So you’ve worked with your departments to identified needs, you’ve heard your doctors thoughts on why they work in the hospital, now you need to do something with this information. (If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, go back and read my last 2 articles).

First off, addressing your challenges. All locum shifts are not created equally, a last-minute A&E night shift on a bank holiday is not the same as a rota-gap day shift on a well-covered ITU, and doctors know this and this will always be the case. 

However, this doesn’t mean your trust can’t work to make small changes to make these shifts easier and more appealing to doctors. Examples of simple changes we’ve seen trusts make include:

  1. Providing chairs for doctors working in A&E so they can sit down while they do paper work 
  2. Adding a coffee maker to the doctors mess so caffeine is available all night long
  3. Departments taking the time to write a short brief for a doctor so when they turn up for their locum shift they know where to go and what to do

All of these changes were simple fixes in response to doctor feedback and notably improved the experience of doctors. 

This positive experience then needs to be shared to encourage relevant doctors to join your staff bank.  Working with Messly provides you access to our community of 19,000 doctors who we can contact directly and through their newsfeed. We’re also able to use social media, targeted head hunting and local events to attract doctors to your trust. 

Getting in front of doctors is hard, but if you have a strong offering i.e. the ability to work flexibly and are providing them with the information they need to make an informed decision, this will lead to an increased number of doctors on your staff bank and will be worth the effort. 

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