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Working as a Locum GP in Ireland

The demand for locum general practitioners in Ireland is at an all time high. With the shortage of family physicians being an ongoing issue, there is a huge need for cover for days off, sickness and holidays. At Clarity Locums, there are plenty of opportunities for locum GPs, and the benefits are endless! Check out some of the reasons to locum below:

Travel & Explore While You Work

As a locum, your schedule is highly flexible. If you’ve ever wanted to explore Ireland, locuming is a fantastic option as it gives you the option of working in a variety of locations. You have full control over what days you work and what areas you fill gaps in! As we approach the Winter season, there are plenty of things happening around the country that you won’t want to miss! Why not head to the Wild Lights in Dublin Zoo? Locuming lets you work away from home and explore some new areas you might not have seen working in a staple, regular location.

Gain Experience

Working as a locum GP can help you learn a lot - whether you’re working in a large clinic with multiple employees, or covering holidays of a single handed GP practice. No matter what facility you’re in, it’s important to know that the team is always there to support you. You can learn a range of different skills in many areas from working with the likes of nursing practitioners, practice nurse teams, or even the practice secretary! Working in multiple locations, also allows you to become proficient in several different softwares.

Salaries & Benefits

Working as a locum means that you will miss out on some of the benefits that come with a permanent position, such as healthcare, pension plans and paid membership to out of hours cover and services. The most important thing to consider when locuming is indemnity cover - You must have your own personal identification number as a locum. On the plus side, locuming does tend to see much higher rates than a salaried GP. On average a starting session rate in the current market is €260, but a Locum GP can earn up to €400 a session. This is a yearly difference of €42k.

Choose Your Own Hours

Due to the high demand for GPs at the minute, you have the opportunity to be very open about what days and hours you’d like to work - whether you want to work a part time week, or want to take a full week off! In general, practices will take these into account when hiring you. Locuming is a great option for those who are looking to work around their personal life.

Start Locuming with Clarity

If you’re interested in finding a locum GP role, get in touch with us today! We help and support you with every step of the way with a one-to-one personal service, support with payroll & bookings, and our easy to use app service helps you negotiate and view shifts that suit your availability! 

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Posted on 26 September 2022 by Hannah Phipps
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