Is Locum Dentistry Still Alive and Kicking in the UK?

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There is no doubt that the nature of working as a locum dentist means a dynamic marketplace. Since mid 2016 there has been a general increase in the volume of locum jobs available across the market – improving choice as well as seeing day rates and per UDA rates increase. The private locum market remains steady with the majority of need for locum dentists covering medium to long term health related absence or maternity cover. The NHS led locum market is where the majority of the opportunity lies with corporate practices in particular offering highly attractive day rates in order to maintain their rates of UDA delivery and in some cases avoid being in breach of their contracts. It is always the case that locum dental jobs in more remote locations tend to have a longer hang time, often taking some weeks to fill but they often offer the best rates of pay as well as accommodation allowances covering out of pocket expenses. Locum opportunities in city locations tend to move very quickly. Dentists looking to locum in and around London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and Leeds in particular should make sure that you have up to date compliance paperwork to hand to ensure GDC, Indemnity, Passport ID, Immunology and up to date DBS forms are sent through at the same time or shortly after your CV. Here at Blue Sky People, we’re constantly looking at how to speed up and streamline our locum recruitment process and we’re currently working towards using the very latest Facebook message bot technology to give our registered locums instant access to the latest locum jobs UK wide. A decade or more ago, the typical view in UK dentistry towards dentists working as locums was poor. In todays climate however we find that the UK dental locum market contains highly experienced dentists as well as those with less experience, but who perhaps “want to try before they buy” in to an Associate contract at a practice. Today among dentists starting our in their professional career it is not unusual to take a number of locum jobs, exploring what different practices and locations have to offer whether corporate/multi practice groups or independents.