The national workforce census: (1) Locum pharmacists and the pharmacy workforce in Britain

Karen Hassell, Phillip Shann

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    Abstract

    In summary, the locum workforce is large and diverse, with different subgroups likely to have a variety of different motivations for choosing non-standard work patterns. It is generally considered difficult for GP principals to work part-time in general practice, but the community pharmacy sector provides many opportunities for part-time work. Pharmacists can implement phased retirement instead of full retirement, women can work reduced hours to suit child-care commitments, and it appears that many are doing this in a locum capacity, rather than as a permanent employee. Nevertheless, a large proportion is also working full-time hours per week. The two extemes suggest that it will not be possible to attract large numbers of the locum workforce into full-time employment during times of work-force shortages, since a substantial proportion are already working full-time, and those working part-time are likely to want to continue to do so.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)658-659
    Number of pages1
    JournalPharmaceutical Journal
    Volume270
    Issue number7248
    Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2003

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