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6 Tips For Starting Out As A Locum

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Ever Thought Of Locum Work?

Prescript is perfectly placed to help you find the best jobs available across Australia. Here are a few handy hints to help you get your ideal locum position as quickly as possible:

1. Update Your CV

Make sure you send us an up to date copy of your CV including details of your most recent place of work and any relevant experience to the type of locum work that you are looking for.

Don’t have time or don’t know where to start? Prescript are experts at creating professional and relevant CVs and would be happy to help you with this.

2. Prime Your Referees

Before we can put you forward for a locum position, we will need to obtain at least two, preferably three, references from consultants that you’ve worked with over the past year. If you’ve worked in more than one speciality over the past year, your most recent supervisor and/or supervisors from the speciality that you want to work as a locum in will be the best to use. Please don’t forget to let your referees know that they’ll be contacted by us for references. In our experience, the best references always come from people who knew that they were going to be used as a referee and knew that we were going to call!

3. Organising Your Paperwork

Paperwork and credentialing requirements vary from hospital to hospital (even within the same health district), and generally, you will have to re-submit paperwork to each new hospital that you work at as a locum (yes, even within the same health district!). Some of this paperwork will need to be tackled on a case by case basis but to make your life easier, get hold of the following now as a minimum:

✔️ Qualifications - Primary Degree and Fellowship

✔️ Copy of driving licence and passport

✔️ AHPRA registration

✔️ Evidence of vaccination against; HIV; Hepatitis B; Hepatitis C; Measles, Mumps & Rubella; Varicella; dTpa; as well as evidence of any TB screening, if applicable *

✔️ Your indemnity insurance certificate *

✔️ A national police check dated within the past three years *

✔️ Any Working With Children Checks (WWCC) that you currently hold (additional checks may be required if you take up a locum assignment in a new state/territory) *

*These are dependent on where you work - talk to Prescript for more information.

Prescript has its own quality standards, called PQS - find out more here.

4. Be Ready For More Paperwork Coming Your Way

With every new locum placement, comes a new credentialing requirement. Having access to a printer and scanner is invaluable. Prescript is also a big fan of electronic signatures and using your mobile phone as a scanner, and we will gladly share our tips and tricks with you to make life easier.

5. Get An Australian Business Number (ABN) 

Depending on the hospital that you work at as a locum, you may have the option to invoice as a contractor rather than be paid via the hospital payroll. To do this, you will need your own ABN, which is free of charge and can be done online via the Australian Business Register.

6. Check Your Diary

Look at your schedule and decide when you are going to be available for locum work, taking into account adequate rest days between shifts as well as travel time to/from your locum assignment if it’s interstate. Like the sound of a particular job but not sure of the logistics of how to get there? Prescript can talk you through the best itineraries (as well as suggest things to see and do when you’re not at work!)


About James Hill

James Hill is the Founder of Prescript Recruitment and recruits for locum and permanent positions across regional Australia.

James is the author of the soon to be published book 'Full Roster - The Essential 7 Step Guide To Recruiting Doctors In Regional Australia'. He is also a writer of blogs for LinkedIn and the Prescript Recruitment website where he draws on his experience to share opinions on current health staffing issues.

There are three ways to contact James:

  1. Call James on 0410 792 310

  2. Email james@prescript.com.au 

  3. Click 'Connect With Prescript'

I believe for you to partner with the right agency, that reflects your wishes and lifestyle choices, is so important. Prescript’s focus is on what matters most to you, whatever stage of your career, your location or your future plans.
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Meet the Prescript Recruitment Team

We work with doctors for locum, ongoing and fixed-term positions across regional Australia. Connect with Prescript here ⬇️  

◼️RECRUITMENT 

James Hill, Nicola Speer, Rebecca Doyle, Marcia Beere and Nadine Onto. Dedicated recruitment partners focused on helping doctors throughout the recruitment process.

◼️MARKETING & VACANCIES

Grace Clueit. Rapid promotion of locum, ongoing and fixed-term vacancies - helping doctors discover jobs with ease.

◼️CREDENTIALING & LOGISTICS

Stef McLaughlin and Lee Kabigting. Adhere to the highest JAS-ANZ-accredited standards of quality and credentialingManagement of paperwork and travel logistics so that doctors start on time.

