28Mar

NHSI Place Another Three Trusts in Financial Special Measures

NHS Improvement is putting three more National Health Service trusts into financial special measures to help them meet their savings plans. The three NHS trusts that are placed in financial special measures are listed below:  North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust According to the NHS Improvement, these three trusts have failed to keep up with their agreed control totals. So, the trusts will be joining the seven trusts currently in financial special measures as they ran up a combined deficit of £145m. On July 2016, the financial special measures programme was introduced to help NHS trusts struggling financially, and has saved the NHS around £100m in improving efficiencies since its establishment. Each trusts in financial special measures will receive a package of support from NHS Improvement, which is designed to achieve rapid financial improvement, while maintaining or improving their quality. A Financial Improvement Director will also be appointed who are highly experienced NHS leaders or experts in supporting financial improvement in major organisations. The chief executive of NHS Improvement, Jim Mackey said that three trusts being put into financial special measures are not on course to meet their savings targets and financial special measures will be an effective way of supporting them to significantly improve. The chief executive of the NHS Confederation, Niall Dickson commented that the news should come as evidence that NHS organisations are working “flat out” to sustain their services with incredibly tight finances. There was a growing recognition in the National Health Service that money alone would not solve its problems, as he also called for the health and care system to be redesigned, describing it as “not fit-for-purpose". 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.

19Mar

Improving the Working Lives of Junior Doctors

On 14th March 2017, the Health Education England has published a comprehensive update report highlighting the progress made by Health Education England to improve working lives of junior doctors. At the instigation of the BMA, the Health Education England has promised to enhance the working lives of junior doctors outlining a range of actions to make training better and more flexible. The junior doctors’ contract argument underlined a number of issues including their training and working environment. Unhappiness, anger, reports of low morale and disappointment were widespread. The Common anxieties involved subjects that sat outside the agreement itself and included different interpretations of the many rules around flexibility in junior doctors training, lack of timely information about rotations and on-call duties and the rising costs of developing as a professional. A working group was established by Health Education England in partnership with General Medical Council, NHS Employers, the British Medical Association Junior Doctors’ Committee (JDC), Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and trainee representatives. Some of the main areas for action included: Committing to lessening unfairness in study leave guaranteeing that essential costs of training are not borne by junior doctors; New legal protection for juniors raising patient safety concerns. Rising the attention on appreciating healthcare staff including junior doctors; Creating more flexibility to doctors with regard to placement that will benefit doctors with special circumstances who need to train in a certain areas, those who want to move region and those who want to train in the same areas as their partner. The Director of Quality and Education and Medical Director, Health Education England, Professor Wendy Reid, said that she is very thankful to all those who have contributed to this work over the past 18 months. There is obviously more to do, and Health Education England will work with all concerned to continue to raise the quality of doctors’ working lives and the quality of their training. The Executive Medical Director of NHS Improvement, Dr Kathy McLean said that the junior doctors are a vital part of providing great services to patients across the NHS. NHS Improvement will continue to work together with providers to make sure that they are doing what they can to support junior doctors to ensure they feel like appreciated members of the team. For latest update from National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system, visit our blog page daily. 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.

17Mar

New immigration charge 'could cost NHS millions of pounds'

Doctors leader have warned ministers that they must exempt health and social care professionals from an upcoming immigration charge to prevent the NHS budget losing out on millions of pounds. The new immigration charge could make NHS staff shortages worse. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the British Medical Association (BMA) says the Government’s immigration skills charge that applies a £1,000 charge per year of visa to overseas staff coming to the UK on a Tier 2 visa would result in bodies such as HEE (Health Education England) and NHS employing trusts experiencing substantial charges. The Immigration skill charge is designed to encourage businesses to train British staff to take on skilled roles, and lessen the number of migrant workers being appointed by firms in the UK. The charge will be introduced from next month. In a letter to the home secretary, Amber Rudd, the chief executive and general secretary of Royal College of Nursing, Janet Davies and the chair of BMA council, Mark Porter warn that failing to exempt overseas health staff would strip frontline services of vital funds. Janet Davies said the Immigration skill charge could risk " turning off the supply of qualified overseas nurses at the very moment the health service is in a staffing shortage like never before. Dr Mark Porter blamed the Government's "poor workforce planning" on leaving the National Health Service (NHS) "struggling to handle the huge and expected staff shortages" and therefore dependant on overseas recruitment. He further added that the introduction of Immigration skill charge could take desperately required money from an already under-funded health service, worsen the present staffing problems, and effect the level of care that hospitals are able to provide to patients. Both RCN and NHS said there are already checks in place to guarantee UK and EU nationals are offered roles first, and said overseas medical professional are recruited when posts cannot be filled. 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.

