Think you can't locum as a Band 5?

We received this letter from a locum Occupational Therapist at the end of last week and felt we really ought to share it with you all. Not only does it give us great pride in our consultant, team and company, it also shows how beneficial, (to all our allied health professionals), being a locum can be in boosting confidence and learning new skills. Have a read to find out what Sarah has written and why not let us know about your experiences.  



I'm emailing you firstly to extend my thanks to your organisation as a whole, but mostly to let you know how highly I rate my recruitment consultant James Window in terms of his professionalism, efficiency, and person centred approach to his work.

I am shortly to begin my first permanent Band 5 Occupational Therapy NHS post, which has only been possible because of the experiences afforded to me by my time with RIG Healthcare. I qualified as an Occupational Therapist from Cardiff University in 2010, and was unable to secure an OT role in the Swansea area where I lived due to the lack of permanent jobs, locuming opportunities, and the restrictions placed upon me as a lone parent. I moved to Wiltshire in 2010 to begin my career, and after 6 months experience decided to locum to expand my skills base.

I was greatly lacking in confidence as an Occupational Therapist, despite much positive feedback, and James' approach has greatly boosted my self-esteem in my career. His genuine interest in his clients and reassuring manner puts people immediately at ease, and he asks a lots of questions about the nature of each job role, the required skills, and dynamics within each team, which has been very useful as a reflective tool given that formal supervision is not available to a locum in most circumstances. 

Locuming wasn't traditionally a role for a Band 5, but is now becoming more acceptable as a way of gaining varied experience, and James is careful to place his candidates in roles that do not leave them feeling either out of their depth, or unchallenged. Also I have had positive feedback about James' manner & approach from my managers in each setting, as he shows a genuine interest in the needs of the service, as opposed to using a pushy sales pitch which I gather is used by some locum agencies. He encourages me to regularly update my CV, gain as much training and CPD as possible, and maintain all mandatory training in line with legal requirements & codes of practice.

I wish to thank both RIG Healthcare, and especially James, for such as positive & confidence boosting experience, and will definitely join RIG Healthcare again should I return to locuming in the future.

Kind Regards,

Sarah (Band 5 Occupational Therapist)


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