Verovian Recruitment Agency https://verovian.com Locum Recruitment Agency for Pharmacists, Optometrists and Physiotherapists Tue, 03 Aug 2021 07:32:25 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.3 https://verovian.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/cropped-Verovian-Site-icon-png-32x32.png Verovian Recruitment Agency https://verovian.com 32 32 Healthy Dieting Tips For Shift Healthcare Workers https://verovian.com/healthy-dieting-tips-for-shift-healthcare-workers/ https://verovian.com/healthy-dieting-tips-for-shift-healthcare-workers/#respond Tue, 03 Aug 2021 07:32:24 +0000 https://verovian.com/?p=212585 More than one fifth of the NHS force are shift Healthcare workers. This rotational shift pattern can put a notable strain on your body. Shift work doesn’t only affect your regular sleep pattern; it can also affect your diet and exercise pattern as well. Healthcare workers on shifts are more prone to having general health […]

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More than one fifth of the NHS force are shift Healthcare workers.

This rotational shift pattern can put a notable strain on your body.

Shift work doesn’t only affect your regular sleep pattern; it can also affect your diet and exercise pattern as well.

Healthcare workers on shifts are more prone to having general health issues, digestive disorders, higher body mass index, and are possible long-term health conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease.

Therefore it is very important that you consider how you can maintain your health and choose the right diet for you during your shift routine.

With the busy schedules and long hours shift, you may have to get snacks, or visit Fast food spots on your way home.

However, consuming these foods with high sugar and high fat in time worsen fatigue, laziness and drowsiness.

Listed below are ways you can have a Healthy dieting lifestyle:

PLAN & PREPARE YOUR MEALS:

Planning is important! Prepare your meals so you don’t fall into the convenience store, vending machine, drive through trap.

When preparing meals, try to make extra portions that can be refrigerated, so you can take them to work or come back home to eat.

A continual intake of poor food choices will affect your long-term health; this is because you are too tired to plan & prepare ahead.

EAT REGULAR MEALS:

You should eat regularly, especially taking three balanced diets within a 24-hour period or two light meals and adding healthy snacks in between.

Having smaller snacks or light meals during breaks is much better than having one big meal, especially at night-time.

Eating too much can make you feel sleepy, hence the well-known food stupor!. This isn’t good for healthcare workers during shifts.

AVOID STARVING YOURSELF:

Don’t go long periods without taking any food. Avoid letting yourself get to a point of starving by the time you are taking breaks or finishing your shift.

At such times, you will be more likely to overeat, as we usually like to over compensate.

As a Healthcare worker, hunger can also affects your judgement and decision making ability.

People tend to make poor decisions when they are hungry, and this isn’t automatically just in relation to food!

PLAN YOUR MEALS BEFORE BEDTIME:

It helps when you take hydrating foods during your breaks, sugar free jelly, soups and fruit (oranges, cucumber, melon, strawberries, pineapple).

Avoid over dependence on caffeine to help keep you awake and alert.

Aim to have any form of caffeine at least four hours before your bedtime. This is so that you sleep at the right time.

Also, it is advisable that you avoid fried, heavily spiced foods or oily meals before going to bed. These can cause indigestion, and also disturb your sleep.

The temptation to have one or two glasses of your favorite tipple to help relax after a demanding shift as a healthcare worker may be uncontrollable.

This can actually have an opposite effect on you and reduce the condition of your sleep.

CONSIDER YOUR ENERGY GIVING MEALS:

Many times it can be tempting to take sweets, a chocolate bar or sugary energy drink when you feel the need to step-up during shifts.

However, such foods will only enhance your energy levels for a while, giving quick & pointed peak in blood sugar levels. Which could be difficult to control.

Healthcare workers are advised to take slow energy releasing foods will be much more helpful.

Whatever the situation, always keep these in mind:

  • Introduce healthy fats, high fiber, and high protein to your meals.
  • Stay hydrated as often as possible.
  • Take more of decaf.
  • Have a forward meal plan.
  • Take regular meals.

Finally, the truth is that everyone is different; with varying commitments, activities and schedules outside of work.

So you need to have a good meal pattern, before, during & after your shift that works for you and fits your lifestyle, being a healthcare worker.

