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Offering locum doctors a sense of belonging

Providing our Doctors Direct members with this sense of family and belonging is such a key part of my role, and the element in which I find the most job satisfaction. Building these crucial relationships, understanding specific needs and recognising and highlighting the difference this group of doctors make to the NHS is something I strive to do every day.

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The importance of belonging for flexible workers in healthcare

I have been a registered nurse since 2009, with a wide variety of experience working in sexual health and medical research, as well as at the CQC and before that, at the Environment Agency. Now, in my clinical governance role at NHS Professionals, I largely deal with the business of maintaining clinical standards.

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Top Employer for 2021

NHS Professionals (NHSP) are pleased to announce that we have been named as a Top Employer for 2021 (UK and Ireland) by the Top Employers Institute.

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The importance of support

After nearly a decade in healthcare recruitment, I thought I was prepared for pretty much anything. Then I joined NHS Professionals in May 2020 in the middle of a global pandemic. Since that point, it has been a rollercoaster of a year, with demand for non-clinical flexible workers fluctuating enormously. I am incredibly proud of how my team has responded to this uncertainty and change, and how we have maintained quality through periods of high demand, working hard to consistently support our partner NHS Trusts and Bank members.

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Supporting our doctors and Trusts through the pandemic

Not surprisingly, and like most of my colleagues in the NHS, COVID-19 has dominated my year. In March, we asked healthcare professionals to Stand Up, Step Forward and Save Lives and the response we received was beyond all expectations. The volume of people that answered our call was incredible. For Doctors Direct it came with its own complexities.

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Maintaining resilience during a pandemic

In early 2020, the pandemic was expected to be a sprint for the NHS. Hard work and extremely challenging yes, but likely to last for weeks or at worst months. But now it's dominated this year and is predicted to extend well into 2021 and even beyond. After putting all of our efforts into that initial exhausting sprint, how can we last the distance?

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