9Apr

GMC reveals plan for better medical training

On 31st March 2017, the General Medical Council (GMC) has revealed a new Flexible training plan that aims to improve training paths for doctors by moving away from rigid training and allowing trainees more flexibility while they learn. The new plan follows a review of training, which the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, asked the GMC to carry out during the contract dispute last year. It is an analysis that heard from trainers, trainees, patients and the medical colleges and faculties. The outcomes of the review found that the current approach of training was in desperate need of modification and out of date, something that the new plan will look to change. The new plan finds five key barriers to improving training flexibility including:  Inflexible training structures can make rota gaps worse Training in alternative ways such as overseas and through experience in non-training grade posts not being recognised. Postgraduate training was found to be slow to adapt to patient need and demand. Extra career support was put in place to help doctors who want to refocus their training without starting from square one Doctors having difficulties to start training from scratch if they decided to transfer between specialties. This is caused by the complex legal framework controlling UK postgraduate training. The chief executive of the GMC, Charlie Massey said that the actions set out in the GMC report can make a significant difference to the professional lives of doctors and the choices they make about their careers. But ultimately it is patients who will benefit the most from these changes. He further added that the GMC was ideally placed to drive changes forward but that extra flexibility and choice for doctors was a change that could not be delivered alone. Now, the GMC will work with the medical colleges and faculties, the Academy, the national education bodies, and professional organisations of the four UK countries to develop the plans further. 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.

6Apr

NHS England sets out plan for next phase of the Five Year Forward View

National Health Service (NHS) England has launched its new plan setting out how it will deliver practical developments in areas valued by patients and the public while transforming the way that care is delivered to ease pressure on hospitals by helping frail and older people live healthier, more independent lives. The newly updated Five Year Forward View also details an accelerated drive to improve efficiency and use of information technology in order to deliver better care and meet rising demand within the constraints of available resources. The NHS Five Year Forward View plan was introduced in 2014 and the plan outlines the next steps in further integrating and improving care: Better access to GP services with everyone benefiting from extended opening in the weekends and evenings, newly designated ‘Urgent Treatment Centres’ and an enhanced NHS 111 service to ease pressure on Accident & Emergency (A&E) Department. Improving mental health services by increasing beds for new mothers, more beds numbers for children and young people to cut out of area care, and more mental health professionals in the community and hospitals to stop crisis admissions. Better care for senior citizens by bringing together services provided by GPs, therapists, hospitals, nurses and care staff, cutting emergency admissions and time spent in hospitals. Driving effectiveness and tackling waste to make money financed in the NHS go further in providing the services and staff that patients need, including the latest treatments and technology. Better cancer care intended at saving an additional 5,000 lives per year through new one-stop testing centres, screening programmes and state of the art radiotherapy machines. Professor Jane Dacre, the President of the Royal College of Physicians said that the efforts on public health, cancer care and ease in the pressure of A&E is always welcome. However, in the previous few years such demands have meant that the opportunity and capability to transform services to advance the care provide for patients has become much harder to achieve. Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of NHS England said that the public support for the NHS is as strong as ever but so too are the pressures on NHS frontline staff. He further added that the plan for next phase of the Five Year Forward View outlined a course for practical care improvements for the next few years. NHS do not underestimate the challenges but, get these right, and staff, patients and the tax-paying public will see the benefits. Visit our blog daily for more updates on UKs' Healthcare System. If you need any help with Medical Recruitment across the UK, then feel free to contact us anytime.

4Apr

Nurse First Programme Launched to Attract More Nurses

On 31st March 2016, the Chief Nursing Officer for England, Professor Jane Cummings has announced a new fast track ‘Nurse First’ programme to attract graduates from other subject areas into nursing. The first successful applicants from a 'related discipline' will be recruited on to learning disability and mental health nursing career paths from September. Successful applicants will attend an educational course as well as receive hands on experience and training within the National Health Service (NHS). The Nurse First programme is inspired by the Teach First programme and it will create a new postgraduate programme that will fast track high achievers to registered graduate nursing positions. It is hoped that the scheme will help address workforce capacity and support the development of future nurse leaders in key areas, targeting learning disabilities and mental health in the first instance. Nurse First programme is part of the NHS Five Year Forward View Next Steps plan, which sets out how the NHS will employ and train the staff needed to meet the demands of the future population. The plans include: Better use of digital technology and platforms to support patients to manage and improve their own health. Expanding support roles in areas where shortages mean delays for patients. The NHS will also focus on education and training, return to practice, general practice nursing, retention and the profile and image of nursing. The chief Executive of the Royal College of Nursing, Janet Davies praised the introduction of the Nurse First programme and said it would help to combat staffing shortages. In the NHS, there is a serious shortage of nurses and unsafe staffing levels put high quality patient care at risk. Nursing is a hugely complex and responsible profession. It is important to focus on recalling nurses who are deciding to leave and offer flexible engagement to inspire people to return to nursing in the NHS. For latest update from National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system, visit our blog page daily. If you need any help with Medical Recruitment across the UK, then feel free to contact us anytime.

