GPs Told to cut out Needless NHS Treatments by Medical Royal Colleges

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AMRC) that represents all 21 medical royal colleges in the UK has launched its ‘Choosing Wisely’ initiative, which aims to cut down over-medicalisation and unnecessary treatments with recommendations for clinicians to follow. Senior medics have listed 40 common treatments and procedures, its says is of little or no benefit to patients. The Academy has provided new guidance to both patients and clinicians to deliver more effective treatment to the patients. The guidance is set out after more than 80 % of doctors said they had recommended or carried out a treatment they knew to be unnecessary because of feeling pressure from patients. The guidance set out by the AMRC, features on a list of 40 unnecessary treatments that bring no benefits to patients. The list is part of a campaign to reduce the number of needless medical treatments. Here are list of some treatment, which are set unnecessary in the AMRC guidance: X-rays and plaster casts are not always useful in some patients' cases. Using plain tap water is just as good as saline solution to clean cuts. Children with breathing problems or bronchiolitis, usually get better without treatment. Electronic monitoring of a baby’s heart is only necessary during labour if the mother has a higher-than-normal risk of complications These are just few examples on the list of 40 common unnecessary treatments and assessments. Besides listing treatment to avoid, the guidance also encourage patient to ask following questions to their clinician about their treatment. Do I really need the treatment or procedure? What are the possible side effects? Are there any easier, safer options? What are the risks or dangers? What will happen if I do nothing? The Chair of Royal College of General Practitioners, Professor Maureen Baker, defined the report as "a dose of common sense". She said the guidance shows many illnesses and conditions can be treated effectively and quickly without needing to see a GP, meaning that GP can give their valuable time to those patients who actually need the expert skills. Visit our blog page daily, for more updates on National Health Service and UK's healthcare system. Recruitment Synergy is a Medical Recruitment Agency based on London, UK. Feel free to contact us for your recruitment and migration solutions to work in the UK.  


Government plans to modernise community pharmacies

On 20th October 2016, NHS England has announced a £42m Pharmacy Integration Fund to support community pharmacy. The Pharmacy Integration Fund will ensure a better quality service for patients and relieve the pressure in other parts of the NHS. The fund will help to develop new clinical pharmacy services and digital platforms to meet the public’s expectations for a modern NHS community pharmacy service. It will improve access for patients, ensure best use of medicines and improve patient outcomes. For NHS pharmaceutical services, the average pharmacy costs £220,000 a year, including fixed £25,000 ‘establishment payments’ that most pharmacies receive yearly. The new package will phase out the founding payment and place greater emphasis on rewarding pharmacies for the quality of services provided to the patients. The Independent Review of Community Pharmacy Clinical Services, which was commissioned by Dr Keith Ridge, the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer of England, will be used to determine how the funding is spent over the next 2 years. Health Minister David Mowat said every patient deserve the best possible care so; the government is dedicated to build a modern pharmacy sector that fits for the 21st century. He further added that the government modernisation package will make most of these skills and transform how pharmacists operate in the community, safeguarding the patient receives the very best care in the places they need it, seven days a week. According to Dr Keith Ridge, NHS England is making this additional money available to help modernise the community pharmacy sector and make the most of pharmacists’ skills. NHS England is not asking community pharmacy to do more, but to work with NHS over the next 5 years to do things differently. 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.  


Travel Nursing As a Career

Travel nursing is an exciting career for nurses who would like to travel to work in temporary nursing positions, mostly in hospitals. They are employed by staffing agencies and work on short-term contracts for short-staffed hospitals across the world. As a travel nurse your role is to fill a gap in certain areas where nurses are in high demand due to an extended absence of medical professional, census fluctuation, staff training, or other situations. It lets you experience different job roles in different working environment while giving freedom to travel and explore the world. Besides travelling to different places and advancing your career, there are several benefits of choosing travel nurse as a career option. Take a look at some of them: Compensation Usually travel nurses get paid very well and are in demand. Salaries may vary depending on the experience and education you have. If you are a highly qualified nurse and have a specialty or work overtime then you can make more money than a full-time permanent employee. Travel Travel nursing career can be a great way to explore the world. You don't need to use your money to travel, your employer will arrange all the expenses for you. You can work on different places and get new cultural experiences while doing your job. Schedule Flexibility The beauty of this job is schedule flexibility. It gives you freedom to choose the kind of setting that you want to work, whether it is a hospital in a city or small clinics in a rural area. You really do have the freedom to decide when to work and have flexibility to move from place to place. You can pick from a variety of assignments and typically leave one assignment to go to another. Professional experiences and growth opportunities You can choose a variety of working environment ranging from famous research center to small hospitals and everything in-between. It gives you opportunity to work in different patient populations, peers and clinical environments, which will help you to advance your professional experiences. Working as a travel nurse is impressive on your resume as it conveys flexibility, adaptability, and a strong work ethic. See a place before being a permanent resident If you are thinking about moving somewhere permanently but never had been then travelling nursing is an excellent way for deciding to be a permanent resident. It gives you time to get to know a new city and new working environment before moving permanently. 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.    


