The app that finds you great locum shifts in pharmacies & opticians

Our pharmacies and opticians are looking for pharmacists, optometrists and more

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Smarter shift notifications

Only receive notifications for shifts that match your preferences

Detailed store profiles

See everything you need to know before accepting shifts

Simpler invoicing

Invoices sent automatically after shifts and we send reminders to avoid late payments

Our locum shifts

Pharmacy shifts

  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Accuracy Checking Pharmacy Technician
  • Pre-registration Pharmacist
Find pharmacy shifts

Optometry shifts

  • Optometrist
  • Pre-registration Optometrist
  • Dispensing Optician
  • Contact Lens Dispensing Optician
Find optometry shifts

Are you looking for locums for your store?

We cover a variety of different roles and can help you find locums for short-term or long-term cover

Sign up your store

Interested? Here's how it works


Register online

Share your basic information and tell us your shift preferences (travel time, rate etc.)


Download the app

Upload key documents to verify your identity and complete your profile


Start working

Once verified, receive shift notifications based on your preferences

Get started

Locum FAQs

Signing up

Does it cost anything to sign up?

No. It’s free to have a profile with us and we won’t take any commission from your pay.

Got any more questions before signing up?

You can email all questions to and we’ll be in touch.


What do I need to create a profile with you?

We’ll need evidence of your identity, right to work, CV and qualifications. In addition, we’ll need an enhanced or standard DBS certificate, depending on your role, and two recent professional references.

I don’t have my documents right now. Can I still sign up?

Yes! You can sign up now and let us know what work you’re looking for. You can return at any time to finish your profile and start booking shifts.

Why do I need a DBS?

It is becoming more common that a DBS is an essential requirement for working as a locum. You cannot work with some stores if you do not have an Enhanced DBS.

An Enhanced DBS is required as you may have access to vulnerable adults and children whilst working as a locum.

Can you help me apply for a DBS?

Yes! If you need a DBS or if your DBS has expired we can apply for one on your behalf. The cost of an Enhanced DBS is £47.60 and a Standard DBS is £27.60. You can let us know you are interested in applying for a DBS on the app and we will be in touch with further details.

I don’t have recent references, can I still sign up?

Yes! Once you've uploaded your CV, we'll be able to look at your experience, and help you figure out who would be best placed to act as your referees.


What rates do you offer?

The rates are set by the stores and you will only see shifts that are in line with your rate preferences.

Additionally, if you call or email us about a shift you are interested in we are sometimes able to negotiate on your behalf.

How will I be paid after I’ve worked?

You can submit an invoice to the store after you’ve completed the shift directly via the app. Payment is made directly to you and we ask stores that all invoices are paid within 4 weeks.

When will I start receiving shifts?

As soon as you’ve completed your profile with us, you’ll start receiving shift notifications. If you have all your documents ready to go, you could start receiving shifts as soon as tomorrow!


How am I matched with shifts?

You’ll receive push notifications on the app when we have available shifts that are within your travel, pay and availability preferences. With Zen Locum, you don’t need to worry about missing a great shift or waste time searching through long emails or job posts.

What information will I be able to see before accepting shifts?

When you receive a shift notification, you’ll also be able to see relevant information about that shift to help you decide whether to accept the booking. For example, the system the store uses, lunch break, and more.

What information will stores be able to see on my profile?

Your profile includes your picture and a brief summary of your experience and qualifications.

How is Zen Locum different to a traditional agency?

Zen Locum is an online platform that directly connects locums to stores in their area. Agencies are a slow and expensive middleman between stores and locums. We run more of the process online making it easier and quicker to find, view and accept shifts.

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