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.   

19Oct

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.  

18Oct

NHS England Revealed Major Improvement for General Practice

On 6th October 2016, NHS England has set out its latest plans to support general practice to deal with the rising demand. It is increasing GP numbers and tackling breakdown as part of the General Practice Forward View. In January 2017, a nationwide £19.5m NHS GP health service will be introduced. It is intended at improving access to mental health support for trainee GPs and general practitioners. The General practice forward view is committed to simplify the existing Induction and Refresher (I&R) scheme. It is aiming to reduce the time it takes for general practitioners to return to practice in England. This year, a working group including the British Medical Association (BMA), Health Education England (HEE) and the Royal College of General Practitioners was established to review the I&R scheme and deliver a package of improvements. The improvements are focus on three key areas. Initially, increased financial support from November 2016 that will: Raise the monthly bursary for GPs on the induction and Refresher scheme from £2300 to £3500. The bursary will be available to both new and existing doctors on the scheme. Provide a time-limited reimbursement (worth £464) to GPs on the scheme for the payments of GMC membership and DBS fees. It will be available until 31 October 2018. Provide a time limited bursary worth £1250 to assist with the costs of indemnity whilst on the scheme. It will be available until 31 October 2018. Remove assessment charges for first time applicants, which worth up to £1000. Secondly, a new national support team for the scheme will be created in Liverpool. The new team will provide a dedicated account manager and contact point to help GPs through the whole process. The support team will also provide: Advice and help with completing forms and paperwork. Support on organising indemnity Help in arranging occupational health assessments Placements on behalf of GPs And lastly, the process will be made easier for GPs to return to practice. NHS England will work with stakeholders for next few months to develop a national framework so that well qualified and experienced GPs can be added to the Medical Performers List without the I&R process. Visit our blog page daily for latest 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 and migration consultation to our candidates. 

17Oct

Increasing Costs Discouraging GPs from Returning to Work

The leaders of three charities that support GPs have written a letter to the national medical director of NHS England, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, calling for action to address the financial problem on GPs returning to work. In the letter to Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, the leaders of the Royal Medical Foundation, Royal Medical Benevolent Fund and Cameron Fund said the price of retraining for GPs is part of the reason why the target of 5,000 more GPs by 2020 “appears impossible”. The leaders said they had received numbers of request from medical professionals about the retraining expenses of entering general practice after a period out of the workforce. In addition, they said mutual insurers are not accepting returning GPs. Instead, GPs have to take out insurance with commercial companies, which cost up to £25,000 per year. The letter concluded that NHS England should take the responsibilities to assist retraining doctors meet indemnity costs. The charities urged NHS England to consider all the “urgent and important” issue. Chair of Royal College of General Practice, Dr Maureen Baker said she completely agreed that the re-entry procedure for GPs was bureaucratic and too slow. She expected an official review of the scheme would address some of the concern in coming years. A spokesman for NHS England said that the increasing indemnity costs are having a serious effect on GPs returning to work. It is also stifling innovation in primary care delivery. NHS England is committed to help resolve this issue and the General Practice Forward View is just a part of the work NHS is doing with their partners to further support the primary care workforce. For more updates on healthcare system of the UK, Visit our Blog page daily. Recruitment synergy is a Medical Recruitment Agency providing recruitment solutions and immigration support to our candidates who wants to practice medicine in the UK. 

16Oct

Hospitals should end 'potentially dangerous' night discharges, MPs say

MPs have said that Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt must set out plans to stops hospitals discharging patients in the middle of the night unless patients want to go home. The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) said mid night discharges between 11pm to 6am are "potentially dangerous" for patients. It called on Jeremy Hunt to take some actions on midnight discharges. In May, the PACAC was reacting to a report from the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO), which described how weak and aged patients are being discharged from hospitals while they are still sick or incapable to cope. In 2015, the PHSO saw an increase of 36% in discharge-related investigations. It found some deaths and incidents of suffering could have been prevented if the hospitals carried out the correct checks of patients before discharging them. Bernard Jenkin., chairman of the PACAC said hospital staff seem to have pressure to discharge the patients before it is safe to do so. Hospital Administration must assure their staff that organisational forces never take priority over person-centred care. Every staff needs to feel a level of trust and directness that allows them to raise anxieties about unsafe discharge." The figures released in August disclosed that delays in discharging of fit patients have risen 23% since June last year. Chief executive of the charity Independent Age, Janet Morrison said the report shows the damning picture of the management of hospital discharge across many part of the NHS. They are regularly considering record of patients being kept in hospital needlessly because proper care services have not been put in place. A spokeswoman for Department of Health said that patients should only be discharged from hospitals when it’s clinically suitable and safe for the patients and their families. The best way to make sure that is to significantly integrate health and social care. 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.