10Jul

More Nurses And Midwives Leaving UK Profession Than Joining, Figures Show

The latest Figures by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) shows an increase in the number of nurses and midwives leaving the profession in the UK than joining for the first time on record. According to the NMC, the number of nurses and midwives leaving has risen by 51 per cent in just four years. The figures show that 20 per cent more people left the NMC register than joined it in between 2016 and 2017. Here are listed some findings from the latest figures: The number of UK registrants leaving has increased from 19,819 in 2012/13 to 29,434 in 2016/17. The number of EU workers leaving has increased from 1,173 in 2012/2013 to 3,081 in 2016/2017. The Leavers from overseas have risen from 2,095 in 2012/2013 to 2,426 in 2016/2017. The number of leavers of age group 21 to 30 also almost doubled from 1,510 to 2,901. The overall number of leavers has increased from 23,087 in 2012/13 to 34,941 in 2016/17. Between 2016 and 2017, 45 per cent more UK registrants left the register than joined it for the first time. The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) called on the Government to scrap the pay cap as a matter of urgency to stop the numbers going. The chief executive of the RCN, Janet Davies said that the patients were "paying the price" for the Government's "failure to plan for the future". With more nursing and midwifery professional leaving than joining, the National Health Service (NHS) will be further than ever from filling the 40,000 unfilled nurse jobs in England alone. She further added that the 1 per cent pay cap means nursing staff can no longer afford to stay in the profession and scrapping student funding means people can no longer afford to join it. 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. We provide locum, temporary and permanent medical jobs in a variety of specialities. Feel free to contact usfor your medical recruitment and migration solutions to work across the UK.

6Jul

Importance of Effective Communication in Healthcare

Communication is a way we interact with other people. It is necessary in achieving proficiency and maintaining strong working relationship at all level of an organization. A good communication between people helps better understand each other, help job done quickly and effectively. Effective communication is crucial in healthcare in order to provide good medical care to patients. It is a fundamental clinical function in building a cooperative doctor-patient relationship. Ineffective communication can lead to the improper diagnosis and delay in the medical treatment. The quality of the healthcare patient receives is highly depended on the interaction between their healthcare clinician and team. Good communication between the patient and healthcare professional can change a patient's experience. If patient's questions are not answered then it may lead to unjustified fear for the patient. Communication and interpersonal skills of the healthcare professional will help to gather information in order to facilitate accurate diagnosis, proper counselling, give therapeutic instructions and establish caring relationship with patient. While patient's treatment there may involve different health care professional such as physician, nurses, technicians and others. Effective clinical practice involves many critical information, which should be accurately communicated between the healthcare professionals. If healthcare professional are not communicating effectively, patient safety will be at risk. Ineffective communication involves lack of critical information, misinterpretation of information etc. Lack of communication creates situation where medical errors can occur. Such medical errors can cause severe injury or lead to unexpected patient harms or even death. In the health care organization, medical errors especially caused by a failure of communication are a common problem in these days. Better communication and interactive skills of medical professional can provide better support to their patients. Communication failure can lead to unsought patients harm, poor patient health outcomes, and increase malpractice risk thus; to deliver high quality safe patient care effective communication is vital. Few tips for Effective Communication Be a Good Listener Listening is an important part of any conversation. We often focus on what we have to say and ignore what other people are trying to say. For effective communication skill, listening ability is very crucial. Good listening helps to better understand the viewpoint of the other and build a good relationship with them. Empathise It is a way of seeing things from others person viewpoint without loosing your own identity which helps you to understand emotional part of another person feelings. If you become non-judgemental with your patients then they share all their fear regarding to their health condition that will ease your treatment. Be Concise Try to be clear and concise. Pointless talk can lessen what you are trying to communicate. So, stick to the point and keep it brief. Pay Attention to Non-verbal Signals Use of non-verbal communication like facial expressions, body movement and gestures, eye contact, posture etc. can tell others more about how you are feeling. Make sure that your non-verbal signals match up with the words you are saying. It helps you to increase trust, clarity and rapport. If your body language doesn’t match what you are saying then it creates mistrust and confusion to the listener. Recruitment Synergy is a UK based Medical Recruitment Agency. We provide locum, temporary and permanent medical jobs in a variety of specialities.

27Jun

How to Become a Paramedic in the UK?

