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Maintaining a work-life balance is something that we all strive to accomplish, especially as a locum where you are used to putting the needs of others before your own.

Whether it may be the long overnight hours, irregular routine or minimal breaks, neglecting your own physical and mental well-being can easily be done.

It is a remarkable thing to devote your life to the care of others. However, it’s crucial to have a selfcare plan, even as a healthcare worker.

Failure to maintaining a work-life balance can be detrimental to your personal health as a locum and may manifest in burnout, an alarming trend that is sweeping across the healthcare field.

Work-life balance is the relationship between your work and the rest of your life, and how these commitments affect one another.

Having work-life balance can reduce stress levels, increase focus and concentration, resulting in higher job satisfaction, and health improvement.

THE IMPORTANCE OF MAINTAINING A WORK-LIFE BALANCE AS A LOCUM

According to the Labour Force Survey (LFS) carried out by the Health and Safety Executive, 38.8 million estimated working days were lost throughout 2019/20 due to work-related ill health, stress and depression.

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Creating time to rest and recharge before a full day at work is just as important as turning up to your shift. There are a few small changes you can make to gradually help improve your work-life balance not only for yourself but also your family and patients.

Nevertheless, now more than ever, taking the first steps to creating a healthy work-life balance as a locum is vital.

Here are some top tips aimed to help you in maintaining an improved work-life balance as a Locum;

  1. Manage your time better
  2. Exercise
  3. Evaluate your diet
  4. Invest in Self-care
  5. Take time from your phone

MANAGE YOUR TIME BETTER

Managing your time effectively may be quite challenging when taking on any healthcare-related position, in return this leads to overtime in most days leaving you with little time to relax.

With so many conflicting demands and patients which are relying on your care, when is it time to head home for the day.

One of the key to maintaining a work-life balance as a locum is to take time to determine the most productive way of completing your task for the day, without having to rush around at the last hour in attempts to leave on time.

In order to better manage your time as a locum, it is advisable you arrive at your shift ahead of time, as this will give you plenty of time to organize your day.

Begin with any tasks that must be allocated to a specific time, beginning with those that are of the highest priority before moving down the list. 

Be sure to schedule your breaks into the day as this is vital in ensuring that you remain productive, and stress-free.

EXERCISE

After a busy day at work, exercising is probably the last thing on your mind, but creating time for your physical wellbeing can help in maintaining your work-life balance.

Exercising gives you time to release any built-up stress at the same time giving your mind something to focus on aside from work, allowing you to psychologically detach yourself from the pressures of the day.

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EVALUATE YOUR DIET

keeping a balanced diet can feel almost impossible, especially when you have to deal with irregular shift patterns and long days.

However, it is vital you ensure to feed your body with the nutrients it needs to remain healthy and energised.

When improving your diet, try to base your meals on incorporating as many food groups as possible. If you have a particularly busy week, consider preparing meals in advance.

INVEST IN SELF-CARE

While having a social life is important, it is vital to invest in self-care so as to maintaining a work-life balance as a locum.

That is remembering to have some quality time for yourself whenever possible. After all, the work-life balance begins and ends with you.

Try using your free time whenever you have it, to do something that makes you happy. Whether it be taking long walks, watching your favorite show, or catching up on a book.

The idea of investing in self-care is to spend valuable free time on things that are stress relieving.

TAKE TIME FROM YOUR PHONE

Spending far too much time on our mobile phones, is something we are all guilty of. As a matter of facts, statistics have shown that people spend an average of 3 hours on their phones daily.

The time spent may seem harmless. However, research has proved that the overuse of smartphones can have a negative effect on the health and well-being of users, affecting their eyesight, hearing, and posture.

In addition, regular exposure to the light emitted from smartphones can disrupt your sleeping pattern, thereby having a significant effect on your productivity.

In other to deal with device-related stress, it is important to give yourself a break from your phone each day and focus on thoroughly unwinding.

You would be surprised how much impact it will have in maintaining a work-life balance as a locum.

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Why You Should Take Up Additional Locum Shifts https://verovian.com/why-you-should-take-up-additional-locum-shifts/ https://verovian.com/why-you-should-take-up-additional-locum-shifts/#respond Tue, 08 Jun 2021 07:31:56 +0000 https://verovian.com/?p=212564 Locum professionals take their time in covering shifts, especially last minute shifts in patient care and providing important additional services during times of rare healthcare demand. They are key assets to the UK’s healthcare service. But at times, you might feel the need to take more shifts and do more in your career pursuit. This […]

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Locum professionals take their time in covering shifts, especially last minute shifts in patient care and providing important additional services during times of rare healthcare demand.

They are key assets to the UK’s healthcare service.

But at times, you might feel the need to take more shifts and do more in your career pursuit. This may depend on various reasons: make more income, engage your time, or increase your experience.

Whatever the reason may be, it is a fact that having to take up more Locum shifts will do you good in achieving your goals.

If you’ve considered taking more shifts, here are 5 benefits why you should:

You Can Experience Different Pharmaceutical Disciplines & Environments:

One reason to seek locum work is because of the opportunity to experience the diverse Pharmaceutical disciplines.

This is common if you happen to be a fresh graduate unsure of what area of the Locum career you want to specialize in.

