9Mar

Top 5 Locum Misconceptions and truth behind it

A locum is a medical practitioner who temporarily covers duties of an absent doctor or supplements during the peak seasons. Medical practitioners who don't have experience working as locum may see it as an unusual choice. However, the truth is large number of doctors choose locum job at some point of their careers in order to increase income, broaden experience or to introduce some flexibility in daily routines. Working as locum can give huge range of opportunities to medical practitioners but also there are some common misconception that physicians do not want to work as a locum tenens. Here are some common misconception about working as a locum tenens and the truth behind them. I can’t take locum assignment if I have a full-time position or practice This conception is totally wrong. You can work beside your regular job in your holidays or do some extra shifts if you like. You are free to do locum job whenever you want. Locum is fast and easy way to earn extra money to pay off school debt, increase your savings, fulfill your financial goals etc.    locum tenens job is too unpredictable and demanding By working as a locum you can define and create your own work life schedule. Locum job gives you the freedom and flexibility to work in short or long term assignment, based on your personal preference. The beauty of working as a locum is you can choose your shifts and schedule giving your more time with your family and friends. You can also choose to travel around at your free time if you like. locum jobs doesn’t build a strong CV or credentials Locum work will help you gain experience in varied settings. It can be used to make a CV in a way which you cannot simply get from working in a single position in a regular job. New medical graduates who work as a locum are preferred for placement and fellowship than the others, while also building an impressive CV. Locum tenens can’t build relationships with their patients It’s not true. When you work as a locum, you can fully focus on your patients and their healthcare because you don’t have to deal with hospital politics and administrative issues. And you can choose to take regular assignments at the same location and develop a long lasting relationship with your patients.  Working locum tenens doesn’t provide a consistent income Locum can easily find work in their specialty. If you have specialized skills you will always be in high demand. You are paid on an hourly rate and have an opportunity to choose your own shifts. Your earnings from a locum job depends upon the number of hours you worked. All these misconceptions are totally wrong, we welcome you to come and work through us and find the truth yourself. Search for locum job here and find about the truth behind these misconception. If you need any help with Medical Recruitment across the UK, then feel free to contact us anytime.

6Mar

Two Thirds of People Support an Opt-Out Organ Donation System

According to the British Medical Association (BMA) poll, two thirds of people across the UK (65 per cent) support a ‘soft’ opt-out organ donation system. The survey, which asked 2,011 people also found that while two out of three people (66 per cent) want to donate their organs at death but only a third (39 per cent) are signed up to the organ donation register. Currently, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland have an opt-in organ donation system where a person has to register their consent to donate their organs in the event of their death. Wales has already introduced an opt-out system in which patients are assumed to be willing to donate their organs unless they register their objection in advance. If an objection had not been recorded, family members would still be given the chance to check whether the individual had any unregistered objection, as an additional safeguard, before any procedures went ahead. The chair of BMA ethics committee, Dr John Chisholm said the latest findings shows that a large number of people who wish to donate their organs are not signing up to the register. Nearly, 10,000 people in the UK are in need of an organ transplant, with 1,000 patients dying every year while still on the waiting list. Since soft opt-out system was adopted in Wales, 160 organs have been transplanted, about a quarter of which were down to the new system. Though organ transplantation has seen remarkable medical achievements it has not yet got its full life saving and life-transforming potential. The BMA is calling for all UK governments to follow suit and adopt a soft opt-out system, he added. 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.

3Mar

Almost half of European doctors considering leaving UK due to Brexit

A recent survey conducted by the British Medical Association (BMA) finds that almost half of the NHS’s EU workforce is considering leaving the UK following the Brexit vote; while over 50% don’t think the government does enough for international doctors. Here are listed some finding from BMA survey of 1,193 European Economic Area (EEA) doctors working in the UK.  42 per cent are considering leaving the UK following the referendum vote, with a further 23 per cent admitting they are unsure whether they will remain in the UK. European doctors felt highly respected by patients before the EU referendum result, and this continues to be the case. On a scale of one to ten, European doctors said they feel considerably less appreciated by the Government of UK in light of the EU referendum result. The average rating dropped from seven out of ten before the referendum, to less than four out of ten after the referendum. The number of EU doctors who felt significantly committed to working in the UK in the light of the Brexit result also dropped from nine out of ten before the referendum to just six out of ten following the result. Commenting on the findings, the chair of BMA council, Dr Mark Porter said that the government must act now to guarantee long-term stability across the healthcare system by providing assurance to medical professionals from the EU about their future in the UK. The president of the Royal College of Physicians, Professor Jane Dacre said the BMA survey showed that the government, the National Health Service (NHS) and the public needed to value and support all NHS staff, wherever they are from. Currently a quarter of NHS doctors are from overseas, and the NHS has benefitted from their talents, skills and commitment to working with us in the UK. The government must continue to support overseas doctors, despite the insecurity caused by the Brexit situation. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the UK. Feel free to contact us anytime for your Medical Recruitment Solution and migration solutions to work across the UK.

