21Jul

£325 Million Invested In NHS Transformation Projects

NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens and the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced £325m of funding for local NHS 'transformation plans', including millions for new 'primary care hubs'. The funding will be handed to 15 of the ‘the strongest and most advanced' Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) over the next three years across England, to support a total of 25 local projects. The largest sums will be used for urgent care in Dorset, cancer care in Cumbria and surgery in Greater Manchester. The new funding aims to deliver faster diagnosis, easier access to mental health care, shorter waits for surgery, expansion of A&Es, and more services in GP surgeries. The government said that this initial tranche of funding has been targeted at the strongest and most advanced schemes in STPs with the plans rated for their high performance across indicators in hospital performance, patient-focused change and transformation. The plans include: Up to £30m to £50m will be used in Cumbria to improve access to chemotherapy and radiotherapy by setting up a brand new cancer centre at Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle. Up to £50m will be made available in the Greater Manchester area to help hospitals deliver significant progresses in urgent and emergency care by concentrating services in four hub sites across the city. This change is expected to save around 300 live per year in general surgery alone. Up to £30 million will be invested in Derbyshire to create an ‘Urgent Care Village’ at the Royal Derby with GP services, as well as implement improvements to the mental health system to ensure that patients receive the right care in the right place, first time. Jeremy Hunt said that the new funding will support strong local plans to help the National Health Service modernise and transform care for patients. He further added that a measure of success of these transformation partnerships is that people can see and feel improvements being made in their local area. Commenting on the announcement, the Chair of the Royal College of GPs, Professor Helen-Stokes Lampard said that the STPs are crucial to delivering the GP Forward View in England. If they fail to prioritise general practice, it is only a matter of time before GPs and their teams collapse, with the rest of the NHS following closely behind. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system. If you need any help with Medical Recruitment across the UK, then feel free to contact us anytime.

14Jul

BMA Starts Balloting GPs In England Over Industrial Action

The British Medical Association (BMA) has started balloting GP practices in England on whether they would be willing to take industrial action by collectively closing their patient lists to new patient registrations or apply to their local commissioner for formal list closure as a form of industrial action. At the Local Medical Committees annual conference in Edinburgh, the decision to ballot practices on a collective closure of lists was made. The BMA says that the intention is ’to put pressure upon the government to provide the resources necessary to secure the future of general practice and to support it to provide safe patient care’. The ballot is of GP practices rather than individual GPs, and the BMA recommends partners meet to agree their vote. Although the liability for any decision will rest with the practice partners, the BMA is urging practices to discuss any decisions with salaried and locum GP colleagues working in their practice. Up to 23,000 GPs in England are taking part in the ballot which could see them collectively suspending all registrations. The mass closure would be a form of industrial action against a suspected lack of Government funding for surgeries. In a letter to GPs, Dr Richard Vautrey, acting General Practitioners Committee chair urged GPs to take part in the ballot which will close in 10th August 2017. He said the GPC England has been asked to ballot practices as to whether GPs in England are prepared to collectively close their practice lists. Such action would constitute industrial action, and with significant implications on GPs as independent contractors. GPC England needs a clear understanding of the views of all GP practices on this issue, he added. If GP practices vote 'yes' to industrial action in the ballot, GPC will ask the BMA council to review the results and consider a formal ballot. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system. If you need any help with Medical Recruitment across the UK, then feel free to contact us anytime.

