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.

30Mar

NHS England to Issue New Guidance on Low Value Prescription Items

The chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens has announced a review of low value prescription items, which the National Health Service may stop prescribing in an effort to make significant savings. From April 2017, the NHS England will be issuing a new guidance restricting the future prescription of a range of low value medicines. The new guidance will advice Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) nationwide to not prescribe certain low-value medicines. NHS England hope the new Guidance will save the service up to £400m per year. Initially, NHS England will develop guidelines around a set of 10 medicines that are unnecessary, ineffective and inappropriate for prescription on the NHS. These medicines include treatment for antihistamines, indigestion, coughs and colds, heartburn medication and suncream. NHS England said these "low-value" prescription items are thought to cost the service £128 million per year. While developing the guidance, the views of patient groups, healthcare professionals, commissioners and providers across the NHS will be taken. The chair of the Royal College of GPs (RCGP), Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard welcome the decision and said that the college was keen to work with NHS England and other National bodies in the devolved nations to make the changes a success. A spokesperson for NHS England said that the new guidelines will instruct Clinical Commissioning Groups on the ordering of medicines generally measured as low priority and will provide support to CCGs, prescribers and dispensers. Spokesperson added that the rising demand for prescriptions for medicine that can be bought over-the-counter at quite low cost, often for self-limiting or minor illnesses, highlights the need for all clinicians to work even closer with patients to make sure the best possible value from NHS resources, while removing wastage and improving patient outcomes. 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.

29Mar

GMC Urges Junior Doctors to Share Their Experiences of Rota Gaps

The General Medical Council (GMC) has introduced a series of questions into this year’s National Training Survey focusing on the impact of rota gaps on Junior Doctors education and training. From 21st March 2017, the National Training Survey has started and for the first time the GMC, which oversees medical education and training in all four UK nations, has added five new questions on rotas gaps. Last year’s National Training Survey results recommended that junior doctors with heavy workloads were more likely to miss out on teaching sessions, be asked to manage with clinical problems beyond their capability and to experience inadequate assignments with colleagues. As a result, the GMC has introduced the new questions to examine the problem more closely and to improve the GMC’s UK-wide perspective of the impact poor rota design is having on workloads and training. The five questions on rota design are listed below: In my current post, gaps in the rota are dealt with appropriately to ensure my education and training is not adversely affected. In my current post, there are sufficient staffs to confirm that patients are always treated by someone with a proper level of clinical experience. In my current post, educational/training opportunities are rarely lost due to gaps in the rota. I was given enough notice about my rota in advance of starting my current post. The rota design in my current post helps optimise trainee doctors’ education and development. Every year, the National Training Survey seeks views of around 60,000 doctors in training as well as 45,000 senior doctors who occupy trainer roles. It is the first time rota design has been addressed by specific questions in the National Training Survey. The new questions on rota design have been written with response from doctors in training, investigators and key organisations to ensure they cover the key problems linked to rota design. The chief Executive of the General Medical Council, Charlie Massey said that the Health services are under significant pressure across the UK, which is why it’s important to get as full a picture as possible of the impact service demands have on doctors in training and on the trainers. He further added that the new questions would help to better understand the extent to which doctors’ education and training are at risk of being compromised. 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.