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.   

3Oct

GPs to do Weekly Care Home Rounds Under New NHS England Plan

NHS England has announced that GP practices around the country will be paired with care homes for carrying out a weekly round. On 29th September, a report about the NHS England board meeting on a new 'enhanced health in care homes (EHCH)' model was published. The report says, care homes people are not having their requests properly considered and addressed'. The report also says there should be one-to-one mapping of GP practices to care homes, across the England. Every resident should have a named GP to guarantee complete assessment, problem identification and care planning. GP Heads are warning that there are not sufficient GPs to carry out this level of better care and it will remove the concept of patient choice. Currently, six areas are piloting the model and are considering early results of better primary care support, including a decrease in falls, reduced ambulance conveyances, prescribing costs and fewer avoidable admissions', NHS England said. Speaking at the NHS England board meeting, Ian Dodge, National director of commissioning strategy said NHS England aims to set out a plan for 'national rollout' of the 'EHCH' model later this year. Dr Andrew Green, GPC clinical and prescribing lead warned that pairing practices with a GP was not in line with the NHS commitment to patient choice. He said the trouble now is providing the recourses needed, not only in term of money but in terms of staff too. Their 11,000 patient practices has 10 care homes and need another partners to deliver the new plan of NHS England. The workforce implications of this plan make the promised 5000 extra GPs look rather trivial. A spokesperson added that local areas will have discretion to deliver those services but it does outline some of the services that need to be assigned and the benefits that can be attained as an outcome. 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 and migration consultation to our candidates.

2Oct

Only 100 Extra GPs Added to Workforce in Six Months

The new official figures from NHS Digital have revealed that only 100 GPs were added to the workforce in the last 6 months of 2015/16 in England. The new figure shows the number of GPs excluding registrars; locums and retainers went down by eight from 30th September 2015 to 31st March 2016. The report also reveals that the number of practices had decreased by 61 in those 6 months in England. Although, the number of the female in the Workforce is increasing, with now making up 52.1%. This report shows further doubt in the Government’s aim of adding 5,000 extra GPs in the workforce by 2020. GP leaders said that the new figures were ‘disappointing’. The new figure indicates that the plans conveyed by Health Education England and NHS England is not having the good impact. The figures shows: An increase of 108 (0.3%) total headcount GPs in 6 months- currently standing at 41,985. Eliminating trainees, retainers and locums, there had been a decrease of eight GPs in six months – although it did represent a growth of 65 FTEs (0.2%) Currently, about 52.1% of the GP workforce is female. It is an increase from 51.9% in September 2015. In March 2016, there were 7,613 practices in England. It is a decrease of 61 from September 2015. A spokesperson for Department of Health said they have 323 extra full time equivalent GPs in their general practice workforce. There is so many works to do so department of Health have increased GP funding by £2.4billion through the GP Forward View and will continue to recruit and retain more GPs. 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.