10Jul

More Nurses And Midwives Leaving UK Profession Than Joining, Figures Show

The latest Figures by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) shows an increase in the number of nurses and midwives leaving the profession in the UK than joining for the first time on record. According to the NMC, the number of nurses and midwives leaving has risen by 51 per cent in just four years. The figures show that 20 per cent more people left the NMC register than joined it in between 2016 and 2017. Here are listed some findings from the latest figures: The number of UK registrants leaving has increased from 19,819 in 2012/13 to 29,434 in 2016/17. The number of EU workers leaving has increased from 1,173 in 2012/2013 to 3,081 in 2016/2017. The Leavers from overseas have risen from 2,095 in 2012/2013 to 2,426 in 2016/2017. The number of leavers of age group 21 to 30 also almost doubled from 1,510 to 2,901. The overall number of leavers has increased from 23,087 in 2012/13 to 34,941 in 2016/17. Between 2016 and 2017, 45 per cent more UK registrants left the register than joined it for the first time. The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) called on the Government to scrap the pay cap as a matter of urgency to stop the numbers going. The chief executive of the RCN, Janet Davies said that the patients were "paying the price" for the Government's "failure to plan for the future". With more nursing and midwifery professional leaving than joining, the National Health Service (NHS) will be further than ever from filling the 40,000 unfilled nurse jobs in England alone. She further added that the 1 per cent pay cap means nursing staff can no longer afford to stay in the profession and scrapping student funding means people can no longer afford to join it. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system.  Recruitment Synergy is a UK based Medical Recruitment Agency. We provide locum, temporary and permanent medical jobs in a variety of specialities. Feel free to contact usfor your medical recruitment and migration solutions to work across the UK.

6Jul

Importance of Effective Communication in Healthcare

Communication is a way we interact with other people. It is necessary in achieving proficiency and maintaining strong working relationship at all level of an organization. A good communication between people helps better understand each other, help job done quickly and effectively. Effective communication is crucial in healthcare in order to provide good medical care to patients. It is a fundamental clinical function in building a cooperative doctor-patient relationship. Ineffective communication can lead to the improper diagnosis and delay in the medical treatment. The quality of the healthcare patient receives is highly depended on the interaction between their healthcare clinician and team. Good communication between the patient and healthcare professional can change a patient's experience. If patient's questions are not answered then it may lead to unjustified fear for the patient. Communication and interpersonal skills of the healthcare professional will help to gather information in order to facilitate accurate diagnosis, proper counselling, give therapeutic instructions and establish caring relationship with patient. While patient's treatment there may involve different health care professional such as physician, nurses, technicians and others. Effective clinical practice involves many critical information, which should be accurately communicated between the healthcare professionals. If healthcare professional are not communicating effectively, patient safety will be at risk. Ineffective communication involves lack of critical information, misinterpretation of information etc. Lack of communication creates situation where medical errors can occur. Such medical errors can cause severe injury or lead to unexpected patient harms or even death. In the health care organization, medical errors especially caused by a failure of communication are a common problem in these days. Better communication and interactive skills of medical professional can provide better support to their patients. Communication failure can lead to unsought patients harm, poor patient health outcomes, and increase malpractice risk thus; to deliver high quality safe patient care effective communication is vital. Few tips for Effective Communication Be a Good Listener Listening is an important part of any conversation. We often focus on what we have to say and ignore what other people are trying to say. For effective communication skill, listening ability is very crucial. Good listening helps to better understand the viewpoint of the other and build a good relationship with them. Empathise It is a way of seeing things from others person viewpoint without loosing your own identity which helps you to understand emotional part of another person feelings. If you become non-judgemental with your patients then they share all their fear regarding to their health condition that will ease your treatment. Be Concise Try to be clear and concise. Pointless talk can lessen what you are trying to communicate. So, stick to the point and keep it brief. Pay Attention to Non-verbal Signals Use of non-verbal communication like facial expressions, body movement and gestures, eye contact, posture etc. can tell others more about how you are feeling. Make sure that your non-verbal signals match up with the words you are saying. It helps you to increase trust, clarity and rapport. If your body language doesn’t match what you are saying then it creates mistrust and confusion to the listener. Recruitment Synergy is a UK based Medical Recruitment Agency. We provide locum, temporary and permanent medical jobs in a variety of specialities.

27Jun

How to Become a Paramedic in the UK?

