Registration Open for Digital Apprenticeship Service

On 15th February 2017, the Government has announced that the registration process for the Apprenticeship Levy is now accessible online to all levy-paying companies. The new Digital Apprenticeship Service is an online digital system, similar to online banking, which allow employers to access money paid under the levy, help with the financial management of their programmes and monitor how much they are spending on apprenticeships. The new online service will also give employers the power to take control over their own Apprenticeship training. From 2018, Non-levy paying employers can expect to create an account. The Government sees 3 key benefits of the Digital Apprenticeship service for employers, outlining that it will help them to: Address skills shortages head on Focus on their business priorities Invest in the skills and training to help their organisations succeed The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and the Department for Education are encouraging large employers to register for the Digital Apprenticeship service before the launch of the apprenticeship levy on 6th April. The levy will only be paid by businesses with a payroll of more than £3 million, which represents less than 2 per cent of employers in the country. The Government hopes this will increase around £3 billion a year and fund 3 million new apprenticeship starts. To register for the apprenticeship levy, employers must have: Details for each organisation that will be making an contract with a training provider for apprenticeship training, including charity number or Companies House. Government Gateway login details for PAYE schemes they want to include Robert Halfon, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister said that the employers better understands the skills they need and that is why government is placing them in the driving seat, to make sure they get the talent they need to grow. 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.


Jeremy Hunt Admits Some NHS Care is ‘Completely Unacceptable’

Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health has conceded that the performance in some parts of the overwhelmed National Health Service (NHS) England is “completely unacceptable”. Hunt said there was “no excuse” for some of the problems faced by patients over the winter like lengthy waits in A&E and elderly patients languishing in hospital for months due to a lack of care home places. He accepted some of the care being offered to the patients was not what anyone would want for their own family and said the problems were “incredibly frustrating” and insisted the Government had a plan to help hospitals cope. Speaking to the BBC, Jeremy hunt said that there was already a "big transformation programme" in progress in the NHS with the aim of giving care to more people at home or in the community to ease pressures on NHS hospitals. He insisted that there were “positive” things happening in the NHS like improving cancer survival rates. Jon Ashworth, Labour Shadow Health Secretary said he is very pleased that the secretary of state is waking up to the scale of the crisis. He urged the government to provide more money available to put the NHS and heath and social care on a "sustainable footing". The non-executive director at the Care Quality Commission (CQC)), Sir Robert Francis QC said that the NHS was facing an “existential crisis”. He said there was an "increasing disconnect" between what was said generally about the NHS and "what people on the ground feel or see is going on”. 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.


EU uncertainty demoralising NHS staff, warns BMA

Mark Porter, the chair of British Medical Association (BMA) council has warned that the ongoing uncertainty over the UK leaving the European Union creates ‘serious instability’ for the National Health Service (NHS) and its staff. The Medical Students and European doctors in the UK are ‘scared and anxious’ over their future status. It is a reality that threatens to demoralise health service staff as a whole. Speaking at a conference organised by the Westminster Health Forum, Dr Mark said the addressing risks posed by Brexit to EU staff was vital to safeguarding the NHS workforce. He said most of the medical staffs are quite frightened and worried at the moment about whether they have a welcome place in this country or they will literally be banished from this country when the Government achieves its self-sufficiency in doctors policy. Currently, Medical Students are in the middle of their courses and doubting about whether they’re even going to be allowed to finish those courses by working in the NHS, he added. In the Conference, Dr Mark also underlined other areas distressing the NHS workforce that required to be arranged. These include: Ending ‘perverse incentives’ against weekend work, such as relatively higher pay rates for weekday elective working. Practical debate over seven-day services The issue of locum cover, which accounts for about £3bn a year across the NHS. He said a lot of this request is being driven by a lack of appropriate increases in permanent staff. Visit our blog page 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.