16Mar

NHS Scotland Launches GP Information Sharing System

National Health Service Scotland has launched an information sharing system to support planning in health and social care. NHS Scotland SPIRE system has gone live now which will allow GPs to share anonymised patient information for research purposes. The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) and the British Medical Association (BMA) Scottish GP Committee has developed the Scottish Primary Care Information Resource (Spire) system. The Spire system will send encrypted data from GP practices to NHS National Services Scotland in order to “better understand the health and social care needs of the individuals. The data will include date of birth, vaccinations, gender, diagnoses and prescribed medicines, but not any names, other personal details or records made by a doctor or nurse. All the data will be encrypted and anonymised before it leaves the GP practice. According to the NHS National Services Scotland, the spire system is not a national database and will not regularly collect patient data or extract information unless it is needed for a specific, approved reason. The information will not be kept for any longer than necessary, being deleted after use. The Spire system was designed with a focus on strong governance and security, and that GP practices will have control over all data that they make available. The chair of BMA Scotland General Practitioners’ Committee, Dr Alan McDevitt cited the example of GPs being able to examine how many of their diabetic patients have eye problems then plan for screening and mediations. He said there are many different examples of how, with the correct information, you can target the right kind of things to help individuals with their daily lives. The clinical lead for SPIRE, Dr Libby Morris said that the SPIRE is a main step forward for public health in Scotland and will let information from GP patient records to be safely conveyed electronically to NHS National Services Scotland and held securely, guaranteeing the highest values of patient privacy and confidentiality. 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. 

15Mar

Online Doctor Services May Pose Public Health Risk, CQC Warns

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has said that patients health could be at risk from online companies offering doctors’ services and prescription medicines. The CQC is warning patients to be very careful of buying medications on the Internet. The warning comes after an investigation of Internet prescription services in England found ‘widespread failings’. The investigators found two firms Treated.com, run by HR Healthcare, and MD Direct which had traded through the website assetchemist.co.uk were putting patients life at risk by failing to study their medical history before suggesting medicines to them. There were also question about whether clinicians had the related skills or qualifications to diagnose illnesses or prescribe. Professor Steve Field, the CQC Chief Inspector of General Practice commented that there was ‘little clinical oversight’ in the way many websites sold medicines. He said Patients could go online, self-diagnose their illness, order their own medicine and obtain a prescription from the online doctor service, with minimal checks. Now the CQC has published a clear set of standards for online pharmacies, saying they must: Confirm that patients match their photo ID, such as through a Skype check Get a complete and up-to-date medical history Make sure patients truly understand what medicines they are being given Seek permission to contact a patient's GP The director of inspection, enforcement and standards at the MHRA, Gerald Heddell said a proper discussion with a medical professional is essential to make sure that a suitable diagnosis of patient condition can be made, their medical history can be reviewed, and their recovery can be monitored and any adverse reactions can be dealt with. The chairwoman of Healthwatch England, Jane Mordue said that the Internet has changed the way people do almost everything, from booking holidays to banking. But when it comes about health it is even more important to make sure that patients know that the online services they are accessing are safe. 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.

14Mar

New Report Focuses to Make General Practice Nursing a Top Career Destination

On 8th March 2017, the Health Education England (HEE) published a new report about improving training available in GP practice settings and increasing the profile of the role to retain and develop the general practice nursing workforce. The general practice nursing workforce development plan sets out a range of measures to increase numbers of general practice nurses and make the role “a top career destination”. The chair of the general practice workforce group, Dr Peter Lane FRCGP is very pleased to lead the important piece of work and use his experience and knowledge to help tackle some of the challenges faced. He said the highly skilled general practice nursing workforce provides an essential high standard of care to their local populations and are precious members of primary care teams. The new report provides clear guidance and steps that can be taken to advance GPN recruitment and maintenance, and inspire nurses to return to the profession by setting out how best to react to the current and anticipated workforce challenges at both strategic and local levels, he added. Here are listed key recommendations from new report: Raising the profile of general practice nursing, to increase the acceptance of the role as a first-destination career Improving training facility for the general practice nurse workforce by offering access to accredited training to train them for each level of their role Developing GPN educator roles to cover all CCG areas A national ‘return to practice’ education programme which includes a general practice mentorship, placement and appropriate support to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements for ‘return to practice’. Health Education England director of nursing and deputy director of education and quality, Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt welcomed the new report and said that it is very important to understand the pivotal role that general practice nurses play in providing care to patients up and down the country. 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.