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TotalLocum is a leading locum pharmacy recruitment agency dealing with the recruitment of locum pharmacists for locum pharmacy work and permanent pharmacy jobs in community pharmacy across the UK.

TotalLocum covers england, wales and scotland and our pharmacy clients include superdrug pharmacy, tesco pharmacy, co-op pharmacy, rowlands pharmacy, day Lewis pharmacy, sainsbury pharmacy, asda pharmacy, morrisons pharmacy and many independents.

This is why we are a leading locum pharmacy recruitment agency for locum pharmacists.

Flu Vaccination Training for 2021/22 Season

Wednesday, 28th July 2021

Flu Vaccination Training & Refresher courses

NHS England has confirmed to the PSNC that the normal training requirements for pharmacists providing the service are being reinstated for the 2021/22 season. So any pharmacist who last undertook face-to-face in 2018 (or before), will need to complete their face-to face training in 2021.

Last year due to Covid there was an exemption to complete face to face training. Therefore that means this year there will be twice as many pharmacist trying to secure places on training course and even in a normal year places get booked up very quickly.

So to ensure you can access a course locally to you at a time/date that suits you please book ASAP. Your help in this matter is very much appreciated! Once you have completed the training please email us the relevant documents so we can update your profile.

For course availability please click on below link and scroll down to 'Training providers'

https://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/advanced-services/flu-vaccination-service/flu-vaccination-training/

Again thank you for your help and assistance.


Discharge Medicines Service (DMS)

Saturday, 13th February 2021

The Discharge Medicines Service (DMS) is a new Essential service which pharmacies in England must provide from 15th February 2021. NHS Trusts will be able to refer patients who would benefit from extra support with their medicines after they are discharged from hospital, to their community pharmacy. As this is an essential service, pharmacists must have the necessary knowledge and competence to undertake it safely and effectively.

As a minimum, pharmacists who will provide the service should:

1) Read the section on DMS (Chapter 8) within the NHSE&I guidance on the regulations

2) Read the DMS toolkit.

3) Additionally, it is recommended that they also complete the CPPE NHS Discharge Medicines Service eLearning and assessment.

4) Once a pharmacist has undertaken appropriate learning related to the service, they must complete the DMS Declaration of Competence and email us a copy


CPCS

Wednesday, 3rd February 2021

CPCS training from RPS & RCGP

GPs will soon be referring patients to you for diagnosis and treatment recommendations, as part of the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS).

It's a big step up in responsibilities for pharmacists and pharmacy.

Are you ready?!

Don't worry, because there are free CPCS workshops for community pharmacists across England.

Run with the Royal College of General Practitioners, you'll be shown exactly how to manage these new referrals, practicing real-life situations with GPs and other healthcare professionals.


DBS Check only £50.80

Friday, 18th October 2019

Enhanced Disclosure & Barring service (DBS) for Locum Pharmacists:

It will be a new requirement soon that locums working for Tesco need a DBS.

Many other companies such as Boots and Lloyds already require locums to have a Enhanced Disclosure & Barring service (DBS).

We provide the CHEAPEST Enhanced DBS check for locum pharmacists of any locum agency at only £50.80. If you require an Enhanced DBS check please email DBS@totallocum.co.uk.



Blue Light Discount Card

Wednesday, 3rd February 2021

We are the discount service for the emergency services, NHS, social care sector and pharmacy, providing our members with thousands of amazing discounts online and on the high street.

For just £4.99, members of the blue light community can register for 2-years access to more than 15,000 discounts from large national retailers to local businesses across categories such as holidays, cars, days out, fashion, gifts, insurance, phones, and many more.



Pharmacist temporary registration for COVID-19 emergency

Wednesday, 1st April 2020

Pharmacist temporary registration for COVID-19 emergency;

To support pharmacists who are returning to help during the Corona Virus Crisis we will be offering a fast track registration process with reduced requirements for documentations. Please register via our website as normal. However please also email Covid@totallocum.co.uk to highlight that you are returning on a temporary basis so we can advise you on how to proceed with the registration process.


