GMC Backs Plan to Put GPs on Specialty Register

The General Medical Council (GMC) has said that it will back a move to include General Practitioners in a single advanced specialist register. The chief executive of the GMC, Charlie Massey has announced that the moves to create a single register of specialists that includes GPs would be supported by the GMC. Last year the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the British Medical Association (BMA) launched a campaign for general practice to be considered as a medical specialty, and merge the two separate GMC lists for hospital doctors and GPs. According to the GP leaders, the move will let GPs to work freely in other European countries, and would stop GPs from ’being second class citizens’ in medicine. Charlie Massey said that the GPs make an enormous and vital contribution to healthcare in the UK, delivering expert care and treatment to millions of patients every year. He further added that the GMC accept the recent argument made by the RCGP and the BMA to make a single advanced register for both GPs and specialists would make the entire medical register more helpful and informative for employers, patients and doctors. The chair of BMA GPs committee, Chaand Nagpaul welcomed the move adding that a single medical register would finally guarantee parity of professional recognition for general practice. He said Putting GPs on the specialist register would make their expertise clearer and put them on a deserved equal footing with other specialists, such as hospital consultants. Now, the UK Government should follow the GMC’s lead and listen to the case made by the BMA by modifying the Medical Act so GPs get the recognition they deserve. 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. 


NHS Handed Patient Data to Home Office in Immigration Crackdown

The National Health Service (NHS) has handed the confidential patient records of more than 8,000 people to the Home Office as part of a drive to track down immigration offenders. For the first time, the details of an agreement between the health service and the Home Office allowing requests for information on suspected immigration offenders has been made public. According to the report of the Health Service Journal (HSJ), NHS Digital, which is a “safe haven” for patient data is handing over personal information of patients to the Home Office as part of a new memorandum of understanding between the two bodies and the Department of Health. A memorandum of understanding makes clear that the NHS digital is required by law to hand over non-clinical patient details including individual’s last known addresses, Dates of Birth, Names, primary care service area code, GP’s details and date of registration with the NHS. From 1st January 2017, the memorandum of understanding has came into effect which claims that the sharing of confidential patient information to trace illegal immigrants is legally justified in the “public interest”. The latest figures reveal that the number of Home Office requests have risen threefold since 2014 as the government has stepped up Theresa May’s ambition to “create a hostile environment” for illegal immigrants in Britain. The Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott has called the practice “unacceptable” and said that the government have already used schools to gather immigration data on children and now they are using the NHS in the same way. A spokesperson from the government said that the government share limited information between the Home Office and health agencies to trace vulnerable people and immigration offenders, and prevent those without the right to access benefits and services doing so at the expense of the UK taxpayer. 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.


NMC to Regulate New Nursing Associate Role

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has formally agreed to regulate the new nursing associate role. It accepted a request by the Department of Health (DoH) to enter the new role on its register at a meeting of its ruling council on 25th January 2017. The head of the regulator has said that the NMC’s decision to regulate Nursing Associates role will benefit nurses, because it will give them with “a great deal more assurance”  in their practice when they assign tasks. In November 2016, the Department of Health had asked the NMC to regulate the new Nursing Associates Role, which has been developed to bridge the gap between the health & care support workers, offering opportunities for health care assistants to progress into nursing roles. Nursing associates will require 2 years’ training and give hands-on care and will not independently review treatment plans or make decisions on care. According to the NMC, it would need the government to pay £4m to set up regulation for nursing associates or else there will be risk on its other programmes of work, including its revision of nurse education standards. However, NMC also said that having one body regulating both nursing associates and nurse would make it simpler to align education and practice standards where needed, and point out the differences between them as necessary. The Chief Executive and Registrar of the NMC, Jackie Smith said that the NMC has agreed to an appeal from the DoH to be the regulator for the new nursing associate role, after a thoughtful and thorough discussion. She further added that the role of the NMC is to provide clarity for patients and the profession. NMC are well equipped to regulate nursing associates and this is a positive endorsement of their progress. NMC will continue to work closely with stakeholders including the Health Education England and Department of Health to guarantee the successful development and implementation of Nursing Associates role. In December 2016, more than 1,000 nursing associates trainees have began training at 11 test sites in England. A second cohort will also begin training at another 24 sites in the spring. By the end of the nursing associates training, they will have gained a “level 5” qualification, equivalent to a foundation degree. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the UK. Recruitment Synergy is a UK based Medical Recruitment Agency. We offer Medical Recruitment and migrational services to our clients and candidates all over the UK.


