24Jan

Current Winter Pressures Were Already Hitting Last Autumn

According to the newly published data from NHS England, pressures on the National Health Service (NHS) were already demonstrably growing back in November of last year. The joint performance data for November 2016 show Accident & Emergency (A&E) attendances increased by 4.5 per cent over the twelve-month period up to November compared with the previous year, with emergency admissions also increasing by 3.5 per cent. According to the latest data, there were 1,906,784 attendances at A&E, representing 1.7% more than in November 2015 and A&E waiting time criteria were not met. In November 2016, there were 193,680 delayed transfers of care days, which is a rise of 40,525 from November 2015. The figures also show that the 85 per cent standard for 62-day cancer waiting times was not met, with 82.3 per cent of patients starting a first definitive treatment within 62 days from an urgent GP referral for suspected cancer. NHS Providers said that the NHS was approaching winter, while staffs were already working flat out to deal with a “relentless” rise in demand. The Director of policy and strategy at NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery said that the latest figures shows the extraordinary pressures NHS have seen during the Christmas. The numbers of patients attending A&E and needing an emergency admission were up, and late transfers of care for patients who were ready to leave hospital were at historically high points. The research fellow on health for think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), Harry Quilter-Pinner said that the latest data shows that patents are waiting longer for treatment, including for life-threatening illnesses such as cancer. The chief executive of the NHS Confederation, Stephen Dalton said that the pressure on A&E departments is due to the lack of funding in primary, community, mental health and social care. In this winter, the Health and care staffs are working harder than before and are continuing to ‘just about cope’, but this is simply not maintainable. For latest update from National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system, visit our blog page daily. Feel free to contact us anytime for your Medical Recruitment Solution across the UK.

23Jan

NHS England Offers AHPs Greater Involvement in STP Delivery

NHS England has announced a new shared commitment between England’s 145,000 Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), which will encourage AHP to provide innovation in the health and care system. The new report ‘Allied Health Professions into Action‘ has bought together the opinions of the 3rd largest workforce in the health and care system, including dieticians, chiropodists, orthoptists, physiotherapists, paramedics, art therapists and speech and language therapists. The report sets out how 12 AHP groups across England has given greater involvement in Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) presently being drawn up across the country. The main aim of the new guidance is to provide a framework for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), provider organisations, local authorities and health leaders to fully utilise and involve AHPs in STPs programmes and the delivery of NHS England’s Five Year Forward View. It offers 53 examples of AHPs working innovatively to drive and support change in the National Health Service. A collaborative approach has been taken in the development of 'Allied Health Professions into Action‘. AHPs, patients and the general public were requested to give examples of innovative working via an online crowdsourcing platform, ultimately leading to over 16,000 individual contributions from 2,000 people. The chief allied health professions officer for England, Suzanne Rastrick said that the report “Allied Health Professions into Action” shows a shared commitment to make greater use of the allied health professionals in all aspects of service delivery to support the acceptance of new ways of working across the health and care system and to improve patient care. The director of the New Care Models Programme, Samantha Jones said that the AHPs will become more important than ever as the NHS continues to transform. AHPs increasing clinical expertise, flexible approach and long experience in multidisciplinary working are precisely what our society's need as they work towards services that focus on helping people to stay well. A national board will be created to oversee and support delivery of the programme. The board will create monitoring systems and measure the programme’s success by cooperating with agencies such as AHP professional bodies, NHS Digital, Health Education England, NHS Improvement, and Public Health England. 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. 

20Jan

GPs Unable to Cope With Demand as Leaders Admit Funding Shortfall

NHS leaders have admitted that the GPs are struggling to deal with rising patient demand while hospitals are running at full capacity in National Health Service (NHS), which is underfunded.  NHS leaders raised their anxieties during and after an evidence session held on 11th January 2017 by MPs on the parliamentary public accounts committee for their investigation into the financial sustainability of NHS finances. During an interview with Sky News, Prime Minister Theresa May said that the government had asked the NHS what it needed for the next 5 years and had given “more funding” than “needed”. The chief executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens don’t think that the NHS is getting more than they have asked for over five years from the government. He said the matter of fact is that, probably in every part of public services, NHS got fewer funding then they have asked for. So, it would be stretching it to say the NHS got more. During the evidence session, the chief executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson said that the NHS Providers have reached to the point where it can no longer provide everything that has been asked of the NHS. Soon after the evidence session, the chair of BMA council, Dr Mark Porter said that the government talks about providing £10 billion into the NHS, yet in reality the increase in health expenditure is less than half of that. He further added that the GPs are unable to keep up with the number of patients coming through the surgery door, patients are suffering and staffs are working under impossible conditions. 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.

