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Accident & Emergency is the NHS front line – constantly under pressure, scrupulously monitored against the four-hour waiting time target, and regularly the subject of heated political debate across the floor of the House of Commons.

On top of that, many new doctors who have experienced a spell in A&E as part of their training, opt to continue their careers in the calmer environments of the GP surgery or general medicine. Hardly surprising, when A&E bears so much similarity to the military front line – stressful, challenging and demanding a willingness by medical staff to face up to, and deal with, risk. (more…)

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With the pressures on the NHS resulting in growing numbers of hospitals declaring ‘major incident’ status, and health set to become a key battleground in the forthcoming general election, National Locums nursing division has demonstrated that the plight of hospitals can be eased – providing speed and accuracy of supply is matched by integrity. (more…)

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Two team members at National Locums, the Milton Keynes-based medical recruitment consultancy, have been shortlisted for prestigious national awards.

Emma Kent, 26, the company’s senior recruitment consultant, has been shortlisted in the Consultant of the Year category in the prestigious 2014 REC/IRP Awards, run by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation and the Institute of Recruitment Professionals.

Emma is the agency’s most senior consultant, responsible for providing locum surgeons to NHS and independent hospitals across Britain.

Ryan Don, 19, who only joined National Locums last year, has been shortlisted in the Best Newcomer of the Year category. Ryan supplies anaesthetists to UK hospitals – and was first to the top of Ben Nevis in the company’s recent charity climb to raise funds for Milton Keynes hospital.

Says National Locums managing director David Cook: “We are very proud of this independent validation of Emma and Ryan’s terrific contribution to our company’s success, and their ever-improving skills in supplying much-needed senior practitioners to the NHS and independent hospitals.”