3Apr

Public Satisfaction with the NHS Remains Steady

A survey published by the King’s Fund has revealed that the British public’s satisfaction with the National Health Service (NHS) remained steady in 2016. The National Centre for Social Research carried out the ‘public satisfaction with the NHS in 2016 survey’ and found that 63 per cent of people were satisfied with the NHS. Here are listed some findings from the survey:  Among the 63 per cent of respondents, 65 per cent cited the quality of care as the reason for their satisfaction with the NHS in 2016, whilst 59 per cent said it was because the NHS is free at the point of care. Among the 22 per cent who were disappointed with the NHS, the most frequently mentioned reasons were lack of funding (45 per cent), waiting times (54 per cent), and lack of staff (48 per cent). Satisfaction with General Practice services was 72 per cent, which is higher than for any other NHS service. Satisfaction with NHS dentistry services was 61 per cent. This one is the highest level of public satisfaction with NHS dentistry since the early 1990s. From 2015, there was no change in satisfaction levels with the three hospital-based services, as 54 per cent of respondents said they were satisfied with A&E services, whilst 68 per cent said they were happy with outpatient services and 60 per cent were happy with inpatient services. Commenting on the report, the chair of British Medical Council, Dr Mark Porter said that the National Health Service is one of the best health services in the world, but with the main areas of disappointment around staff shortages, waiting times and lack of funding it is clear that the public know that the health service is under greater pressure and is at breaking point. He further added that the NHS remains under huge pressure and patients deserve more than sticking-plaster measures for such a vital public service. 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.

2Apr

NHS Doctors Will Receive Yet Another Below Inflation Pay Rise Next Year

On 28th March 2017, Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary announced that the NHS Health workers ranging from doctors, dentists, nurses and midwives to cleaners and porters are to receive a 1% pay rise in 2017/2018. The British Medical Association has warned that a 1% pay rise for NHS Staff will cause “widespread disappointment and anger” among the profession and will “do nothing” to tackle recruitment problems. Public bodies including the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) have already slammed the announcement and described the rise as “a bitter blow”. The pay review suggests the rise had to be set in context with the current 2.3% increase in the cost of living, and previous pay suppression. The chair of British Medical Association council, Dr Mark Porter said that the doctors’ pay has sharply declined in the past five years, with junior doctors seeing their income drop by 17 per cent. NHS staffs will be frustrated by this decision as it comes during a period when many healthcare staff are working harder than ever before in an environment of rising patient demand, staff shortages and stagnating budgets. Speaking in Parliament, the health secretary said that the government is delighted to accept its recommendations for a 1 per cent rise to all Agenda for Change pay points from 1st April 2017. The chief executive of NHS Employers, Danny Mortimer said that the NHS staffs are facing unprecedented financial and service challenges, and managing pay costs remains an important part of meeting these challenges. He further added that the NHS organisations have developed their financial plans on the basis of a continuation of the government’s ongoing public sector pay policy of 1 per cent pay awards, together with payment of annual increments. 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.

31Mar

Brexit Fears Prompting EU Nurses to desert UK, Says RCN

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN), Freedom of Information request revealed that nearly 3,000 EU nurses working in the UK left the Nursing and Midwifery Council register in 2016. The RCN says the Brexit fears are prompting EU nurses to desert the UK. Following the Brexit Vote in June 2016, EU nurses joining the Nursing and Midwifery Council register fell to fewer than 200 per month compared to about 800 a month for the same period in 2015. A separate Freedom of Information request has shown that 2,700 EU nurses already working in the UK left the NMC register in 2016. The Chief Executive of RCN, Janet Davies said that the EU nurses need a clear signal from Prime Minister, Theresa May that they are wanted and welcome to stay. The failure from the government to guarantee their right to remain is leaving soaring numbers heading for the door. Few EU nurses are able to live with such uncertainty. She further added that the Government is turning off the supply of qualified overseas nurses at the very moment the health service is in a staffing crisis like never before. They cannot afford to lose the international workers the National Health Service (NHS) relies on. Due to a shortage of British nurses, the NHS hospitals and community services have increasingly relied on international recruitment. It is expected that around one in three nurse will retire within the next 10 years and currently 24,000 nursing posts are unfilled in England. Meanwhile, the NMC has officially agreed to become the regulator of the new nursing associate role, following thoughtful discussion with the Department of Health. Commenting on the announcement, Philip Dunne, the health minister said that robust professional regulation was significant for delivering high quality care for patients. 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.