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A Guide to Choosing A Locum Agency for Your Hospital

A Guide to Choosing A Locum Agency for Your Hospital

Do you need supplemental coverage for your hospital staff? Looking for a locum tenens agency that can provide you with the right temporary professionals? Below, we walk you through some of the steps to finding the best locum tenens agency for your hospital.

Decide What Your Facility Needs From a Locum Agency

When looking for the right locum tenens agency, there are several factors you should consider.

First, decide what kinds of clinician positions you need to fill, such as physicians, nurses, and therapists. Once you have a good idea of the staffing needs of your facility, start looking for agencies that specialize in those areas. 


It’s also important to consider the size of the agency and its financial stability. Smaller agencies may be more nimble and able to provide more personalized service, but possibly less stable financially. Larger agencies may have more resources to draw on, but they may be less responsive to individual needs. 


Ultimately, it’s important to weigh all these factors carefully before making a decision. The right locum tenens agency can make a big difference in the quality of care your hospital is able to provide.

Do Your Research

When you’re looking for a new job, it’s important to do your research and make sure you’re applying to the right agencies. The best way to get reliable information is to read reviews from other people who have worked with the agency before. You can also compare agencies by their placement rates, salary ranges, and other factors. By taking the time to do your research, you’ll be more likely to find an agency that’s a good fit for your needs.

Contact Agencies & Ask Questions

If you’re considering using the services of a locum tenens agency, it’s important to do your research and ask lots of questions. You’ll want to find an agency that has a good reputation and that you can trust to provide quality candidates. Here are some questions to ask:

  • What is the process for finding and vetting locum tenens physicians?
  • How many locum tenens physicians does the agency have on staff?
  • What are the agency’s fees and how do they work?
  • What policies and procedures does the agency have in place to protect your confidentiality and privacy?
  • What are the agency’s cancellation policies?
  • How often do locum tenens physicians cancel their assignments?
  • What are the most common complaints you receive about locum tenens physicians?
  • How does the agency handle those complaints?


Asking these questions will help you to get a better understanding of what to expect from a locum tenens agency and how they can best meet your needs.

Narrow Down Your Choices

There are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind as you’re making your decision. First, consider the size of the agency and how many hospitals they work with. Do they have the resources to meet your needs? 


Second, look at their placement process and how they select doctors for their assignments. You’ll want to be sure that they have a rigorous process in place to ensure that only the best candidates are being considered for positions at your hospital. 


Finally, consider their rates and whether they’re competitive. You’ll want to be sure that you’re getting a good value for your money. By taking the time to consider these factors, you can be sure that you’re choosing the best possible locum tenens agency for your hospital.


Supplement Your Organization with Locum Tenens

We hope this guide has been helpful in deciding on which locum agency to choose. If you’d like to learn more about locums, check out some of our other resources.

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