For example, you can work your shifts within the week in community Pharmacy, and then on the weekends, you can try Hospital Pharmacy.

Similarly, if you are a more experienced Pharmacist, focusing on a particular work system can help you choose more shifts.

This will help you explore different methods, if you’re craving something different.

A Way of Increasing your Income:

One of the main reasons why Health care professionals work locum shifts is so they can supplement their income.

This is a fast and easy way to earn some extra money as a Locum.

By taking additional shifts during weekdays or weekends, you get paid more.

Hence, you can achieve long-term financial goals & be financially independent.

No Stressful Shift Searching Process:

Having recruitment agencies help you locate & secure shifts per time can take the stress of job search away.

When you work with Verovian Recruitment Agency, you will be assigned a dedicated agent who will regularly search for opportunities to suit your need and schedule.

Which can help you make the most of your knowledge, skills and experience.

Having more patient time & less administration:

Another thing about taking up extra locum shifts is the ability to do your practice without having to worry about administrative responsibilities or paperwork.

When you work shifts as a Locum, there are more opportunities for you to focus on patients and carry out your professional duties appropriately.

By doing this, you wouldn’t have the need to be distracted by administration duties.

But you will have enough time performing your duties and attending to patients.

Flexibility:

As a Health care professional who does part-time jobs, using locum shifts to supplement your needs is ideal.

This will provide you the opportunity to find time for other things of interest and passion to you.

You can have time to take a vacation, spend time with friends and family, start a course or focus on other things important to you.

Finally, Verovian Recruitment Agency is one of the UK’s most respected Health care recruitment agencies. We have helped thousands of medical professionals find permanent and locum shifts across the UK.

Benefits of working with Verovian Recruitment are:

  • Excellent remuneration package.
  • Online training available.
  • An assigned consultant.
  • Assistance with accommodation and relocation where required.
  • Support from an approachable and knowledgeable friendly team.
  • Access to exclusive Vacancies within the NHS and PRIVATE sectors in your preferred geographical area and field.

Are you interested in our services to help support your job search, register with us by clicking on this link.

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Benefits of Working As A Locum Pharmacist https://verovian.com/benefits-of-working-as-a-locum-pharmacist/ https://verovian.com/benefits-of-working-as-a-locum-pharmacist/#respond Tue, 01 Jun 2021 08:47:18 +0000 https://verovian.com/?p=212554 In Great Britain, the number of community pharmacies is over 14,000 with each one in need of 2 to 3 Locum Pharmacists to work and cover shifts every week. Accordingly, many pharmacies do decide to hire locum pharmacists in order to cover available gaps in their schedule, maternity leave, sick leave, or staff holidays. There […]

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In Great Britain, the number of community pharmacies is over 14,000 with each one in need of 2 to 3 Locum Pharmacists to work and cover shifts every week.

Accordingly, many pharmacies do decide to hire locum pharmacists in order to cover available gaps in their schedule, maternity leave, sick leave, or staff holidays. There is also a high demand for Locum Pharmacists during the administration of vaccines.

Locum roles can be both short-term and long-term. Short terms roles have varied working hours and places.

Long-term for example can cover sick leave or maternity in a particular pharmacy.

Longer-term bookings are usually known as “block bookings or stay away”; this is because the pharmacist will need to travel and stay locally for a specified period of time.

You can imagine the wide range of opportunities working as a Locum Pharmacist provides.

Below we listed out reasons why you should Locum:

A varied work experience:

When working as a locum Pharmacist, in a week, you get to work at different locations and get exposed to various socio-economic group environments.

With that, you will get to observe the different types of management systems used in different pharmacies.

This type of experience can be of great help in making future career decisions when planning on a permanent job at a later stage.

It also allows you to develop key interpersonal and professional acuity skills, making you an ultimately better pharmacist.

Having a work-life balance:

Being a locum Pharmacist allows you to adjust your work with your family life, other career opportunities, and scheduled appointments.

Whether your plan is to start a family or return to a full-time education to complete a program, locuming provides you the opportunity to adjust to changes and be there for other things when you need to.

You can build a network:

As a Locum Pharmacist, you get to meet different people as you work.

This is possible because you get to work at different pharmacies in different parts of a country.

Thus, you can develop more professional connections, which leads to building a great network.

Flexibility and Control:

You get to have control over your career as a Locum. Locum pharmacists decide the type of pharmacy, where, and when they want to work.

For someone that doesn’t like to be restricted to a particular job and location, being a locum is a good choice.

Locum pharmacists have the opportunity to travel to wherever they want because, in the UK and Ireland, almost every town has about one pharmacy or more. Workflow can vary however you want.

You can do part time shifts, day or night shifts, weekly shifts or whatever you are up to.

Meaning you can work however long you want and can take as many holidays as you wish.

Reduced management:

As a locum, you can focus on providing your major duties without having to worry unnecessarily about the pharmacy’s management system, their end-of-month reports, when compared to a full-time pharmacist job.

But it is important you know that while you have other responsibilities, occasionally you will find yourself in a position as a senior or experienced member of staff.

Therefore, you will need to lead by example in such situations.

