Hospital Beds Crisis Puts Lives at Risk, Top Surgeons Say

The chronic shortage of NHS hospital beds in England has put patient’s lives at risk, senior surgeons have said. The failure to discharge patients is usually due to a lack of proper social care, which means increasing number of aged people remain in hospital needlessly after treatment. On 24th November 2016, National Health Service (NHS) published an official figure, which reveal 89% of hospital beds were occupied overnight from July to September. In 2015, it was 87 % in the same period. The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) said the NHS figure has indicated a failure to cope with the rising number of older patients in hospital. The College has warned that hospitals with an occupancy rate over 85% are at increased risk of periodic bed crises and an increase in potentially deadly infections such as the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bug. The vice-president of the RCS and a Consultant Urological Surgeon, Ian Eardley said the NHS has been able to decrease bed numbers as medical advances mean more modern surgery can take place without an overnight stay. But, these figures show bed cuts have currently gone too far in the absence of sufficient social care or community care alternatives. The situation is set to get worse, with more beds expected to remove under the NHS England sustainability and transformation plans which was designed to improve NHS services and ensure their viability. Planned cuts include 400 in each Devon and Yorkshire, 535 beds in Derbyshire and nearly 30% of all hospital beds in North Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire. The charity Director of Age UK’s, Caroline Abrahams said the professional consent, based on experience across the country, is that the shortage of social care for aged people is a big part of the problem. This is what Age UK hears from elder people and families too, through their advice line and local Age UKs too. 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.


NHS cancer treatment facing a ‘diagnostic bottleneck’, says CRUK

On 23rd November 2016, the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) has published a report, which shows pathology service in the UK are struggling to cope with the increasing number of samples taken from people being tested for cancer. The report says growing demand on services, along with an ageing population and decreasing staff numbers has created a “diagnostic bottleneck” which will get worse if urgent action is not taken. As well as analysis of biopsies and blood tests, other cancer tests such as endoscopies and scans could also be under threat. Up to 70% of healthcare decisions taken in the National Health Service (NHS) depends on pathology-based tests and investigations. Professional's fear that the lack of qualified pathologists could hamper in early identification of cancer, along with the identification of other conditions. Pathologists not only diagnose cancer but also play an important role in preventing, treating and monitoring the patient condition, and are at the frontline of cancer research. The CRUK’s director of policy, Emma Greenwood said the Diagnostic services, including pathology, immediately need support and funding to make sure that diagnoses aren’t delayed and patients benefit from the latest treatment. She further added that the UK’s cancer survival is lagging behind other European countries and improving early diagnosis through diagnostic services is one of the best ways to address this problem. The diagnostic bottleneck will just get worse without action immediately and this includes addressing staff shortages in endoscopy, imaging and pathology. A spokesman from Department of Health said the early and fast diagnosis is vital in improving patient outcomes and experience. Getting pathology test results to patients quickly is a main part of this. It is the reason behind government investment over £2.5 billion on effective and robust pathology services across the NHS. 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.   


Difficult Winter Ahead for NHS as Demand for Care Increases

The latest Quarterly Monitoring Report (QMR) from The King’s Fund shows large rises in the demand for healthcare which means the National Health Service (NHS) is heading into winter with its finances pressure and presentation against several key indicators at their worst level for more than a decade. The king’s Fund report covers the period July to September and discloses that the NHS is currently treating more patients than ever before. The rising demand for healthcare services is reflected in the number of GP referrals. The GP referrals have increased by around 3% over the past years, whilst emergency admissions via A&E have increased by 4% than the same quarter in 2015. All this is putting pressure on NHS services, which are struggling to maintain the standards of care as a result. The QMR shows: 9.4% of patients waited more than 18 weeks to start hospital treatment. It is the worst performance since targets were modified in 2012. 9.4% of patients attending A&E have waited more than 4 hours. It is the worst performance for this time of year for more than a decade. 568,774 bed days were lost as a result of delays in discharging patients from hospital; this is 29% higher than in the same quarter 2015 The NHS is expected to stabilise its finances in 2016/17, but about a third of NHS trusts predicted that they will miss their ‘control total’ financial targets. This is up from 13% in the last quarter. The Chief Executive of The King’s Fund, Chris Ham said the increasing demand of treatment is putting NHS services in pressure. The NHS needs to increase its efforts to manage the demand and this will require investment in out-of-hospital services via the sustainability and transformation plans (STP) which is currently being developed across the England. 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 and migration consultation to our candidates.  


