New Measures to Support Whistleblowers in Primary Care

On 16th November 2016, NHS England has confirmed the steps it is taking for primary care staff to raise their concerns. Following a five-week consultation with staff working in primary care, the new whistblowing guidance has been drawn up. The new whistblowing guidance comes after Sir Robert Francis, Non-executive director of the Care Quality Commission recommended that the principles described in his Freedom to Speak Up report be adapted for primary care, where smaller work settings can present challenges around anonymity and conflicts with employers. From April this year, primary care service staff working at GP surgeries, pharmacies, opticians and dental practices have been made able to raise their concerns about patient security, inappropriate activity or other concerns related to their working lives directly to NHS England without being afraid of risking their careers. NHS England also launched the consultation on new whistleblowing plans for primary care staff. Submissions helped strengthen the plans and as a result main measures in the new guidance of whistleblowing include following things: As the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian, every NHS primary care provider should name an individual, who is not the direct employer and is independent of the line management chain. NHS primary care providers should be proactive in stopping any inappropriate behaviour, like harassment or mistreatment, or discrimination towards employee who raise a concern. By September 2017, all NHS primary care providers should review and update their local policies and procedures, to align with the new guidance.   NHS England Director for Patient Experience, Neil Churchill said the safety in primary care relies on listening to, and acting on, concerns raised. This new guidance of whistblowing will help to make sure that if someone identifies a risk to patient safety, then they can speak out without any reprisal and confident that effective action will be taken. He further added that a safe NHS is an honest and open NHS where medical professional routinely learn from mistakes and use that learning to improve patient safety. For latest update on National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system, visit our blog page daily.  Recruitment Synergy is a London based Medical Recruitment Agency specialise in providing 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.   


NHS England Launches Innovation Competition for General Practice

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), together with the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and National Health Service (NHS) England, has launched a innovation competitions which aims to find innovative technology that help family doctors cope with rising demands placed on their practices. The NHS is seeking to fund projects under SBRI in three areas: Diagnostics and earlier triage: Technology that allows fast, reliable and robust diagnostic testing to take place within general practices rather than in acute cares. Workload and demand management: solutions that better foresee the demands that will be placed on surgeries and support to release GP Time. Self-care: products that support the patient to look after themselves in partnership with their GP. Single companies, charities or organisations from public, private and third sectors can apply for the innovation competitions by 24 November 2016 with their ideas. In the first stage of Competition, up to £100,000 will be fully funded for individual feasibility studies for six months maximum. For further development of the idea, successful projects could attract contracts of up to £1 million. The funding for the project is available in the form of 100% funded development contracts. The invitation from NHS England said that the projects will be selected primarily on their potential value to the health service and on the better outcomes delivered for patients. Some key dates: Competition launch: 26th September 2016 Briefing events in Cambridge: 25th October 2016 Briefing events in Bristol: 27th October 2016 Deadline for application submissions – 24th November 2016  Assessment – November 2016/December 2016 Contracts awarded –February 2017 Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the UK.  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.


Tier 2 Immigration Route Changes Announced

On 3rd November 2016, the Home Office has announced the changes to the Tier 2 (general) Immigration route. The changes to the immigration route will affect a number of categories and will take place later in autumn 2016 and in April 2017. The government’s announcement confirms that, it will be implementing the majority of the Migration Advisory Committee's (MAC) recommendations. The changes announced in the Tier 2 Immigration Route are part of the Government's plans to minimise Britain's reliance on migrant workers and will have major effect on immigrants and employers in the UK. The main changes included in the Tier 2 (general) immigration route are outlined below: An increase to the Tier 2 (General) salary threshold from £20,800 to £25,000 for experienced workers. Paramedics, nurses and medical radiographers are exempt from salary threshold increases until 2019 Reduction in the Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) graduate trainee salary threshold from £24,800 to £23,000 and increase in the number of places from 5 to 20 per company per annum. An increase to the Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) salary threshold for short-term staff to £30,000. Eliminate the Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) skills transfer sub-category. Nurses will remain in the Shortage Occupation List, but sponsors will need to carry out a Resident Labour Market Test (RMLT) before hiring a non-EEA national nurse. These changes will come into force for all application made on or after 24 November 2016. From April 2017, an Immigration Skills Charge will be introduced on Tier 2 employers at a rate of £1,000 per year for every person sponsored. There will be an exemption for PhD occupations, Tier 4 students switching to Tier 2 and Tier 2 (ICT - Graduate Trainees). Tier-4 changes A number of changes are being made in Tier 4, including modifications to the academic progression rule, UK qualifications used as evidence, maintenance requirements for the Doctorate Extension Scheme and confirmation of overseas qualifications, and a series of minor and technical adjustments. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the UK.  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.


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.