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Important Soft Skills Healthcare Workers Need. https://verovian.com/important-soft-skills-healthcare-workers-need/ https://verovian.com/important-soft-skills-healthcare-workers-need/#respond Tue, 13 Jul 2021 08:39:20 +0000 https://verovian.com/?p=212633 Soft skills are very much important for Healthcare workers. There is need for more than good grades and degrees when working in the Healthcare sector. Although as a healthcare worker you spend most of your time gaining or improving your hard skills in school. However, soft skills determine how good or bad patient’s experience is […]

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Soft skills are very much important for Healthcare workers.

There is need for more than good grades and degrees when working in the Healthcare sector.

Although as a healthcare worker you spend most of your time gaining or improving your hard skills in school.

However, soft skills determine how good or bad patient’s experience is during your day-to-day work routines.

In any profession or industry, there are various sets of skills people must learn and develop.

They are: hard skills (technical skills) and soft skills (personality skills).

Many take the former seriously and neglect the need to acquire or improve on the latter.

Here we talk about why it is important for healthcare workers to have soft skills in provide outstanding services.

Soft skills in healthcare professions:

Also called personality skills, they are difficult to determine but are equally important and valuable like hard skills.

In fact, there are people who argue that soft skills are crucially necessary for patients during their experience in any facet of the healthcare system.

For healthcare workers, soft skills affect everyone (team members, patients, and other colleagues).

Soft skills usually determine how patients rate their experience during a healthcare visit or admission.

As patients move through a series of healthcare settings, soft skills are often the most noticed aspect of a patient appointment.

Patient’s satisfaction is usually rated by using surveys after the patient visit with questions like:

  • Were you treated with dignity and respect?
  • Were all the procedures explained to you in a manner that you understood easily?
  • How good was the staff service?

Patient given responses to such questions will allow the management to determine if patients’ needs are met and to identify areas for better improvement.

Such questions reflect how well a healthcare team or member demonstrate good use of his/her soft skills.

These are 7 top soft skills healthcare workers need:

Communication:

This is one of the most central and vital soft skills.

Your communication skill extends to how well you can discuss, influence, and negotiate with patients, colleagues, and seniors.

Work towards speaking accurately and being a good listener.

Empathy:

In case you became a healthcare worker because you want to help people (which, let’s be real, is for many), chances are that you’re an empathetic person.

Empathy is an important part of staying motivated in your field.

Adaptability:

One thing that is consistent in healthcare is change.

Scientific evidence, benchmarks, requirements, best practices, even Legislation is subject to change.

You should try to be open to changes and not be resistant or against such when any comes up at work.

Also, you should learn to handle challenges by modifying your way of working or plans to your changing environment.

Attention to detail:

This skill is important to any job but it is really critical in healthcare.

There is little room for mistake when a little detail can make the difference between life and death.

It could be your ability to notice indirect things like unspoken cues and body language.

Avoiding distractions and being present can help you maintain focus and keep a sharp attention.

Good work ethic and Time Management:

Healthcare professionals are usually found going “the extra mile” for the call of duty to ensure good care is rendered.

A good work ethic will help you focus on achieving necessary goals and to make the most of any situation.

Time management isn’t about you getting things done on time. It knows how to multi-task, prioritize your work, function adequately, and meet your deadlines.

How good are you with setting goals and targets, and fulfilling them at the appropriate time?

Teamwork:

Working in the healthcare system involves team effort.

Whether you are working with colleagues to solve a problem or you are reporting to management about performance development, handling patients and caretakers.

Understanding how you can work in any team will be of great benefit to your professional success.

Interpersonal skills:

As a Healthcare worker your daily work or activity involves dealing with people in some capacity.

Your ability to manage such different relationships will determine how well you can carry out your job.

However, it is advisable that you practice keeping a positive relationship with those you interacts with.

Finally, you should know that as Healthcare workers, mastering soft skills is a gradual process and it can continue throughout your professional career. 

The proper use of soft skills doesn’t only create valuable healthcare team members, but also creates an environment where the best patient care is provided.