NHS needs £9.5bn to Success in STPs

The British Medical Association warns that modernising and securing the future of the National Health Service (NHS) England would cost at least £9.5bn of capital funding. The BMA says that NHS leaders are unlikely to have anything like the capital required to deliver the 44 Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs), with budgets already under severe pressure. The Health managers in 44 areas have been requested to draw up Sustainability and Transformation Plans setting out how they will decrease costs, improve care in their region and change services. However, such an overhaul would need significant capital investment, according to the BMA. BMA sent Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to all the 44 areas asking for their estimates to implement the STPs, among which 37 replied, with the figures quoted in responses totalling £9.53bn. BMA has found that more than half of the STP footprint areas have told NHS that they would need more than £100 million of upfront funding to make changes. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside, West Yorkshire, North Central London and North East London have quoted capital needs of £500m or more. The chairman of the BMA council, Dr Mark Porter said the NHS England is at breaking point and the STP process could have offered a chance to deal with some of the problems that the NHS is currently facing, like expensive fragmentation and buildings and equipment often unfit for purpose, unnecessary competition. A spokesperson for NHS England rejected the BMA’s findings and said that the clinicians, local health and care leaders are coming together to try and solve some deep-seated problems by identifying practical ways to improve services. 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.


Consultation Launched to Ensure Excellent Care for Congenital Heart Disease Patient

On 9th February 2017, National Health Service (NHS) England launched a public consultation on how it will put in place new standards for hospitals providing services for patients with congenital heart disease in England. The public consultation aims to gather as many views as possible from clinical experts, patients and families and will include face-to-face meetings around the country, webinars and an online survey. The consultation will runs for sixteen weeks from 9th February to 5th June 2017. The consultation follows a new set of quality standards for all hospitals providing congenital heart disease, which was published in 2015. The standards were developed in conjunction with Royal Colleges, clinical experts from more than 15 hospitals, hundred of patients and their families. Currently, NHS England is looking for views and input on how the standards can be put into practice. The standards set out the requirement for surgeons to do a minimum of 125 cases per year to ensure the best outcomes for patients. By April 2021, there should be a minimum of 3 surgeons in the team to cover the workload 24 hours a day, increasing to four surgeons per team. The National Clinical Director for Heart Disease, Professor Huon Gray said that they have worked hard with clinical professional and patients to develop a set of standards to accomplish this, and heard clearly during this process that this would only be value something for patients if acted upon. In a combined statement, the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Royal College of Surgeons said they fully support these standards. NHS England must guarantee that the standards are applied for the advantage of patients, by ensuring that expertise is focused where it is most suitable. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system. Feel free to contact us anytime for your Medical Recruitment Solution and migration solutions to work across the UK.


Jeremy Hunt to Consider Merging Health Regulation Bodies

The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt is preparing to launch a consultation documents that could lead to medical professions no longer having their own dedicated regulators. Later this year, the Department of Health will launch a consultation which will look at the potential of merging the existing nine health regulators into a single body. This would mean that over one million healthcare staff would be supervised by the same regulator, which could potentially result in changes to fees, standards and fitness to practise. The Director of nursing at the Royal College of Nursing, Donna Kinnair said that the new proposals raise a huge number of questions that will need addressing before any regulatory changes are made. The consultation paper will set out a range of options including: Bringing some of the nine together Merging all nine bodies into one new overarching health regulator Leaving the nine as separate entities but working more closely together. According to the Department of Health sources, the Health Secretary has no preferred plan. The sources said that the Health Secretary wants to advance public protection against the probability of being harmed by poor professional practice and make sure that worries about the poor performance of health professionals is dealt with quickly and appropriately. The Director of policy at the Nuffield Trust health thinktank, Candace Imison said the regulatory separation can impose professional separation, and create a difficult situation over who is in charge as new roles develop. However there needs to be sufficient time and effort to get this new organisation right, which the National Health Service has not always managed in the past, she added. The cost of running nine separate regulatory bodies costs £288 million, however they are run with self-funding from fees to registrants. 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.