New Measures to Support the NHS Workforce

On 30th November 2016, Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health has announced a range of new measures aimed at supporting the NHS workforce. Speaking at the NHS Providers conference in Birmingham, Mr Hunt announced a number of workforce-related measures. The measures focus on career progression, leadership, motivation, morale, doctors in training and flexible working in the NHS. Here are listed some key announcements made by the Health Secretary. All trusts must meet the best practice on e-rostering, as outlined in NHS Improvement’s best practice guide by the end of 2017.                A new programme and review to motivate more clinicians to go into senior managerial roles. Improvement of a ‘skills escalator’ to advance staff through entry-level apprenticeships to a nursing degree apprenticeship. A major review of the assessment and appraisal process for junior doctors, to make it simpler and more helpful. Other announcements include Career progression, Leadership and Doctors in Training. Career progression A new degree-level nursing apprenticeship standard has been approved by the Department of Education. The employers can offer the new nursing degree apprenticeship to new or existing staff from September 2017. Next year the government will consult on whether the physician associate role should also be regulated or not. Mr Hunt has written to the NMC chair to seek agreement to regulate nursing associates, with work starting as soon as possible on the necessary legislation. Work continues on the improvement of the apprenticeship standard for the new nursing associate role. Leadership As part of a fast-track development programme, the NHS Leadership Academy is to send thirty students every year to top universities of the world such as Yale. HEE will double the number of places on the graduate management scheme from 2018. The NHS will associate with British universities to offer an NHS MBA for senior NHS professionals, with the first students joining in September 2017. Doctors in Training New HEE plans will improve training and rotations to help couples who have caring responsibilities or who are training. £10m funding will be made available to help HEE implement new programmes with the Universities to support doctors returning to training after maternity leave and approved time out. HEE will work with the Royal College of Surgeons, BMA and a number of hospitals to study whether a modern ‘firm’ structure might better support trainees. 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.


New Nursing Degree Apprenticeship Announced by Jeremy Hunt

On 30th November 2016, the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has announced a new nursing degree apprenticeship where student nurses can train on the job rather than having to complete a university degree. Nurses will be able to “earn as they learn” under new plans for part-time degrees. Jeremy Hunt said the new nursing degree apprenticeships will encourage people from all backgrounds into the profession. He hopes the apprenticeships will offer a new route into nursing for those put off by a full-time degree. Student nurses will be able to qualify over four or five years – instead of the usual three years. The new apprenticeships complements the Nursing Associate Role announced in 2015. Both the initiatives aim to offer flexible routes into nursing in England. The new role will sit with fully qualified nurses and nursing associates, which has come under fire over concerns about "nursing on the cheap". The Chief Nursing Officer for England, Professor Jane Cummings, said the Nursing Degree Apprenticeship offers a new, exciting route into nursing that is open to more people whether they are already working in the National Health Service (NHS) or would like to pursue a career in nursing. Now, thousands of students can train as nurses without attending the university full-time. From September 2017, the first apprentice nurses could be working on wards and each year up to 1,000 apprentice nurses could join the NHS. Presently, there are about 20,000 apprentices working in the NHS, and earlier this year the government promised to create an additional 100,000 apprenticeships in the sector by 2020. Currently, student nurses at University have their course fees paid. They are entitled to bursaries of £4,500 to £5,500 if they live in London - as well as a grant of £1,000 every year during their course. But the government has planned scrapping this funding and introducing university fees to bring health staff in line with other students. Some Financial Support will be still provided by the NHS such as travel costs for placements. The Department of Health (D0H) has confirmed that apprentices would receive a salary and this would be set locally. The Chief Executive of Royal College of Nursing, Janet Davies has described the new nursing degree apprenticeships plan as "ridiculous". 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 and migration solutions to work across the UK. 


Junior Doctor Training 'Threatened by Heavy Workload', Warns GMC

The General Medical Council (GMC) has warned that the heavy NHS workloads are putting junior doctors’ training at danger. On 1st December 2016, the GMC published its annual report on survey of medical education and training in the UK. The report shows decreasing satisfaction with the heavy workload, with an average score of 44.5% this year, compared with 46% in 2015. The GMC took survey on 55,000 UK doctors in training and found that more than 43% of doctors described their daytime workload as "very heavy". Doctors working in key specialities including acute internal and general internal medicine, emergency medicine, respiratory medicine, and gastroenterology – reported even higher workloads, and said these had grown worse in the past 5 years. The GMC report found many junior doctors are working in healthcare systems which are under such significant and growing pressure that it threatens the training they need to become the next generation of consultants and GPs. The report also found that doctors with the highest workloads were more likely to report patient safety concerns. Around half of doctors in training said they often work beyond their approved rota hours, and up to 25% said their working patterns left them sleep-destitute on a weekly basis. The Director of Education and Quality at Health Education England (HEE), Professor Wendy Reid said the HEE understand that being a junior doctor is challenging and stressful without any extra pressures such as unsupportive senior colleagues, poor rota planning and lack of family time. She added that a new code of practice would improve communication and planning of trainee’s placements. HEE look forward to working with the NHS Employers and the system to advance the working lives of junior doctors. The GMC says that the time assigned for training must be protected so doctors in training can gain the knowledge and experience they need for their professional development. A spokesman from Department of Health (DoH) said the government want to support junior doctors. That's why since 2010 the NHS has employed 11,900 more doctors. 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.


