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.


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.


£95m to Support Healthcare Training and Education in Wales

On 20th February 2017, the government in Wales has announced a package of £95m to support a range of education and training programmes for healthcare professionals in Wales. The funding will help nurses, radiographers and physiotherapists and provide a range of health science training opportunities. The funding also enables more than 3,000 new students to study healthcare related courses in Wales. According to the Welsh Government, the new package of £95m is in addition to funding already in place for nursing, and will provide an additional 13 per cent increase in nursing training places i.e. an extra 192 student nurses to start courses in 2017-18. It also includes more than 40 per cent increase on places for midwifery training. The package will provide an extra £500,000 to support community healthcare. Speaking about the funding, Vaughan Gething, the Health Secretary of Welsh said that the welsh government rely on the skills, knowledge and experience of those providing the care in the National Health Service (NHS) on a regular basis. This involves paramedics and nurses who provide vital support services like laboratory tests to enable diagnoses to be made and cure to be provided. He further added that the new funding package will guarantee that the healthcare professionals are capable to provide high quality care now and in the future and that patients’ will be able to get care closer to home. Peter Meredith-Smith, the Director of Royal College of Nursing’s associate told the BBC that the investment will take few years for the full effects, with a time-lag between the new money rolling into the system and nurses completing their education and training. 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.


IGARD Formally Launches

Independent Group Advising on the Release of Data (IGARD) has formally launched with expert team members and an enhanced transparency remit. It is a new independent review group that reviews applications for sensitive NHS Digital data. The new group considers applications through the Data Access Request Service (DARS) as a replacement for the Data Access Advisory Group (DAAG). The main aims of the IGARD are: To improve transparency, quality, accountability and consistency through robust. Provide a voice for stakeholders and members of the public Independent scrutiny of NHS Digital data disseminations The independent chair of IGARD, Chris Carrigan said the members of a new independent group have an essential role in overseeing and advising NHS Digital on data releases. He further added that it is a very challenging task to keep balance between using data for the right reasons and protecting those to whom the data relates. The chief Operating Officer of NHS Digital, Rob Shaw welcome the independent chair of IGARD and other new members and look forward to working with them. He said the IGARD will modernise current processes and safeguard that the data collection, processing and sharing continues to be individually inspected by a balanced group of lay and expert members. The new independent review group supports enhanced transparency, accountability and consistency, which is extremely important within NHS Digital broader remit as trusted custodians of patient information. 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.


GP practices get free Wi-Fi for patients

By the end of March 2017, almost 1,000 GP practices will provide free Wi-Fi for patients as part of a national programme to roll it out across the health service. GP practices in 20 early adopter CCG areas - in London, Bolton, Newcastle and other parts of England were granted funding to support the move and plan to set up the free Wi-Fi service From 31st March. This is part of a national programme to implement free Wi-Fi across the National Health Service (NHS) by 2019 in both primary and secondary care. A total of 991 GP practices are in the areas set to deliver the service first. The patients will be able to access the free Internet via smart phones or tablets from their GP practice waiting room. The Internet will be accessible via an nhs.uk landing page 'which will host national healthcare information beside locally generated content from the general practice or CCG'. NHS Digital says five million patients will benefit from the first wave of free Wi-Fi. By Spring 2019, Wi-Fi will be rolled out across all NHS locations, including hospitals. Juliet Bauer, the Director of digital experience at NHS England said installing free Wi-Fi in NHS buildings is “an vital step in the delivery of a digital healthcare experience. She said the Patients will be able to access their GP record online through the Patient Online portal, empowering them to take more of an active role in considering and managing their condition, which leads to better health outcomes. The director of digital transformation at NHS Digital, Beverley Bryant said the NHS Wi-Fi is now open and the Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) that are joining in the early adopter phase are keen to invite industry suppliers who can get on board and be part of delivering this digital milestone for health and care. She further added that the NHS Wi-Fi is necessary for securing the long term future of NHS services by providing access to the modern health technology which will help medical professional in their work and allow patients to make well-versed choices in their treatment and care. 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. 


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.