£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.


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.