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What is Mandatory training and why you need as part of your Locum training

What is mandatory training?

As a healthcare professional, you probably know the basics of mandatory training and we'll build on that in this article, by telling you what you need and how it can help you in your career.

Much like permanent members of staff, locums are also required to undertake training to prove their understanding and knowledge of working within the NHS. Mandatory training encompasses all of the basic training you require to carry out your role safely and effectively. Agencies are required to prove that you are capable of undertaking your role to a standardized level before they can offer you roles. Mandatory training consists of training modules such as:
  • Basic Life Support.
  • Fire Safety.
  • Manual handling.
  • Lone worker training.
  • Handling of violence and aggression.
  • Caldicott Protocols.
  • Health and safety.
  • COSHH.

The exact modules you will need to complete depends on your job role and the type of patients you will be dealing with which means in some cases, you may be required to complete some extra, in-depth training. For instance, working as a paediatric doctor will require you to complete safeguarding children to a level 3 certification. This is an important point to note - whether you locum for a day or, you complete a 6-month placement, you'll still be required to complete the same mandatory training. If you thought mandatory training may help you decide whether to target short or long-term contracts, it won't but our post on this very topic will be sure to.
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As you can see the list is quite long and it's not even all of the modules! Which means that it can take some time getting through it all but it really does pay dividends to take your time and complete it to the best of your abilities. 

Not only is the training a pre-requisite of becoming a locum, it can also contribute up to 6 CPD points per year! (handy if you're like us and forget good instances of care for your revalidation portfolio). Mandatory training really is a necessary pain and if you'd like to know more about why this is the case, check out our easy to read the guide here.
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In many instances, your mandatory training will be undertaken with the locum agency you decide to join. These agencies will use training providers that will tailor your training pack to your role, so you don't need to worry about selecting the right modules. Make sure that the training they give you is framework approved.  Having a framework approved training provider will give you the gold standard of training. In terms of job roles, you won't be held back by the quality of the training and you won't be declined because it doesn't meet the necessary standard.

The Locum Passport offers its members free* mandatory training that is transferable to any agency meaning you only have to do the brunt of the training once! To find out more about this, check out our mandatory training page.

Once you've completed the training, you'll receive a bunch of certificates that you can then pass on to the agency. It's likely that you'll have a fair few paper certificates lying around so it's a good idea to have a filing system in place from the get-go. Having the certificates to hand quickly and easily will help you in the long run. If you're wondering whether its best to keep electronic or physical copies of all your information together, reading our articles on cloud vs paper storage and document housekeeping are great next steps.

Alongside Mandatory training, DBS checks are also required to prove you are able to work as a locum. To find out more about DBS checks for Locums, click here.

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