◼️FINANCE & PAYMENTS

Hugo Scales. Prescript's Finance & Payments Manager ensures doctors get paid promptly and smoothly.

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Prescript are medical recruitment specialists.

At Prescript we’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage in Australia.

Every day we’re focused on two clear outcomes - Helping hospitals find doctors that create departments and clinics that run better, have more capacity and less stress. And placing Doctors in jobs that leave them feeling highly valued, rewarded and, most importantly, enjoying what they do.

We believe that when we get these two crucial things right, it has a huge impact on the regional doctor shortage and the healthcare of communities across Australia.

There are three ways to contact us:

  1. Call 1300 755 498

  2. Email contact@prescript.com.au

  3. Click 'Connect with Prescript'

We’d love to hear from you!

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We’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage, leaving doctors loving what they do and regional communities feeling like they have the best doctors in town.

Doctors - Seven Top Tips For Permanent Job Applications

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Hello, I’m Nicola Speer - Prescript’s Senior Recruitment Partner. In this article, we explore best techniques for doctors to find and secure a permanent role that meets your criteria – clinical, financial and lifestyle.

Firstly – What are your reasons for looking for a new role? Getting an understanding of this helps define the steps you can take.

Some possible reasons are:

➕ “I’m keen to take the next step forward in my career, gain experience in a more senior role, or one that gives me specific exposure to particular modalities / interventional work I have trained in.”

➕ “Location – for my family and me, we would like a move to somewhere better suited to our lifestyle, but I still want to have a well remunerated, clinically challenging role – Even with a sea change/tree change.”

➕ “I have been working in an Area of Need (or DWS) role, and am now eligible to seek positions in locations that are outside that restriction so would like to find the right role and location for myself and my family.”

➕ “For me, it’s about earning capacity; I feel I can get a better remuneration package and conditions elsewhere but it’s not easy to explore all options without spending time and effort, and potentially breaching the confidentiality I wish to maintain at this early stage.”

➕ “I have been approved to find a role that meets Area of Need specifications. We wish to move to Australia but don’t know where to start.”

➕ “I’m not actively looking for a new role; however, I always like to keep an open mind with opportunities that come up.”

Whatever your motivation and reason, I would suggest some of the following tips/ideas to get started, and see you through to being settled and happy in a new role.

1.Start Early

Before you even form a plan, have a confidential discussion where you can begin to gather information to better enable you to make good decisions.

ACTION: Book in a confidential call with one of Prescript’s Senior Recruitment Partners - Nicola Speer or Rebecca Doyle – Both have extensive experience and enjoy listening to your initial thoughts and ideas, work-shopping, giving opinions and information and looking at specific roles to explore further based on your criteria.

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2.List your Criteria and Questions

➕ What can I not compromise on?

➕ What are reasonably flexible points for me?

➕ What are my top 3 motivating factors for seeking a new role, or considering one that comes up?

➕ What should I expect in a new position? (Sometimes it’s hard to know how our current situation compares to others in the market – we can help with comparisons)

 

3.Define a Clear Picture of your Current Situation

List what you would define as ‘Push Factors’ (Factors that are either negative, or lacking in your current role and therefore act as motivators to seek a better situation) and ‘Pull Factors” (What would really appeal in a new position and draw you towards it – money, location, clinical interest, promotion/progression, leadership, team/environment etc).

 

4.Think About Time Frame

Is there a date for you that would be ideal for securing and starting in a new role? OR, are you flexible and would rather wait for the right position to be found?

We strongly suggest giving yourself as much leeway as possible from the time you start having initial conversations, to securing a position. This takes into account the process needed to look at positions, make visits, negotiate and obtain a role, as well as attend to your current work and living commitments so that you can have adequate notice and time to move.

DID YOU KNOW?

Most of the permanent roles we work with doctors to secure are not advertised formally

TOP TIP: Don’t sit back and wait to see your ideal position on a website or industry publication.

Instead, be proactive – Speak to us, even if it’s just to say that you want to keep a new role on the radar, and what this would potentially look like.

Doctors who have done this, consistently end up securing a position that is tailored to their needs and wishes and often exceeds their first thoughts.