Here are some tips that will help you as a Locum Pharmacist:

  • Build a good reputation with colleagues & clients.
  • Be a team player, friendly and professional.
  • Keep an organized diary to ensure you don’t apply for more than one role at the same time.
  • Knowing more than one dispensing system will be an advantage to you.
  • Register for free on our VEROVIAN APP and stay updated about all the latest available jobs & shifts.

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Why Locum Pharmacists Should Be On LinkedIn https://verovian.com/why-locum-pharmacists-should-be-on-linkedin/ https://verovian.com/why-locum-pharmacists-should-be-on-linkedin/#respond Tue, 25 May 2021 07:21:00 +0000 https://verovian.com/?p=212527 There are over 200 million professionals around the world who use LinkedIn today. It is beneficial for Locum Pharmacists to be on LinkedIn now. It’s an industry standard for peer-to-peer and a business based social media platform. You probably are not looking to connect with the 700+ million users as a Locum Pharmacist, but you […]

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There are over 200 million professionals around the world who use LinkedIn today. It is beneficial for Locum Pharmacists to be on LinkedIn now.

It’s an industry standard for peer-to-peer and a business based social media platform.

You probably are not looking to connect with the 700+ million users as a Locum Pharmacist, but you can benefit significantly from the wide range of people in your community through LinkedIn’s deep reach.

With a thoughtful and active presence on LinkedIn, you get to connect with other health care professionals in your community.

Online networking can be of great help to you as a Locum Pharmacist especially via LinkedIn; either you are searching for a job or you are looking to propel your career.

You can interact on LinkedIn through your computer or mobile device with a little bit of time dedicated to it each week. (I understand that your schedule may be tight)

Here are five reasons why you should use LinkedIn:

Get job opportunities:

Many Locum Pharmacist jobs are exclusively posted on LinkedIn. Some jobs will require that you have a LinkedIn profile before you can apply; meaning that, you can’t apply for such a job position if you don’t have a profile.

LinkedIn has a job search tool that will notify you immediately when there is a new job posting as companies and recruiters post.

If you are keen on your job search, you need to make sure to search for the appropriate jobs and apply accordingly with a great profile in place. 

A Professional Network:

LinkedIn is a great platform for you to stay connected with both past employers and co-workers, without you having to share similar and personal information’s that you might have on other networks like Facebook.

Locum Pharmacist being on LinkedIn, you can see the professional progress of your colleagues and remain connected in the hiring process of companies.

Additionally, you can stay connected with people and also get introduced to a number of future employers in the process. 

Stay Up-to-Date and Be Informed:

As a Locum Pharmacist, it is your professional responsibility to stay on track with changes and the latest trends in your field, and LinkedIn makes this easy for you.

At your fingertips, LinkedIn provides a wealth of career and industry knowledge, with a lot of excellent resources.

With the news feed feature, LinkedIn gives you daily updates that you should be aware of about your work. Furthermore, when you get to share these information’s with your connections and community, you definitely build more expertise in your field for others to see.

Recommendations:

This is one of the best features on LinkedIn that is often under-utilized. Also, it is a good way for you to set yourself apart from competitions.

The recommendation from bosses and peers can really be of great benefit in your career pursuit. This is something you cannot easily exhibit in a resume.

Recommendations from trustworthy employers who have LinkedIn profiles and are willing to praise you for the world to see.

This speaks well of your worth, likability and credibility in your place of work, and HR managers can take notice.

Building “Your” Brand:

Nowadays, most employers get to complete a hiring process by looking up a candidate online.

LinkedIn is that platform that provides you an excellent opportunity to present your expertise and more insights about you.

On LinkedIn, your profile can be the place employers go to be further amazed by your level of experience. They can see links to your work, and also complete the overall professional brand you are trying to portray.

Finally, LinkedIn profiles tend to appear more distinctly in a Google search than other profiles, like Facebook.

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Having A Self Care Plan As A Health Care Worker https://verovian.com/self-care-for-health-care-workers/ https://verovian.com/self-care-for-health-care-workers/#respond Tue, 18 May 2021 08:51:33 +0000 https://verovian.com/?p=212546 The topic concerning self-care for every Health care Worker has grown in popularity. But unfortunately, many health care workers still find themselves with hardly enough time to breathe. As a healthcare worker, you are used to looking out for the health and wellbeing of people. In the midst of caring for others, you often times […]

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The topic concerning self-care for every Health care Worker has grown in popularity. But unfortunately, many health care workers still find themselves with hardly enough time to breathe.

As a healthcare worker, you are used to looking out for the health and wellbeing of people. In the midst of caring for others, you often times overlook your own needs. Sometimes the last Person you care for is yourself.

Self-care is usually the first thing that gets sacrificed when one becomes busy and stressed.

You may think that taking time for yourself seems considerate. But this is not just about calming activities; it’s about creating a self care plan that will help you focus, stay healthy and make decisions.

Listed below is how you can create a self-care plan:

Figure out your coping skills:

Evaluating your personal habits is important in developing a self-care plan.

When figuring out your behaviours it is important that you are honest.

If you discover yourself getting angry, edgy with people, or unable to forget worries, it may be time to re-consider your coping skills.

