16Dec

NHS has Missed Opportunities to Learn From Patient Deaths, says CQC

A national review carried out by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found that the National Health Service (NHS) is failing to learn from patient deaths with grieving families often ignored or left in the dark during the investigations. On 13th December, a report was out where the regulator has raised major concerns about the quality of investigation processes led by NHS trusts into patient deaths and the failure to prioritise learning from these deaths so that action can be taken to progress care for future patients and their families.  The report of CQC says that the health service’s failure to appropriately look into deaths is “a system-wide problem” which means hospitals are not learning from their faults and thus stopping other disasters from occurring. The national review was carried out at the request of Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for health. The CQC’s review looked at how NHS acute, community and mental health trusts across the nation identify, report, investigate and discover from the deaths of people using their services. They looked at the deaths of all patients, with a focus on the deaths of people using learning disability or mental health services. The review was based on evidence gathered during a national survey of all NHS providers, interviews and discussions with over 100 families, as well as information from NHS professionals and charities. The Chief Inspector of Hospitals at the Care Quality Commission, Professor Sir Mike Richards said that CQC have often found that opportunities are being missed to learn from deaths so that action can be taken to prevent the same mistakes happening again.  He further added that the families and caretakers are not properly involved in the investigation process and they are not treated with the respect they deserve. 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.

15Dec

BMA Survey Shows Lack of STP Engagement

According to a British Medical Association (BMA) survey, nearly two-thirds of doctors have seen no clinical or public engagement on sustainability and transformation plans (STPs). The latest result from the quarterly survey of BMA disclose that 64% of doctors had seen no engagement on the STP process in their area, despite beliefs that all 44 plans would be published by the end of this year. The results also reveal that while seven out of ten doctors are aware of STPs only one in ten doctors supported their introduction, with six in ten doubtful of their position. The survey figures are likely to create further concern with the absence of engagement on STPs by regional health managers, with the BMA having called for better clarity of the proposed transformations. In September 2016, a survey of more than 600 London-based doctors was carried out which found that nearly 60% of doctors had not heard of STPs, with about three quarters doctor are unsure on their feelings on the plans. These findings from the latest survey of BMA show that understanding about STP among doctors is increasing but many are still in the dark of the plan. The BMA’s third quarterly survey of 2016 that was sent out to 1,000 doctors between 11th October and 1st November presented a range of questions on areas such as workload, morale and work-life balance. Though 24% said their morale was either very high or high and more than a third of doctors reported their morale levels very low or low. The findings also showed a considerable concern for the health service’s ability to cope with the winter pressure. The chair of BMA council, Mark Porter said that these figures are reason for serious concern as, while there is an ever-increasing demand for health services across the National Health Service (NHS), this is extremely exacerbated during the winter months. Currently, the demand is so great that NHS hospitals are facing a year-round crisis, with a lack of available beds preventing the system from coping with a seasonal spike in demand, he added. 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.

14Dec

Summary Care Record now Used in 50% of Community Pharmacies

According to the NHS Digital, 50 per cent of community pharmacies in England now have access to the summary of patients’ GP record. It said this means about 6,000 pharmacies in England use summary care records, which provides key clinical information about a patient, sourced from the GP record. The accomplishment comes only 1 year after NHS Digital started the national rollout of Summary Care Record to community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. SCR are being rolled out in a bid to reduce the need to take up GP consultations and better tailor patients’ care. Until now, more than 20,000 pharmacy professionals have completed online SCR training, and nearly 90% of community pharmacies have participated in briefing sessions to support their implementation of Summary Care Record, NHS Digital said. It added that the top ten community pharmacies for Summary Care Record usage are accessing it 50 times a week on average. Using Summary Care Record benefits pharmacy professionals from better clinical decision-making, less calls to GP surgeries and reduced patient waiting times. It supports the wider responsibility of pharmacy, by providing patient information to help people with long-term conditions or complex drug treatments. It also helps pharmacy to become the first port of call for minor conditions, helping to free up resource within general practice and A&E. The Programme Head for Integrated Pharmacy at NHS Digital, Mohammed Hussain said that the half of community pharmacies now have access to SCR, which is really encouraging. It allows pharmacies to support patient with better-informed and tailored care. He further added that accessing SCR will also become a National Health Service (NHS) England measure under the Quality Payments Scheme for community pharmacy from April 2017. It helps to drive up quality of care in this setting. 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.

