Pharmacies receive penalties for such issues such as being short staffed or breaking GDPR rules. For example, In 2019, a London-based pharmacy was fined £275,000 for failing to properly adhere to GDPR guidelines. It had left 500,000 documents with personal information in unlocked containers on the premises and created a massive problem for both itself and its customers.
Situations such as these should not happen in modern pharmacies and it is therefore important to take the necessary steps and precautions to ensure this.
The most effective way to reduce this risk is to make sure that your pharmacy is well staffed with the most qualified people through marketplace technology.
Our platform offers employers a database of 12,000 locums across the UK, as well as their real-time work availability and professional profiles, so that pharmacy owners can choose the best suited locums for their business.
Fill your shift gaps
A key way to make sure you are not understaffed is to be aware of potential shift gaps and having an effective tactic to avoid
Our marketplace platform software is easy to use and helps pharmacy owners and managers to identify shift gaps with ease. These can then be posted to locums to apply for, and once applications begin to roll in, managers can review each locum’s profile, including their qualifications, documentation, experience and reviews from other pharmacies. Alleviating these shift gaps means that the pharmacy reduces the risk of ever being understaffed and receiving penalties as a result.
In fact, we have seen up to 75% increase of vacant shifts covered with this marketplace technology.
Choose your talent
Sometimes, you don’t just need any pharmacist to fill your shift gaps, but one with the correct qualifications and documentation for the specific. This can be difficult to find if your own contact pool is limited, and expensive if you request an agency to do it for you. In fact, you pay a third to double for labour via an agency, and therefore, for pharmacies hoping to curtail unnecessary expenses, this may not be the ideal route to follow.
Locate a Locum’s marketplace technology offers employers the chance to find exactly the right candidate for their shift. Employers simply need to review candidates for these vacant shifts and make their decision based on the qualifications and experience listed.
As mentioned before, guaranteeing a well-staffed pharmacy is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of facing financial penalties. Marketplace technology has proven to be one of the most effective ways to recruit locums and fill shifts.
If you are interested in Locate a Locum’s marketplace software, please see our brochure. Alternatively, you can contact us via our website.