 

5.Explore and Get Certainty

In the job seeking process, we adopt a transparent and positive flow of communication that supports you as a radiologist to get a full understanding of the prospective role before you make any commitment. 

This includes:

✔️ In depth discussions of all aspects of a role including: position/scope/location/future growth/remuneration/benefits.

✔️ Talking to clinicians and directors (once you’re happy to) in order to explore options and discuss first hand.

✔️ Visit – Whether for a paid locum where you meet people but also experience hands-on, the site/s, OR, if you’ve flown/travelled there to meet and discuss (this is a critical part of understanding if a particular role is the right one for you - we will facilitate and organise all logistics if this for you).

 

6.Money

We know its an important factor and will support you in negotiating a salary/remuneration package, plus benefits that suit you. We work with providers in both the public hospital system and the private sector, that recognise talent and consistently reward radiologists with the best packages.

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7.Location, Family and Lifestyle

It’s not all about work, even though it’s often the major factor that shapes our decisions.

Family requirements - now and in the future – partner’s work/children and schooling play a huge part in the job seeking process, and this is something we discuss and factor in right from first discussion.

Location – We all like different places and climates. Identifying what these factors are for you will really make a place feel like home and is an important part of job seeking.

Lifestyle – Why compromise on health and happiness? We don’t want you to do this, and that’s why we consult closely with you to find out what this means for you and your family.

We genuinely hope that you feel comfortable to speak to us, even if it’s an initial discussion that’s about general ideals and thoughts and you’re not necessarily active yet in looking at a new position – We are here for long term assistance and to support you in your career as a doctor.


About Nicola Speer

Nicola Speer is Prescript’s Senior Recruitment Partner for Radiology with a focus on locum and permanent positions across Australia, New Zealand and globally.

Nicola is very happy to answer your questions.

There are three ways to contact Nicola:

  1. Call Nicola on +61 405 429 799 

  2. Email nicola@prescript.com.au 

  3. Click 'Connect with Prescript' to ask a question online (with the option to upload your CV)

I am delighted to work with Rebecca & James at Prescript to help deliver a whole new model of service for doctors and our clients. My own passion for healthcare, lifestyle and wellbeing means I can bring these elements into Prescript and offer wonderful experiences and solutions for the people we partner with.
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Prescript are medical recruitment specialists.

At Prescript we’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage in Australia.

Every day we’re focused on two clear outcomes - Helping hospitals find doctors that create departments and clinics that run better, have more capacity and less stress. And placing Doctors in jobs that leave them feeling highly valued, rewarded and, most importantly, enjoying what they do.

We believe that when we get these two crucial things right, it has a huge impact on the regional doctor shortage and the healthcare of communities across Australia.

There are three ways to contact us:

  1. Call 1300 755 498

  2. Email contact@prescript.com.au

  3. Click 'Connect with Prescript' to ask a question online (with option to upload your CV)

We’d love to hear from you!

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We’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage, leaving doctors loving what they do and regional communities feeling like they have the best doctors in town.

How Prepared Are You For Application Season? Marcia's Top Tips

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My extensive experience of medical administration in several hospitals means I have seen first hand how the doctor shortage impacts regional communities. I am committed to helping solve this issue.

Hello – I’m Marcia Beere – Recruitment Partner at Prescript. It’s that time of year again where we start to see health services open the recruitment door for the future intake of 2020.

Applications seem like they are open forever, but in reality, with life getting so busy, before you know it you have until midnight to submit everything that you think is needed. I thought I’d share with you a few helpful hints to try and assist you in the last-minute scurry.

Applications seem like they are open forever, but in reality, with life getting so busy, before you know it you have until midnight to submit everything that you think is needed.
 

Perfect Your Resume

Update your CV - Include important details, such as; the rotations you have completed or are about to complete, research that you are helping to collect data for, teaching sessions that you have presented or provided assistance in presenting. All these things help a panel understand your interests and help them to visualise where you will fit into their department

 

Keep In Touch With Referees

It’s important to keep in contact with your referees. Make sure you have contacted them to alert them you will need their input. It helps if you can give them a rundown on where and why you have placed applications

 
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Understand The Selection Criteria

It mostly seems unimportant when you are applying for a clinical role, but it is CRITICAL. When the positions are competitive and the volumes so high, the reviewing panel wants to know you have taken the time to review what you are applying for and that there is an interpreted understanding of the role and the tasks.

