NHS set to miss target on recovering overseas patient costs

The government is on course to miss its target of recovering up to £500m a year from treating overseas visitors who are not entitled for free treatment in NHS hospitals. The report from National Audit Office (NAO) has found that the National Health Service (NHS) and the Department of Health have made progress to recover some of the money by treating overseas visitors who are not entitled for free NHS hospital treatment. However, if present trends continue and the charging rules remain the same then the government’s target of recovering up to £500m a year by 2017-18 will not be achieved. The Department of Health launched a programme in 2014, which was intended to extend the scope of charging and implement current regulations more effectively. Rising overseas visitor income is one of several measures intended to support the financial position of the NHS. The head of National Audit Office, Amyas Morse said hospital trust remain some way from fulfilling the requirement to charge and recover the cost of treating overseas visitors. In the previous 2 years, the total amounts charged and the amounts actually recovered have increased. Much of this rise is the result of changes to the charging rules for treatment of overseas visitors. The Chair of BMA Council, Dr Mark Porter, said the systems to charge migrants and short-term visitors need to be practical, efficient and economic and must not endanger access to healthcare for those who need it. The duty of a doctor is to treat the patient, not to act as a border guard. It is very important that the charging systems for overseas visitors do not stop patients from receiving necessary medical care. Regularly check our blog page for latest updates on GMC, NHS and Medical Recruitment process across the UK.  Feel free to contact us anytime for Medical recruitment Solution across the UK. We also provide compliance support and migration consultation to our candidates. 


Free Occupational Health Service for GPs and Practice Staff

From 31st October 2016, a new scheme to support occupational health of GPs and other primary care staff has come into force across Scotland. The new scheme means that everyone who works for a GP practice, including doctors, in Scotland will now have free access to their local health boards' occupational health services. The new scheme has received £920,000 of funding and the funding will be provided on a recurring basis from this year onwards. Earlier this year, Shona Robison, Scottish health secretary made the commitment to the British Medical Association (BMA), in recognition of the contribution that primary care staff made to the health service of Scotland. Ms Shona Robison said that general practice is a highly valued part of the healthcare system in Scotland. So, NHS wants General practice to be the profession of choice for many young doctors. She further added that the new funding scheme will be able to benefit GP practice staff from more effective occupational health. The scheme will also help NHS to create a more sustainable workforce in the long-term. NHS Scotland’s occupational health service will help staff with issues like: Returning to work after illness Posture Back pain Workplace assessments Recovering from injuries General practice employees will be able to access a range of specialists including physiotherapists, consultants, occupational health nurse practitioners and specialist registrars. The chair of the BMA Scottish GP committee, Dr Alan McDevitt, said the actions that provide continued support to practices are very welcome. He is delighted that the government of Scotland has committed funding to make sure that all staff will have free access to the occupational health service. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system. Recruitment Synergy is a Medical Recruitment Agency based on London, UK. Remember us for Locum, temporary and permanent jobs across UK. We also provide  compliance and migration consultation to our candidates.  


Six maternity pilot sites to shape midwifery supervision in England

On 31st October 2016, NHS England has announced six maternity pilot sites to drive the plan of new approaches to midwifery supervision, helping to increase the excellence of care for women and their babies. The six pilot sites will establish a new model of midwifery supervision in England before governmental changes due in spring 2017. The objective of the midwifery supervision in England is to support midwives through all aspects of their role leading to advancements in maternity experiences and the excellence of care in all parts of the health system. This includes advancements to the complete work experience, reduced sickness, increased job satisfaction and better staff development. Head of Maternity, Children and Young People’s Services for NHS England, Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent said midwives have a uniquely satisfying, significant and privileged role. The new model will be helpful in providing midwives with a continuous enhancement process that builds Professional and personal strength to improve the NHS quality of care for women and their babies. She further added that the new model will also support in preparation for appraisal and professional revalidation of midwives. The new six pilot sites will play a major role in modelling the new model of supervision. She is looking forward to working closely with these pilot sites. The successful pilots represent a range of maternity providers from across the England. The Six maternity pilot sites are: Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust Airedale NHS Foundation Trust University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust Whittington Health Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust. In addition to the pilot sites, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust will also be working with an independent maternity provider to test the model for independent midwives working across large geographical areas. In October, NHS has invited maternity providers to apply for pilot status and successful applicants have disclosed the evidence of the following qualities in their proposals: Keenness to test new approach and share their learning Leadership and organisation working Governance and resources NHS England will run a series of webinars and publish commissioning guidance to support the maternity system to be prepared for implementation. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the UK.  Contact us anytime for your Medical Recruitment solution  across the UK. 


