GMC to Freeze all Registration Fees

The General Medical Council (GMC) has announced that it is freezing all registration fees, from April 2017 to March 2018 including the annual retention fee. This announcement by GMC means that the annual retention fee will be frozen at £425, while the fee for a doctor’s first year of full registration will remain at £200 and the fee for Medical School Graduates to become provisionally registered will be frozen at £90. This follows fee increases in recent years, from £390 in 2014-15 to £420 in 2015-16 and £425 in 2016-17. On the annual retention fee, the doctors with global incomes below £32,000 per year will continue to be eligible for a 50% discount on fee. For the postgraduate Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) the fee has also been frozen at £420. The new Chief Executive of the GMC, Charlie Massey said that the Health services across the UK and the health professional working with them are dealing with the toughest financial situations on record. Against this challenging environment it is necessary to keep GMC registration fees for doctors as low as possible. He further added that the GMC will continue to improve their professional support for doctors as well as modernize their fitness to practise procedures to help them to avoid carrying out full investigations wherever possible. By 2018, the GMC aims to save up to £6 million a year with measures including repositioning about 130 posts from London to Manchester and reforming its pension scheme for staff. In order to keep the GMC registration fees as low as possible, the GMC is also investigating to generate extra sources of income – such as charging for some of its services internationally. For latest update on National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system, visit our blog page daily.  Feel free to contact us anytime for your Medical Recruitment Solution and migration solutions to work across the UK. 


NHS England Announces £101 Million of New Funding for New Care Model Vanguards

On 15th December 2016, the National Health Service (NHS) England has announced a £101 million of new funding to support and spread the work of the new care model vanguards. Fifty vanguards were selected in between January and September 2015. The vanguards are partnerships of NHS, Health Education England, NHS Improvement, Care Quality Commission, local government, community, voluntary and other organisations that are executing plans to advance the healthcare people receive, save funds and prevent ill health. The vanguards take a main lead on the growth of new care models, which will act as the blueprints for the NHS moving forward and the motivation to the rest of the health and care system. In 2015, the vanguards were launched and since then it has made considerable progress such as reducing pressure on busy GP and A&E services. In addition to £101 million of new funding, the vanguards will continue to get support from NHS England and other national bodies to implement their plans, including how they harness latest technology including apps and shared computer systems. The vanguards are also getting help to improve their workforce so that it is organised around patients and their local people. The Director of the New Care Models Programme, Samantha Jones said that the vanguards are making great development and have previously made a noticeable impact on the lives of patients and the working lives of the staff. For the vanguards, the year 2017/18 is a crucial, in particular how they further increase their work across the wider NHS and care services. This new funding, as well as the support the director’ s offer to them, will support vanguards to continue to move at pace. 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 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.


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.


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.


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.