Coronavirus Covid 19 Vaccinations for Locum Pharmacists

Monday, 11th January 2021

Coronavirus Covid 19 Vaccinations for Locum Pharmacists

Our blog will be updated with information regarding Covid 19 Vaccinations for Locum Pharmacists and pharmacy staff - Please check back regularly.

If you would like to be emailed updates please provide your email using this link

When booking your Vaccination be mindful of possible after affects of the Vaccination which may affect your ability to work. Some locums are reporting sore arm, fatigue, myalgia, lack of sleep , headache which generally starts the night of jab or 24 hrs later and lasts 36 hrs.

Mental Wellbeing: Take a few minutes out each day to recharge yourself with these useful relaxation tips . Your mental health is so important during these times of stress.


Take Charge of your Emotional Well-being

Friday, 6th March 2020

Are you feeling overwhelmed by stress and would like some simple and quick techniques to recharge your mind and body?

Why not allow yourself a little break and watch these short videos to help you relax, breath and build your resilience when challenges occur.

Medito app - Their mission is to make Mindfulness and Meditation resources available to everyone, for free.

The RPSGB research shows that stress in Pharmacy is increasing so act now.... you deserve to put yourself and your Emotional Well-being at the top of your priority list. 

Use it for your CPD entries and benefit you and your patients.


Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF)

Friday, 18th October 2019

CPD requirements for Locum Pharmacists

Summary of CPCF Key Requirements:

CPPE Level 2 Safeguarding for Adults and Children completed in last 2 years

CPPE Sepsis Accreditation

CPPE Risk Management Accreditation

CPPE Look A Like, Sound A Like Accreditation


NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS)

Friday, 18th October 2019

NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS):

Have you heard that the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) is being commissioned as an Advanced Service in England from the 29th October 2019?

The service, which replaced the NUMSAS and DMIRS pilots, connects patients who have a minor illness or need an urgent supply of a medicine with a community pharmacy.

The CPCS takes referrals to community pharmacy from NHS 111, but there are plans for referrals to be taken from other parts of the NHS in time. The CPCS aims to relieve pressure on the wider NHS by connecting patients with community pharmacy, which should be their first port of call and can deliver a swift, convenient and effective service to meet their needs.

The CPCS provides the opportunity for community pharmacy to play a bigger role than ever within the urgent care system

This means that all Pharmacists working in England must complete the necessary training and keep up to date with all the information and knowledge required to provide this service. Here are the key things that you need to know about the CPCS.

Summary of CPCS Key Requirements:

1) Locums have an active Smart card with Summary Care Record access enabled

2) Complete the CPPE Summary Care Records 2019 training and assessment online.

3) Make sure you know how to use the CPCS IT system which is being used in the pharmacy (this will be Sonar or PharmOutcomes)

4) Use the CPPE self-assessment framework to identify any knowledge gaps relating to the service and then use the CPPE and other learning resources listed in the framework to fill any identified gaps in knowledge 

5) Read the CPCS service specification on the NHSBSA website

Act now...!!!

As part of the CPCS, all Pharmacists must have completed the CPPE Summary Care Records 2019 training and assessment online. Access the CPPE training and assessment now. Access the CPPE training and assessment now

Once you have completed the Summary Care Records 2019 training, you must then apply for access to the Summary Care Records. Apply for access today.

Read the service specification here

We advise you to do this as a matter of urgency, as there is limited time left to obtain access to the records before the 29th October when the CPCS comes into effect.

You can keep up to date with news on the rollout of the service and the other changes in the 5-year Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework, by signing-up to receive PSNC regular email newsletters

Necessary knowledge and skills:

The necessary knowledge and skills to provide the service are core competencies for all Pharmacists, but Pharmacists will want to ensure that they:

Have an up to date understanding of the Human Medicines Regulations (HMR) in relation to the emergency supply of Prescription Only Medicines (POM).

