New at work?

Helsebemanning AS is a Norwegian-owned company with headquarters in Lillehammer and branch offices in Oslo, Uppsala, Karlskrona, Stockholm, Borlänge and Málaga (Spain).

For those who are new at work

If you are new to the industry as a freelance consultant (hired person), there are often several things you may feel a little unfamiliar or uncomfortable with. It can be sometimes difficult to know what to do in certain situations, or to know what is customary in the industry. Here are two important points to consider.

To be a freelance consultant

Being a freelance consultant is not the same as being an employee. Your immediate supervisor will not be with you at your daily workplace. You probably won’t have, one and the same care unit to go to every morning. And while it may feel like you’re really one of the employees in the workplace, it’s important to recognise that your specific circumstances are different from theirs.

As a consultant you need to be self-driven, flexible and approachable. You are expected to roll up your sleeves and take care of customers’ projects when needed. Many times you are brought in to work where there is a high staffing need

You need to be a team player who enjoys working with people to build good relationships and trust. You also need to be a good listener to align with customer expectations.

You have a consultant manager who handles all negotiations with the client (the care provider)

As a new consultant, it is often valuable to be connected to a staffing company with experience and knowledge, in order to easily find and get different assignments. But in these contexts, it’s important to know that you’re not the one who deals with the customer in the first place.

All legal issues, price negotiations and renewal negotiations are handled directly by your consultant manager – the link between you and the healthcare provider. For example, if you try to negotiate remuneration directly with your client, you run the risk of evading the tendering agreement – which can hurt rather than help.

If you’re looking for a challenge at work, want to be in control of your working hours while developing and building your network, the consultancy may be just for you. Maybe this is the right path for you?

Here are some more advantages of working as a consultant in healthcare

  • It’s varied work and assignments of your choice.
  • Changing jobs is one of the best tips for increasing your salary. If you are a successful consultant, you also have an even greater opportunity to influence your salary and career.
  • By working with a variety of healthcare providers and colleagues, you’ll quickly build a wider networkof contacts in your field.

Frequently asked questions

Do you have questions about staffing with Helsebemanning? Below we have answered some of the most common questions.

Who is Helsebemanning?

Helsebemanning AS is a Norwegian-owned company with headquarters in Lillehammer and branch offices in Oslo, Uppsala, Karlskrona, Stockholm, Borlänge and Málaga (Spain).

Since its inception in 2010, Helsebemanning has staffed healthcare facilities with nurses and physicians (part-time, full-time, temporary or locum tenens) in most specialties in both Sweden and Norway. Since January 2020, we have also recruited and staffed audiologists.

Helsebemanning wants to operate a business where our commitment makes a difference and where you as a professional health staff and our customers will feel optimally treated. Good communication and reliability are keywords for us.

How does it work?

When you work as a health staff consultant, you work on behalf of Helsebemanning. We usually get assignments through framework agreements with customers who place their orders to us. The content of your job is defined by the contract we have with the care provider (client) and may vary slightly depending on the location and type of assignment. Your closest superior is one of our consulting managers, who will guide you all the way from the moment you register your interest in a job until the assignment is extended or terminated. Most commonly, you are given a new assignment before you finish the current one so that you can plan your near future in advance.

Working as a freelance consultant gives you the freedom to choose when, how much and where you work, but it requires you to be confident in your position as a doctor or nurse, have experience and be very flexible. Some want to work as a freelance consultant to try out jobs in different parts of Sweden or Norway, while others prefer assignments in the same destination. As a consultant, you can work through your own company where you are paid by invoice or as an employee with a salary.

Working with us is a great way to try out life as a freelance consultant. You can choose short or long term assignments and you don't have to commit for a long period if you're not sure if this is really suitable for you.

The consultant manager you will be working with is a very experienced person who has worked in staffing for a long time. You will be given help with work, travel and accommodation if you wish.

How do I sign up?

If you are looking for a job, you can register here and if you are looking for staff, you can register here here.

How do you process my personal data?

Helsebemanning AS will process certain personal data about you if you (i) have registered, applied for a position by submitting your CV, and/or have entered into a contract of employment or consultancy assignment with us.

This privacy policy (the "Policy") aims to provide you with information about how the Company handles your personal data and for you to feel confident that the processing is carried out in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and other applicable personal data legislation. The policy also describes your rights against us and how you can enforce your rights. You can find our privacy statement here.

What happens when my assignment ends?

Once you have carried out your assignment according to the contract you have with us, you will also have built up your CV with work experience and credentials. We will contact the workplace where you have been and follow up on how it has worked. Most of our customers are happy to hear about your experience with them and if you can suggest any possible improvements or just give them compliments.

Most often, our freelance consultants wish to have the next assignment before they finish the current one and continuity is something we cherish. It's our job to find assignments that suit you so you feel reassured about your future.

Do I have to work full time as a freelance consultant?

No, you don't have to. There are part-time and full-time assignments, shorter and longer periods both in Norway, Sweden and Spain, ranging from single weeks to full-year assignments. You can determine how much you want to work.

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