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A Locum Guide: 7 Pro Tips To A Great First Shift https://verovian.com/a-locum-guide-7-pro-tips-to-a-great-first-shift/ https://verovian.com/a-locum-guide-7-pro-tips-to-a-great-first-shift/#respond Tue, 06 Jul 2021 08:03:49 +0000 https://verovian.com/?p=212679 The first shift at a new location as a locum can be particularly difficult. However, locum jobs are a great way to branch out and try working in new locations without making a long-term commitment. With every locum job you do, you get the chance to expand your professional network. Beyond that, you have the […]

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The first shift at a new location as a locum can be particularly difficult. However, locum jobs are a great way to branch out and try working in new locations without making a long-term commitment.

With every locum job you do, you get the chance to expand your professional network. Beyond that, you have the opportunity to travel across the UK to offer your sought-after skill set.

Regardless of how many years you’ve been working locum, resuming a shift at a new location can be quite daunting. You are often required to quickly get up to speed with new tech systems, environments, and staff.

Bearing that in mind, we have come up with seven pro tips to help you integrate quickly from the first day you resume shift at a new location.

Pro Tips To A Great First Shift As A Locum

Invest In Comfortable Clothing

As a locum working to provide essential health care to patients, it is vital to feeling comfortable in your clothing. Before resuming your first shift, endeavour to pick out reliable, comfortable clothing and footwear.

If you’re yet to invest in comfortable clothing, then this should definitely be on your to-do list. When sourcing the best clothing to ensure your comfort through the busiest shift, it is important to bear in mind the weight of the fabric, and how easy it is to clean.

Plan Ahead And Be Organised 

Set yourself up for success even before you start your first shift by making sure you have the phone number of a contact at your new placement. That way you can always keep them updated if you have issues locating the store or you encounter a delay.

Being your first shift, you might have someone ready to show you the procedure they operate by. Be sure to get the name of who will be onboarding you from your Verovian Consultant, so that the process is seamless.

Show Up Early

Double-check the pharmacy location beforehand. If you don’t have your own car to transport yourself, conclude on the means of transportation you’ll need to get there.

After accepting your first shift on Verovian’s App, navigate to the ‘My diary’ tab – You will see the date of your booked shift on the green, tap on the date and the information about your booking will pop up. The pop-up will include;

  • Task Name
  • Store Address
  • Opening Hours
  • Rate per Hour
  • Store Contact

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions

When it comes to your first shift as a locum, remember the importance of communication skills, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Everyone has at one point or the other before, being in your position as the “new guy” on their first shift, even your most senior colleagues. Therefore, feel confident to ask questions on topics you are not clear with.

Introduce Yourself To Colleagues

Taking on a new shift, you’d be expected to settle in quickly and adapt to the job quickly. This includes communicating efficiently with your colleagues.

The best approach is to jump straight into your first shift, is to introduce yourself to your team members, be open, friendly, and receptive.

Building a rapport with your colleagues may make it easier working together, not just on your first shift but throughout your stay. This also gives you a chance to build a professional network.

Be Flexible

The role of a locum is to fill gaps and provide service, which may sometimes vary. For instance, you may be told to take up additional responsibility or take up additional shifts from what is agreed, due to last-minute changes.

Don’t complain, instead call Verovian Agency and ask for advice on the next line of action to take bearing the near future in mind. If you’re seen as being helpful, they’re more likely to select you over others for any future shift opportunities.

Lead With Confidence

You were hired to cover your first shift for a reason – You have the qualification and skill set they need. Be confident in this fact and lead when you can. 

The more you are able to share your strengths with your new colleagues, the chances are that you can learn a lot from them also.

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Being A Locum Optician And Its Benefits https://verovian.com/being-a-locum-optician-and-its-benefits/ https://verovian.com/being-a-locum-optician-and-its-benefits/#respond Tue, 29 Jun 2021 08:03:56 +0000 https://verovian.com/?p=212575 As a Locum optician, you have the responsibilities of fitting customers’ lenses, providing consultation, and changing frames. Not only that, but they also examine patients’ eyes and are responsible for testing the sights and writing prescriptions for people. Opticians are professionals who can help fit eyeglasses, contact lenses, and other vision-correcting devices. To become an optometrist […]

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As a Locum optician, you have the responsibilities of fitting customers’ lenses, providing consultation, and changing frames.

