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.


Report Shows Nursing Shortage Putting Patients at Risk

An investigation by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) has revealed that 96 per cent of acute hospitals has failed to meet their own planned level of nurses on wards during the day in October 2016. Meanwhile, 85 per cent of hospitals missed their target for nurses working at night in the same month. Both figures show the worst performance since analysis began in 2014. The analysis of official figures shows that almost every NHS acute hospital in England has dangerously few nurses on wards and staff shortages are worsening. Staff have said that patients were being left unmonitored, unwashed and without crucial medications because hospitals are short of staff. The figures suggest that understaffing has worsened since the government capped pay for agency nurses. The Royal College of Nursing has called on the Government to improve nursing pay and tackle the apparent drop in student applications following the elimination of bursaries in England. Commenting on the figures, Janet Davies, the chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing said that there are too few nurses caring for patients, which put people at serious risk, and drastic action is needed to rebuild the nursing workforce. She further added that the health care assistants play a crucial role in the team but the research shows that support roles cannot replace registered nurses if patients are to receive safe care. Professor Peter Griffiths, an NHS adviser from Southampton University said that more than 100 hospitals had more health assistants than planned, signifying that less skilled staffs were plugging nursing gaps. According to the research published in November found that patients were a fifth more likely to die in hospitals where nurses were replaced with less-qualified staff. 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. 


Health Minister Suspends QOF to Ease Pressure on GPs

The Welsh government has suspended GPs in wales from the majority of the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), in order to ease the pressures they face in their practices this winter. The QOF is the yearly reward and incentive programme detailing GP practice achievement results. It rewards practices for the delivery of quality care and helps standardise development in the delivery of primary medical services. The agreement secured by BMA Cymru Wales will see practices paid for all QOF indicators, based on their last year’s accomplishment, until the end of March. The only exceptions left are working in clusters and flu vaccinations, while GPs will remain able to opt in to indicators if they desire to improve them. The GP leaders have welcomed this new move and believe that it will lessen bureaucracy and let GPs to focus on patient care during the busy period. The main aim to suspend QOF is to allow GPs to spend more time handling the most weak and chronically sick patients as demand for services increases drastically. The chair of BMA Welsh GPs committee, Charlotte Jones said that the move will have a positive effect on practices by decreasing bureaucracy and box ticking, as well as releasing capacity which will enable clinician to focus on the complicated care needs of their patients at a particularly busy time. BMA Welsh GPs committee is committed to working in partnership with the Welsh government to continue improving working conditions for GPs in Wales, and this agreement proves what can be achieved through association on an agreed vision, she added. Vaughan Gething, Welsh Health Secretary said that the positive action taken by welsh government will help to ease pressure on primary care. He is very thankful to GP and practice nurses across Wales for their hard work and commitment to their patients during this busy winter period. He further added that both the Welsh Government and the BMA wales remain committed to working collaboratively and positively to improve access to services. No GP practice will lose out financially as a result of QOF relaxation. 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.


Review of Medical Education and Training in the South West of England

On 20th January 2017, the General Medical Council (GMC) published a review of medical education and training in the south west of England. According to the review, medical students and doctors in training are learning in positive and helpful environments but training time becomes squeezed when doctors’ workloads rises. The report follows a quality assurance visits across the medical schools and hospitals who train doctors and an evaluation of Heath Education England (HEE) working across the south west which supervises local postgraduate training. Several examples of good training practice have been found by the GMC assessors, including students and doctors in training studying about the day-to-day trials of delivering frontline care. Here are listed some examples of good training practice found in the review: Simulation exercises is used by the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust to help students identify and address issues that have contributed to adverse events in the past, in a safe environment. Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry is providing placements at GP surgeries that have migrant workers and the travelling community on their lists to support students increase the range of patients they have contact with. Exeter Medical School is including patients from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds in clinical scenarios to make sure that students are assured in treating a more varied patient population than is found in the area. Doctors in training and the teacher who educate and train doctors have also told about their problems and frustrations with local training. Below are some findings from the GMC review: Trusts designing rotas to safeguard patient safety and continuity of care but not continuity of training. Workloads stopping some doctors in attending learning opportunities or delivering education in officially allocated time. Concerns that physician assistants and doctors in non-training posts are overstretching educational capacity at some trusts.  The Chief Executive of the GMC, Charlie Massey said that the Review of Medical Education and Training in the South West of England confirms that the medical students are getting good quality medical education and training. GMC is very delighted that the majority feel positive about their clinical and educational experiences and rural support. 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.


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.