17Jan

HCSA Wins National Bargaining Rights for NHS Doctors in England

NHS Employers has formally declared that the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HSCA) has been given National Bargaining Rights for all grades of doctor in England. The HSCA has become the first NHS trade union in decades to win the right to discuss directly with employers on behalf of hospital doctors. In future, the HSCA will join the British Medical Association (BMA) in all national negotiations with Government and NHS Employers on pay and terms and conditions covering hospital doctors in England, including specialists, junior doctors and consultants. The HCSA is looking for similar national collective rights for doctors in wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The HCSA will focus completely on hospital doctors, and has no plans to represent General Practice. The HCSA is affiliated to the Trade Unions Congress (TUC) and has more than 3,500 members. The HSCA received confirmation of the move from NHS Employers chief executive Danny Mortimer following years of talks. Eddie Saville, the chief executive of HCSA described the decision as a “positive and refreshing” change. It will help protect doctors from day-to-day workplace issues such as staff shortages and stress, to national issues such as underfunding. Professor Ross Welch, the president of HSCA said the entry of HSCA at the national negotiating table is a game changing moment. Now, an alternative professional trade union will be able to give a voice to the thousands of doctors in hospitals who for whatever reason feel disenfranchised. It might seem a small functional change but for the first time a union has been granted full negotiating recognition for medical contracts other than the BMA, he added. A spokesman for NHS Employers said that the HSCA had been looking for national recognition for a number of years and has previously take part in a number of national fora, including the NHS Social Partnership Forum (SPF). Visit our blog page daily for more updates on UK's 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  and migration consultation to our candidates.

16Jan

Taking Revalidation Forward

Independent chair of the revalidation advisory board, Sir Keith Pearson has published a review of the impact of revalidation named Taking revalidation forward: Improving the process of relicensing for doctors. In December 2012, Revalidation was introduced and till now almost all licensed doctors have been through the revalidation process. Revalidation is the process where licensed doctors are required to demonstrate that they are up-to-date and fit to practice medicine. Revalidation aims to give assurance that individual doctors are not just qualified, but safe. Sir Keith’s overall impression is that revalidation has settled well and is rolling as expected thanks to the medical profession and those leading revalidation both locally and nationally. Here are list of some significant benefits listed on the report: Regular supported consideration, including feedback from patients and colleagues, is starting to drive change in doctors' practice. Revalidation has ensured that annual whole practice appraisal is now taking place. Revalidation has strengthened clinical governance within healthcare organisations, supporting them to find poorly performing doctors, and support improvement. The report concludes a number of recommendations to the GMC, healthcare organisations, and health departments to work together to progress aspects of revalidation for the advantage of both patients and doctors. Following are some recommendations aimed at healthcare organisations and their boards: Continuing work to increase the quality and consistency of appraisals and ensure that the process is correctly resourced. Working with local patients groups to advertise and promote procedures for assuring that doctors are up to date and fit to practise. Studying ways to make it simpler for doctors to gather and reflect upon supporting information for their appraisal, such as through better IT systems or investment in administrative support. Ensuring that efficient methods are in place for quality assurance of local appraisal and revalidation decisions, including opportunities for doctors to deliver feedback and challenge evaluations. Assuring that revalidation is not used as a way to deliver trust objectives beyond the GMC’s revalidation requirements. Responding to Sir Keith Pearson’s review, Taking revalidation forward, Chief Executive of the General Medical Council, Charlie Massey said that the Revalidation has embedded the system of annual appraisals for doctors, and is vital to ensuring patients that a doctor’s fitness to practise is checked regularly, but it is significant that GMC learn and improve the process so all doctors find it as a positive experience. Chief Executive of NHS Employers, Danny Mortimer welcomed the Sir Keith Pearson’s report and its recommendations and said it is very important that revalidation goes beyond compliance to provide assurance to the patients, public, doctors, parliament and employing organisations. 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.

