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.  


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.  


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.