or work as a freelance GP or Pharmacist. This includes and not limited to:

  • Plan to enrich portfolio of experience
  • Flexibility due to family commitments
  • Keep up with practices after retirement or in the pursuit of other interests
  • Gain meaningful experiences before committing to a salaried posts

Firstly, no two working days are the same for a locum. This is especially true, when shifts are booked across multiple practices or stores. Secondly, location and environmental factors can influence health care practices. You will expect a younger population at practices/ stores closer to a university campus, for instance.

Here are a few qualities we believe make a locum stand out in their day to day practice, regardless of varying factors.

  1. Reliable  
  2. Confident
  3. Team Player
  4. Knowledgeable
  5. Diligent

As a locum, the continuity of service in the work environment is reliant on the above qualities. This is to ensure patients receive high quality of care, whether a locum is covering for a few shifts or sessions.

Do you have other qualities you think should be part of top 10 qualities? We will like to hear from you.

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