 

Connect With The Contact Officer

Most positions may not have a contact officer, particularly if they are bulk round applications. However, call the hospital and ask to speak with the JMO Manager or Director of Medical Workforce. Ask about the hospital and the training environment.

Not only do you become more than just a CV and selection criteria, but it will also give you a touch of insight into the culture of that organisation. Are they engaging? Are they willing to share information and show an interest in you? Will there be more opportunities other than this initial 12 months?

 

Be Flexible With Interviews

I get it; it is not always possible to be available at the exact time and date that you are requested for. However, there are few things to consider – you are in pool of a number of other candidates who can be available, constructing a panel of senior clinicians is also very complex and trying to reschedule their time is difficult.

Phone interviews are not the worst thing. Yes, it can be a challenge to strike up a rapport through the phone, but it is possible. Hospitals understand that it is a critically busy time with ongoing interviews around the country, and they will make allowances if they can.

 
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What To Wear

Appearance is important! Dress smart Be clean and tidy. Scrubs are fine if you are mid-shift or coming off/starting a shift (make sure they are clean).  

 

Ask Questions

During your interview, don’t be afraid to ask questions about the unit. How busy does it get? What supervision is there? What are the majority of presentations? What are the teaching opportunities? Are there any research or ongoing audits you can be a part of in the department?

 

Quality Assurance

Hospitals are ever increasing in their demand for better health outcomes, no matter how small. Think of a time that you did something to improve an outcome. Did you research it? Did you organise for the department you were in to complete an audit and gather data?

 

Declining An Offer

If it wasn’t what you were looking for, the sooner you can provide a withdraw notice of a position, the better. Many hours and planning are put into any recruitment cycle and departments rely on knowing where their staffing numbers are up within a reasonable amount of time.

 
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Be Yourself

Last but not least, be yourself, it’s so important to be you! You are your own best advocate.


About Marcia Beere

Marcia Beere is Prescript’s Recruitment Partner with a focus on locum, permanent and fixed-term positions across regional Australia.

There are three ways to contact Marcia:

  1. Call Marcia on 0416 544 788 

  2. Email marcia@prescript.com.au 

  3. Click 'Connect with Prescript’

My extensive experience of medical administration in several hospitals means I have seen first hand how the doctor shortage impacts regional communities. I am committed to helping solve this issue.
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Prescript are medical recruitment specialists.

At Prescript we’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage in Australia.

Every day we’re focused on two clear outcomes - Helping hospitals find doctors that create departments and clinics that run better, have more capacity and less stress. And placing Doctors in jobs that leave them feeling highly valued, rewarded and, most importantly, enjoying what they do.

We believe that when we get these two crucial things right, it has a huge impact on the regional doctor shortage and the healthcare of communities across Australia.

There are three ways to contact us:

  1. Call 1300 755 498

  2. Email contact@prescript.com.au

  3. Click 'Connect with Prescript' to ask a question online (with option to upload your CV)

We’d love to hear from you!

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We’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage, leaving doctors loving what they do and regional communities feeling like they have the best doctors in town.

Locum Radiologist I Queensland's Outback I $4000 per day I 1st to 5th July 2019

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Have you considered a locum in Mount Isa? Urgent locum week available 1st to 5th July 2019.

✔️ You will be working on-site at the public hospital.

✔️ FIFO - Half day on Mondays and Fridays for travel to and from Brisbane (but still be paid for a full day).

✔️ Additional offsite teleradiology and sub specialist support available.

Services include:

➕ CT

➕ Fluoroscopy

➕ General X-Ray

➕ OPG

➕ Interventional Procedures

➕ Mammography

➕ MRI 1.5T Medicare Funded

➕ Ultrasound

Call or email Rebecca Doyle to find out more (Prescript’s Senior Recruitment Partner for Radiology):

rebecca@prescript.com.au // 0434 401 379 


Dates Available

✔️ Monday 1st to Friday 5th July 2019

Prescript’s credentialing manager, Stef McLaughlin, will help manage all the paperwork and logistics, to make your arrival as smooth as possible.

