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. 


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.