When confronted with increased demands, you can use either positive or negative coping strategies; for example, instead of working during breaks, you can exercise.

Identify your daily self-care needs:

Remember that your self-care goes beyond basic physical needs. Think also about your workplace, social, financial, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Take some time to consider what you value and need in your everyday life. Then think about what you value and need the most during difficult times.

When you are faced with a crisis, you probably won’t have time to immediately create a coping plan.

You should rather take time to develop a plan in advance so you can use when you need it.

Examine, Reflect & Replace:

Check if there are barriers to maintaining your self-care as a Health care worker.

Are there any little things you can do to address these barriers?, Do you need to ask for assistance from others if the need be?

Follow up on your already existing coping strategies. Finalize what is working and what isn’t working for you.

Work towards reducing, and then getting rid of negative coping plans.

If you find yourself using the negative plans, then start by choosing one action you feel is most unhealthy and identify a positive plan to replace it.

Create your Self-care plan:

Once you have resolved your personal needs and plans, you should then write them down.

Depending on how you want it to be, your self-care plan can be as detailed and simple.

Look at it occasionally, keep going to check it out and perfecting it especially as the COVID-19 occurrence changes.

Lastly remember, if you don’t look after yourself first you won’t be able to help your patients and other people important in your life.

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7 Tips to Improving Interpersonal Skills as a Locum Pharmacist https://verovian.com/7-tips-to-improving-interpersonal-skills-as-a-locum-pharmacist/ https://verovian.com/7-tips-to-improving-interpersonal-skills-as-a-locum-pharmacist/#respond Tue, 04 May 2021 12:49:50 +0000 https://verovian.com/?p=212420 In today’s growing healthcare industry, improving interpersonal skills as a locum is very vital. They not only help in promoting positive workplace culture, but also help in growing your career to an influential leader. In addition, proper communication with coworkers and managers in the workplace can go a long way to getting work done and […]

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In today’s growing healthcare industry, improving interpersonal skills as a locum is very vital. They not only help in promoting positive workplace culture, but also help in growing your career to an influential leader. In addition, proper communication with coworkers and managers in the workplace can go a long way to getting work done and boosting productivity.

WHAT ARE INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

Interpersonal skills can also be known as social skills or people skills, and the process of using social skills is called socialization. Examples of interpersonal skills includes;

  • Patience
  • Responsibility
  • Active listening
  • Being reliable
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Willingness to compromise
  • Empathy
  • Negotiation
  • Conflict resolution

Many interpersonal skills involve communication. The communication can be verbal, involving persuasion or tone of voice – or nonverbal, involving listening and body language.

7 TIPS TO IMPROVING INTERPERSONAL SKILLS AS A LOCUM PHARMACIST

To successfully improve your interpersonal skills, you need to practice good communication and set goals for improvement. Here are seven tips to developing excellent interpersonal skills;

  1. Enroll in a course – Learn effective interpersonal skills to interact with other people and overcome resistance. Check out elite training on how to engage and motivate people by enrolling in interpersonal skills training courses.
  2. Identify what you need to improve on – Figure out what interpersonal skill(s) you need to improve on. Ask for constructive feedback from coworkers, managers, friends or family.
  3. Be observant of others – Improve your interpersonal skills by watching coworkers, friends and family, or company leaders that display interpersonal skills. Be observant of how they communicate with others verbally and non-verbally. Apply what you’ve learned in your communication and relationship with others.
  4. Learn to control your emotions – Before having a conversation, wait till you are calm and collected. You have better chances of communicating confidently and effectively when you are not stressed or upset.
  5. Show acknowledgement – As a locum pharmacist, it is important to pay attention when interacting with patients. Show genuine interest in getting to know them and offer care. These steps can help you build a positive and stronger relationship.
  6. Avoid distractions – Avoid the temptation of looking at your phone or checking your email when communicating or interacting with others. Give your full attention by staying focused, so you can listen and understand more effectively.
  7. Mentor-ship – Ask for direct help in improving your interpersonal skills from friends, family, coworkers or company leaders you admire and respect. See if they will help mentor you and give you advice, tips and strategies.

THE IMPORTANCE OF IMPROVING INTERPERSONAL SKILLS AS A LOCUM

Part of what makes a good locum is the ability to communicate well with patients, coworkers and managers in your professional life as well as groups and individuals in your personal life. In addition, locums with strong interpersonal skills can work well with others and tend to build good relationships with clients, coworkers, family and friends.

Generally speaking, if a person has strong interpersonal skills, their personal and professional relationships would be smoother and easier to manage. Therefore, making it easier to collaborate on whatever task you take on.

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INTERPERSONAL SKILLS THAT ARE IMPORTANT AT THE WORKPLACE

Here are five significant interpersonal skills a locum pharmacist should have.

PATIENCE

Working as a pharmacist, it is easy to get frustrated by others, since your job entails regular communication with patients, coworkers and managers. So, it is vital to keep your cool and focus on what’s more important without loosing your temper or treating others differently.

Infuriating things are always going to happen on a day to day basis, but it takes a person with excellent interpersonal skills to have a great day working through the situations calmly.

ACTIVE LISTENING

The ability to pay full attention to someone when they speak and truly understand what they are saying can be considered as active listening.

