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Locum pharmacy workers are a crucial part of the healthcare workforce in the UK, performing vital services in hospitals, community pharmacies and clinics across the country. Due to the nature of setting your own hours, working as a locum pharmacy professional is becoming an increasingly attractive proposition.

But what actually is a locum pharmacy professional? In this guide, we cover common questions such as what the role entails, what benefits are there to going locum, and how to become a locum pharmacy professional.

What is a Locum Pharmacist?

A locum pharmacy worker is a what you could consider a freelance pharmacist. Also know as a temporary pharmacy professional. Instead of being tied to a permanent salaried position, locum pharmacy workers work on contracts to fulfill specific needs within organisations and pharmacies. They step in to cover various scenarios such as staff holidays, sick leave, maternity leave, or an increased workload. Think of it as being a pharmacist on retainer for when you’re needed.



One of the major benefits of locum pharmacy work is the increased flexibility it offers. You have complete control over where, when and how you work.

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As you have the freedom to decide how often you work, you can tailor your schedule to suit your preferences.

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By working for several different employers, in a variety of settings, you will meet a diverse range of people from all walks of life, both patients and colleagues.


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If you are particularly interested in roles providing core pharmacy services, and less about longer-term strategic and management challenges, locum work could well be the ticket.



Locum pharmacy roles offer competitive pay, with average rates increasing in recent years. Many pharmacy workers are drawn to locum work for its enticing financial rewards.



Becoming a locum in the pharmacy industry enables you to observe the different types of management systems used in different pharmacies.

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How Do You Find Locum Pharmacy Work? Everything You Need

Finding locum pharmacy work all starts with becoming a pharmacy professional. While it may seem daunting to set up as a locum, and there are a lot of things to consider and organise, but fear not as Quad as the UK’s leading locum pharmacy agency is here to help you every step of the way.

1. Initial agency interview

At this stage, you may be invited into a branch/office for a casual interview. This interview primarily focuses on discussing terms & conditions and introducing you to the team of recruiters who will help you find locum roles.

It's a valuable opportunity to meet the team, make a positive relationship, and leave a great impression. As recruiters, we hold the key to connecting you with the clients you want to work with as a locum. Use this opportunity to ask us any questions you have and gain a strong understanding of our agency and how we work.

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2. Compliance

This crucial step involves handling all the necessary paperwork and bureaucracy. While it may not be the most exciting part, compliance is vital in your journey to becoming a locum. As it often requires numerous documents and information, this step may take the longest. Here's a list of the documents we may request for your locum registration:

  • Full employment history (up-to-date CV)

  • References covering 3 years of employment (at least 2 clinical references)

  • Verification of identity (2 photograph IDs and 1 proof of address, OR 1 photograph ID and 2 proofs of address)

  • Passport-style photograph

  • DBS Certificate + update server checked

  • Overseas DBS if applicable

  • Full immunisation record (MMR, BCG SIGHTED, VARICELLA)

  • Valid mandatory training certificates

  • Indemnity Insurance

  • Professional Qualification Certificate

If a new DBS is necessary, you can apply for it using the provided link. Additionally, we'll need you to complete additional forms for your locum registration, including:

Once you provide the required documents, our compliance team will thoroughly verify them. Their checks include verifying qualifications, professional body pin, fitness to work certificate, and identity verification scan. 

We recommend blocking a few hours to gather and submit all the information to our compliance team. Trying to complete the process in bits and pieces may lead to delays. If you have any questions about the requirements, our compliance team is here to assist you.

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Frequently asked questions

The following are some of the questions we get asked the most about how to become a locum, and what life is like as a locum pharmacy worker.

The frequency of locum work depends on your desired hours and the agency you choose. You have the flexibility to decide how many hours you want to work each week. At Quad Recruitment, as pharmacy recruitment experts, we strive to provide a steady flow of opportunities.

In most cases, locum's do not require an accountant. If you are working 'inside' IR35, which is typically the case, you cannot be self-employed and invoice the company directly. Instead, you must work through an umbrella company, where you will be paid via the PAYE scheme.

At Quad Recruitment, we have carefully chosen two highly reputable umbrella companies, Orange Genie and Cool Company UK, offering a seamless service with the lowest charges rate in the market.

However, if you are allowed to work 'outside' of IR35 and be self-employed, you have the option to receive direct payment into your business account. In this scenario, it's advisable to consider engaging an accountant to ensure accurate tax deductions and manage your tax return effectively.

Getting paid as a locum is hassle-free. Typically, your payment will be managed through an outsourced payroll provider known as an umbrella company. The agency will transfer your pay to the umbrella company, which will then pay you via the PAYE scheme. Payments are usually processed on a weekly basis, making it convenient for you. For instance, at Quad Recruitment, we pay every Friday.

The umbrella company acts as your employer and takes care of all tax deductions and pay-related queries on your behalf. It's a seamless and straightforward process, ensuring you have no worries about your payment. The money you receive is entirely yours to keep, providing you with financial ease and stability.

Absolutely! We provide a comprehensive training program for locums, known as the CSTF training. The best part is that it's entirely free and accessible digitally and remotely. You can conveniently enhance your skills and knowledge from the comfort of your own space.

If you desire physical copies of your certificates, a nominal charge of £35 will apply.

We understand that handing in your notice can be a challenging step, as you are a valuable asset to your employer. To ensure a smooth and professional process, we recommend following a formal approach.

Begin by scheduling a meeting with your employer to discuss your decision and intentions. During the meeting, present them with an enveloped notice letter. For your convenience, we have a templated resignation letter available for you to use.

You can access the resignation letter template here: Resignation Template.

The various consultants at Quad Recruitment each manage their own compliance procedures. We ensure that all locum pharmacy professionals possess the essential documents and information required to excel in their journey as a locum.

Ready to take the next step?

Are you ready to embark on your locum journey? Take the first step now and register with Quad Recruitment. Our team is here to support you every step of the way!


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Thank you for exploring our comprehensive guide on becoming a locum pharmacy professional . We hope you found it helpful! If you still have questions or need further assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Our team is always ready to help. You can contact us via email at info@quadrecruitment.com or call us at +44(0)1244 621477.