 

The Benefits

➕ You will be paid $4000 per day + GST.

➕ Half day on Mondays and Fridays for travel to and from Brisbane (but still be paid for a full day).

➕ Accommodation provided in Brisbane for pre and post locum dates.

➕ You will also have return economy flights from any location in Australian or New Zealand paid for.

➕ Car hire and indemnity are covered, plus accommodation for your family if you bring them.

Not entirely sure about a locum in Queensland's Outback? Talk to Prescript, we have written our own location report which is full of great things to do and see. We are sure you will love exploring.

What We’re Looking For

✔️ Current emergency and trauma reporting experience

✔️ You will have FRANZCR

✔️ AHPRA Specialist Registration.

✔️ You must be an Australian citizen/permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen.

✔️ The locum will be tailored to your skills and experience so that you’re 100% comfortable before booking. Request a full site/practice overview from Prescript.


Sound Like You?

Contact Rebecca Doyle (Prescript’s Senior Recruitment Partner for Radiology) – Rebecca is very happy to answer any questions.

There are three ways to find out more:

  1. Call Rebecca on 0434 401 379

  2. Email rebecca@prescript.com.au

  3. Click ‘Candidate Contact’ to ask a question online (with option to upload your CV). Nothing is booked until you 100% happy.

 

Next Steps with Prescript

At Prescript Recruitment, we follow a transparent, friendly process:

First stage is an informal conversation with Prescript for you to decide if you want to proceed – you will need to share your CV and we will talk about the position, the company, and the location. You can let us know if you want to bring your family and if you have any special requirements.

Second stage is an informal application – we will arrange a phone call or a review of your skills to establish if this is going to be a good fit.

Third stage – if you’re happy then Prescript will send you a locum confirmation to say ‘congratulations – all booked!’

Fourth stage – Prescript will help manage all the paperwork and logistics. All you have to do is look forward to starting. 


About Rebecca Doyle

Rebecca Doyle is Prescript’s Senior Recruitment Partner for Radiology with a focus on locum and permanent positions across Australia, New Zealand and globally.

Rebecca is very happy to answer your questions.

There are three ways to contact Rebecca:

  1. Call Rebecca on 0434 401 379 

  2. Email rebecca@prescript.com.au 

  3. Click 'Candidate Contact' to ask a question online (with the option to upload your CV)

I have been very privileged to spend my career working in highly regarded organisations such as Prescript Recruitment, Johnson & Johnson Medical and St Vincent’s Hospital. Within these organisations you will find cultures of honesty, respect and well-earned reputations for their high standards of service and customer care.
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Meet the Prescript Radiology Recruitment Team

We work with FRANZCR Radiologists for locum, ongoing and teleradiology positions across regional Australia. Connect with Prescript here ⬇️  

Recruitment James Hill, Nicola Speer, Rebecca Doyle and Marcia Beere - Dedicated recruitment partners focused solely on Consultant Radiologists.

Marketing & Vacancies - Grace Clueit - Rapid promotion of locum, ongoing and teleradiology vacancies - helping Radiologists discover jobs with ease.

Credentialing & Logistics - Stef McLaughlin and Lee Kabigting - Adhere to the highest JAS-ANZ-accredited standards of quality and credentialingManagement of paperwork and travel logistics - making sure doctors start on time.

Finance & Payments Hugo Scales - Prescript's Finance & Payments Manager ensures Radiologists get paid promptly and smoothly.

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Prescript are medical recruitment specialists.

At Prescript we’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage in Australia.

Every day we’re focused on two clear outcomes - Helping hospitals find doctors that create departments and clinics that run better, have more capacity and less stress. And placing Doctors in jobs that leave them feeling highly valued, rewarded and, most importantly, enjoying what they do.

We believe that when we get these two crucial things right, it has a huge impact on the regional doctor shortage and the healthcare of communities across Australia.

There are three ways to contact us:

  1. Call 1300 755 498

  2. Email contact@prescript.com.au

  3. Click 'Connect with Prescript' to ask a question online (with option to upload your CV)

We’d love to hear from you!

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We’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage, leaving doctors loving what they do and regional communities feeling like they have the best doctors in town.

