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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.