NHS and Leading Suppliers Join Forces to Cut Sugary Drinks

National Health Service (NHS) England has announced that hospitals will be banned from selling sugary drinks and high calorie snacks next year unless action is taken to drastically cut their sales. Bottles and cans of soft drinks as well as coffees made with syrup will be affected. The move will also hit fruit juices and milk drinks with added sugar. NHS said such drinks would be banned unless further voluntary action is taken to cut sales. NHS cafés and canteens must reduce sugary drink sales to just 10% of their total drink sales within a year. A number of key suppliers working in NHS hospitals including Marks & Spencer, Greggs, WH Smith, the SUBWAY(r) brand, Medirest have all pledged to cut sales of the drinks in a pledge to promote a healthy lifestyle in NHS buildings. NHS England has said that from April 2017 it will introduce national incentives for hospitals and other providers to boost the amount of health food found on their premises. All sugary drinks will be banned if the voluntary target is not met within 12 months. NHS England will be the second country in the world to introduce such a plan, with Portugal taking pioneering action last year. Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England said that a spoonful of sugar might help the medicine go down but spoonful of added sugar day-in, day-out mean serious health problems. Following discussion with NHS England, the Leading Suppliers are agreeing to take decisive action, which helps send a powerful message to the public and NHS staff about the link between sugar and obesity, diabetes and tooth decay, he added. NHS England has already announced measures to improve healthy eating in hospitals, including axing deals on sugary drinks as well as those for fatty, salty, and sugary foods. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the UK. If you need any help with Medical Recruitment across the UK, then feel free to contact us anytime. 


HEE Call for Training to Combat Resistance

0n 19th April 2017, the Health Education England (HEE) launched a report and called on employers and healthcare providers to do more to ensure their staff are well trained to responsibly administer and prescribe antibiotics to reduce the risk of resistant infections. The HEE survey, combating antimicrobial resistance: educational approaches for the responsible prescribing of antimicrobials, asked 72 CCGs and trusts across the country about their approaches to antibiotic use and how staff were educated about the drugs. Here are listed some findings from the HEE survey. Half of respondents said that they provided training covering mandatory core requirements for prudent antibiotic use, in addition to introductory sessions on each induction to all prescribers, both medical and non- medical. Less than Half of the respondents said that they provided training to medical prescribers only, and fewer said that they extended this training to cover groups of staff such as clinical staff, pharmacists, nurses and Allied Health Professionals. Less than Half of the respondents said that they were able to confirm that prescribers within their organisations were familiar with and/or provide training that covers the PHE/ARHAI antimicrobial resistance and stewardship competencies. These findings has led HEE to ask all employers and providers to make sure that training on responsible antibiotic use was put in place for all prescribers of medicine as part of their induction, and that providers should continue to update and support their training throughout their careers. The Director of Education and Quality at Health Education England, Professor Ged Byrne said that the antimicrobial resistance cannot be eliminated so, HEE can work together to limit its risk to the public and reduce its impact. It is crucial that prescribers have the right knowledge and skills, to make sure that prescribing interventions are safe and that they deliver the best outcomes for their patients, he added. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the UK. Recruitment Synergy is a UK based Medical Recruitment Agency. Remember us for Locum, temporary and permanent jobs across UK. We also provide compliance support   and  migration consultation to our candidates.


NHS Problems Must be Tackled in New General Election

According to doctors’ leaders, serious problems in the National Health Service (NHS) must be tackled in the new general election, which is scheduled to take place on 8 June. On 18th April 2017, the Prime Minister Theresa May made announcement about the general election, citing the need to challenge opposition she has encountered over Brexit from Labour, the SNP and the Liberal Democrats. Responding to the news, Dr Mark Porter, the chair of British Medical Council (BMA) has called on politicians of all parties not to duck the crisis in the NHS any longer. Dr Mark said that Hospitals and GP surgeries were full and social care was “on its knees”. NHS staffs were working under impossible conditions due to funding and staffing shortages that undermined the delivery of safe care. He further added that NHS staffs have ensured that NHS still have one of the best health services in the world, but years of underinvestment while patient demand has been increasing means that it is now failing too many people, too often. The chair of the Royal College of GPs (RCGP), Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard also highlighted the urgent need to keep patient care at the forefront of the discussion over the next 7 weeks. She said that the GP Forward View offered the chance to guarantee quality care for patients for years to come if it was delivered in full, adding that it does matter who wins the election as long as the new government acted to tackle problems arising from the NHS. The Director for policy, employment relations and communications at the Royal College of Midwives, Jon Skewes said that the college want to see the new government invest in the NHS, invest in the welfare, and invest in maternity services and pay of NHS staff so that they can provide safe and high-quality services for the people they care for. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the UK. If you need any help with Medical Recruitment across the UK, then feel free to contact us anytime.