3 More Trusts Placed in Financial Special Measures

NHS Improvement (NHSI) has placed three more NHS trusts into financial special measures due to “significant concerns” about their finances. The three trusts are: Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; and East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust; In July 2016, NHS Improvement launched the Financial Special Measures programme as part of the financial reset. The programme provides a quick turnaround package for trusts and foundation trusts which have either not arranged savings targets, or planned to make savings but deviated knowingly from this plan. The newly added trusts are forecasting a shortfall of over £73 million and have failed to keep up with their agreed savings targets. A recent investigation from NHS Improvement into financial governance at Gloucester shows “very serious failings”. As part of the financial special measures, the trusts agree to a recovery plan with NHS Improvement. The trusts also receive support from a Financial Improvement Director. The Director can be a specialist in turning around major organisations or a highly experienced present or previous NHS leaders. According to NHS Improvement, the five trusts which are already in Financial Special Measures are responding very well. It is expected that some of these trusts will be released from special measures in a few months, after they have proved they are delivering their plan and reaching their milestones. Chief Executive of NHS improvement, Jim Mackey said three trusts that are going into Financial Special Measures are causing major concern. The trusts have agreed saving targets but are a long way from meeting them. The financial performance of these trusts is not good enough so, NHS Improvement is sending these trusts into Financial Special Measures to identify what the problem is and how the problem can be fixed. For more updates on Healthcare System of the UK, visit our blog page daily.  Recruitment synergy is a London based Medical Recruitment Agency. We provide medical recruitment and migrational services across the UK.   


HEE announces Training Places for 2,000 Nursing Associates

On 12th October 2016, Health Education England (HEE) has announced that it will be offering more than 2,000 training places for nursing associates over the next two years. In this December, around 1,000 nursing associates will start their training in a new role, aiming to deliver quality hands on patient care and support to nurses and staff. HEE has also said that there will be a second wave of 1,000 trainees, which will double the anticipated 1,000 posts. The second wave of trainees was brought in due to a high level of interest in the nursing associates role and high demand from providers wanting to offer training places. The nursing associates will be trained in the eleven partnership sites over a two-year period. The eleven sites were chosen after HEE invited employers of health and care staff and education providers to work in partnership to submit bids to pilot the new nursing associate role in June 2016. The training sites include a range of organisations including higher educational institutions, acute, mental health trusts and hospices, community, primary care services and care homes. In December 2015, the new nursing support role was announced by the under Secretary of State for Care Quality Ben Gummer MP. The new role was introduced to bridge the gap between health and care support workers, who have a care certificate and graduate registered nurses. The role offers opportunities for health care assistants to progress into nursing roles. Chief nursing officer for England, Jane Cummings said the nursing associate role is a “positive and welcome step forward”. She added that the new nursing associate role will provide an exciting opportunity for those who want to progress their careers in the field of health and care. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on UK's 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 andmigration consultation to our candidates.   


Up to 1,500 additional medical training places announced

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that the number of medical training places will increase by 25% from 2018 in a bid to tackle the recruitment crisis in the NHS. Speaking at the Conservative conference in Birmingham, Mr Hunt said that from September 2018; the government will fund up to 1,500 more doctors a year by increasing the number of medical school places. For the academic year 2018/19, students will be able to apply for the extra places from next year. Mr Hunt also promised to reform the existing 6,000-a-year cap on training new doctors, allowing numbers to grow by as much as 25%. He claimed the new move will make NHS England "self-sufficient" in doctors by 2025. Presently, medical schools can only provide places to half of those who apply to study medicine. Although, this new extra places will ensure that all local students with the capability to train as a doctor will have the chance to do so. Dr Mark Porter, Chairman of British Medical Association (BMA) council said the additional training places fell "far short of what is needed”. Professor Jane Dacre, President of Royal College of Physicians welcomed the new plans and said the increase in number of medical training places will help to reduce the pressure faced by the NHS in the long term, and support a more sustainable workforce. The health secretary has also announced a new requirement for all doctors trained on the NHS to work for it for a minimum of 4 years after their graduation. If junior doctor work for less than four years and move abroad then they will have to repay the cost of their training. For more updates on Healthcare system of the UK, visit our blog page daily.  Recruitment Synergy is a Medical Recruitment Agency based on London, UK. Feel free to contact us anytime for your medical recruitment solution across the UK.