Category: RIG Locums News

Cpl UK Healthcare awarded National CHS framework supplier status

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Cpl UK Healthcare awarded National CHS framework supplier status

RIG Medical Recruit Ltd and RIG Locums Ltd T/A CPL UK – Healthcare are proud to announce that they have been awarded as suppliers on the National Clinical and Healthcare Staffing Framework published under Workforce Alliance for the NHS.

Working with us via a national framework gives our customers the peace of mind that they are working with a team of responsible and specialist recruiters and will benefit from having access to a compliant and rigorously-vetted staffing solution in adherence to NHSI and NHSE guidelines. This award follows a great deal of work from our team which resulted in high quality and price scores that reflects our 19 year strong track record as a provider of healthcare staff to the NHS.

Commenting on this award, our CEO, Affi Khan said “This is a huge milestone for us, whilst we have a rich history with the NHS in the UK, our services have been mostly focused on the Allied Health and Medical Locums market. Over the past 3 years, whilst the market went through a downturn, we’ve successfully expanded our offering into other markets. This award crystallises that strategy and gives us national access to temporary supply of nursing and social care too. As we come out this pandemic, the NHS will divert its attention to the crippling back log we face. We are proud to be able to serve across the board to help on this front.”

Following this appointment to the framework, CPL UK – Healthcare (RIG) will be offering temporary staffing solutions in the following disciplines:

  • Lot 1 Nursing & Midwifery Staff
  • Lot 2 Medical Locums
  • Lot 3 AHPs & Health Scientists
  • Lot 5 Social Care


As market leaders in the supply of Allied Health Professionals, and long-term framework suppliers, we look forward to continuing to support our customers as well as expanding our offering of Doctors and Nurses to the NHS, particularly in London and the surrounding counties, building on the already strong presence we have in these areas for AHP.

“This award announcement comes at a great time following the launch of the “My CPL” app. This free to use award-winning technology enables healthcare staff to book agency shifts, update their availability and self-service upload important documents for verification – all  in real time – meaning we can deliver the right compliant staff quicker when and where they are needed” – Robert Bryan, Managing Director

We look forward to building on our deep understanding of the NHS staffing market and broaden our scope to provide talent solutions at a wider scale.

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Junior Doctor Crisis

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Junior Doctor Crisis

While some of us were enjoying our bank holiday weekend in the sunshine unfortunately some 1500 Junior Doctors were in crisis as they were informed on the Friday afternoon that the job offers they had received were being rescinded due to a technical error whilst transferring data. Many Doctors at this point have already committed to life changes, moving families, committing to further financial commitments now they were confident of a long-term position with stability. The Royal College of Physicians and ST3 Recruitment who are the RCP specialty Recruitment Office advised they were sorry and wrote to all candidates with the issue,

Junior Doctors are now in limbo whilst the re-offering process begins not knowing where or whether they will have a job offer at the end of it. For all affected there is now a FAQ document available to guide them through this process.

RIG Locums are the leading recruiter of long term locum doctor positions who have helped hundreds of junior doctors who have decided to take a year out before committing to the next stage of their career over the years. We are confident that we can offer assistance and information to anyone who needs it. Browse our jobs now or give us a call on 0800 690 6044.

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RIG Healthcare becomes part of Cpl Resources Plc

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RIG Healthcare becomes part of Cpl Resources Plc

The management team at RIG Healthcare are delighted to announce its acquisition by Cpl Resources Plc, an internationally trading, multi sector, recruitment business with sales of over €400 million globally.

With 32 offices in 9 different countries, Cpl Resources Plc will be providing RIG Healthcare with the springboard for international expansion and the ability to offer our clients and candidates a broader range of solutions to their staffing needs including permanent recruitment solutions and RPO services. The acquisition will ensure RIG has the necessary financial support during our continued expansion plans in the pursuit of becoming a market leader in our focused niches.

“We are very pleased to expand our presence in the UK and welcome the highly talented professionals from RIG to Cpl.

“The recruitment expertise and international talent pool of doctors and healthcare professionals provided by RIG brings immediate strategic value to Cpl’s broad portfolio of innovative workforce solutions in the healthcare sector. This acquisition also allows us enter into doctor recruitment, which will deliver real value for our clients.”Founder & Group CEO of Cpl, Anne Heraty

With RIG now joining CPL it enables us as group to provide Doctors, Nurses and AHPs on a contract and permanent basis. This enhances our current offering in the market to our existing clients and candidates.

Cpl’s healthcare brands already included Cpl Healthcare, Kate Cowhig International Healthcare Recruitment, Myhomecare, Private Homecare and Servisource. With RIG Healthcare now also on board the group can offer a more comprehensive healthcare staffing solution than ever before to customers worldwide.

