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. 


£112 million Funding Announced for Clinical Research Facilities

On 18th November 2016, the Department of Health (DoH) has announced additional £112 million investment into NIHR Clinical Research Facilities (CRFs) across the country. From April 2017, the government will be investing £112.3 million over five years via the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in the NHS infrastructure for Clinical Research Facilities across England. The funding has been awarded to the 23 National Health Service (NHS) organisations, following a competitive application and assessment process. The funding will provide support for specialist research nurses and technical staff, as well as provide cutting-edge facilities to help clinical research and trials.   Nicola Blackwood, the Minister for Public Health and Innovation said that the UK medical researchers lead the world and the government investment in research area so far has led to a range of innovations, including a promising treatment for peanut allergies in children, the first new asthma treatment in a decade, and many more. He understands that this type of groundbreaking research simply would happen with the support of these Clinical Research Facilities. He further added that he is very pleased to announce this £112 million of extra funding to support the skilled personnel and cutting-edge facilities. Earlier funding for clinical research facilities has directed to medical innovations, including: Testing of the ‘bionic eye’ in retinitis pigmentosa (RP) – It is the first ever study to combine natural and artificial vision in humans. Beginning an innovative and standardised approach to test treatment for cystic fibrosis Finding an efficient treatment for peanut allergies in children Developing the first new therapeutic asthma treatment for a decade, decreasing the time of life-threatening asthma attacks NIHR is financed through the DoH and works to advance the health and wealth of the nation through clinical research. 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.  


Nursing Associate Curriculum Framework Launched

On 17th November 2016, Health Education England (HEE) has launched its curriculum framework for the new Nursing Associate (NA) role. This new national curriculum framework is pertinent to all those involved in planning, designing and delivering Level 5 Nursing Associate education and training programmes. The Nursing Associates Role will bridge the gap between the health & care support workers, offering opportunities for health care assistants to progress into nursing roles. This exciting Nursing Associates role can provide a benefit to the nursing and care staff across a range of settings and play a vital role in the delivery of patient care with safety.      Trainee Nursing Associates will work under the direction of fully qualified Registered Nurses (RNs) and will be able to undertake some of the duties and functions of RN. It allows the nurses to spend more time on assessment and care related with complex patient needs. It also advances the treatments knowing that a well-educated and trained nursing associate is properly supporting their patient. Chief Nursing Officer for England, Professor Jane Cummings said that the introduction of Nursing Associates is a positive and welcome step. The eleven test sites providing the first training programmes will inform the competencies needed and the scope of the Nursing Associate role. The Director of Nursing and Deputy Director of Education and Quality at Health Education England, Professor Lisa Bayliss Pratt said that the Nursing Associates role will be a main part of the multi-disciplinary workforce that is needed to respond to the future needs of patients. The new Nursing Associates will be trained to work independently under both the indirect and direct supervision of the registered nurse. In the next few weeks, the first Nursing Associates students will be welcomed by HEE. Eleven sites have been already chosen to provide the first wave of training that will run over a 2-year period. 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 offer recruitment and migrational services to our clients and candidates all over the UK. 


Junior Doctors Remove Threat of Further Strikes Over New Contract

The British Medical Association (BMA) junior doctors' committee has removed all the threat of strike action and pledged to work with the Government on their new contract. The committee announced that it would change direction and “re-engage with NHS leaders and politicians” over implementation of the new contract. This announcement means junior doctors could not legally take any more industrial action without a fresh ballot of its members. The junior doctor contract has been the subject to unpleasant dispute between the government and the BMA. The contract dispute led to 5 walkouts and the cancellation of more than 100,000 operations and outpatient appointments so far this year. The announcement comes a week after the Dr Ellen McCourt resigned from her post saying it had become clear to her that the position of junior leader was “untenable”. Dr McCourt was replaced by her deputy Dr Pete Campbell, a Momentum supporter, who is interim chairman until another election for the post. The government welcomed the decision of the BMA but not all junior doctors are happy about the decision. The Junior Doctors Alliance (JDA), a pressure group believes that the BMA should take further action to resist imposition of the contract. A spokesman for the JDA said the new move of BMA was “unacceptable” and taken without any discussion with the mass membership of thousands of junior doctors who voted to reject the revised contract. There is no doubt that many doctors were losing trust in the BMA. Dr Peter Campbell, the interim chair of the JDC said the junior doctors' committee wanted to work on safeguarding a fair approach to weekend pay and the safety of doctors and patients under the new contract. A spokesperson from Department of Health said that the BMA has now completely called off industrial action and it is welcome news for patients. The National Health Service (NHS) is getting on with the job of implementing the junior doctor’s new contract and the department of health are determined to ensure junior doctors are supported during this process. Visit our blog daily for more updates on UKs' Healthcare System. If you need any help with your Medical Recruitment then feel free to contact us anytime.