Find great locum pharmacists, optometrists and more

Browse and book locums quickly on our easy-to-use platform.

Pharmacy Platform

Detailed locum profiles

See experience, systems used, accreditations and more before booking

Greater control

Pick your favourite locums or leave it to Zen if you wish

24/7 online booking

Let us know when you need a locum, day or night

Interested? Here's how it works


Create your shifts

Set the date, rate and essential skills required


Browse matches

See available locums that match your criteria


Book locums

Request your favourites or leave it to Zen

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Booking a locum

Only pay when you use

We don't charge a subscription or cancellation fee. You only pay when you actually use us.

We charge a per day booking fee, based on the typical volume of days you book per month.

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Our locums

Pharmacy locums

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

Optometry locums

  • Optometrist
  • Pre-registration Optometrist
  • Dispensing Optician
  • Contact Lens Dispensing Optician
  • Dispensing / Optical Assistant
Find optometry locums

Store 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 quetions to and we’ll be in touch.


What type of roles can you find cover for?

We can help find locums for anything from one day to regular weekly cover. For opticians we have optometrists, dispensing opticians and optical assistants. For pharmacies we have pharmacists, accuracy checking technicians, dispensing assistants and medicine counter assistants.

Where does Zen Locum currently operate in the UK?

We currently support independents across Greater London.

How is Zen Locum different to a traditional agency?

Our platform gives you greater control and transparency as you can browse detailed locum profiles and choose the locum you want for a shift. The platform is online which means you can access it 24/7 at your convenience. This is different to traditional agencies who select the locum for you, provide less information about the locum and can only help during their opening hours via email or phone.

Booking locums

How do you match locums with stores?

The online platform searches through our database of locums to find the best matches for your store. We match locums that are available on the date requested, within reasonable commuting distance of the store, have used your system before and meet any additional requirements you have specified.

What information can I see before booking a locum?

You will be able to see their work history, system experience, extra accreditations and reviews from previous stores they have worked with to check if they are a good match for your store.

How is the rate set for locums?

Locum rates are set by the store. Zen Locum does not take any commission from locum pay.

What checks do you carry out on locums?

Zen Locum ensures locums are on the GOC/GPhC register and have their indemnity insurance (where applicable). We also check identity, DBS certificates, right to work in the UK and professional references.

Are there any additional fees for cancellations or emergency bookings?

No. We do not charge any cancellation or emergency booking fees.

What support will I have?

In addition to the 24/7 accessible platform, every store will have a dedicated locum manager who understands your specific needs and is available over the phone, text and by email if needed.

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