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.


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.


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.