Advice and Guides for locums

  • COT issues guidance on preventing falls in bad weather

    COT issues guidance on preventing falls in bad weather

    Published on 15 January 2017

    The College of Occupational Therapists has issued advice for OTs to pass on to their clients to keep them safe during the cold weather.

  • Completing your CPD audit for re-registration with HCPC

    Completing your CPD audit for re-registration with HCPC

    Published on 17 October 2016

    Locum social workers are required to re-register with the Health and Care Professions Council by 30 November 2016.

  • Top Tips on filing a self-assessment form

    Top Tips on filing a self-assessment form

    Published on 17 October 2016

    For those of you starting a career as a locum social worker, becoming self-employed might be the first time that you have had to file a self-assessment form and pay tax directly to HMRC. Filling out a tax return can be time consuming and does require careful consideration - with a bit of planning, and a good sense of personal finance, it can be a relatively simple and even painless experience.

  • What sort of person becomes a locum Psychological Therapist or Mental Health Professional?

    What sort of person becomes a locum Psychological Therapist or Mental Health Professional?

    Published on 18 January 2016

    Any qualified professional can go locum if they want to, but there are some key characteristics that often make people more suitable to locum working. Often it is a personal choice and down to the individual and their circumstances.

  • The pros and cons of locum working

    The pros and cons of locum working

    Published on 10 November 2015

    Fantastic rates of pay 

    Locum Psychological Therapists and Mental Health Professionals earn higher rates of pay than permanent members of staff. In fact, in some places, locums will earn almost double the hourly rate of permanent members of staff. This is for a number of reasons. Locum workers tend to work on shorter contracts with a shorter notice period on both the employer and employees side and the higher rates of pay reflect this. Locums are usually not entitled to holiday or sick pay and do not get benefits such as maternity leave or pensions. It is important to take those factors into consideration when making a decision about locum working but taking all that into consideration, locums usually end up with significantly higher pay rates than their permanent counterparts for doing the same role.

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