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OpinionOct 16, 2020

Rachael Machin reflects on being a locum physio during the pandemic

After setting up her own fledgling physiotherapy business at the beginning of the year, Rachael Machin had to think on her feet when the repercussions of Covid-19 became unavoidable. Finding a locum post in a local NHS hospital meant she could pay the bills but made her aware of the downsides of this type of work.

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Locum physios can miss out on activities that permanent staff take for granted

With 26 years’ experience as a chartered physiotherapist in the NHS, I bit the bullet last January and set up my own musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapy practice. My business was progressing well until the Covid-19 pandemic suddenly hit the UK, resulting in a national lockdown in March.


I nervously began work in a clinical area I hadn’t been in for more than two decades. Despite the upheaval and stress that Covid-19 had triggered, I was relieved to find the team I joined was incredibly supportive and helpful


As I began looking at locum posts in the NHS, I discovered they were scarce and soon headed back to the medical wards at a local NHS hospital that I had known in the past. Equipping myself with any know...

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