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Lloyds and Well will ‘prioritise’ locums who can give flu jabs

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Locums should be able to offer the services patients need, the multiples said
Locums should be able to offer the services patients need, the multiples said

Locum pharmacists who are accredited to administer flu jabs will be “prioritised” for shifts over those who are not this winter, Lloydspharmacy and Well have said.

Lloydspharmacy needs to ensure it can offer a flu service that will “help protect as many people as possible this winter”, a spokesperson told C+D earlier this week (September 1).

Locum pharmacists employed by the multiple should be able to offer all pharmacy services, “including vaccinations”, the spokesperson said.

“Where a locum presents who can deliver services, versus one that can’t, we will naturally prioritise what is best to meet the needs of our patients and we make no apology for putting their needs first,” they added.

This view is shared by Well, which told C+D yesterday (September 2) that it also “prioritises bookings for locums who are able to deliver services, including the flu service, which our patients and the NHS expect us to provide”.

“As the flu service has now been commissioned for several years, more locums are providing the service as they recognise the key role for community pharmacy in protecting the local communities we serve,” a Well spokesperson said.

“Consider offering” training

Lloydspharmacy said it might “consider offering access to online courses or face-to-face training for our most regular locums, but they must have proven long-term placements with [us]”, according to the spokesperson.

“We don’t consider a salary sacrifice scheme necessary for professionals who want to invest in their own career,” they said.

Lloydspharmacy told C+D last month it already had thousands of pre-booked appointments for flu jabs.

It added this week (September 1) that the multiple needs to be able to cater for this increased demand for flu vaccinations, which includes “operating with pharmacists that can provide services that our customers need”.

Boots told C+D today (September 3) that its “priority is to book locums when required and match skills to local needs where possible”. The multiple has “over 5,000 colleagues trained to offer flu vaccinations this year” and is “confident in our resourcing plans to meet patient needs”, a spokesperson said.

The community pharmacy seasonal flu vaccination advanced service – for which remuneration is still being negotiated by the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee – launched earlier this week (September 1).

In July, health secretary Matt Hancock told the sector that this year’s flu programme is set to be the “biggest in history”.

14 Comments
Question: 
Do you agree with the point of view of the two multiples?

Chris Locum, Locum pharmacist

I suppose they will defend themselves by saying "We don't know what the payment is yet". Big Dunc will be telling you it is immoral to earn a salary next!

Axed Locum, Locum pharmacist

They really must be thick skinned, to expect the locums to do extra work for nothing, and with skeleton staffing.... Any locum doing this for a paltry £19.00 p/h must need their head examined.!!.  

David Moore, Locum pharmacist

Follow the money.

C A, Community pharmacist

"Lloydspharmacy needs to ensure it can offer a flu service that will “help protect as many people as possible this winter”"

You seem to have misspelled "make as much money as possible" there.

Also how about an alternate title C&D? "Locums capable of flu jabs in demand, they shouldn't sell themselves short in terms of hourly rate"

Freelance Chemist, Pre-reg Pharmacist

It made me laugh. But I agree

How High?, Community pharmacist

And, this is news how?

Really? Wow, Superintendent Pharmacist

Why is this even a story?

Summary - Employer will employ those who can make the most money for them.....

 

As an employer, if I need a pharmacist who can do vaccines, and if you can't;  I won't take a second look at you. 

If you are a locum and you don't invest in your own skills to make you attractive to me, then you are really missing the point of how a self employed market works. 

Freelance Chemist, Pre-reg Pharmacist

I suggest you start paying a lot more!

Really? Wow, Superintendent Pharmacist

I have never in my life paid a locum even close to £19, however you totally miss the point of a self employed free market. 

- Lets reverse the question - if you are not bothered to invest in your skills and do as much as you can for me, why do you think you deserve anything above basic? The contract over the years has been shifted away from dispensing to services, which are now essential to maintain the profitability of the business. What you see as extra, is now basic. 

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Most of all, this is a non-story however. 

Matthew Edwards, Community pharmacist

I assume you know the above person to be so rudely attacking his rates of pay?  Although I agree with the paltry £19/hr comment above I was wondering what "a lot more" constitutes?   The snide remarks at contractors irritates me as not all are paying paltry sums 

Cymraeg Locum, Locum pharmacist

I "prioritise" working for Independents in my area over Lloyds and Well.

And I'll add :

As a locum who can deliver services, versus one that maybe can’t, I naturally prioritise what is best to meet the needs of patients and I make no apology for putting their needs first.

Benie I, Locum pharmacist

I like the pretence of it being all about patient needs. A nice pre-weekend chuckle.

Locum Pharmacist, Locum pharmacist

Another way to try to bully us into doing a lot more all free of charge.

 

Freelance Chemist, Pre-reg Pharmacist

dont do anything for free. I'm never ever short of work!

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