2Mar

Immigration Skills Charge on Tier 2 Visas From 6 April 2017

The UK Government has introduced a new Immigration Skills Charge for Tier 2 visa sponsors. From 6th April 2017, employers of Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) and Tier 2 (General) visa applicants will be subject to an Immigration Skills Charge. The Immigration Skills Charge is an additional government charge on any UK organisation with a Tier 2 sponsor licence. The Skills Charge will need to be paid upfront at the point a certificate of sponsorship (CoS) is assigned to an individual. Employers who recruit skilled workers from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) through the Tier 2 route will pay the Immigration Skills Charge. The money generated by the skills charge will be used by the Department of Education to address skills gaps in the UK workforce. The skills charge will also help reduce the burden of tax from the Immigration System. Key Points of the Immigration Skills Charge The skill charge will be £1,000 per year for medium or large sponsors. The skill charge will be £364 per year for small businesses, charities or a person who employs no more than 50 employees An individual coming to the UK whose CoS is issued for two and half years would pay £2,500 for the Immigration Skills Charge. The skill charge does not apply to CoS given to individuals before 6 April 2017 or to existing Tier 2 workers already in the United Kingdom before 6 April 2017 who extend their stay or change employer or job. The refund process is likely to follow the same provisions as the Immigration Health Surcharge fee where applications are refused or withdrawn. The Immigration Skills Charge is completely exempt for: Dependants Tier 2 ICT Graduate Trainee Tier 2 worker performing a PhD level role specified by the Home Office Skilled workers switching from the Tier 4 visa category Any family members of the Tier 2 applicant. Skilled workers applying for entry clearance for less than 6 months Please get in touch with us anytime if you have any queries about the new Immigration Skills Charge. Visit our blog daily for more updates on UKs' Healthcare System. 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.

27Feb

Hospital Beds Numbers Down 20% in a Decade

The British Medical Association has warned that NHS hospital beds numbers have plunged by 20 per cent over the past decade and left the health service at “breaking point”. A new BMA report “State of the health system, Beds in the NHS: England” reveals that the number of overnight beds in England hospitals fell by a fifth between 2006/7 and 2015/16. Here are listed some findings from the BMA’s new report: In the first week of January 2017 nearly three quarters of trusts had an occupancy rate of 95 per cent on at least one day of that week. The number of hospital beds per head has fallen, at a time when demand on NHS services has increased. In 2000, there were an average of 3.8 beds per 1,000 people. By 2015, this dropped to 2.4 beds. In November 2016, 15 per cent of patients i.e. almost one in seven had spent more than four hours waiting for a hospital bed. There has been a 44 per cent decrease in the number of mental health beds since 2000/01. The chair of BMA council, Dr Mark Porter said that the high bed occupancy is an indication of wider pressure and demand on an overloaded and underfunded system. It causes delays in admissions, operations being cancelled and patients being unfairly and sometimes repeatedly let down. A spokeswoman for NHS Improvement said that in this winter the NHS has been under real pressure, as it copes with demand for emergency services the knock-on effects are felt in the NHS hospitals. NHS Improvement is working tirelessly alongside providers to help NHS hospitals manage and to support more efficient use of the number of beds available, spokeswoman added. 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.

26Feb

New Guide for Specialty and Associate Specialist Doctor Development

A new guidance on the development of Specialty and Associate Specialist (SAS) doctors in the NHS has been published by the Health Education England (HEE) along with the British Medical Association (BMA), NHS Employers and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) on 22nd February 2017. The new guidance has been developed to help ensure that SAS doctors are supported to remain fit to practice and develop in their careers. SAS doctors are a diverse group with a wide range of skills, experience, and specialties. SAS doctors include specialty doctors, staff grades, associate specialists and a number of other career grades. This new guide for SAS explains: How different groups can work together to ensure best practice is consistently applied. Actions that can be taken to guarantee that best practice are applied in the development of SAS doctors and dentists. In 2016, NHS Employers ran four regional workshops in partnership with the BMA, HEE, and the AoMRC for SAS doctors in Leeds, Birmingham, Taunton and London. The workshops focused on a range of subjects including certificate of eligibility for specialist registration, identifying barriers and solutions to effective development credentialing, and opportunities for SAS doctors in leadership roles. The new guidance is useful for anyone involved in the development of SAS doctors, such as employers, HEE’s local team and SAS doctors themselves and the medical royal colleges. The guide contains specific sections for: Medical Directors Medical Staffing Teams NHS Boards SAS Doctors You can download the new SAS Development Guide from here. 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.