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.


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.


Changes in Apprenticeship Levy is Live

From 6th April 2017, the changes to the way the government funds apprenticeships have come into effect. All employers with an annual pay bill over £3 million must contribute to a new Apprenticeship Levy. Funds to pay for apprenticeship training will be available through an online account system managed by the Apprenticeship Service. According to the new changes, training providers will no longer get funding direct from the government, instead employers will negotiate contracts for the delivery of the apprenticeship training and evaluations they need, giving them more control in the process. The funding agreement for apprentices who start an apprenticeship before 1st May 2017 will not be effected. Here are listed the key points in Paying the Apprenticeship Levy: All employers are now required to report and pay their levy to HMRC through the Pay as You Earn (PAYE) process. The levy will not affect the funding for apprentices who started an apprenticeship programme before 1 May 2017. All employers will receive an allowance of £15,000 to offset against the levy, which means the levy will only be payable on a pay bill in excess of £3 million in each year. Employers will create an online account and the levy funds are paid into this. Employers who are aged 19 will pay just 10 per cent of the cost of the apprenticeship training and the Government will pay the remaining 90 per cent. The funding is credited to the online account on a monthly basis, with a 10 per cent top-up applied at the same time. From 1st May 2017, the way apprenticeships are funded will change. Employers who pay the levy can access funds through their online service account to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment. For non-levy businesses with less than 50 employees there will also be a new £1,000 incentive towards apprenticeships for taking on someone aged 16 to 18. HMRC says that the new system will offer far more assurance by making incremental changes to tax payments. This will benefit likely eight million taxpayers who currently end the tax year having either over or under paid tax. 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.


Sir Bruce Keogh Announces Retirement from NHS England

NHS England’s National Medical Director, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh has announced that he will be stepping down from his position at the end of 2017 after 10 years in the role. Professor Sir Bruce Keogh has been appointed as Chair of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and will take up this important role when he leaves NHS England. He will replace current chair of the trust, Dame Christine Braddock, who said she is ‘pleased’ to hand over to Keogh to continue their ‘outstanding work’. During his time at NHS England, Sir Bruce Keogh significantly led the Keogh review, which inspected 14 hospitals with high mortality rates, and placed 13 of them in special measures. Keogh said he recognised that it’s the time to make a change. Now he has the opportunity to focus his attention on improving services for women and children in his home city. Commenting on the news, the Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens said that Professor Sir Bruce Keogh has given superb medical leadership to the National Health Service (NHS) and has been a great source of wisdom and advice to all. Chris Hopson, the chief executive of NHS Providers praised Sir Bruce Keogh for walking a “difficult tightrope” in his tenure with professionalism, integrity and skill. He further added that it is vital that the public should have confidence in the capability of the NHS to deliver high-quality care, and Keogh has provided a reliable voice of wisdom and experience on some difficult issues. The University of Birmingham welcomed Professor Sir Bruce Keogh as chair of the Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and said that Sir Bruce Keogh will be a huge asset to the trust. They look forward to welcoming him back to the city and to working closely with him through their Birmingham Health Partners alliance. 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.


NMC Makes OSCE Process More Flexible

On 6th April 2017, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has announced changes to its application process for nurses and midwives trained outside the European Union / European Economic Area (EU/EEA). The new changes on the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) Process will provide extra flexibility by increasing the number of times a nurse or midwife can sit in the test they need to pass in order to practise medicine in the UK. NMC is the regulator of nursing and midwives in the UK. Nurse and Midwife, who want to work in the UK, must join the NMC’s register. Nurses and midwives trained outside the EU/EEA must successfully take a two-part test of competence in order to join the NMC’s register. The first part is a computer-based test and second one is OSCE. Computer-based test can be taken anywhere in the world but the applicants can take OSCE only in the UK. According to current process, if the nurse or midwife fails to pass the OSCE at their first attempt then they can re-sit on the exam after ten days. If they fail the exam in their second attempt then their application closes and they must wait for six months before re-applying. NMC understands that the current process can put huge pressure on candidates on Tier 2 immigration visas, with applicants either leave the country or start the application again within a tight timeframe, where they do not have 6 months left on their visa and over the changes NMC have made aim to increase flexibility in this area. Nurses and midwives submitting a new registration application from 6 April 2017 will have the opportunity to sit on OSCE for a third time if they need to, waiting 3 months to allow for further preparation, all within the same application. The new change on OSCE will bring overseas registration process in line with the 8 months time limit permitted by their visa to successfully complete their OSCE. The chief executive and registrar of the NMC, Jackie Smith said that the NMC want to guarantee that all nurses and midwives with the right skills and knowledge can join NMC register regardless of where they were trained. She further added that working in a new country can be daunting so, NMC want to make it is as direct as possible for nurses and midwives to demonstrate that they can meet the standards required to work in the UK. 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.


NHS Digital to Offer Single Identity Service by September 2017

According to the NHS Digital’s latest business plan, NHS Digital will have a single, secure identity for each member of the public across health and care services by the end of September 2017. On 28th March 2017, NHS Digital published its latest board paper that shows NHS Digital “will agree a system for Citizen Identify and go live for selected Personalised health and care 2020 programmes” by the end of September 2017. NHS Digital aims to create an identity authentication scheme which “links social identities to an NHS identity so the correct information can be confidently shared”. The plans are part of the Personalised health and care 2020 programmes, and forms part of the patient engagement stream, aiming on giving patients control of their own health and “lessening pressures on frontline services”. The digital identity plan will be integrated with NHS.uk to create a single point of public access to online information and health service "interactions” including the personal health record that is being developed, which will give patients online access to their health records for the first time. Last year, Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary announced the plans to revamp NHS Choices, but the NHS.uk team has been blogging about the project since 2015. It was back in June 2015 that the rebranding was announced by the director of strategic systems and technology at NHS England, Beverley Bryant. A spokeswoman for NHS Digital said that NHS Digital was "studying a number of strategic options for confirmation and identity verification for digital health services, including consideration of current services such as Patient Online and GOV.UK Verify. NHS Digital is taking an incremental approach and will be publishing updates as progress through this work, spokeswoman 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.