Should GP locums use WhatsApp to book sessions or jobs?

23rd January 2019 by NASGP

Should GP locums use WhatsApp to book sessions or jobs?

GP locums have been using email listservers for over a decade to allow practices to inform them of available jobs. Recently however, advertising platforms like Facebook’s WhatsApp have become popular, allowing practices to quickly publicise available sessions for ‘free’ to sometimes hundreds of GP locums at a time.

At first glance, this may seem like an attractive, easy and effective way for locums to get jobs, but there are significant problems with this approach that GP locums should be aware of before adopting such a system that so obviously plays a significant role in their livelihoods and their longer term career.

On first inspection, these locum listservers could be seen to save practices time and money when advertising unfilled sessions to locums, so that many local locums receive a message (or email in the case of list servers) of those available sessions. As well as sometimes raising some funds for those who own the email listservers, or creating advertising revenue for shareholders of the platforms, it also allows new locums to the area to compete directly with more established locums.

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