15Jan

May Promises New Measures to Support Mental Health

Delivering the annual Charity Commission lecture on 9th January 2017, the Prime Minister Theresa May has promised new funding, reforms to the health service and actions to tackle the stigma of mental health. May has announced a comprehensive package of measures to transform mental health support in our schools, workplaces and communities. Last year, Mind chief executive Paul Farmer led the Mental Health Taskforce and warned that the mental health services are marginalised in the National Health Service (NHS), leaving patients unable to access the care they need. In response to this, the government guaranteed an extra £1bn in funding, but an NHS Providers investigation found that almost two-thirds of mental health trusts leaders suppose that CCGs will divert this funding towards acute care. Here are list of some measures announced by Mrs May in the Charity Commission lecture:  Every Secondary School will be offered Mental Health first aid training An additional training will be given to employers and organizations to support staff who need to take time off Online services will be expanded to allow symptom checks before getting a face-to-face appointment Extra focus on community care, with an additional £15m towards this, and less emphasis on patients visiting GPs and A&E The Care Quality Commission will led the trials on strengthening links between schools and NHS specialist staff, including a review of children and adolescent services across the country. The chief executive of the charity Mind, Lord Stevenson and Paul Farmer will be appointed as mental health campaigner to carry out a review on improving support in the workplace.  For community-led mental health services, May also promised up to £15m additional funding as a substitute for patients going to A&E or their GP. The prime minister also pledged that the Department of Health, in partnership with the Money and Mental Health, would analysis the ‘mental health debt form’, where GPs can charge up to £300 for a form to prove patients have mental health problems. The government will also spend £67.7m to improve digital mental health services instead of face-to-face services. The government will also support the NHS commitment to end out-of-area mental health placements for children and young persons. President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Professor Sir Simon Wessely welcomed the new and bold vision of the prime minister and said NHS have a long way to go before mental health services are on an equal footing with those for physical disorders. 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 across the UK.

13Jan

A Specialty Training Recruitment Portal- Oriel

The Health Education England introduced a new recruitment portal Oriel to improve quality and efficiency of postgraduate specialty for medicine and dentistry training enrolment in the UK in 2015. It has been the one single source for relevant information and application portal for postgraduate specialty training in the UK.  The Oriel portal is partnered with the Deloitte and existing two suppliers – Hicom and Konetic to develop an integrated system for applicants and the recruitment officers. Applicants can register, view vacancies, apply, book interviews and assessment centres and receive offers in Oriel while recruitment officers can assess Hicom and Konetic systems for the enrolment process after a login. Here are some of the collected tips for applicants for postgraduate specialty training recruitment process via Oriel.  A. Application Process All application are completed on Oriel online recruitment portal: Register with an email to apply for your postgraduate training program Read all the regulation guidance for a successful application process from the Gold Guide. (A Reference Guide for Postgraduate Specialty Training in the UK) Study the need of person specification to confirm you eligibility before applying Recognize the level of competition for the post for which you need to be more flexible while choosing the specialties. Acquaint all part of application form like closing date etc. Keep in mind to reflect person specification requirements while completing the application Make sure your all documents in hand that you need to upload while applying B. Preparation for the interview Your Oriel email account will notify you about your interview. Keep checking your account for inbox, as you do not want to miss any interview appointment. After a successful application, you will be called for an interview. Here are some notes that you will need to keep up for the interview process. After a notification in an Oriel account, make sure you have a note to remind you of your deadline date to book your interview slot online. Communicate with your lead recruiter about any changes to allow you to attend the interview. It will help you to meet your requirements in the interview. Confirm you have all requested original documentation and their copies before you leave your house for the interview such as personal identification and certificates etc. A list of documents will be provided with your invitation to interview. A portfolio of evidence is one of the essential documents that you need to bring at the interview. Aim to arrive at least 30 minutes beforehand your interview slot time, as you can prepare yourself for the interview. C. What next after the training offered? After a successful interview and various selection criteria, applicants will get offers of available training posts. The specialty’s level of competition and your scores in the interview at selection centres will define your training post. All offers are made through the Oriel portal to the applicants. After an offer you will have 48 hours to decide whether you wish to accept, decline and hold the offer. Offers not responded within the time limit will automatically expire and will be deemed to have been declined One can only hold on to one offer at a time. Your original offer will be declined if you choose to hold a different one. Once you choose to decline an offer, you wont be able to receive further offers of that specialty Applicants can choose to hold an offer (mostly second choice) and can upgrade later in the same specialty. 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.