NHS Wales Extends GP Records Access

On 21st November 2016, the Welsh Government has announced that more hospital doctors and pharmacists across Wales will now have better access to the electronic GP records of Welsh patients. The NHS Wales Informatics Service, which collects, stores and analyses and presents national data and statistical information for NHS Wales has developed a National Intelligent Integrated Audit Solution (NIIAS). The creation of NIIAS is to make patient record access safe and secure across the health service of wales.   The changes in the access to patient record means that the NHS Wales Informatics Service will make a summary from a patient’s GP record available electronically for planned patient care settings and outpatient appointments. Previously, the summary care record was available only to the doctors and pharmacists in emergency care settings such as A & E, urgent care centres etc. GP leaders said that the health boards and trusts have guaranteed that the expansion of access to summary GP records would be safe and secure. The trusts will monitor the record using the NIIAS system. The health secretary of Welsh, Vaughan Gething said the changes means vital information of patient is now available anytime. It helps to improve the capability of healthcare professionals to provide securer care mainly in patients' medicines management. The medical director of NHS Wales Informatics Service, Rhidian Hurle said strict controls are in place to make sure that patient info is protected. Every time a patient’s record is opened via the secure database, an auditable log will be made. He further added that the extended GP Record access has made it easier for medical professional to deliver safe care. It save time of medical professional in getting the correct information about the patients they are caring for and let them more time to focus on patients’ needs. It is a win-win for patients and professionals alike.  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.


GPs to Access Mental Health Support From January

From January 2017, General Practitioners (GPs) will be able to access the national GP mental health support service. In April 2016, the NHS GP Health Service was first announced in the GP Forward View. The GP Forward view is dedicated to advance access to mental health support for GPs and trainee GPs who may be suffering from mental ill-health including depression, stress, addiction and burnout. The Mental health support service was introduced to maintain a healthy and resilient workforce. It is a confidential, free service delivered by health professionals specialising in mental health support to GPs. Any GP trainees and GPs who are registered on the National Performers List in England can access the service.  According to the National Health Service (NHS) England, the new service is the world’s first nationally funded health service for general practice. It will support GPs and GP trainees who wish to stay in or return to medical practice after a period of ill health. GPs can access the new national service via a confidential national self-referral phone line, website and App. The service will be available in all of the 13 NHS England local team areas. The service will provide: Support for addiction related health problems General psychiatric assessment and treatment Psychotherapy one-to-one and group sessions Hurley Group Partnership has run the new mental health support programme. The Group has already run the London’s Practitioner Health Programme, which is for all clinicians. GP leaders has welcomed the mental health support service, but criticised for only accommodating GPs and not their staff. 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. 


Eight More Health Innovations to Join NHS Accelerator

On 14th November 2016, NHS England has announced the new eight health innovations to join the second phase of the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) Scheme. The NIA Scheme is designed to support the National Health Service (NHS) with the acceptance of promising new treatments and technologies. The new NIA innovations are chosen for support which is needed to provide evidence-based and cost saving solution for some of the main issues facing by the NHS, such as: Better prevention of ill health Early intervention into disease Improved management of long-term medical conditions In 2015, the NIA programme selected 17 innovations and supported their roll out across over 380 NHS organisations, helping millions of NHS patients. The NIA was delivered in partnership with all 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSN) across England.  The innovations selected to join the NIA programme this year includes: EpSMon: It is an epilepsy self-management tool that allows patients to monitor their condition and know when to request medical support. Epilepsy is one of the top 10 causes of death under the age of 70 and the third main reason of maternal deaths in the UK. Epilepsy costs the UK £1.5 billion per year. This tool could have major effect on the individual and financial costs of epilepsy through decrease in in A&E appointments and reduction in patient death.   Sore throat test and treat: It is a walk in community pharmacy service where patients are tested to see whether they need any antibiotics. Serenity integrated mentoring (SIM): It is a collaborative model of care that sees a skilled police officers working in a public mental health team to mentor, inspire and help high risk service users. NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens welcomed the announcement and said that the Necessity is the mother of invention, and health care is now fizzing with smart innovation. The government is now taking practical action to develop and fast track these new techniques in the NHS. The National Medical Director of NHS England, Sir Bruce Keogh, said the innovation is not an option but a necessity to build a sustainable NHS. The innovations chosen for NIA programme have the potential to provide better value for the taxpayer while ensuring patient interactions with the NHS are safer and more personal. 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.