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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.