Not only that, but they also examine patients’ eyes and are responsible for testing the sights and writing prescriptions for people.

Opticians are professionals who can help fit eyeglasses, contact lenses, and other vision-correcting devices.

To become an optometrist you must be registered with the General Optical Council (GOC). You need to have completed a three-year University course that is GOC approved.

Also, you should have about 12 – 15 months of experience in a pre-registration training position and must have passed the GOC final assessment.

As an Optician, some benefits come with working as a locum; they are:

Flexible working hours:

As a Locum Optician, you get to work as your own boss.

You can effectively plan your time & choose when you want to work.

Locum Opticians can schedule their working hours and locations to suit any personal responsibilities they may have.

Advance your skillset:

By working as a locum optician you will be exposed to a lot of patients, situations, and positions in a relatively short period of time.

Therefore making you quickly gain many skills and experience.

Many locum opticians choose the shifts or positions they want.

Also, you can choose what you want based on whether the roles will enhance their profile and skill set or not.

Determine your pay rate:

As a Locum Optician, you work as your own boss by carrying out various responsibilities for companies (your client) and then charge them for the time you spent working.

For a Locum, it is required that your employers pay national insurance contributions.

Also, you are not allowed employee benefits such as sick pay & pension contributions.

This can leave you with an opportunity to plan & negotiate your daily or hourly rate.

An opportunity for retired opticians:

Retired opticians can choose to work as locums to keep themselves updated with any changes in the evolving industry.

There are senior positions that require the knowledge that comes from many years of experience.

These positions are well suited to retired professionals who have the expertise to effect change and make developments where necessary.

Finding work as a Locum Optician

Boots is one of the biggest pharmacy-led health and beauty retailers in the UK.

They have many stores with a department committed to eye care services. They take in locums to cover shifts for full-time staff that are on annual leave or are sick.

You can register as a locum with VEROVIAN RECRUITMENT AGENCY; this is a great way for you to secure Locum Optician work.

We have a bank of both Locum Healthcare workers & Clients (companies). You will be contacted whenever there is an available shift or when your services are required.

Examples of some companies that hire Locum Opticians when they are needed to fill staff gaps are Vision Express, Specsavers, and Asda.

When you register with VEROVIAN as a Locum Optician, you must upload your details for confirmation.

You will then be assigned a consultant that will contact you whenever there is a position that suits your location and availability.

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7 Effective Sleep Tips for Shift Locums https://verovian.com/7-effective-sleep-tips-for-shift-locums/ https://verovian.com/7-effective-sleep-tips-for-shift-locums/#respond Tue, 22 Jun 2021 07:51:39 +0000 https://verovian.com/?p=212650 If you are a night shift locum or often rotate shifts, you may be at risk of shift work sleep disorder. Unfortunately, making it difficult to have sufficient sound sleep and being productive. To reduce the side effects of working irregular hours, some vital adjustments must be done to our every day living. In other […]

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If you are a night shift locum or often rotate shifts, you may be at risk of shift work sleep disorder. Unfortunately, making it difficult to have sufficient sound sleep and being productive.

To reduce the side effects of working irregular hours, some vital adjustments must be done to our every day living. In other words, turning the days into nights.

When you get sufficient sleep, your well-being, health, and work improve. Sleep and quality job performance go hand in hand, it promotes physical recovery in the body.

7 EFFECTIVE TIPS TO HELP SHIFT LOCUMS SLEEP BETTER

If working shift causes sleep deprivation and stress, thereby affecting your work performance as a locum and general wellbeing. Here are seven tips to help in improving your sleep;

  1. CREATE A GOOD SLEEP ENVIRONMENT: Creating a good sleep environment can significantly affect how well and long you sleep. Remember these tips when creating a good sleep environment;
  • Keep the room cool.
  • Make your room as dark as possible.
  • Make your environment as quiet as possible.
  • Consider wearing a sleep mask and earplugs.

2. TAKE SHORT NAP WHEN YOU CAN: If you find yourself dosing off during the day, consider taking a powerful nap. Taking a 10-20 minutes nap at work can give you the boost of alertness you need to become productive.

