FAQ: What are Availability requests?

If a practice on LocumDeck needs cover but no locums have yet proactively made themselves available for Instant Book on the dates they need, the practice can put out an Availability request, which goes to locums within a 45 minute travel radius.

You receive an email notification of which practice is looking for cover and you can find more details by logging in to LocumDeck and clicking through to the Availability request shown in orange on your LocumDeck calendar.

The practice can specify basic details such as date, start and end times of the cover. They can also add more detailed information about their requirements e.g. they are nudged to specify the type of appointments (triaged, on call, walk in, f2f, telephone etc), typical number of contacts expected, whether admin duties are required and which other members of the healthcare team will be present or whether you’ll be working as a lone clinician.

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