FAQ's

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.

Why choose TotalLocum
TotalLocum is one of the very few preferred Pharmacy Locum Agencies for Boots, Tesco, Lloyds and Well pharmacy. 

We have been established for 20 years so we have the largest client-base of any agency with over 9,000 pharmacies

An abundance of clients equals an abundance of locum pharmacist jobs so register NOW for our locum pharmacist vacancies.

We have a long established reputation for a prompt and efficient service run by pharmacists for pharmacists.

DBS Check only £50.80
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 and you are a locum pharmacists please email DBS@totallocum.co.uk. 

This is a time limited offer for an Enhanced DBS check for locum pharmacists

Earn £200 for 2 minutes work!

If you know of any locums either local or from anywhere in the country then TotalLocum is prepared to offer £200* to you for each locum that contacts TotalLocum via your recommendation.

Please also email the locum's details to £200@totallocum.co.uk to ensure your recommendation is linked to the locum's registration

*Please see the legal link for terms and conditions. 

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Newly qualified locums welcomed!

We provide free guides to company procedures and computer systems, locuming and self-employed accountancy. We match locums to suitable placements in terms of support and workload of pharmacy. 

TotalLocum considers that in return for locums providing a professional pharmacy service to our clients we should always provide a comprehensive agency service to assist and support our locum pharmacists. This is why we are a leading locum pharmacy recruitment agency for locum pharmacists. 

From this moment onwards you will always demand the TotalLocum approach. You need it, you deserve it and we are the only locum agency who can provide it.

What block placements/ Stay Aways do you have?
We have Block Placements / Stay Aways Nationwide from now into 2020. Accommodation and expenses included. 

Hastings, Bexhill, Brighton, Kent, Sussex, Southampton, Hampshire, Weymouth, Dorset, Cornwall, Devon, Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton, Wells, Somerset, Warminster, Bath, Bristol, Wiltshire, Avon, S Wales, Swindon, Norfolk, Hull, Blackpool, Kendal, Lancashire, Durham, Channel Islands.

Email blocks@totallocum.co.uk

Permanent Pharmacist Jobs

TotalLocum finds permanent pharmacy jobs for pharmacists in community pharmacies across the UK. We are a leading pharmacy recruitment agency with a wide range of pharmacist jobs available if you are looking for a different challenge to your current role. 

TotalLocum covers England, Wales and Scotland and our pharmacy clients include Boots Pharmacy, Lloyds Pharmacy, Superdrug Pharmacy, Tesco Pharmacy, Well Pharmacy, Rowlands pharmacy, Day Lewis pharmacy, Sainsbury Pharmacy, Asda Pharmacy, Morrisons Pharmacy and many independents. 

Do you want to phone around every pharmacy looking for work? Would they keep your details on record if you did? Do you want to haggle with the pharmacies? No, then why not let us take the strain!

Our Promise
TotalLocum has been established for 20 years and the reason that we are still going strong is that we deal fairly and efficiently with all our locums and clients. No exaggerated claims... what we say we will do is what we will do !
How do I use the system?
Finding work or a locum is easy with the TotalLocum Booking System. All you have to do is logon to our registration page, let us know what your preferences are for work (e.g. rate of pay / travelling distance), complete the diary to let us when you are available and from then on you will be notified of any jobs that match your criteria.

Then it's your choice whether to accept the job - no pressure, no hassle. You can use the system as a standalone tool or to complement your regular bookings.

How does your system work!
We use a simple database to match your preference to the thousands of daily bookings being made in the U.K. locum market. It's that easy. No need to plough through sheets of available dates just to find there are no suitable placements or the date you want has already gone. 

No harassment from your agency for placements that you do not want to do. You put in all your preferences for work and the system selects a job for each date that matches your preferences. You just select accept or decline online or via text messaging and your electronic diary automatically updates itself so no more double bookings.

I can't be bothered to check my E-mail every evening!
No need. TotalLocum will text message you if you have a job waiting for confirmation. You will be able to accept or decline via text messaging also.
I like talking to a person!
Yes we do have real people to talk to. We work away on your behalf to ensure all the systems are up to date and working efficiently and we are getting you the jobs you want.
What rates can I charge?
It's entirely up to you. You decide which rates you want to charge.
Why should I change?
We offer so many more support systems and benefits to make Locum work more enjoyable. TotalLocum provides you with a sophisticated online E-Diary allowing you to access our agency services 24/7. 

TotalLocum provides locums with detailed information on the pharmacy, including expected level of support, pharmacy business level and maps/directions to the pharmacy. 

TotalLocum provides computer system guides, help sheets on company procedures, a guide to locuming, guide/spreadsheet for taxation and regular newsletters to keep you updated with issues in community pharmacy..

Will I get enough work?
We work with every major pharmacy company to secure as much work as possible for you. We operate very differently to other agencies and it is an approach that the companies like. 

TotalLocum is one of the very few preferred agencies for Boots, Tesco, Lloyds and Well Pharmacy. We have been established for 20 years so have the largest client-base of any agency with over 9,000 pharmacies. An abundance of clients equals an abundance of locum work so register NOW! 

We have a long established reputation for a prompt and efficient service.

NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS)

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

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  

Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF)

Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) and 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 


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