To be honest, a transition in your sleeping habits won’t happen overnight. However, with practice and patience you would find the best sleep routine that is beneficial to your work and health.

3. AVOID CAFFEINE: Caffeine keeps you awake and gives a quick boost of energy. Nevertheless, it stays in the system for hours long after you feel the effects.

To combat the effect of caffeine, it is advisable that you drink a lot of water. That way the caffeine is flushed out of your system and you’re able to take your beauty sleep.

4. DEVELOP A SLEEP SCHEDULE: When setting up a night shift sleep schedule, it is crucial to be consistent. Setting an alarm for the same time each day can be a very good starting point, but that’s not all, following through is as vital.

Endeavour to go to bed as soon as possible after your shift, so that you don’t end up staying awake all through the day. Keep to your sleep schedule, even on your off days.

5. GET SOME SUNLIGHT: Try to spend at least 30 minutes in the sun when you’re not working. You can engage in activities like walking in the park, exercise, or just sit and read a book outdoors.

Getting sufficient sunlight will help in providing your body with the Vitamin D it needs to keep healthy.

6. EAT HEALTHY: If you work the night shift regularly as a locum, try eating the same healthy meal you would eat during the day. Choose meals that are light and easy to digest, in order to avoid feeling drowsy.

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Eat fruits, vegetables, avoid sugary meals and drink a lot of water (stop several hours before bed). When you find the best diet that works for you, take these meals with you to work.

7. TURN OFF ELECTRONICS: Having poor sleep can be just as bad a having no sleep at all, and this can be caused by looking at a bright light for long in a dark place.

Put your phone on do-not-disturb, or turn it off completely to avoid eye strain and headaches. Constant exposure to white bright light from electronic devices can make it difficult to sleep before or after a night shift.

HOW SHIFTS WORK MAY AFFECT YOUR SLEEP AND WELLBEING

Locums working consistent shifts are prone to insufficient sleep and fatigue during waking hours. Most night shift schedules do not match an individual’s circadian rhythms.

The circadian rhythms are the appetite, body’s temperature, and sleeping patterns of a person within a 24 hour period. Circadian interruptions are common with shift workers.

Shift work disorder may develop when the natural sleep and waking times are significantly affected. This can lead to insomnia and excessive sleepiness during working hours for months.

In addition to being fatigued, night shift locums are prone to make mistakes or have accidents at work. In other words, lack of sufficient sleep for night shift locums may lead to drowsy driving or car crashes, especially on the way home from work.

It is possible to retrain the body to function efficiently at night shifts while resting during the day. However, if this is not done properly or done at all, it may begin to affect your health.

Below are some effects of insufficient sleep to your wellbeing;

SUPPRESSED MELATONIN

Working the night shift exposes your body to light when it expects it to be dark. The switch in light and dark suppresses melatonin production and release.

Melatonin is in charge of controlling your sleep and wake cycle. However, the reduction in melatonin means you may not be able to achieve deep sleep or get enough sleep for your body to repair itself.

METABOLISM CHANGE

The hormones in our bodies are governed by our metabolism. For instance, let’s take the leptin hormone for example. Leptin is vital for regulating our insulin level, weight and blood sugar.

Working the night shift may interfere with the production and circulation of this vital hormone, which in turn may lead to health challenges such as obesity, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems and heart diseases.

DEPRESSION

Insufficient sleep due to working the night shift can have a negative impact on your mental health. Studies have shown that lack of sleep can result in depression and mood disorders.

WORKPLACE INJURY

Working the night shift means working against your body’s natural desire to want to shut down for the day, you may be able to stay awake and mobile.

However, it is easy to drift into loose focus, productivity and attention to certain task that may require your complete attention. Hence, resulting to a high risk of workplace injury.

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Maintaining A Work-Life Balance As A Locum https://verovian.com/maintaining-a-work-life-balance-as-a-locum/ https://verovian.com/maintaining-a-work-life-balance-as-a-locum/#respond Tue, 15 Jun 2021 07:43:27 +0000 https://verovian.com/?p=212606 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 […]

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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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