6m Patients to have Access to Clinical Pharmacists in GP Practices

National Health Service (NHS) England has announced that more GP practices across the England are to get new, surgery-based clinical pharmacists to help with regular medication and treatment. More than 700 practices in England will now benefit from having a pharmacist in their local GP surgery, covering up to 6 million patients and easing the workload burden on GPs. These pharmacists will work as part of the general practice team, offering expertise and consultations as required including additional help to manage long-term conditions like high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and multi medications, as well as improve access to health checks. NHS England is planning to support an extra 1,500 clinical pharmacists to work in general practice by 2021, which is in addition to the over 490 clinical pharmacists currently working across about 650 GP practices as part of a pilot scheme. NHS England, the RCGP, Health Education England and the BMA's GP Committee are working with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to support the programme. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, the chair of Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) welcomed the latest moves to ease pressure on primary care and said that Wider roll out of NHS England’s programme to place pharmacists in GP surgeries to work as part of the wider practice team is excellent news for general practice, and NHS patients. The initiative is already helping to lessen waiting times for patients in some areas, and free up GPs’ time for patients who really need their clinical expertise. The Director of primary care at NHS England, Dr Arvind Madan said that the clinical pharmacist programme is a clear win-win for patients and GPs. The pilots have shown GP workload to be eased while patients have the convenience of being seen by the right professional in a more timely way. The expansion of the programme today is great news for everyone. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the UK. Recruitment Synergy is a UK based Medical Recruitment Agency. Remember us for Locum, temporary and permanent jobs across UK. We also provide compliance support   and  migration consultation to our candidates.


Two in five GPs set to quit in next five years, study finds

A new survey carried out by the University of Exeter has found that about two in five GPs in the south-west of England are planning to quit medicine in the next five years, while Seven in ten GPs intend to stop seeing patients, take a career break or reduce their hours within the next five years. The survey was financed by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and more than 2,000 GPs responded to the survey. The survey results provides a clear picture of low morale which, if repeated in other areas, could point to a greater and more imminent crisis than before anticipated in relation to the worsening shortage of GPs nationwide. John Campbell, professor of University of Exeter medical school and practising GP led the survey and said that the findings were worrying even in the face of the well-established national crisis-facing general practice in England. The chair of Royal College of GPs (RCGP), Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, has responded to the survey and said that currently, the GPs are facing intense workload and resource pressures and these new figures show it is severely impacting NHS workforce, and RCGP fear that GPs are indicative of the situation right across the UK. She further added that the future of the NHS relies on having a robust general practice service, with sufficient GPs to deliver the safe care and services to patients need. RCGP teams and GPs make the huge majority of NHS patient contacts and in doing so RCGP keep the health service cost effective and safe for patients. Krishna Kasaraneni, the British Medical Association (BMA) education, training and workforce GP lead said that the findings again showed the terrible impact of years of under-investment in general practice were having on services and staff. He further added that many GPs are voting with their feet because of the daily struggle of trying to provide enough appointments to patients without the resources or support they need. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the UK. If you need any help with Medical Recruitment across the UK, then feel free to contact us anytime.


Different Payment Modes to A Locum Tenens

Locum tenens is temporary fill ups for vacant post of doctors in healthcare settings. It is a very flexible, wide spread, hour based option for doctors to work. Because of its contractual features, the biggest challenge for locum doctors is to manage their finances of their everyday work. Various payment options are available for locum doctors. Some of the most common payment modes and its features are listed here for locum doctors. PAYE “Pay As You Earn” PAYE is national withholding system on income payment to employees. Employer deducts general tax and national insurance before remitting it to authorized personnel mostly the HMRC. Any legal agency is obliged to operate PAYE or pay a limited company. Thus, it is the one of safest payment mode for both locum and the agency that also guarantees a regular payment. If you are employed by more than one agency, it may complicate your tax code system and you may end up losing it. Other than that, PAYE is one of the most reliable payment mode for locum doctors. Limited Company As of rule, agencies are obliged to pay a limited company if not the PAYE system. Many locums prefer this option as locum can claim legitimate expenses such as insurance, travel and professional fees. Locum tenens need to set up their own limited company if only they do not fall under IR35 legislation. Make sure the contract with the agency is “IR35 proof”. You can verify or call for advice from the agency’s accountant. The best part of this payment mode is the full control over the paycheque with correct amount of tax and national insurance payment. Nonetheless, it can be costly if you are returning to permanency after short period of time in locum. Offshore Payment Structure Offshore companies are legal entity incorporated or registered in offshore financial centres. The agencies pay offshore companies, which later pays locum gross earnings of around 80% to 90%. These methods do not have any tax obligations other than the processing fees and insurance. The HMRC allows limited transactions of locums being paid though offshore structures, if found pertinent motives. Umbrella Company This payment mode often involves recruitment agency and an Umbrella Company as an employer to agency contractors. Locums working under umbrella receive payment via PAYE system whilst being able to claim expenses as well. Under IR35 legislation, umbrella companies have full employment rights and an assurance of employers contracts remained within the IR35 guidelines. Although locum can only use umbrella companies if they work through more than one client. Recruitment agencies take small fees for their services in between. Any umbrella company must have valid and appropriate P11D Dispensation agreement with HMRC. Locum must know if their agency have the agreement, if not they may accumulate more additional tax liabilities to the HRMC. Recruitment Synergy is a London based Medical Recruitment Agency. We offer recruitment and migration services to our clients and candidates all over the UK. We also provide consultation on all kinds of payment methods on medical professionals' preferences. Contact us for any of your queries on different payment modes to a locum.