21Apr

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.

20Apr

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.

19Apr

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.

18Apr

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.

17Apr

NHS Nurses to Vote on Strike Action Over Cap on Wages

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has asked its UK wide around 270,000 members whether they want to take industrial action in protest at continuing cuts to their pay. The RCN has launched a Poll asking if RCN members want to strike or take other forms of action, although a separate formal ballot would be required by law before any industrial action. The nurses will also be asked if they are willing to take other forms of industrial action, such as only working their contracted hours, demanding to be paid for overtime and not completing duties expected of a higher pay band. The poll has started from 13th April 2017 and closes on 7th May 2017. The union will decide whether to issue a formal ballot or not after the result of the poll. The result will be announced at the RCN's annual congress in Liverpool in the middle of next month. According to the RCN, the government has imposed a 14 per cent real-terms cut on nursing wages since 2010. The low levels of pay are responsible in part for tens of thousands of vacant nursing posts, and that unsafe staffing levels harm the quality of patient care. A formal pay cap of 1 per cent was introduced in 2015 after year-on-year pay freezes in the previous parliament. Janet Davies, the Chief Executive & General Secretary of RCN said that the Patients won’t get the care they deserve because a public sector pay rise caps were running a “recruitment and retention crisis” in the profession. She further added that if the government wants to fill the rising number of vacant nursing post then they must value nursing staff more than it has in recent years. 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.

16Apr

Seven Trusts to Drive Digital Mental Health Services

National Health Service (NHS) England has confirmed the name of seven trust that will become Global Digital Exemplars for Mental Health and receive a share of £35m to develop and roll-out innovative technology for patient treatment. The new funding for seven mental health trusts enables these organisations to improve online access to patient records, improve care for patients experiencing mental health issues, develop ways for staff to work remotely and boost the use of apps to help patients while they wait for face-to-face treatments. The Funding will go towards a variety of plans, including a system that will allow all healthcare professionals working with a particular patient to have access to real-time records, from triage and initial assessment, through admissions and referrals to follow-up care. The mental health trusts will also develop remote, mobile and assistive technologies to enable patients to manage their conditions and allow family and carers to provide the best possible support. Here are listed the name of seven mental health trusts: Berkshire Healthcare NHS FT Mersey Care NHS FT Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS FT Oxford Health NHS FT Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS FT Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust South London and Maudsley NHS FT Keith McNeil, NHS’s chief clinical information officer, said that healthcare professionals must embrace technology to deliver the best care to NHS service users and that the investment would help to provide both improved experience and outcomes for service users across the country. Minister for Public Health and Innovation, Nicola Blackwood said that the excellent use of information and technology is fundamental to the transformation of the health and care system. She further added that the Global Digital Exemplars will be world class in supporting high quality care with digital technology, providing a blueprint for excellence, not only to the NHS, but across the world. 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.