As a pharmacist you need to be a better listener and practice active listening in your day to day interactions with people. Here are six steps to practice active listening at the workplace;

  1. Pay attention – When someone is talking, pay attention and don’t try to cut them off before they are finished. To avoid cutting them off, wait at least two seconds to make sure they are really done talking. In other words, it is vital to make eye contact and avoid multi-tasking, these is a nonverbal way of showing you are listening and paying attention.
  2. Reflect – Before giving a response, reflect on what they might be saying and how they are feeling.
  3. Don’t judge – Keep an open mind and be willing to see another person’s point of view. Don’t come off as being right all the time, even when you are right, make room for collaboration and compromise.
  4. Clarify – Ask as many questions as possible to clarify anything that is confusing.
  5. Summarize – Paraphrase what they’ve said and repeat it back to them, this way you are sure you have a comprehensive understanding of the point they are trying to pass.
  6. Share – Communicate your own thought after you are sure they are done talking and that you’ve understood them correctly. In other words, the key is to share your thoughts while supporting and working to resolve the other person’s issue at the same time.

TEAMWORK

Colleagues who can communicate and work well together have a higher chance of success and achieving common goals. Being a team player can help in avoiding conflict and foster improved productivity in the workplace. By offering to assist your coworkers when needed, listening and giving positive reactions, encouraging them and being optimistic shows strong interpersonal skill.

BEING RELIABLE

It is important to follow through on what you say you’ll do. In addition to that, being reliable is absolutely necessary to earn trust and trust is very important for good communication and building strong relationships.

People who count on you need to have faith that you’ll support them and administer care.

EMPATHY

Empathy is the ability to understand other people’s emotions, needs and ideas from their point of view. As a locum pharmacist, it is vital to be emotionally intelligent by being aware and having compassion when communicating with others. Empathy in the workplace can be good for morale and reduces misunderstanding between coworkers and management. By showing empathy you are more likely to gain the trust and respect of others.

This is arguably the superior interpersonal skill. Empathetic people are able to look past words to see the true emotions that are driving them. If you can’t show empathy as a locum pharmacist, you are more likely to have trouble understanding others.

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Essential Tips For Maximizing Your Recruiter Relationship https://verovian.com/essential-tips-for-maximizing-your-recruiter-relationship/ https://verovian.com/essential-tips-for-maximizing-your-recruiter-relationship/#respond Wed, 28 Apr 2021 08:06:17 +0000 https://verovian.com/?p=212536 Maximizing your recruiter relationship can be a great way to give your job search a boost, but there are a few important points to consider when seeking out the help of a recruiting firm. When you’re searching for a new job, working with a skilled recruiter can make all the difference. A recruiter can help […]

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Maximizing your recruiter relationship can be a great way to give your job search a boost, but there are a few important points to consider when seeking out the help of a recruiting firm. When you’re searching for a new job, working with a skilled recruiter can make all the difference.

A recruiter can help open doors to your dream company, provide input on your marketing materials, and coach you on what works and doesn’t work during interviews for a specific client.

By following these essential tips, you can maximize your recruiter relationship by building a positive partnership throughout your career journey.

Tips For Maximizing Your Recruiter Relationship

Do your research

Setting clear goals can help your research process to identifying a great recruiter to partner with on your career journey. Answering vital questions like, what companies would you love to work for? What type of company culture is a good fit for you? What is your dream position? would help clarify your goals.

Some recruiters focus on all aspects of recruitment, from temporary placement help to direct and permanent placements; while some focus on executive search level engagements only. It’s important to understand your staffing agency to see if they are a good fit, by getting to know what they are about.

Is it best for you to engage in temporary work with a company you choose to work permanently with? At Verovian, you will be advised when its best to do this and when it is important to avoid this approach. Your engagement is tailored to your personal requirement.

Here are a few questions to ask while interviewing your recruiter:

  • What experience do you have in the industry that enables you to relate to both clients and candidates?
  • How often do you staff roles with the skill sets in my background?
  • What is the candidate ‘fall off’ rate?
  • Do you proactively market your candidates?

Make sure part of your research involves finding a recruiter who has the experience and expertise required to know where to source from, how to properly interview and qualify potential candidates.

Submit your compliance documents

Submitting your compliance documents is crucial to the successful screening and on-boarding of new employees. Therefore, invest your time in making sure your documents are current and up to date.

Thinking about how you are going to pitch yourself to your recruiter is important. State your qualifications, experience and key skill sets in your resume. You can consider investing in a professional resume writing service to ensure you have an optimized and marketable resume that will truly sell you.

You can invest in a professional resume writing service like PurpleCV to have access to your own writer, unlimited revisions for 12 months and so much more.

Uphold commitments

after agreeing to attend a meeting or an interview your recruiter has scheduled for you, follow through on the agreement. If you come off as being nonchalant, it reflects poorly not only on yourself but also on the recruiter.

Help recruiters help You

Recruiters base the recommendation they make on the information they have. Being open and honest about facts from past hires is important for maximizing your recruiter relationship and achieving your goals.

Share pertinent information with your recruiter in order to prevent them from repeating old mistakes. For example, if you’ve held several positions in a short period of time or have gaps in employment, communicate it. That way he or she would know how to represent you to employers.