Are able to communicate with and advise patients appropriately and effectively on low acuity conditions.

Are able to assess the clinical needs of patients, including the identification of Red Flags (which are detailed in NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries).

Are able to act on the referrals received and make appropriate referrals to other NHS services and healthcare professionals.

Are able to explain the service to patients and carers.

The pharmacy contractor must ensure that all pharmacy staff involved in the provision of the service are appropriately trained on the operation of the service, including relevant sections of the SOP for the service. It is of importance that Locum Pharmacists are made aware of the service and understand the SOP so that they can provide the service.

Aims and intended outcomes:

The CPCS is being introduced as an Advanced Service:

To support the integration of community pharmacy into the urgent care system, and to divert patients with lower acuity conditions or who require urgent prescriptions, releasing capacity in other areas of the urgent care system.

To offer patients who contact NHS 111 the opportunity to access appropriate urgent care services in a convenient and easily accessible community pharmacy setting on referral from an NHS 111 call advisor and via the NHS 111 Online service.

To reduce demand on integrated urgent care services, urgent treatment centres, Emergency Departments, walk-in centres, other primary care urgent care services and GP Out-of-Hours (OOH) services, and free up capacity for the treatment of patients with higher acuity conditions within these settings.

To appropriately manage patient requests for urgent supply of medicines and appliances.

To enable convenient and easy access for patients and for NHS 111 call advisor referral.

To reduce the use of primary medical services for the referral of low acuity conditions from NHS 111 and the need to generate urgent prescriptions.

To identify ways that individual patients can self-manage their health more effectively with the support of community pharmacists and to recommend solutions that could prevent use of Urgent and Emergency Care services in the future.


Pharmacy 5 Year Plan

Friday, 18th October 2019

PSNC has developed an animation explaining how community pharmacy will fit into the NHS of the future and the Pharmacy 5 Year Plan.

The animation not only showcases the sector to stakeholders, but also describes the transformation that community pharmacy will undertake 


Are you not getting as much Locum work as you would like?

Thursday, 21st November 2019

Most importantly ensure you have added requests for work onto your E-Diary as far ahead as you can otherwise we will assume you are not available!

BLOCK PLACEMENTS/ STAY AWAYS:

Are you not getting as much work as you need? Consider just one week away with excellent rates and expenses paid! So many locums find it a relaxing change from the normal routine. Lovely locations with appreciative staff. For a full list and to be alerted of new block placements please email Blocks@totallocum.co.uk.

REVIEW YOUR PREFERENCES:

Login to our website and click on 'preferences' tab and click on 'edit your profile'. Please ensure your preferences match your own requirements and keep them updated as necessary. NB travelling distance is 'as the crow flies'. Once you have reviewed the below please feel free to email work@totallocum.co.uk and we can provide assistance. 

Remember that we will not automatically offer you work outside these preferences even if only by a small margin e.g. Requesting £19.50 as a minimum rate will mean you are not offered jobs for £19.25 even if close to home.

Mileage: Please input the maximum miles you would travel, each way, on a daily basis as the crow flies.

Minimum acceptable mileage rate: Most companies pay 25 or 28ppm and hence you receive more offers if you input 25ppm. If you Locum in London we suggest entering zero as some companies do not pay mileage. 

Minimum Rate: Most companies for standard advanced bookings pay £19-23 weekdays and £21-25 Sats and £23-27 for Sundays depending on the area

Working Hours: Stores can open at 06.00 to 24.00 (midnight) so inputting 06:00 - 24:00 will give you the most offers

Min/Max Acceptable working Hours: Many locum use 6-14 hours.

Support: Inputting 'No' will give you the most offers. Generally busy stores will have support anyway and we can always check before booking if requested.