“We are very excited about the acquisition of RIG which has a strong and growing business serving the NHS and the wider healthcare sector in the UK. It delivers on our stated strategy of growing our business across the healthcare, pharma and life science sectors; and, within the UK market. The acquisition underscores our ability to identify and acquire attractive and complementary businesses which can accelerate growth under the Cpl brand.” – COO & Deputy CEO of Cpl, Mark Buckley

As a leading supplier of AHP’s, HSS and Locum Doctors to healthcare services across the UK, we at RIG Healthcare strive to provide the highest quality service for both candidates and clients whilst staying focused on incrementing the supply of high calibre healthcare professionals in key demand areas. Being part of the Cpl Group provides us the platform to continue to develop our existing service offerings and also look at expansion opportunities both internationally and into other healthcare markets in the UK.

“Our vision is totally aligned to that of Cpl and our entire management team is very excited about the growth potential this acquisition offers RIG Healthcare. This marks the next stage in the evolution of our brand and we are delighted to be the part of the Cpl family” – Affi Khan, CEO of RIG Healthcare

RIG Healthcare has been supplying healthcare professionals in the UK for over 14 years and delivered over 1 million hours of supply to our clients in 2016. We will remain focused on our core competencies whilst enhancing and expanding our service offerings to add further value to our clients and candidates.

For any further questions on this matter please contact


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Dermatology Workforce Update

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The need for dermatologists within the NHS is higher than ever, with a distinct lack of trained skin specialists within in the UK causing a major problem.
The number of patients being sent to see a dermatologist in the past five years in England has more than doubled from 2436 in 2010-2011 to 6383 in 2015-2016 and with a quarter of positions remaining unfilled the area is in crisis.

As a specialist international recruiter incrementing supply in the NHS RIG locums are working very closely with a number of NHS Trusts to help fill the shortfall in Dermatology. Many hospitals are open to taking a locum in to post with a potential view to this turning into a permanent opportunity thereafter.

Dr Tamara Griffiths speaking on behalf of the British Association of Dermatologists to the BBC says “If you look at the wider workforce crisis in the NHS, there are more unfilled GP posts and more unfilled acute medicine posts. Dermatology doesn’t live within a bubble because we’re connected to the rest of medicine and these are huge issues.” 

RIG Locums are proud sponsor of the GMC’s ‘Welcome to UK Practice Program’ which helps doctors new to the country to understand the ethical issues that will affect them and their patients on a day to day basis. If you are thinking about coming to the UK to work as a doctor you can find out more and book your free place on the course here :

If you are ready to hear more about Dermatology vacancies across the UK click here, call 0800 690 6044 or email us on

For more information about Working In The UK, visit our specialist International Doctor section here.


Source: BBC Article – Lack of skin specialists.

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RIG Locums Commended by APSCo and Doctors on GMC’s ‘Welcome to UK practice program’ Sponsorship.

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RIG Locums has been praised by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), as well as their candidates, for their recent confirmation as sponsors of the General Medical Council’s (GMC) ‘Welcome to the UK’ practice program.

As RIG Locums is a specialist supplier of locum doctors to the NHS, a large majority of the doctors we supply have been trained from outside of the UK, therefore there was a natural synergy that connected RIG to the GMC’s program. The half-day event, which will continue to be offered completely free of charge to Doctors, thanks to RIG Locums sponsorship, will allow new doctors from abroad to understand the professional standards expected of them in the UK. It will also give them invaluable insights into the ethical issues that will affect their practice on a daily basis.

Reacting to the news, Ann Swain, CEO of APSCo said:

“This is just the sort of added value service that has become a hallmark of recruitment firms in the professional sector. This initiative is a fantastic example of how RIG Locums is demonstrating its commitment to providing the highest principles of professionalism, integrity, fair practice and ethics. It is great to see a firm investing resources into ensuring that their candidates are of the very highest quality”

Through years of experience, RIG Locums has developed its own unique ‘ethical recruitment’ principles that specifically seeks to remedy the issues caused by skills shortages in the UK workforce. With RIG Locums being one of the key specialist suppliers to the NHS, it was crucial that they were able to source the best talent without depleting the existing supply within the UK. An impressive 85% of all locums placed through RIG Locums had received their training in a country outside the UK, meaning RIG were able to add to the resource pool of its clients without depleting resource from a neighbouring trust.

After sharing the news of the sponsorship with doctors, RIG’s own candidates had the following to say:

“Congratulations, you are all doing a terrific job! Happy to be part of the great service you are providing. Well done.” – Dr Olagbegi

“Excellent, it is a very good idea, retrospectively thinking, I wish I have been offered such a program 6-7 years ago. Well done, keep it up.” – Dr Kasim

“I am very pleased for RIG Locums. It is a well-deserved recognition for the quality of service you provide. Please accept my sincere congratulations.” – Dr Devendra

RIG Locums innovative and ethical approach actually increases the supply of doctors to the NHS and helps fill niche, high skill roles with the most appropriately qualified individuals from around the world. In fact, around 60% of candidates placed originated from Europe or Asia and just over 20% from Africa, demonstrating just how diverse RIG Locums talent pool is.


