At Locum’s Nest, we are on a mission to solve the NHS staffing crisis by enabling true flexible and collaborative work for all NHS workers, from doctors to nurses, pharmacists, dentists and allied health professionals. We believe that when people can work flexibly they can stay longer in the jobs they love, which is why we’re driven to transform flexible working in the NHS.
Locum’s Nest, the workforce technology company listed in The Telegraph’s “Top 5 ideas to save the NHS” is committed to empowering all NHS workers through its flexible working software solutions.
With the aim to solve the NHS staffing crisis, the Locum’s Nest mobile and web apps connect over 30,000 healthcare professionals to vacant work in the NHS.
Founded by two junior doctors in 2015, and carrying across the deeply rooted values of transparency, honesty and a sharp focus on patient care, Nick and Ahmed embarked on building a fantastic team of professionals, who deeply cared about our health service. Driven by the belief that silo working within the NHS was not the way forward, Locum’s Nest has unlocked the potential for tech-led workforce management across the NHS.
Over the past six years, our technology has matched nearly 1 million healthcare professionals to vacant shifts in hospitals and GP practices, saving our health service millions of pounds in the process by bypassing expensive recruitment agencies. Recently recognised by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies, Locum’s Nest featured for the first time on the FT1000 list and ranked 46th across all categories, 15th in the Technology category and 14th amongst UK businesses.
With our vision to increase transparency and collaboration between NHS organisations, increase engagement and retention of NHS workers as well as improve care outcomes, Locum’s Nest pioneered the first NHS digital collaborative staff bank – an ever-growing number of NHS hospitals sharing their pool of workers.
Flexible working approach
Flexibility is in our DNA. Locum’s Nest exists to provide solutions for all NHS staff to work flexibly and stay in the jobs they love. With a culture built on trust and autonomy, it is only natural that we, as a company, live by the same standards when we look at our colleagues’ working environment.
Before the pandemic, our dog-friendly offices in London welcomed our colleagues who wanted to use it, as working from home regularly was already the norm. We also have offices in Cyprus, where our buzzy engineering team is based. If you feel like a change of scenery and would like to work from the beautiful island of Cyprus (while enjoying the sun for few days!) the company will provide accommodation for the entire duration of your stay.
In a nutshell, we don't mind where people work, when people work, or how they work. We prioritise preserving work-life balance, supporting our colleagues’ needs, while also fostering diversity, on which the company has ramped up its focus. All colleagues are offered an interactive course on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to better understand the importance and value of diversity and inclusion in the workplace by an award-winning DEI consultancy company.
Scoring against our flexibility index (1 = not at all flexible, 100 = couldn’t be more flexible, 51 is average) using a number of parameters to assess flexibility such as working from home, hours, frequency of travel, benefits, etc.
Employee benchmarking score
Scoring against our employee perception index (1 = not seen as flexible, 100 = couldn’t be happier with the flexibility, 51 is average) using a number of more emotional / perception based questions to understand whether employees feel supported and offered what they want. The areas we cover are work-life balance / managerial support / flexible benefits / working environment / and many others.
"I couldn't be happier working for Locums Nest. I feel like management is one step ahead in terms of flexibility and they've encouraged us in everything we wanted along the way. I strongly believe this is important in our time and we've managed to work like so from the very beginning!" - Finance & Operations Manager
What do we think of Locum's Nest?
The anonymous employee feedback for Locum's Nest says everything one needs to know about this company. Paragraphs of employees feeling extremely lucky to work for a company which is so flexible and so open to making things work around their needs. They really enjoy working abroad if they choose to. If they have a doctor's appointment no one even questions the need to take a couple of hours out of the day for it. Last year one employee speaks about being given a really generous compassionate leave that they can't imagine would have been allowed at most other places. No doubt it is this kind of flexibility, trust and understanding that heavily contributes towards the reasons of a very high employee retention rate.
Meet who might be hiring you
At Locum's Nest, we value flexible working, autonomy, transparency and inclusivity. Through our software platform we are dedicated to making life easier for all healthcare workers while nurturing a cohesive multi-disciplinary team-working environment within our own company.
When we started Locum's Nest, Dr Ahmed Shahrabani and I focused on cultivating a strong ethical basis built on trust and create a working environment where people could thrive.
Our environment is fast-paced yet kind and positive as we put a strong emphasis on protecting colleagues' work-life balance. To find out more about the people behind Locum's Nest, head over to our website.
What they offer their employees
33 days annual leave (including bank holidays) with the ability to carry over to the next year
Flexible hours and freedom to choose your own place of work
Open to part-time or other flexible working arrangements
Choice of laptop and homeworking kit
Enhanced parental leave
Homeworking winter expenses
Annual company all-expenses-paid trip abroad
Generous annual training allowance, including interactive training on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion delivered by an award-winning DEI consultancy company