12Dec

GPs Invited to Bid for Urgent and Social Care Services in First 'Voluntary' Contract

General Practitioners (GPs) are being requested to bid for the first 'voluntary' contract that will see them providing urgent care, out-of-hours services, mental health services, and adult social care. NHS Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched the procurement process for its GP-led ‘new models of care’ organisation. The organisation will provide both primary and secondary care. It will be the first area to lay out the new 'voluntary' contract for GPs. A document has been published by the CCG which outline the services that are to be assigned for the area’s Multispeciality Community Provider (MCP). However, non-GP organisations will also be able to bid for this contract. From 1st April 2018, the MCP will become operational and will carried out some activities currently taken by the CCG including, service redesign, financial management and medicines management. The CCG’s July board papers shows that the MCP services will cost a sum of £244m, including £4.7m for primary care premises and £25m for primary care contracts. Additional services that the MCP will take over contain: Community based physical health services Urgent care and primary care out of hours services Adult social care Emergency admissions from care homes All CCG commissioned mental health services and learning disability services The GP and clinical executive for MCP development at NHS Dudley CCG, Dr Steve Mann said that the MCP is a coalition of the willing. People want to create a real difference to healthcare system and that is going to be an evolving process. He further added that the primary care has responded to the MCP by creating a 'steering group' intended at sharing info with other GPs 'around the development of the MCP. 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.

11Dec

NHS Whistleblowers 'Gagged and Blacklisted', says Petition Group

A group of doctors, staff and patients has warned that NHS whistleblowers face being “fired, gagged and blacklisted” while confessions go uninvestigated due to the healthcare manager's lack of powers and resources. The group has criticised the Care Quality Commission for being “low value” and has called for radical change in health service regulation. The group has exposed huge shortcoming and said the Care Quality Commission had failed to detect poor care and power since it replaced the Healthcare Commission in 2009. In a letter to the Times, the group exposed the shortcomings and also mentioned an example where an investigation of a foundation trust cost £273,900 but failed to spot hundreds of uninvestigated deaths. The Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Sir Mike Richards said the Care Quality Commission takes concerns raised by the staff and patients and the Hospitals chief takes appropriate action. Here are some act performed by hospitals chief: Raising concerns with the provider, Carrying out or bringing forward an inspection Alerting another organisation, including the police The group said the Care Quality Commission protests that it has no powers to inspect individual cases. Most of the patients, whistleblowers and bereaved relatives are totally frustrated that revelations to the Care Quality Commission have not resulted in change. On the contrary, if National Health Service (NHS) staff whistleblow, then they may still be fired, gagged and blacklisted. Sir Robert Francis QC, a non-executive director of the Care Quality Commission said that the watchdog had to do more to safeguard whistleblowers, in his report into failings at Mid Staffs. 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.

8Dec

One Third of GP Vacancies Remain Unfilled

A recent survey from British Medical Association (BMA) has shown that 31% of GP partners in England have been unable to fulfil staff vacancies in the past twelve months. Almost a third of GP partners replying to the association’s GP survey confessed that they had had to put up with vacancies, having not been able to hire staff over the long period. The BMA survey also found that only one in eight said they had had no vacancies to fill, while one in five GP partners said their practice taking between three to six months to hire staff to vacant posts. The areas with the highest levels of unfilled vacancies include the east of England and the west midlands, each at 35%. The chair of the BMA General Practitioners Committee (GPC), Chaand Nagpaul said the survey result is deeply concerning that many GP partners are reporting that their practices effectively have permanent holes in their workforce, which they are unable to fill. Only few number of GP practices are operating with no vacancies, while the huge majority of GP services are suffering from constant shortages of GPs. He further added that due to the staff crisis general practice is being kept afloat by the essential support of locums who are stepping in to deliver day-to-day services to patients. All these chronic shortages come despite government promises to recruit 5,000 more GPs, a pledge that has failed to happen. Zoe Norris, GP trainees subcommittee chair said thousands of GPs across the England choose a career as a salaried or Locum GP, which is a positive choice. However, the government should not be blind to the point that Locum and salaried GP are getting the same pressures that are threatening all of general practice.   National Health Service (NHS) England and the government need to realise that they cannot continue to rely on burnt-out grassroots GPs to provide a service that is under threat of collapse, she added. 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.