Working for United Medicare
How does it work?
United Medicare receives
locum requirements from hospitals throughout England, Scotland, Wales
and Northern Ireland.
We will inform you about any suitable positions. If you are interested
in the locum bookings, your C.V and documentation will then be sent
to the Medical Staffing Officer at the hospital. If they think it
is a good C.V it will be sent to the relevant Consultant and if approved,
you will be selected and we will let you have all the details of the
role. This will be sent to you in a confirmation letter. The doctors
that are selected usually:
- Always provide us with their latest telephone numbers including
home numbers, mobile phone numbers and fax numbers. This helps us
be in constant contact with them.
- Have proven their reliability by honouring previous commitments.
- Given a prompt response in relation to the booking. We need a
definite YES or NO. If you spend too long deliberating about the
booking, then the hospital may change their mind and choose another
When you are offered a locum booking, you are under no obligation
to accept it. However, once you have said yes and accepted the booking,
you have made a firm commitment to us the locum agency and also to
Reporting to the hospital
We will advise you on the acceptance of a locum booking where and
to whom you need to report on arrival at the hospital. You should
take your GMC registration certificate with you as well as some clear
personal identification such as a driving licence or passport.
Many hospitals provide single accommodation, free of charge, while
you are working there but some hospitals do charge for accommodation.
We will inform you if this is the case. Some hospitals may provide
subsidised married accommodation but there are limited places.
Many hospitals will pay for a single or return journey from your
home within the UK, or if you are travelling from abroad, from the
airport or port of entry within the UK. This can be by public transport
or can be calculated through vehicle mileage. Please keep any train
or bus tickets for confirmation of the claim.
Full time posts
For substantive posts of 6 months or longer, United Medicare will
introduce the doctor to the hospital. If you accept a substantive
post you will be paid directly by the hospital according to the
NHS pay scale.
Hospitals usually conduct personal interviews before accepting a
doctor but telephone interviews can be arranged. Most doctors in the
UK obtain substantive posts at some point in their career in order
to obtain good experience and references.
Please note: Locum pay rates can be considerably higher than
that of the NHS.