19Jan

New NHS Mobile Phone App to Give Patients Medical Advice

National Health Service (NHS) England has announced a smartphone app that provides medical advice to patients on their smartphones based on their reported symptoms. The app is set to be trialled in north London by NHS England. The new NHS 111 app has been designed by tech firm Babylon working with doctors and is based on complex clinical algorithms. The app user can type their symptoms into the app and will be asked to answer to additional questions about their condition. The app provides advice whether the patient need to see a GP, go to hospital, visit a pharmacy or stay at home, based on the answers given by the patient. As part of a major drive to digitise the NHS, the app will be offered to 1.2million patients in a 6-month trial starting at the end of this month. The app will be trialled in Barnet, Camden, Haringey, Enfield, and Islington for six months. During the trial period, the patients in the area will be able to continue using the NHS 111 helpline. According to the NHS England, the app will provide an alternative mechanism of accessing integrated urgent care and connecting patients to clinicians. The new app is introduced to reduce the pressure on the overwhelmed NHS hospitals. The app will tell patient where to go and who to see, as close to their home as possible, so they can make the right choices. The chair of British Medical Association (BMA) GP committee, Dr Chaand Nagpaul said that the basic problem with NHS 111 is how it slavishly trusts on algorithms and non-clinical staff without room for clinical interpretation in certain cases. It was always important to increase the use of new technology to empower patients, it was also important to identify that patients in utmost need, such as older people, may not be able or motivated to use technology or smartphones, he added. For more updates on Healthcare System of the UK, 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 and migration consultation to our candidates.

18Jan

Doctors Reject May's Demand for GPs to Stay Open Seven Days a Week

The prime minister Theresa May has vowed that all doctor’s surgeries in England will open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, unless they can prove there is no demand from patients. But, the doctors leaders have refused to agree with the demand of Theresa May to open GP surgeries seven day a week, saying that GPs are already struggling to cope with existing patient demand. Downing Street threatened to withdraw funding if surgeries in England refuse to move to 8am to 8pm opening times, seven days a week. The British Medical Association (BMA) has hit back angrily and accused Prime Minister for using GPs as a "scapegoats” rather than addressing the underlying problem of chronic under-funding in the healthcare system. Theresa May has expressed frustration at the failure of more GP practices to offer extended opening hours, saying the failure has add more pressures on overstretched hospitals and A&E departments. The chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs (RCGP), Professor Helen Stokes said the Prime Minister's intervention was “extremely unfortunate” and called the schemes were “misguided”. She said the RCGP team and GPs are struggling to handle the increasing patient demand without sufficient investment, and without nearly enough family doctors and practice staff to deal with it. This problem is not just in during the winter; it is a yearlong problem for RCGP. The BMA GP committee chairman, Dr Chaand Nagpaul said the GP practices were facing a “major alert” with one in three GP practices reporting vacant positions while eight in ten said they were unable to provide safe care to the patients. He further added that the GPs were already delivering care 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and all GP practices must have measures in place for out-of-hours patient care. The crisis in the NHS won’t be solved by scapegoating or deflecting blame on to GPs. 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.

18Jan

NHS Spends Millions on Private Firms that Block GP Referrals

An investigation by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has revealed that the National Health Service (NHS) is spending millions of pounds on private companies that stop GPs referring patients to hospitals. The investigation found 39% of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) use a referral management system of some kind to help manage outpatient activity in local hospitals, and a third of the schemes are provided by private companies. In the last three years, CCGs have spent £57m on schemes that screen patient referrals from GPs to specialist services. Some of the schemes aim to decrease costs, while others hope to improve the quality of GP referrals. But almost three quarters of CCGs which responded were unable to provide evidence that disclosed whether or not their scheme had saved money overall. Here are listed some findings from the BMJ investigation: 69% of CCGs with schemes disclosed operating costs. Since April 2013, these CCGs combined have spent at least £57m on schemes.  74% of CCGs (53 Groups) with schemes failed to supply figures to show whether money had been saved overall Almost a third (32%) of the schemes are provided by private companies, while a further 29% are provided in house and 11% by local NHS trusts. Overall, there were Ninety-three referral management schemes in operation across 72 CCGs, with some CCGs having more than one scheme. The deputy chair of the BMA’s GP committee, Dr Richard Vautrey said that the CCGs are leaping at these schemes without any clear indication of benefit and that they’re just hopeful that it might lessen their costs. As public bodies, there should be an expectation on every CCG to account for what it’s doing, he added. The Chair of the Royal College of GPs (RCGP), Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, said it was “distressing” to see such little evidence of referral management centres saving money and called for improved evaluation of the schemes. 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.