UK on Verge of 'Social Care Crisis', Government Warned

The government has been warned that the nation is on the brink of a "social care crisis" if funding for the elderly care is not improved. The figures obtained by the Observer showed that more than half of councils tasked with care for the elderly - 77 out of 152 - have had at least one residential and nursing care provider closed in the last 6 months. According to the data, 48 councils have seen at least one company that deals with helping to care for the elderly in their own home forced to close. Fifty-nine councils requested new care preparations after contracts were considered by the providers to be insufficiently financed to meet the needs required. A cross-party group of politicians said the social care crisis is real and it is happening nowadays. The Government cannot ignore it any longer if we are to really have a community that works for everybody. An additional £2.6bn is immediately required to dive the funding gap as the safety and quality of elderly care is at danger and the defenceless will increasingly struggle to get the support they need to meet fundamental needs such as dressing, washing or getting out of bed, the group added. The chairman of NHS Confederation, Stephen Dorrell said the mini-budget statement of the Chancellor had made him very disappointed because it not said anything about social care. In his view, not to make an investment in social care was a mistake. A spokesman from the government said that the government is supporting those must in need with a social care package worth £3.5 billion by 2019-20 compared to the £2.9 billion councils said they required. The government have also devolved new powers and funding to local areas so they can incorporate health and social care, deliver better services for older people, and plan for an aged population. 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.


NHS to Use Private Firms to Beat the Winter Crisis

According to the Leaked memos, NHS hospitals have been told to pass on some scheduled surgery to the private sector clinics to ease a potential winter crisis in the NHS Hospitals. Health Officials have also ordered NHS hospitals to discharge thousand of patents in a bid to decrease record levels of crowding and the managers have been prohibited from stating “black alerts”, which is the highest level alert used when hospitals are unable to handle the demand of patient healthcare. All these instructions were revealed in a memo sent by National Health Service (NHS) England and the regulator NHS Improvement to the NHS hospitals. It comes as NHS chiefs struggle to bring bed occupancy levels down to a safe level of 85%. Before the Christmas, hospitals are being ordered to “increase elective activity” using the independent sector and schemes that pay NHS consultants lucrative overtime rates. Last year the organisation recorded the highest deficit in its history and schemes in the independent sector can pay consultants rates of up to £1,000. The chair of British Medical Association (BMA) council, Dr Mark Porter said the highest deficit is an evidence of an over-stressed healthcare system that the government failed to properly fund. The government must outsource patient care to private providers to manage the predictable patient demand. He further added that the unmanageable pressure in the NHS has been made worse by cuts to social care provision. Now, it’s the time to take the blinkers off by the government and provide sustainable funding and increased staffing to safeguard the long-term future of the NHS. The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron said the NHS needs more funding from the government. Using the private sector like this will only runs down the NHS and will cost the taxpayer more in the long run. 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.


Hospital Outpatient Appointments and Cancellations at Record High

The latest annual figures for hospital outpatient published by NHS Digital has shown a record number of appointments being cancelled, due to the rising financial and functional strain on NHS hospitals.  Last year hospitals in England cancelled 7.68 million outpatient appointments, nearly 3 times more than that had been cancelled in 2005-06 (2.76 million). Cancellations have also increased over that time as a proportion of all outpatient appointments, from 4.6 per cent in 2005-06, to 6.8 per cent in 2015-16 – which is a 48 per cent jump.   The NHS Digital latest figure confirms that the demand for healthcare has been increased sharply. While there were 60.6m appointments in the year 2005-06, that had almost doubled to 113.3m in 2015-16. The registrar for the Royal College of Physicians, Andrew Goddard said the increasing rate of outpatient appointments is another sign of NHS hospitals under pressure. Although most of the appointments are rescheduled rather than cancelled. The extra waiting time can cause concern for patients and delay in receiving the right treatment in time. He further added that the evidence gathered by the Royal College of Physicians denoted that the National Health Service (NHS) was struggling to cope with the rising pressures of healthcare demand and inadequate funding and therefore it required a new budget plan. Women are more likely to attend outpatient appointments than men. Last year, 51.7 million women attended in comparison to 37.6 million men. There were 186 outpatient visits among women per 100 populations but just 139 for men. The figures also showed that 5 areas of specialist medical care accounted for 30% of all outpatient appointments in 2015-16. The 5 areas are: Trauma and orthopaedics (7.65m) Obstetrics (3.65m) Ophthalmology (7.3m) Obstetrics (3.65m) and Dermatology (3.46m) Justin Madders, the shadow health minister called the latest figures ‘shocking’, saying that the government underfunding had stretched the healthcare system to breaking point despite the best efforts of NHS staff. 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.


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.