Stores you do not want to work for: If you click on 'Preferences' and then 'edit employment history' you can mark off stores you would not work in, stores you prefer not to work in (only offered a few weeks in advance) and stores you love (you will be preferentially selected for these stores).

Click the calendar tab and input any dates that you have available and also any dates for which you are on holiday or for which you have already made bookings ('other') so you can view all your commitments in one screen. We will not contact you regarding work until you have advised us of your available dates via the web site.


Registration with TotalLocum - Additional Guidance

Thursday, 21st November 2019


PROOF OF ELIGIBILITY TO WORK FOR NON EU NATIONALS OR IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN EU PASSPORT:

Either ONE of the documents listed in LIST 1 below, or TWO documents in the combinations specified in LIST 2 below.

LIST 1:

- A United Kingdom passport describing the holder as a British citizen or as a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies having the right of abode in the United Kingdom.

- A passport containing a certificate of entitlement issued by or on behalf of the Government of the United Kingdom, certifying that the holder has the right of abode in the United Kingdom.

- A passport or national identity card, issued by a State which is a party to the European Economic Area Agreement or any other agreement forming part of the Communities Treaties which confers rights of entry to or residence in the United Kingdom, which describes the holder as a national of a State which is a party to that Agreement.

- A United Kingdom residence permit issued to a national of a State which is a party to the European Economic Area Agreement or any other agreement forming part of the Communities Treaties which confers rights of entry to or residence in the United Kingdom.

- A passport or other travel document or a residence document issued by the Home Office which is endorsed to show that the holder has a current right of residence in the United Kingdom as the family member of a named national of a State which is a party to the European Economic Area Agreement or any other agreement forming part of the Communities Treaties which confers rights of entry to or residence in the United Kingdom, and who is resident in the United Kingdom.

- A passport or other travel document endorsed to show that the holder is exempt from immigration control, has indefinite leave to enter, or remain in, the United Kingdom or has no time limit on his stay.

- A passport or other travel document endorsed to show that the holder has current leave to enter, or remain, in the United Kingdom and is permitted to take self-employed work

- A Registration Card which indicates that the holder is entitled to take self-employment in the United Kingdom.

LIST 2:

If the family name or other personal details on the two documents do not match then further proof of the reason for any difference between the two documents must be produced. This should be in the form of a marriage certificate, divorce document, deed poll, adoption certificate or statutory declaration.

FIRST COMBINATION:

A - A document issued by a previous employer, Inland Revenue, the Department for Work and Pensions' Jobcentre Plus, the Employment Service, the Training and Employment Agency (Northern Ireland) or the Northern Ireland Social Security Agency, which contains the National Insurance number of the person named in the document; and

one of the following documents from (B- H)

B - a birth certificate issued in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or Ireland which specifies the names of the holder's parents; or

C - a birth certificate issued in the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or Ireland; or

D - a certificate of registration or naturalisation as a British citizen; or

E - a letter issued by the Home Office, to the holder, which indicates that the person named in it has been granted Indefinite Leave to Enter or Remain in the United Kingdom; or

F - an Immigration Status Document issued by the Home Office, to the holder, endorsed with a United Kingdom Residence, which indicates that the holder has been granted Indefinite Leave to Enter or Remain in the United Kingdom; or

G - a letter issued by the Home Office, to the holder, which indicates that the person named in it has subsisting leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom and is entitled to take self-employment in the United Kingdom; or

H - an Immigration Status Document issued by the Home Office, to the holder, endorsed with a United Kingdom Residence Permit, which indicates that the holder has been granted Limited Leave to Enter or Remain in the United Kingdom and is entitled to take self-employment in the United Kingdom.

SECOND COMBINATION:

A - A work permit or other approval to take self-employment issued by Work Permits UK; and either

B - a passport or other travel document endorsed to show that the holder has current Leave to Enter, or Remain in the United Kingdom and is permitted to take the self-employment in question;

OR

C - a letter issued by the Home Office to the holder, confirming the same.


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