Maximizing your recruiter relationship via referral

You’d agree that businesses thrive on referrals, and recruitment agencies are businesses. Therefore, by offering qualified referrals to a recruiter, it will put you at the top of their list for future job opportunities.

For instance, a recruiter reaches out to you about a job opening you are not interesting in, you can use the opportunity to refer someone from your network who would be a better fit for the position. By doing this you are sending business to the recruiter, and in turn would help in maximizing your recruiter relationship.

Keep in touch even after you’ve gotten the job

Follow up with your recruiter on a regular basis even after you’ve gotten the job. In some cases, a recruiter can be a career advocate for you on the long run. You never know when next you might need a new job.

By staying in touch, you can gain valuable insight on what employers are currently looking out for in candidates with your career background. This can help you navigate through this competitive job market.

In conclusion, a great recruitment agency wants the search to close successfully and they want to continue to be your recruiting partner for future positions. In other words, take advantage of any free technological investment they offer (free app, free navigation, free record keeping) and follow some of these essential tips for maximizing your recruiter relationship.

We at Verovian Recruitment Agency value partnerships and working side by side with you to achieving your career goals, get the most out of your relationship with us.

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8 Important Things Locum Pharmacists Should Carry To Work https://verovian.com/6-important-things-locum-pharmacists-should-carry-to-work/ https://verovian.com/6-important-things-locum-pharmacists-should-carry-to-work/#respond Wed, 21 Apr 2021 13:46:25 +0000 https://verovian.com/?p=212481 As a Locum Pharmacist, there is a notable variability as to what is expected of you to carry to work. Especially with the constant change from one Pharmacy or store to another. This will demand that you always try to adjust to every new environment and their different working conditions. Irrespective of where you find yourself, […]

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As a Locum Pharmacist, there is a notable variability as to what is expected of you to carry to work. Especially with the constant change from one Pharmacy or store to another.

This will demand that you always try to adjust to every new environment and their different working conditions.

Irrespective of where you find yourself, it is noteworthy to know that you may find yourself in some situations where basic items will be needed and helpful to you.

Hence, it is advisable that you don’t overlook having any of these items on you when resuming to work. These items can help you avoid delays on your way to work or prevent issues that may arise at work.

Listed below are essential items you should consider having on you when leaving for work:

Responsible Pharmacist Notice

Whenever you are booked to cover a Locum shift, it is best practice to always have your Responsible Pharmacist Notice on you.

The notice displays your name, registration number and the fact that you are in charge of the pharmacy at that time. This Responsible Pharmacist Notice is available to every Registered Pharmacist and anyone can print it.

It is best a good idea to have both the portrait or landscape formats on you, depending on the store template’s setup.

Medicines, Ethics and Practice (MEP)

Locum Pharmacists on a daily basis at work face ethical challenges as much as other Health care professionals and need to have special ethical support to help you make decisions.

The MEP helps pharmacists in providing professionally tailored patients healthcare services; it depends on a set of values that Health care professionals can refer to when in any situation of confusion or conflict.

This is a guide to assess ethical dilemma or query when at work or rendering your service.

Therefore, with the MEP within your reach, you will feel more confident making the right decisions.

British National Formulary

The British National Formulary [BNF] is an essential reference Locum Pharmacists use for prescribing, dispensing, and administering medicines.

This reference guide contains a wide range of advice and information on prescribing, dosage, available forms, and pharmacology of drugs.

Majority of locum pharmacists find that is more practical to have the BNF as an APP on your phone.

Moreover, it is best practice for you to make your work colleague aware you are assessing your reference guides on your phones during working hours. This is to avoid people from thinking that you are doing something different on your phone asides from your work.

A Diary

Keeping a diary as a Locum Pharmacist helps you have a proper record of your daily activities.

Documenting your shifts, appointment and other such important commitments adequately guides against double bookings or unwarranted days off. It helps you to be more organized and professional.

With the VEROVIAN APP at your disposal, you get access to a FREE diary that helps you manage your availability to work and you don’t miss out on dates. The App also links to a navigation app to direct you to work straight from our app.

Your Pen

In this period of COVID-19, it is important you have your personal pen for use.

This is to avoid contracting the virus by sharing pen with other people.

It is needed for prompt documentation of information, instead of you waiting for the pen been used by another individual.

Satellite Navigation System

As a Locum Pharmacist, having the Satellite Navigation System (Sat Navs) can help you locate a store easily especially when it is your first time working at such a place.

When you find yourself in road diversion or congestion, your Sat Nav can show you the quickest route to get to your destination in time.

Also, it is important in planning routes to work before heading out; which helps you avoid areas with traffic congestion.

High energy lunch with a bottle of water

As a pharmacist, you engage in a number of patient counselling and advice during the day.

It is important to keep hydrated by having your water close to you.
High energy lunch plays its role as this replenishes much energy spent in a fast-paced pharmacist environment.

A Hand Sanitizer

In this COVID-19 pandemic, having your personal hand sanitiser minimizes your exposure to contracting other people’s germs and this is crucial for your health.

A hand sanitiser is the perfect addition to (or occasional replacement for) washing your hands with water and soap.

