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locum

/lo·cum/ (lo´kum) [L.] place.
locum te´nens , locum te´nent a practitioner who temporarily takes the place of another.

locum

adjective Referring to a professional post which is temporarily filled by an appropriately qualified and registered/licensed professional.

noun A health professional who is under temporary contract of employment, filling a post currently vacant due to maternity leave, post-holder’s leave of absence, pending arrival of permanent post-holder, etc.
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Healthcare recruitment company My Locum Choice said on Tuesday that it proposes to launch its fundraising campaign via Invesdor - www.
In partnership with Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, the AOP is hosting an educational programme targeted to enhance the specific needs of locum members.
The service is currently being maintained by the use of locum consultants who are resident on-call.
Locums often traveled to locations throughout the Carolinas at the expense of the client (both transportation and boarding).
Every vacant post puts more of a burden on already overstretched staff and leaves health boards attempting to plug the gaps by trying to secure temporary locum cover.
Figures from Liaison, a company that processes locum payments, reveal the general medicine doctor made PS441,672 last year and cost the NHS an extra PS23,890 in commission to arrange shifts.
The company has developed an online diary that matches locums to posted vacancies, avoiding hours of calls to locums who may already be working.
John King, North East business support manager, said: "We help a lot of businesses with web design, and seeing that Worthy Locums have developed such an invaluable tool that is helping to ensure the smooth running of much-needed pharmacy services across the North East is really great.
To meet this growing requirement, this trust does call on the skills and availability of locums as and when the need arises.
Meanwhile Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust (CHFT), which runs the infirmary and CRH at Halifax, doubled its spend on A&E locums year on year between 2010 and 2012.
And University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust spent PS803,400 on locums last year, up from PS416,839 in 2009-10.
THE NHS in Wales has been criticised for its reliance on locum and agency staff which cost more than PS150m over the past three years.