Locum Sonographers: points of view and facts, from inside the role

Colin Sylvester from Globe Locums has written an article for readers to consider when employing and integrating into departments.

What is a Locum? 
Locum Tenens means to hold the place of or to substitute for.
Locums are often employed, simply to fill a staffing shortfall for a multitude of reasons, including sick leave and maternity leave.
I've personally been employed to fill roles vacated for these reasons and additionally, to assist in overcoming waiting list pressures.
Depending on how a locum is assigned to a vacancy, they will have to fulfill mandatory training, DBS / CRB and other checks via an agency for example, for that agency to be able to place their locums in NHS or private workplaces.  This could be called "framework compliance" for example.
 

Locum Sonographer Pay.
Why do Locum's get paid a greater hourly rate for the same work?  This can sometimes create friction from managers and sonographer colleagues alike.  Here are some points to help explain why. 
Locums do not get sick pay or paid holiday.  Their pay has to cover those eventualities.  Many Locums will, at their own expense, insure against ill-health and this may be a requirement for financial products such as mortgages for example.
Job security is sometimes but not always, very low or assignments very brief.  Notice periods are only two weeks in many cases and so there can be periods where they aren't working.  Their pay clearly has to cover those times.
Indemnity insurance might be either paid for by themselves or through an umbrella company, at a cost to that individual as some professional body underwriters will not cover locums any more.  The professional membership fee might not always be lowered to reflect the lack of insurance
All in all, what is earnt may have to spread much more thinly or go towards expenses that substantively employed staff, don't have to factor into their work-related costs.
 

How can a locum potentially benefit the department?
Your locum's experiences will often be something you'll know about or you'll have expectations of via the recruitment process.  It is possible to maximise the benefit against cost.
Each workplace will have its own way of doing things.  Your locum may have extensive experience throughout the local region or further afield.  Those experiences bring a fresh perspective, from which a service manager can pick and choose.  The local way of doing things might have been the best fit once upon a time but times change and you've employed a fresh head with new and different ideas - use that opportunity?
In contrast, your locum may have seen some poor work practices that may have influenced departments, or that might have even been put in place by one.  Can they see the pitfalls coming?  Hindsight is often a hard learnt benefit; do you have to find things out that way? Perhaps ask your locum!