Lastly, it is advisable that you have a durable and water proof bag, with lots of pockets.

A durable bag makes carriage easy & comfortable for you while ensuring that documents and other items are kept safe from damage.

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7 Tips To Help Locum Pharmacists Minimize Dispensing Errors. https://verovian.com/7-tips-to-help-locum-pharmacists-minimize-dispensing-errors/ https://verovian.com/7-tips-to-help-locum-pharmacists-minimize-dispensing-errors/#respond Tue, 13 Apr 2021 16:38:00 +0000 https://verovian.com/?p=212444 Dispensing errors comprise any inconsistencies or deviations from the prescription order. This includes Locum Pharmacists dispensing the wrong drug, dose, dosage form, incorrect quantity, or wrong labelling. Factors that cause dispensing errors include reconciliation error, illegible/inaccurate instructions, packaging, Look alike-sound alike and many more. In November 2020, The Science Daily carried out research that shows that in a year more than a 237million […]

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Dispensing errors comprise any inconsistencies or deviations from the prescription order. This includes Locum Pharmacists dispensing the wrong drug, dose, dosage form, incorrect quantity, or wrong labelling. Factors that cause dispensing errors include reconciliation error, illegible/inaccurate instructions, packaging, Look alike-sound alike and many more.

In November 2020, The Science Daily carried out research that shows that in a year more than a 237million prescription errors are made in England.

These errors occur at each level, with over half of (54%) made at the point of administration and around 1 in 5 made at some point of prescribing (21%).

Below are a few tips that can help you minimise dispensing errors:

1. Ensure accurate entry of the prescription

Transcription errors account for 15% of all dispensing mistakes and are more prevalent in the secondary care environment. Transcription errors can be avoided by making use of reliable methods of confirming a person’s identity when checking for prescriptions. Checking information such as age, allergic reactions, healing duplications, and so forth can help to minimise error.

2. Be cautious with zeros, units and abbreviations

Many times, Locum Pharmacists make out of place zeros, decimal factors, and defective units such as mg, g, 0.1, 0.01 etc, when prescribing drugs. These are not unusual causes of dispensing errors.

As a result of such errors, a patient can administer 10 times more strength than the prescriber intended. Such errors will make the patient experience severe side effects. Making use of computer indicators can help locum pharmacist minimise such errors.

3. Organise your working space

Locum Pharmacists should make sure they have an organised workspace that remarkably reduces dispensing mistakes. The right lighting fixtures, good counter area, and cosy temperature and humidity can help ease a go with the flow from one task to the other, thereby reducing dispensing errors.

Developing a schedule for labelling and checking prescriptions will assist in organizing the flow of work. In addition, using a separate colour pen from the dispenser to confirm medication creates visible accountability of the check made.

4. Thoroughly take a look at all prescriptions

Repeated checking and counterchecking is an essential approach to reduce dispensing mistakes. Avoid dispensing errors, by confirming that every information of the drug is the same as that shown on the computer. Confirmation bias and preconceived notions make self-checking a bad approach to reduce mistakes.

Furthermore, having a system in place that will cross-check every detail about the prescription before approving any drug would be helpful. A locum pharmacist should have the prescription rechecked by a colleague or a trusted professional before dispensing.

5. Clarify any uncertainty

Second-guessing of unclear prescriptions, abnormal abbreviations, phrase, decimal points, and phone-in prescriptions are commonly related to prescription mistakes. Where you receive an unclear handwritten prescription, call the prescriber to clarify any unambiguous text.

You should promptly document every report that the health practitioner gives.

6. Watch out for look-alike, sound-alike drugs

Identical drugs names account for one-third of drugs mistakes. In order for you to prevent mix-up among look-alike sound-alike drugs, it is best to separate such medicines on the dispensing shelves.

A number of these errors may be fatal (e. g, taking acetazolamide for acetohexamide).

7. Routinely check expiry dates of medication

Check that pharmacies regularly review the expiry date of medication and discard any expired medicines; to minimise dispensing expired medicines. Ensure to have a system in place to record the expiration date of drugs after every routine check.

Lastly, you can simply ask patients to look in their bags to confirm that they have the correct medication before leaving the Pharmacy. In case you have enough time you could do the checking for them. This will make the patient happy that you’re taking extra care of them.

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8 Mental health challenges you may face at work and how to manage them https://verovian.com/8-mental-health-challenges-you-may-face-at-work-and-how-to-manage-them/ https://verovian.com/8-mental-health-challenges-you-may-face-at-work-and-how-to-manage-them/#respond Thu, 08 Apr 2021 08:28:09 +0000 https://verovian.com/?p=212388 Mental health challenges at work can be managed. Although working under pressure may be a catalyst to remain alert and stay motivated at work. It is important to have a balance between stimulation and rest. Working under excessive pressure can lead to stress if not properly managed. Stressors are events or circumstances that exceed a […]

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Mental health challenges at work can be managed. Although working under pressure may be a catalyst to remain alert and stay motivated at work. It is important to have a balance between stimulation and rest. Working under excessive pressure can lead to stress if not properly managed. Stressors are events or circumstances that exceed a person’s physical or psychological stamina to cope with pressure.  Stress can affect your physical and mental health leading to poor work performance or even errors. Before we discuss how you can manage stress at work, let’s quickly look at the major causes of stress.