Paramedics are the healthcare professional who responds to the emergency medical calls and provide specialised out-of-hospital medical services and unscheduled care to the emergency patients. All kind of emergencies such as from minor injuries and unexpected illness to criminal violence, accidents etc. are attended by them. Earlier, paramedics delivered emergency treatment and brought patients to hospital but these days they provide a complete mobile healthcare service by assessing patients, diagnosing problems and providing treatment often in patient’s home. Generally, they provide more extensive pre-hospital care and are highly trained as the Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) who performs life-saving rescue operations. Some roles of the Paramedics are listed below. Response to emergency calls for medical assistance such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) Evaluate a patient’s condition and determine a course of treatment. Provide support to transfer patients to the A&E department of a healthcare facility and report their observations and treatment to the staff. Stabilize head and neck injuries Stabilize broken bones Bandage wounds Execute emergency respiratory procedures for people with blocked airways For heart attacks patients perform cardiac support etc. Entry Requirement to be a Paramedic You must get registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to work as a paramedic in the UK. At first, you will need an approved qualification in paramedic science that could be a diploma, a foundation degree or a degree to be eligible for the registration with the HCPC, which is the regulatory body for paramedics in the UK. HSCP has around 50 approved paramedic courses on its list, which includes diploma and BSc degree courses, university courses at foundation degree level and work-based learning. There are 2 ways to study and qualify as a paramedic in the UK. They are: University route The first way is by completing a 2-4 year university course in paramedic science. The university courses are available at diploma, BSc and foundation degree levels. The entrance level to courses and time to complete the courses depends on the level of study you choose to join in. Courses include combination of theory and practical work including assignments with ambulance services. Student paramedic route The next way is by applying as a student paramedic inside an ambulance trust, where you will work while you study. The entry condition can be different from one NHS ambulance service to another. So, check details about entry requirement before applying for student paramedic training. This way can take up to 5 years of time to complete the course. It has very limited number of vacancies due to which the competition for these places is very high. Most courses compel at least 5 GCSEs with a minimum of grade C, including English, maths and science. It is expected that you have a good understanding of the work involved in this field and also a full manual driving licence when you apply for the course. The trust use different size vehicles so carefully check which classification you need on your licence. If you need more information about how to become a paramedic in the UK, then feel free to  contact us anytime. Recruitment Synergy is a UK based Medical Recruitment Agency. We provide locum, temporary and permanent medical jobs in a variety of specialities.

19Jun

Keeping EU Nationals in NHS is Top Priority, says Health Secretary

In first speech as the re-elected Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt has said that securing the status of EU nationals working in the National Health Service (NHS) will be a top priority for the Government in Brexit negotiations. Hunt has promised more capital funding for the NHS and legislative change to support the Five Year Forward View (FYFV). He also hinted at improving the pay award for nurses, suggesting he would lobby the Treasury for a better deal. Speaking at the NHS Confederation conference in Liverpool, Jeremy Hunt said that the 150,000 EU nationals employed in health and social care were doing ‘an absolutely brilliant job’. He said NHS needs these people and the ministers 'want them to stay'. EU staffs are part of the NHS family and securing their status in England is government top priority. He further added that the NHS needed to be “creative about dealing with staff shortages and gaps”, saying there were things the government can do and things trusts can do. These include creating flexible career paths into nursing and other roles, such as the nurse apprenticeship scheme starting in September. Commenting on Health Secretary speech, Dr Mark Porter, the chairman of the British Medical Association (BMA) said that the Government must guarantee that NHS funding keeps pace with other European nations, and EU doctors in the UK are protected from the impact of Brexit. With Brexit negotiations starting in a matter of days, BMA welcome the Health Secretary's promise that certainty for EU nationals in the health and social care system is one of his top priorities, Mr Hunt added. 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. We provide locum, temporary and permanent medical jobs in a variety of specialities. Feel free to contact us for your medical recruitment and migration solutions to work across the UK.

15Jun

New Guidance on Responding Unexpected Incidents and Emergencies

Following the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) had issued guidance for nurses and other NHS staff on how to respond in unexpected incidents and emergency such as the multiple terrorist attacks that have hit the UK over the last few months. According to guidance from the RCN, if staffs find themselves in an unexpected incident or emergency then their first reaction should be to ensure their own safety before thinking of others. This new guidance comes only days after it was announced that a Australian nurse Kirsty Boden was killed while she ran towards danger to help people injured in the terror attack on London Bridge. RCN advised its members that it is “essential” that they assess any threats to themselves before considering providing care to potential victims. As a nurse or midwife, their first instinct is often to go to the aid of others in need. But, it is important that if they find themselves in an unclear condition then they should follow official government guidance. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code makes it clear that nurses and midwives must take account of their own safety, the safety of others and the availability of other options for providing care (this may include ambulance crews, paramedics or military personal on the scene of an incident or emergency). The statement goes on to explain that there is no expectation that a nurse or midwife will put their own life at risk to help others and that when providing any type of care and it is vital that you only act within the limits of your knowledge and competence. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system. If you need any help with Medical Recruitment across the UK, then feel free to contact us anytime.

15Jun

BMA Map Reveals Scores Of Struggling GP Practices Across Wales

A map issued by the British Medical Association (BMA) in Wales has revealed tens of struggling GP practices in Wales. The new figures shows more than 60,000 patients in Gwent are registered with GP practices classed as ‘at risk’. Practices have submitted sustainability applications to Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (UHB), seeking help or advice. The latest figures shows five practices across the country that have closed, Eighteen that are health board managed, Twenty-nine that are classed at risk and have submitted sustainability applications to Health Boards and a further Twenty-nine also claim to be at risk despite not having submitted their applications yet. The data was collected between October 2015 and April 2017 via Local Medical Committees (LMC) and reports from the Exeter database. Charlotte Jones, the Chair of BMA Cymru Wales’s GP Committee said that the number of at-risk practices changes on a regular basis, but it is clear to see the number has increased. She said the figures are a serious concern and reflects the pressures facing practices, which vary considerably across Wales. General Practitioners Committee (GPC) Wales inspires struggling practices to seek help early on by contacting their Local Medical Committees for support and professional suggestion, as well as completing the sustainability assessment framework to allow practices to take a comprehensive view of their present position. The situation in Wales reflects the pressures faced by the wider system in the UK, with Scottish GPs currently reporting one in four vacant positions, for example – most of which have been vacant for more than six months. 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. We provide locum, temporary and permanent medical jobs in a variety of specialities. Feel free to contact us for your medical recruitment and migration solutions to work across the UK.