Locum Diaries | A GP Obstetrician’s Adventures In WA & NT

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I’m Marcia Beere - Recruitment Partner at Prescript Recruitment. I work with hospitals and practices across regional Australia to help them find the doctors they need.

At Prescript, we’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage in Australia. We love hearing about what our doctors have been up to while locuming in regional communities across the country.

We recently received some fantastic feedback and photographs from one of our GP Obstetricians about their locum adventures in WA and NT.

“I tell all my colleagues how happy I am with the service you provide, and this morning I realised I had probably not told you!”
— Prescript Doctor Feedback
The work here has been challenging, interesting and sometimes fun, here are some pics of flying out remote this week!
— Prescript Doctor Feedback
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The team with Hugo and Stef really makes it easy so thank you. And especially to you (Marcia) for your support! I am very grateful.
— Prescript Doctor Feedback

The Australian regional doctor shortage is a widespread issue which has a significant impact on the healthcare of communities everywhere. Locuming in these locations will make a real difference.

Many Prescript doctors choose to complete several locums in multiple locations, often taking their families with them. We have had doctors in the past travel around the country with their partners and children while they locum in various hospitals and practices. It’s a fantastic opportunity to explore some of Australia’s beautiful locations and spend quality time with your family while being able to maintain your clinical career.

So ask yourself, doctors, are you up for an adventure? Are you looking to earn a higher daily rate while exploring the country with your family? Would you like to assist regional communities in Australia? If so, we’d absolutely love to hear from you to explore locum options for you - tailored to suit your individual needs and preferences.


About Marcia Beere

Marcia Beere is Prescript’s Recruitment Partner with a focus on locum, permanent and fixed-term positions across regional Australia.

There are three ways to contact Marcia:

  1. Call Marcia on 0416 544 788 

  2. Email marcia@prescript.com.au 

  3. Click 'Connect with Prescript’

My extensive experience of medical administration in several hospitals means I have seen first hand how the doctor shortage impacts regional communities. I am committed to helping solve this issue.
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Prescript are medical recruitment specialists.

At Prescript we’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage in Australia.

Every day we’re focused on two clear outcomes - Helping hospitals find doctors that create departments and clinics that run better, have more capacity and less stress. And placing Doctors in jobs that leave them feeling highly valued, rewarded and, most importantly, enjoying what they do.

We believe that when we get these two crucial things right, it has a huge impact on the regional doctor shortage and the healthcare of communities across Australia.

There are three ways to contact us:

  1. Call 1300 755 498

  2. Email contact@prescript.com.au

  3. Click 'Connect with Prescript' to ask a question online (with option to upload your CV)

We’d love to hear from you!

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We’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage, leaving doctors loving what they do and regional communities feeling like they have the best doctors in town.

Doctors - Seven Top Tips For Permanent Job Applications

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Hello, I’m Nicola Speer - Prescript’s Senior Recruitment Partner. In this article, we explore best techniques for doctors to find and secure a permanent role that meets your criteria – clinical, financial and lifestyle.

Firstly – What are your reasons for looking for a new role? Getting an understanding of this helps define the steps you can take.

Some possible reasons are:

➕ “I’m keen to take the next step forward in my career, gain experience in a more senior role, or one that gives me specific exposure to particular modalities / interventional work I have trained in.”

➕ “Location – for my family and me, we would like a move to somewhere better suited to our lifestyle, but I still want to have a well remunerated, clinically challenging role – Even with a sea change/tree change.”

➕ “I have been working in an Area of Need (or DWS) role, and am now eligible to seek positions in locations that are outside that restriction so would like to find the right role and location for myself and my family.”

➕ “For me, it’s about earning capacity; I feel I can get a better remuneration package and conditions elsewhere but it’s not easy to explore all options without spending time and effort, and potentially breaching the confidentiality I wish to maintain at this early stage.”

➕ “I have been approved to find a role that meets Area of Need specifications. We wish to move to Australia but don’t know where to start.”

➕ “I’m not actively looking for a new role; however, I always like to keep an open mind with opportunities that come up.”

Whatever your motivation and reason, I would suggest some of the following tips/ideas to get started, and see you through to being settled and happy in a new role.