Community Pharmacies ‘underutilised’ in Public Health

A new report published by the Public Health England and the Royal Society for Public Health has found that pharmacies suppose that they are being underutilised when they have many more to offer to support public health. The report, 'Building Capacity', surveyed the extent to which community pharmacy teams are supporting the public’s health whilst evaluating opportunities and challenges they face. The report was based on research conducted in early 2016. It revealed that nearly three-quarters of respondents from across the country's almost 12,000 pharmacies supposed that the community pharmacy sector was being underutilised. The chief executive of Royal Society for Public Health, Shirley Cramer said that pharmacies have a “clear passion” to support the public’s health, but challenges for pharmacies do exist which stop them from doing so, specially at the commissioning stage. She further added that the role of Pharmacists and their contribution is recognised by all parts of the local health system. The Royal Society for Public Health had support initiatives aimed at increasing cooperation, particular with GPs and giving greater importance to pharmacy on local Health and Wellbeing Boards. However, respondents also said that they suffered from inadequate staff members, a shortage of representation on their local Health and Wellbeing Board, training and facilities and even resistance from GPs on being commissioned to deliver services, especially in relation to the flu vaccination. Most of the patients prefer to visit a GP due to lack of understanding of the services pharmacies provide and they believes that GP have greater connectivity of the service. Only about half of the public are aware of service offered by pharmacies. The chair of the Pharmacy and Public Health Forum (PPHF), Jonathan McShan said that it's a time to stop talking about the possible of community pharmacy in relation to public health and start grabbing the opportunities. The new report not only shows what more community pharmacy can do but also the difficulties that currently stop them from making the most of the community pharmacy network consistently across the country. 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. 


Patient Safety Under Threat From Pressures in General Practice

According to a major new British Medical Association (BMA) survey, the quality and safety of patient care in general practice in England is under threat from rising workload pressures. Some key findings from the BMA survey, which drew responds from 5,025 GPs across England, include: 84% of GPs i.e. 8 out of 10 GPs believe that the workload pressures are either excessive or unmanageable and are having a direct effect on the quality and safety of the care they provide to patients. Only 10% of GPs define their workload as manageable and allowing for good and safe quality of care to the patients. The West Midlands, the South East, Humberside and Yorkshire had the highest rates of GPs reporting unmanageable levels of workload. GPs defined a wide range of options to help tackle these problems, such as greater provision of mental health workers in the community, increased provision of enhanced community nurses to manage defenceless housebound patients and more help to enable patients to safely self-care. Replying to the BMA survey, the chair of BMA GP committee Dr Chaand Nagpaul, said that the latest major survey of more than 5,000 GPs in England shows that GP practices across the England are struggling to deliver high-quality, safe patient care due to unmanageable workload. Several practices are being overwhelmed by rising patient demand, staff shortages and contracting budgets, which has left them unable to provide sufficient appointments and the specialist care to many patients need. He further added that a clear strategy is required for addressing the crisis in general practice, which tackles the several problems undermining local GP services. BMA need an urgent expansion of the workforce in both practices and community-based teams, with GPs calling for an increased number of nurses to look after housebound patients and mental health workers to manage the growing demand in this area. 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.


NMC Announces New OSCE Test Centre

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has announced a new test centre for checking the competence (OSCE test) of nurses and midwives trained outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA). Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) test is a form of performance-based testing often used in health sciences to measure the candidates’ clinical competence. In this test, applicants are observed and evaluated with a series of process in which they interview, examine and treat standardised patients (SP) who present with some type of medical problem. The OSCE test is designed to test clinical skill, performance and competence in skills such as communication, medical procedures / prescription, clinical examination, exercise prescription, radiographic positioning, joint mobilisation / manipulation techniques, radiographic image evaluation, interpretation of results and many more. At Oxford Brookes University, the NMC introduced a New OSCE. From December 2016, Oxford Brookes University, which has sites in Oxford and Swindon, will start taking booking for the OSCE test. The new test centre will increase capacity, leading to shorter waiting times, and improve flexibility with the choice of location to take the test. The existing OSCE test centre was opened in 2014 at University of Northampton and increased its capacity in 2016 to meet demand. The University of Northampton will continue to offer the OSCE and a third UK test centre is also likely to be begun in early 2017. Overseas Nurses and midwives must successfully take a two-part test of competence, in order to join the NMC’s register. The first part of the test is a computer-based and can be taken anywhere in the world. If successful, then candidates must take the second part of the test i.e. OSCE in the UK. The chief executive and registrar of NMC, Jackie Smith, said the new test centre will help to make sure that those nurses and midwives with the right skills and knowledge can join the NMC register in a timely way. 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.