4Nov

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.  

27Oct

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.  

26Oct

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.  

24Oct

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.  

20Oct

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.   

19Oct

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.