1.Start Early

Before you even form a plan, have a confidential discussion where you can begin to gather information to better enable you to make good decisions.

ACTION: Book in a confidential call with one of Prescript’s Senior Recruitment Partners - Nicola Speer or Rebecca Doyle – Both have extensive experience and enjoy listening to your initial thoughts and ideas, work-shopping, giving opinions and information and looking at specific roles to explore further based on your criteria.

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2.List your Criteria and Questions

➕ What can I not compromise on?

➕ What are reasonably flexible points for me?

➕ What are my top 3 motivating factors for seeking a new role, or considering one that comes up?

➕ What should I expect in a new position? (Sometimes it’s hard to know how our current situation compares to others in the market – we can help with comparisons)

 

3.Define a Clear Picture of your Current Situation

List what you would define as ‘Push Factors’ (Factors that are either negative, or lacking in your current role and therefore act as motivators to seek a better situation) and ‘Pull Factors” (What would really appeal in a new position and draw you towards it – money, location, clinical interest, promotion/progression, leadership, team/environment etc).

 

4.Think About Time Frame

Is there a date for you that would be ideal for securing and starting in a new role? OR, are you flexible and would rather wait for the right position to be found?

We strongly suggest giving yourself as much leeway as possible from the time you start having initial conversations, to securing a position. This takes into account the process needed to look at positions, make visits, negotiate and obtain a role, as well as attend to your current work and living commitments so that you can have adequate notice and time to move.

DID YOU KNOW?

Most of the permanent roles we work with doctors to secure are not advertised formally

TOP TIP: Don’t sit back and wait to see your ideal position on a website or industry publication.

Instead, be proactive – Speak to us, even if it’s just to say that you want to keep a new role on the radar, and what this would potentially look like.

Doctors who have done this, consistently end up securing a position that is tailored to their needs and wishes and often exceeds their first thoughts.

 

5.Explore and Get Certainty

In the job seeking process, we adopt a transparent and positive flow of communication that supports you as a radiologist to get a full understanding of the prospective role before you make any commitment. 

This includes:

✔️ In depth discussions of all aspects of a role including: position/scope/location/future growth/remuneration/benefits.

✔️ Talking to clinicians and directors (once you’re happy to) in order to explore options and discuss first hand.

✔️ Visit – Whether for a paid locum where you meet people but also experience hands-on, the site/s, OR, if you’ve flown/travelled there to meet and discuss (this is a critical part of understanding if a particular role is the right one for you - we will facilitate and organise all logistics if this for you).

 

6.Money

We know its an important factor and will support you in negotiating a salary/remuneration package, plus benefits that suit you. We work with providers in both the public hospital system and the private sector, that recognise talent and consistently reward radiologists with the best packages.

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7.Location, Family and Lifestyle

It’s not all about work, even though it’s often the major factor that shapes our decisions.

Family requirements - now and in the future – partner’s work/children and schooling play a huge part in the job seeking process, and this is something we discuss and factor in right from first discussion.

Location – We all like different places and climates. Identifying what these factors are for you will really make a place feel like home and is an important part of job seeking.

Lifestyle – Why compromise on health and happiness? We don’t want you to do this, and that’s why we consult closely with you to find out what this means for you and your family.

We genuinely hope that you feel comfortable to speak to us, even if it’s an initial discussion that’s about general ideals and thoughts and you’re not necessarily active yet in looking at a new position – We are here for long term assistance and to support you in your career as a doctor.


About Nicola Speer

Nicola Speer is Prescript’s Senior Recruitment Partner for Radiology with a focus on locum and permanent positions across Australia, New Zealand and globally.

Nicola is very happy to answer your questions.

There are three ways to contact Nicola:

  1. Call Nicola on +61 405 429 799 

  2. Email nicola@prescript.com.au 

  3. Click 'Connect with Prescript' to ask a question online (with the option to upload your CV)

I am delighted to work with Rebecca & James at Prescript to help deliver a whole new model of service for doctors and our clients. My own passion for healthcare, lifestyle and wellbeing means I can bring these elements into Prescript and offer wonderful experiences and solutions for the people we partner with.
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Prescript are medical recruitment specialists.

At Prescript we’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage in Australia.

