Locums matched with MEDICAL VACANCIES IN SECONDS BY SMS thanks to Vision Express husband and wife team.

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A Glasgow-based husband and wife team, Gordon and Susan Greig, has developed a system, LocumRx (http://www.locumrx.net), which will change the face of medical recruitment by instantly matching available locums to employers that have vacancies. The Greigs developed the stress-free service after experiencing persistent staffing issues with their award winning optical retail franchise, Vision Express.

With LocumRx, locums register their occupation, location, and the dates they are available with the central database, using a secure online system. When an employer has a vacancy, they contact LocumRx, and the job details are immediately cross-referenced against all available professionals, who then automatically receive the information by SMS to their mobile phones.

LocumRX is highly accurate: it alerts locums to the latest job opportunities in their chosen specialism and profession – within minutes of a vacancy being announced. The process is free for locums, while employers are charged a mere 12p per text, making it the fastest and cheapest recruitment option available.

LocumRx is based on a year of intensive research and development by the Greigs, who run four Vision Express stores. The Greigs had frequently struggled to find available locums to cover holiday and sickness absence. As Susan worked as a successful career locum in the past, she understood the recruitment situation from both the employer’s and locum’s perspective. Despite her services being in high demand, she sometimes heard about the best jobs after they’d gone, and became increasingly dissatisfied with agency procedures: a scenario familiar to most working locums.

Gordon Greig explained: “Staffing was one of the biggest challenges at Vision Express. It proved almost impossible to book someone suitable at short notice, without spending hours ringing medical professionals ourselves or employing expensive agencies, who didn’t always get results. After years of trying to devise a viable alternative, we finally had a ‘Eureka moment’ about sending text messages.”

He continues: “LocumRx benefits everyone who uses it, and puts the locum in control of the texts they receive. They can keep up with the latest jobs, practically to the second, without being pestered by intrusive calls when they’re consulting patients.

The System has taken a year to develop and the complex programming was completed by Freelancer David McCart (david@mccart.fslife.co.uk )

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