Mental health challenges at work

There are quite a number of factor that can cause mental stress at work as a locum, these include but not limited to: 

  1. Poor work organization
  2. Poor communication between the management/supervisors/colleagues
  3. Long working hours with no break
  4. Lack of proper incentives
  5. Driving a long distance to and from work
  6. Lack of support from staff and store manager
  7. Workplace politics
  8. Negative criticism or Feedback
  9. Other Factors outside the workplace include family problems, a second job i.e. locum, poor mental or physical health.
mental challenges at work being managed

Managing stress

Experiencing mental health challenges at work whether as a locum pharmacist, locum physiotherapist or locum optometrist is not altogether avoidable, especially when you have to deal with situations that are beyond your control. However, it is imperative to identify your own personal stress triggers and how you can properly manage them.

Here are some of things you can do to manage stress at work as a locum:

Design a Schedule to Follow

This will help you have proper time management of your Schedules and your daily responsibilities.  This includes checking your work diary and prioritizing what you need to do at work and at home. If you have too much on your plate, you can drop some tasks or eliminate them entirely to avoid stress. By managing your schedule wisely, you will have absolute control over things within your reach and this would make you calmer and less stressed.

In addition to the above, outsourcing services or delegation of tasks also helps. You can manage your workload with a good booking schedule and agency. Our diary system is free of charge for locums to use. Manage your availability and plan your work-life balance at the palm of your hands. Our platform allows locums to mark the number of days they would be available for work so you are not disturbed with work-related calls or activity. If your schedule is too tight, you can reach out to any of our locum recruiters. We will help you manage your work diary and reduce this workload – free of charge, of course!

Eat Healthily

Eating a regular, well-balanced diet will help you reduce the risks of diet-related diseases. There is also, a growing amount of evidence showing how food affects our mood. Ensure you eat meals full of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and lean protein to increase your stamina and physical energy. Avoid skipping meals especially when you need to work.  It is not good for you and can put you in a bad mood, which can result in stress. Create a diet plan to follow to ensure your diet has the right number of nutrients such as vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy.

Exercise

Working out regularly is also one of the best ways to low lower stress and relax your body. Exercising will boost your mood and help you manage stress at work as a locum. However, to get a result you need to do it consistently. Engaging in 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise like brisk walks or 60 minutes of a more vigorous exercise like swimming laps, jogging, or other sports will keep you in shape and increase your stamina against stress. You can design fitness goals you can meet so you don’t give up. Most of all remember that doing any exercise is better than none at all.

managing mental health challenges at work by exercising

Tolerance

Being a locum pharmacist, locum optometrist or locum physiotherapist means you will find yourself working in different locations with people from different backgrounds from you. Having empathy and the willingness to listen is a good way to get along with people. When you ask someone to do something, be willing to do the same. If you both are willing to bend at least a little, you’ll have a good chance of working together without stress.

Make Time for Hobbies

There is a saying that “all work no play makes Jack a dull boy”. In as much as you are trying to reach your goals taking some time off to engage in recreational activities is one of the ways of managing mental health challenges at work. Set aside time for things you enjoy. Try to do something every day that makes you feel good to relieve stress. It doesn’t have to be for a long time, you can take advantage of your lunch break if you are working to do whatever helps you relax for 15 to 20 minutes. Some Good Relaxing hobbies include:

  • Reading
  • Listening to music
  • Watching a movie
  • Knitting
  • Doing puzzles
  • Playing cards and board games

Get Some Restful Sleep

Ensuring a good night rest at the end of a day shifts plays an important role in your physical health. Sleep is involved in the healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels and not getting enough can lead to stress. Sleeplessness has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. If you are having trouble sleeping you should talk to a professional. if you have anything preventing you from having a sound sleep at night it might be best to put those things away. Switch off your phone (or put them on silent/sleep mode) and turn off the light to avoid been disturbed by night calls and text messages.

Discuss Your Problems

If you are bothered about something, talking about them can help lower your stress at work. You can talk to family members, friends, a trusted colleague, your doctor, or a therapist.

You can also practice mindfulnessMindfulness is a mind-body approach to life that helps us to relate differently to experiences. It involves paying attention to our thoughts and feelings in a way that increases our ability to manage difficult situations and make wise choices.

Try to practice mindfulness regularly. Mindfulness meditation can be practiced anywhere at any time. Research has suggested that it can reduce the effects of stress, anxiety and related problems such as insomnia, poor concentration, and low moods, in some people. You can also get assistance in dealing with stress by talking to pharmacist support. Pharmacist support is an independent, trusted charity, providing a wide variety of support services to pharmacist and their families, former pharmacists and pharmacy students.

Specialists at managing mental health challenges at work

Established by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) in 1841, the organization has grown from its benevolent fund roots to a modern-day charity with aims to championing the wellbeing of pharmacists. With specialists that understand the pressures and challenges that care givers go through, support is given to pharmacists struggling with stress through the Wardley wellbeing service. You can also access free wellbeing resources and useful tools on managing wellbeing, stress management & building resilience, time management and so much more.

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