GPs' Opening Hours Will Not Be Extended

National Health Service (NHS) and the Department of Health officials have told that GP surgeries in England will not be forced to extend opening hours, despite the prime minister Theresa May blaming practices for the current crisis in hospitals. Earlier this month, the prime minister had suggested that the limitation on GPs’ working hours was putting unnecessary pressure on overstretched A&E departments. It was supposed that the Department of Health was asking GPs to remain open from 8am to 8pm every day or face funding withdrawal. On 23rd January, the chair of BMA GPs committee (GPC), Chaand Nagpaul in a letter to GPs said that the prime minister comments had been an “unacceptable” and a “slur” against general practice. The current problems in the NHS are a crisis of the government’s own making. He further added that the GPC will not accept pushing GPs to work any harder or longer at a time when GPC manifestly don’t have the capacity and are incapable to cope within the current hours. Officials’ have assured him that there will be no obligation on individual GP practices to be open for seven days, or beyond their current contractual hours’. The British Medical Association (BMA) was one of many health organisations calling for explanation to the prime minister’s comments including the King’s Fund, the Royal College of GPs, the Nuffield Trust and even Dr Sarah Wollaston, the chair of the House of Commons’ Health Select Committee. A spokesperson from Department of Health (DoH) praised GPs for doing a "fantastic job" saying that the DoH recognises that GPs have their patients' interests "firmly at heart". The vision of the DoH is that by 2020 everyone will be able to access routine GP appointments at evenings and weekends, which is why DoH have committed over £500m to improve access. The DoH would encourage GP surgeries to work together in local areas to succeed this, as set out in the planning guidance of the DoH, the spokesperson said. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on National Health Service and 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.


GMC Published New Confidentiality Guidance

On 25th January 2017, the General Medical Council (GMC) has published a new confidentiality guidance that revises and expands the existing guidance on confidentiality for all doctors practising in the UK. The new revised guidance “Confidentiality: good practice in handling patient information” is designed to help doctors better understand their responsibilities when handling patient information in their everyday practice. In 2009, the GMC’s confidentiality guidance had last been published, with the council reviewing all of its guidance to clinicians about every 5 years. From 25th April 2017, the new guidance will come into effect following an extensive consultation process. According to the GMC, Doctors should always respect their patient confidentiality but be prepared to break it in certain situations when right in the public interest or by not doing so, could expose others to a risk of death or serious harm. Though the principles of the present GMC guidance remain unchanged, it now explains: The situations in which doctors can trust on implied consent to share patient information for direct care. The public safety responsibilities of doctors, including when to make disclosures in the public interest. The importance of sharing information for direct care, identifying the multi-disciplinary and multi-agency context doctors work in. The GMC has also issued a decision-making flowchart and descriptive notes to show how the new confidentiality guidance applies to certain conditions that doctor may meet, such as: Disclosing Information about serious communicable diseases Disclosing information for employment, insurance and similar purposes Responding to criticism in the media Reporting gunshot and knife wounds The chief Executive of the GMC, Charlie Massey said the GMC understands that doctors want more help and guidance on some of the complexities of confidentiality, and so as well as the revised guidance GMC are also publishing some supporting descriptive notes. The council has also confirmed that it will publish extra helpful resources for doctors and patients when the guidance comes into effect in April 2017. For latest update on National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system, visit our blog page daily.  Feel free to contact us anytime for your Medical Recruitment Solution and migration solutions to work across the UK.


Overseas Criminal Record Certificates Extended to Tier 2

The Government plans to extend the requirement to provide an overseas criminal record certificate to Tier 2 visa applicants coming to work in certain occupations like in the education, health and social care sectors from April 2017. The extension of this requirement has been designed to strengthen safeguards against individuals with a criminal history who are seeking to come to the work in the UK. Tier 2 visa applicants who are coming to work in a profession defined by the relevant Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code will need to provide a criminal record certificate from any country in which they have lived for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. The new requirement will also apply to their adult dependants. Currently, individuals applying for entry clearance under the following routes are needed to provide an overseas criminal record certificate: Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Tier 1 (Investor) Adult dependants of the main applicants of Tier 1 visas as above Employers with a sponsorship licence are encouraged to inform their prospective employees about the new requirement once a Certificate of Sponsorship is issued. It is the sponsor's responsibility to do this and failure to provide the criminal record certificate may result in refusal of the visa. Here are listed some Key points to consider: The requirement affects those who are coming to work in the UK on a Tier 2 visa across education and health and social care. The extended requirement will only affect those who apply for a Tier 2 visa before April 2017. The Home Office will contact sponsors with exact timings of the new requirement. The requirement applies to those who have been assigned a certificate of sponsorship on or after January 2017. If Applicants are unable to source an overseas criminal record certificate covering the requirement by the visa application, then a letter should be submitted as a supporting document to the application. For latest update from National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system, visit our blog page daily.  Please feel free to contact us anytime, if you have any questions about the new requirement, or immigration compliance in general.