First med tech/app innovations chosen for new NHS payment scheme

On 2nd November 2016, NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens has announced that medtech devices and apps will be included under NHS national payment rules helping to accelerate uptake of cutting-edge technologies. The new announcement is a part of commitment to create a new Innovation and Technology Tariff that was announced by Mr Simon in June 2016. Following Clinical review, NHS England has selected the first six innovations as part of a new Innovation and Technology Tariff, benefiting men having urological surgery, Patients with chronic lung problems, women giving birth and acutely ill inpatients. NHS England is also backing new mobile technology for diagnosing heart problems. The new tariff will help to cut the difficulty experienced by innovators and clinicians in getting uptake and spread across the NHS. It will remove the requirement for multiple local price negotiations by guaranteeing automatic repayment when an approved innovation is used. The new innovation and technology tariff will also allow the NHS to negotiate national 'bulk buy' price discounts on behalf of GPs, hospitals and patients. Simon Stevens said the NHS has a satisfied track record of world firsts in medical innovation like hip replacements, IVF and organ transplants are just a few names but getting wide uptake has often been far too slow and frustrating. The new payment system of NHS brings clarity on fast track funding to get ground breaking new treatments and technologies to NHS patients. The first chosen innovation categories that will join the national NHS payment scheme are: Web based applications for self-management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Guided mediolateral episiotomy scissors to reduce the chance of obstetric injury Arterial connecting systems to minimise bacterial infection and the accidental administration of medication into arteries Prostatic urethral lift systems to treat lower urinary tract symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia Frozen microbiota transplantation for treatment of recurrent Clostridium difficile infection rates Pneumonia prevention systems that are designed to stop patients on ventilators developing ventilator-associated pneumonia. Commenting on the move, chief executive of the Association of British Healthcare Industries, Peter Ellingworth said the new approach will help to ensure a strong, accessible and effective scheme that provides timely patient access to a wide range of medical technologies. Visit our blog page daily for more updates from National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system. Recruitment Synergy is a Medical Recruitment Agency based on London, UK. Remember us for Locum, temporary and permanent jobs across UK. We also provide  compliance and migration consultation to our candidates.  


Top 6 Mistakes Candidates Make on Their CV

Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a summary of a person's experience and qualification which is usually prepared for job applications. A good resume quickly and briefly introduce your qualification and experiences to your potential employee. It will demonstrate your suitability for the job. Recruitment agencies often ask for your CV to be submitted at the time of registration so they could send it to the employers companies who are seeking for your kind of skills. Having a perfect CV will increase your chances to get your desired job. But most of the candidates make simple mistakes in their CV which lessen the chance of getting their desired job. So, here are some common mistakes candidate make in their resume and its solutions to avoid them. Including inappropriate personal information Normally, recruiters spend very little time on your personal details. So, it is irrelevant to include personal information like your religion, political preferences, height, weight, hobbies, your social life etc. in your resume. You just include the personal details that are appropriate such as name, address, age, sex, marital status etc. Recruiters don’t have time to read through the details of your personal life. So, even if you are qualified for the job, you may find your application rejected. Therefore, include the personal details which are relevant to your work profile. Poor spelling and grammar It is one of the big mistakes often found in CV. Candidates make their own assumption on grammar and spelling, and send it to the recruiters.  If your resume is not grammatically perfect and have a poor spelling, then recruiter will look at you as a slack and no one would like to hire such careless person. So, before sending your CV, check spelling and grammar thoroughly. Ask your friends, colleagues or an English graduate to check it over for you if you are not 100% confident. Improper fonts and colours When choosing your resume font, make use of simple font which are easy to read. The most preferred font in CV are Arial, Times New Roman and Verdana at font size of 10 or 12. Do not use any colours, backgrounds, ornate borders, crazy font and other crazy formatting in the CV. You should use same front throughout your resume and make use of bullets point which will make the document easy to scan and more likely to catch somebody’s eye. Not explaining gaps If you have any gap in your career then it is better to explain it in your CV. The reason can be anything like travel, study, volunteering, time off to look after the children etc. just write a line or two to explain the gap. If your gap is not properly explained, then recruiters may jump to other candidate. Fake information Do not make any false claims and include lies in your CV. If you lie about things and found out, then you will awfully lose chances of getting the job. So, be honest and include the information that are real. Also, try to avoid unverifiable information that could hold a grudge against your earlier employers. Improper email addresses Research shows that 76% of the CVs are ignored because of the improper e-mail address which expresses a lack of professionalism. E-mail addresses like lazysod@..., cutegal @... are good when you communicate with your friends, but not for your potential employers. So, make use of those e-mail address id which sound professional in your CV. Recruitment Synergy is a Medical Recruitment Agency based on London, UK. Remember us for Locum, temporary and permanent jobs across UK. We also provide consultation on preparing perfect CV on medical professionals' preferences. Contact us  for any of your queries on preparing medical CV, Migration to UK, Healthcare recruitment and many more. 


NHS England Launches £130m investment in radiotherapy update

On 25th October 2016, Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens has announced a £130m investment to start the upgrade of radiotherapy equipment and transform cancer treatment across England. In England, around 4 in 10 of all NHS cancer patients are treated with radiotherapy. Radiotherapy usually uses high-energy radiation from a machine called a Linac (linear accelerator) and is one of the three main cancer treatments, beside chemotherapy and cancer surgery. Over the next two years, NHS has planned to replace or upgrade the older Linac radiotherapy equipment that are being used by hospitals across the country. The new plan is introduced to ensure every cancer patients get access to the latest leading edge technology regardless of where they live. It is recommended that the LINACs be replaced after 10 years of use, but the last major investment in NHS radiotherapy machines was in the early 2000s. NHS England said that the new £130m investment pays for over 100 replacements or upgrades of radiotherapy machines in hospitals around England. The fund will enable half of the 5 years modernisation programme recommended by the Independent Cancer Taskforce. Simon Stevens said NHS England has started the biggest single upgrade in NHS cancer treatment for at least the last fifteen years. The modern LINACS and software will mean hundreds of thousands of patients will now benefit from huge advances in precision cancer treatment across England. The National Director for Cancer at NHS England, Cally Palmer noted that primary care physicians made over 1.7 million urgent referrals to investigate cancer symptoms in 2015. She said the new investment to modernise radiotherapy services will ensure that all cancer patients have access to the best technology available. For latest update from National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system, visit our blog page daily. Recruitment Synergy is a Medical Recruitment Agency based on London, UK. Remember us for Locum, temporary and permanent jobs across UK. We also provide compliance and migration consultation to our candidates.