Paramedics are the healthcare professional who responds to the emergency medical calls and provide specialised out-of-hospital medical services and unscheduled care to the emergency patients. All kind of emergencies such as from minor injuries and unexpected illness to criminal violence, accidents etc. are attended by them. Earlier, paramedics delivered emergency treatment and brought patients to hospital but these days they provide a complete mobile healthcare service by assessing patients, diagnosing problems and providing treatment often in patient’s home. Generally, they provide more extensive pre-hospital care and are highly trained as the Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) who performs life-saving rescue operations. Some roles of the Paramedics are listed below. Response to emergency calls for medical assistance such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) Evaluate a patient’s condition and determine a course of treatment. Provide support to transfer patients to the A&E department of a healthcare facility and report their observations and treatment to the staff. Stabilize head and neck injuries Stabilize broken bones Bandage wounds Execute emergency respiratory procedures for people with blocked airways For heart attacks patients perform cardiac support etc. Entry Requirement to be a Paramedic You must get registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to work as a paramedic in the UK. At first, you will need an approved qualification in paramedic science that could be a diploma, a foundation degree or a degree to be eligible for the registration with the HCPC, which is the regulatory body for paramedics in the UK. HSCP has around 50 approved paramedic courses on its list, which includes diploma and BSc degree courses, university courses at foundation degree level and work-based learning. There are 2 ways to study and qualify as a paramedic in the UK. They are: University route The first way is by completing a 2-4 year university course in paramedic science. The university courses are available at diploma, BSc and foundation degree levels. The entrance level to courses and time to complete the courses depends on the level of study you choose to join in. Courses include combination of theory and practical work including assignments with ambulance services. Student paramedic route The next way is by applying as a student paramedic inside an ambulance trust, where you will work while you study. The entry condition can be different from one NHS ambulance service to another. So, check details about entry requirement before applying for student paramedic training. This way can take up to 5 years of time to complete the course. It has very limited number of vacancies due to which the competition for these places is very high. Most courses compel at least 5 GCSEs with a minimum of grade C, including English, maths and science. It is expected that you have a good understanding of the work involved in this field and also a full manual driving licence when you apply for the course. The trust use different size vehicles so carefully check which classification you need on your licence. If you need more information about how to become a paramedic in the UK, then feel free to  contact us anytime. Recruitment Synergy is a UK based Medical Recruitment Agency. We provide locum, temporary and permanent medical jobs in a variety of specialities.

19Jun

Keeping EU Nationals in NHS is Top Priority, says Health Secretary

In first speech as the re-elected Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt has said that securing the status of EU nationals working in the National Health Service (NHS) will be a top priority for the Government in Brexit negotiations. Hunt has promised more capital funding for the NHS and legislative change to support the Five Year Forward View (FYFV). He also hinted at improving the pay award for nurses, suggesting he would lobby the Treasury for a better deal. Speaking at the NHS Confederation conference in Liverpool, Jeremy Hunt said that the 150,000 EU nationals employed in health and social care were doing ‘an absolutely brilliant job’. He said NHS needs these people and the ministers 'want them to stay'. EU staffs are part of the NHS family and securing their status in England is government top priority. He further added that the NHS needed to be “creative about dealing with staff shortages and gaps”, saying there were things the government can do and things trusts can do. These include creating flexible career paths into nursing and other roles, such as the nurse apprenticeship scheme starting in September. Commenting on Health Secretary speech, Dr Mark Porter, the chairman of the British Medical Association (BMA) said that the Government must guarantee that NHS funding keeps pace with other European nations, and EU doctors in the UK are protected from the impact of Brexit. With Brexit negotiations starting in a matter of days, BMA welcome the Health Secretary's promise that certainty for EU nationals in the health and social care system is one of his top priorities, Mr Hunt added. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system.  Recruitment Synergy is a UK based Medical Recruitment Agency. We provide locum, temporary and permanent medical jobs in a variety of specialities. Feel free to contact us for your medical recruitment and migration solutions to work across the UK.