What makes a good locum pharmacist?
Locum pharmacy may not be for everyone – but certain qualities will make you more likely succeed.
Now, as for the initial stages of actually securing work – this won’t be too difficult.
If you have a few contacts, or manage to secure the services of a very good locum pharmacist agency – you can secure work.
But as for continually getting regular work, for many years to come, without fail? That’s not so easy.
It takes time, experience, patience, as well as a number of other qualities which you pick up during your student and working life.
But here’s just a few things that are in my opinion what makes a good locum pharmacist.
- Don’t be lazy!
Some locums have a bad reputation for being lazy and unproductive – they usually don’t tend to last long though. The more willing you are to work, the more the entire pharmacy team will work as a unit.
Remember, there is no “i” in teamwork!
- Be organised
Please, please, please don’t double book yourself, forgot about locums or turn up at the wrong pharmacy. Obviously, if you use a locum pharmacist agency, you can reduce the risk of this as much as possible.
And organisation also applies to when you are working as well – try to tie up any loose ends or write clear notes for the next days pharmacist – how would you like it if the previous days pharmacist left the dispensary a total tip, didn’t order patients items, or left repeat prescriptions to the side?
- Look presentable
Not rocket science, just look smart and clean. Try to avoid coming to work wearing ripped jeans, T-shirts or having a green, spiky Mohican. After all, this is a professional occupation – and if you look and act like a professional locum pharmacist, you will be treated like one.
- Learn the systems
If you’re not familiar with the computer systems or the way in which the dispensary functions in a particular pharmacy – don’t hesitate to visit the pharmacy in advance for a few hours to learn, or ask any questions. Believe me, the pharmacy manager will thank you for taking the time and thought.
Along with this, the advantage of being a locum is you get to know the way in which dispensaries in a wide range of pharmacy’s work. So you get to see the good and the bad ways of working. Very useful knowledge for your future career.
- Get accredited
If there are any additional services which you can be accredited for – try to get training for these ASAP. You’re more likely to get repeat work if you can do these – and one key point to what makes a good locum pharmacist – be an all-rounder!
That’s just a few of the secrets to what makes a good locum pharmacist.
Most of these are just common sense, and could probably apply in some form to all occupations, however, with such a professional and responsible job as a locum pharmacist, its even more important.
So start with these, develop your skills, get some experience and watch as you grow and prosper and are thanked for your services as a good locum pharmacist – instead of leaving a trail of unhappy staff and customers are a bad one!