13Jan

Physician Associate Scheme Needs Prolonged Investment, Say Doctors Leaders

Doctors Leaders have warned that if the multi-specialist community teams supported by Physician Associates are to improve patient care then the General Practice needs ‘sustained and substantial resources’. Government will spend £15m in training Physician Associates with the aim of recruiting 1,000 to work in general practice in the next ‘few years’. In annual course fees, each graduate will cost £9,000 and receive a £6,000 maintenance bursary, which means the scheme will cost more than £15m in total. However, the training scheme does not help graduate Physician Associates into looking for employment in primary care settings or GP practices. Doctors leaders have warned that many Physician Associates may continue to choose to work in hospitals unless GP Forward View commitments are implemented quickly, including training and education, delivery of resources and organisational development support to practices. Dr Richard Vautrey, Deputy chair of the British Medical Association General Practitioners Committee said that the allocated funding for the Physician Associates training and education programme will need to be followed by significant further investment in the near future. In order to make a real difference in the patient care, the Government must commit to sustained and substantial resources to allow the creation of multi-specialist teams throughout General Practice. Physician Associates can deliver valuable care as part of a wider healthcare team in a GP practice, especially at a time when there is a national shortage of GPs and incredible workload pressures on local services, he added. A spokesperson from Health Education England (HEE) said real appetite for expanding the Physician Associates programme pleases them. Now, there are 28 courses, which illustrated how the work done by HEE with partners, local NHS trusts and primary care providers has helped to stimulate attention in the profession. 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. 

12Jan

NHS Employers Clarifies Guidance on Junior Doctor Guardian Fines

Following the complaints from the British Medical Association (BMA), NHS Employers has made some changes in the guardian fines for overworking junior doctors. If junior doctors are required to work beyond the upper limits of their rostered hours then the Guidance encourage junior doctors to make an exception report, allowing their employer to respond to rota issues in real time. The exception reporting is designed to flag up bigger problems or weaknesses in the system and ensure safe working limits. The previous guidance for junior doctors had raised concerns to the BMA that the junior doctors who exception described owing to being overworked could have ‘failed’, implying the system would judge junior doctors’ work. The employer is also required to pay a guardian fine, which is divided between the doctor and the guardian they reported to. The chairs of the BMA junior doctors’ committee, Dr Jeeves Wijesuriya and Dr Pete Campbell welcomed the response made by the NHS Employers in BMA requests to clarify the original wording of their guidance. They said the response of NHS Employers makes it clear that it is employers who are responsible for managing a system in which juniors are never required to work unsafely. The junior doctors can and should exception report all breaches of their work rota with total confidence and no implication of their individual failure. They further added that the rota gaps, unpredictable service pressures and staffing shortages are outside the control of any individual doctor, whether that is a junior, their guardian of safe working or their supervisor. After a bitter industrial dispute with the BMA, the Department of Health introduced a new contract under which junior doctors are required to work longer hours. A study by the Royal College of Physicians has found that most of the junior doctors believe the rota gaps and staff morale are having a negative impact on patient safety and four-fifths of junior doctors are suffering from excess stress. For more updates on Healthcare System of the UK, visit our blog page daily.  Recruitment synergy is a London based Medical Recruitment Agency. We provide medical recruitment and migrational services across the UK.