Every day we’re focused on two clear outcomes - Helping hospitals find doctors that create departments and clinics that run better, have more capacity and less stress. And placing Doctors in jobs that leave them feeling highly valued, rewarded and, most importantly, enjoying what they do.

We believe that when we get these two crucial things right, it has a huge impact on the regional doctor shortage and the healthcare of communities across Australia.

There are three ways to contact us:

  1. Call 1300 755 498

  2. Email contact@prescript.com.au

  3. Click 'Connect with Prescript' to ask a question online (with option to upload your CV)

We’d love to hear from you!

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We’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage, leaving doctors loving what they do and regional communities feeling like they have the best doctors in town.

Why Prescript? We Have The Best Quality Standards

 

Paperwork is an inescapable fact of life with medical recruitment. Every time Prescript helps a regional hospital, clinic, practice or department find their next locum or permanent doctor an avalanche of credentialing and checks needs to be completed.

Each client we work with has different requirements - it varies from public hospitals to private clinics; from State to State and from region to region. Take NSW Health for example - there is meant to be one set of paperwork required for all locum doctors, yet each district health area varies slightly (or widely!) from each other in what they request.

Managing all of this and ensuring Prescript doctors start on time takes a lot of organisation. We are incredibly fortunate that the highest standards with credentialing are in-bedded in our everyday activities, led by Stef McLaughlin (Prescript’s Credentialing, Quality and Giving Manager).

“Paperwork, credentialing and travel logistics can sometimes be such a headache! My role is to ease the pain and guide all our doctors through the process. Hopefully the hospitals, clinics and doctors I work with feel they are well supported by me and the Prescript team.”
 

Stef has designed our internal processes and procedures to meet the different needs of each of our clients and also to be compliant with our external JAS-ANZ-accredited auditors, Certex. Prescript is certified by Certex regularly to ensure we reach the specific standards for NSW Health.

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Underpinning everything are the Prescript Quality Standards (PQS). This is our internal checklist to make sure that every doctor we place in a new position has met a consistent level of checks. Why do we have PQS? It is precisely because all our clients have their own different, yet overlapping credentialing that we thought it essential that we could rely on our own foundation of standards.

A lot of PQS goes on behind the scenes, but we want the doctors that choose to work with Prescript and our clients to have peace of mind that we take quality and standards seriously.

 

What are Prescript Quality Standards (PQS)?

All Prescript doctors will have been through our PQS checklist before starting in a locum or permanent position:

✔️ PQS Prescript Interview Report - with one of our medical recruitment partners

✔️ PQS Registered with Prescript as a candidate

✔️ PQS Answered disclosure questions

✔️ PQS Medical Board Registration checked

✔️ PQS Shared a copy of driving licence and passport

✔️ PQS Provided proof of qualifications - Primary Degree and Fellowship

✔️ PQS CV updated for recent work history

✔️ PQS Right to work checked (citizenship and visas)

✔️ PQS Google keyword search

✔️ PQS Three reference reports (two as a minimum)

 
 

And There’s More.

➕ In addition to external audits, we have a cycle of internal audits for PQS.

➕ The credentialing, management and recruitment teams review internal processes on a tri-annual basis.

➕ We are a Corporate member of the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association (RCSA) that complies with the RCSA Code for Professional Conduct, which means we will provide a legally compliant, ethical and professional service.

➕ Prescript are members of the Association of Medical Recruiters of Australia and New Zealand (AMRANZ).


Prescript are medical recruitment specialists.

At Prescript we’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage in Australia.

Every day we’re focused on two clear outcomes - Helping hospitals find doctors that create departments and clinics that run better, have more capacity and less stress. And placing Doctors in jobs that leave them feeling highly valued, rewarded and, most importantly, enjoying what they do.

We believe that when we get these two crucial things right, it has a huge impact on the regional doctor shortage and the healthcare of communities across Australia.

There are three ways to contact us:

  1. Call 1300 755 498

  2. Email contact@prescript.com.au

  3. Click 'Connect with Prescript' to ask a question online (with option to upload your CV)

We’d love to hear from you!

We’re known for helping solve the regional doctor shortage, leaving doctors loving what they do and regional communities feeling like they have the best doctors in town.