The NHSEI has informed all NHS organisations that they can expect a return to pre-pandemic levels of primary care, and the surgeries and GPs offices are predicted to reopen for public use in June. This means you can expect a lot more choice when it comes to shifts, permanent and locum roles. Your hard work and effort to care for the infected and prevent the further spread of COVID-19 has been appreciated by everyone in the UK, and now it’s time you got to administer care on your own terms; with the shifts and positions you want to do. To make sure you’re ready for this change, we have three things you need to consider:
When was the last time you checked your compliance levels?
In order to be eligible for a wide range of opportunities you need to make sure all of your documentation is current and get 100% compliant. One of the main priorities will be to get your professional CV up to date and make sure there are no significant employment gaps as well as make sure you have the appropriate documents to support this. To do this, you can check our online guide and checklist for compliance, or get in touch with your preferred staffing partner who can help you with the process.
Prior to confirmation of a position, your employer will ask to see evidence of all documentation. This means that completing the compliance process quickly will avoid any delays in securing you work.
Touch base with your clinical staffing recruiter
With the reopening of the surgeries and primary care will come a huge influx of different shifts and opportunities.
In order to make sure you get the exact clinician work you want, checking in with our team will get you on the fast track for any suitable roles. Many recruiters have multiple job orders to fill and will be able to find you several fast and flexible agency, locum or permanent positions to suit your unique experience, skills, and requirements.
Look after yourself
Arguably one of the most important things to do to be ready for the reopening of primary care; checking in on yourself and making sure you’re rested, recharged, and ready for the next phase. This may mean taking some holiday leave to spend time with your family or relax, maintaining your use of PPE, or it may mean seeking support for your mental health. Burnout is a very likely possibility given the stress and pressure of the last few months; our online tips to cope with burnout can help you reduce the impact of stress and help you cope with your busy workload.
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health during this time, and we know your mental health has been under some strain during the pandemic. In order to support you during this time, we’ve partnered with Harley Therapy to offer free therapy sessions to NHS staff. To qualify all you need is an NHS email address.
If you have any concerns about the above, our team of medical staffing professionals are happy to guide you in this time. They can help you get your compliance levels up to 100% and help source the best opportunities that suit your career and circumstances. If there is anything we can do during this time to help support you, our Head of Clinical Performance, Lorraine Gray is on hand to help.