Notes to the Editors:

About the GMC’s Welcome to UK Practice programme

Since it was set up in 2013, over 1,500 doctors have taken part in Welcome to UK practice events across the UK. From a sample of doctors attending the programme:

98% of doctors said it helped them to reflect on their practice

99% said they would change their practice as a result of attending the course

To read the full article detailing RIG Locums sponsorship of the GMC’s W2UKP program, please visit

About the General Medical Council

The General Medical Council (GMC) is an independent organisation that helps to protect patients and improve medical education and practice across the UK.

  • We decide which doctors are qualified to work here and we oversee UK medical education and training.

  • We set the standards that doctors need to follow and make sure that they continue to meet these standards throughout their careers.

  • We take action when we believe a doctor may be putting the safety of patients, or the public’s confidence in doctors, at risk.

  • We are not here to protect doctors – their interests are protected by others. Our job is to protect the public.

We are independent of government and the medical profession and accountable to Parliament. Our powers are given to us by Parliament through the Medical Act 1983.

We are a registered charity (number 1089278 with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, and number SC037750 with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator), we have to show that our aims are for public benefit.

About RIG Locums

RIG Locums is the leading specialist recruiter in the Locum Doctors market in the UK. We focus on incrementing the supply of doctors into the NHS by focusing on recruiting internationally to find candidates that are needed in key demand areas across the UK.

With over 10 years’ experience placing locum doctors, we are the ‘go to’ choice for NHS Hospitals across the UK to supply specialist and hard to find locum doctors.

For more information contact Deborah Hunter on 0800 690 6044 or email

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Ethical Recruiting: How RIG Locums is leading the way in specialist recruitment

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RIG Locums is the UK’s leading ethical recruiter of specialist locum doctors. After years of experience within the industry, we have developed expertise in sourcing the very best international doctors for highly specialised and hard to fill locum roles. We are also regarded as a key supplier of locums at speciality doctor and consultant’s level to the National Health Service (NHS) – one of the world’s largest and most well-regarded health care systems.

The NHS employs over 1.7 million people, making it one of the biggest employers globally. However, due to skills shortages in the UK workforce, the NHS has had to broaden its employment scope and recruit doctors from overseas. Nearly 70 years from its inception, the NHS is still sourcing a significant percentage of its specialist doctors from around the world. In fact, in 2014 approximately 37% of the doctors licensed to practice by the General Medical Council (GMC) had received their medical degree from a country outside of the UK. To gain more insight on how and why international doctors decide to transition into the NHS, please read our extensive white paper here.

RIG Locums prides itself on truly understanding the challenges faced by healthcare providers across the country and tailoring our award winning service to meet those needs. We noticed that it was nearly impossible to place suitably qualified specialist doctors without depleting the supply to neighbouring trusts and realised this was not a sustainable or ‘ethical’ approach. We have set out to build a reputation as the leading ethical recruiter of healthcare professionals to help ease departmental pressures, reduce backlogs and improve waiting lists within the health service. We define ethical recruitment as that which incrementally increases the supply of doctors into the NHS rather than using the existing pool of local candidates (which hospitals could already have access to via banks).

Examples of some of the many specialisations we cover include: consultant dermatologists, experience oncologists, consultant radiologists, specialist surgeons and paediatricians. We have been able to achieve such great results by focusing on an ‘incremental supply’ approach, which aims to source the highly skilled professionals our clients would not otherwise have access to – i.e. those who have not already received medical training in the NHS. Unlike other agencies who may simply be matching large volumes of incoming vacancies to candidates already on their databases, the candidates we place do not already exist in the local market and could not have been sourced via a local bank. In fact, 85% of all candidates we have placed at RIG Locums have been trained outside of the UK, meaning we are able to increase the supply of doctors in a way that other agencies could not.

Our data shows that the remaining 15% of candidates (who were trained by the NHS) were actually NHS retirees and doctors who wanted to gain specific assignments, skills and experience in trusts that they would not be able to access through NHS bank systems. We are not simply recycling existing talent from within the system but giving local doctors who want to take on locum work the opportunity to improve their CV or even just take on short-term work after retirement.

What sets us apart from the ‘general’ agencies is that most of our candidates are handpicked through tailored global search campaigns conducted by our specialist recruiters and not only through database mining. Our personalised approach can be demonstrated by the fact that nearly 40% of all our sourced candidates were found through either networking or referrals. Our reach is wide, with extensive global networks giving us access to the best candidates in every continent. The majority of candidates who we have placed thus far have originated from Europe (35%), Asia (31%) and Africa (23%), which has meant that we are able to consistently deliver both highly skilled and diverse candidates.

For further information on how we can support your trust in tailoring recruitment campaigns to meet your demands for specialist locum doctors please email our Business Manager, Debbie Hunter on or call on 07584 147 640 to discuss further. 

Or if you’re a medical professional looking to find out more about working in the UK or would like any advice on positions currently available please visit us here or contact us on 0044 (0) 800 690 6044 to speak to one of our specialist recruiters.

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