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.


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. 


Junior Doctors Lose High Court Challenge Against Health Secretary

Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health has won a High Court Fight with junior doctors over a new staffing contract. Junior doctors have complained Mr Hunt incorrectly forced the contract on NHS employers. Justice for Health, a group founded by five doctors said health secretary acted beyond the scope of his powers by forcing NHS employers to accept the new staffing contract. Dr Fran Silman, Dr Amar Mashru, Dr Nadia Masood, Dr Ben White and Dr Marie-Estella McVeigh founded the Justice for Health. They argued the contract was “unsafe and unsustainable”. They claimed Hunt’s decision to impose the contract on NHS Employers should be quashed. Last week, Mr Justice Green has analysed evidence at a High Court hearing in London, ruled in favour of the Health Secretary. He concluded that health secretary had approved the new contract but had not forced employers to adopt it. The judge said the conclusion was sufficiently clear and was not illogical. He added that the trust had the liberty as employers to decide whether they did force the contract on doctors. The court hearing follows opposition to health secretary plans for seven-day NHS services in England. Junior doctors have conducted six separate strikes over the new contract so far – but junior doctors strikes planned for October, November and December have been called off by British Medical Association (BMA) because of fears over patient safety. The Department of Health (DoH) spokesperson said the health department welcome the clear decision by the judge and urge the BMA to remove the thread of additional industrial action after Mr Hunt won a high court battle over a junior doctors new contract. 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 recruitment and migrational services to our clients and candidates across the UK. 


BMA calls health secretary for discussion over seven day services

The British Medical Association (BMA) has called the health secretary Jeremy hunt to take part in a symposium on improving the quality and consistency of healthcare throughout the week. Hunt has been invited to the symposium, along with Medical Royal Colleges, Health professionals and leaders, patient unions and other professional associations. Ellen McCourt, chair of BMA junior doctor committee said that the junior doctor argument has emphasised the demand of an open and honest discussion about how the National Health Service (NHS) can provide high quality care across the week in the face of rising demand, staffing shortage and funding pressure. She further added that BMA is calling on the health secretary, along with leading voices from across the NHS, the patients groups and the medical profession to address the problems at the heart of this discussion and the aspects of patient care which the medical professional and the government want to improve. In a letter to health secretary, Dr McCourt and the chair of the BMA council, Dr Mark Porter said that the issue of the quality and consistency of health care across the week has been the subject of intense discussion, mainly during the junior doctors’ contract argument. They also urge health secretary to work with the organisations ‘critical to approving and delivering the required solutions to the serious issues and choices facing the country’. President of the Royal College of Physicians, Professor Jane Dacre, said the RCP fully supports a seven day services for very sick patient and welcome the opportunity to be a part of a symposium to debate the issues and barriers NHS face in completing their goal and offer possible solutions to them. The BMA plans the symposium to be held in November. Visit our blog daily for more updates on UKs' Healthcare System. Remember us for locum and permanent jobs across UK. We also provide compliance and migration consultation to our candidates.


Government Confirmed Reforms to Public Sector Exit Payments

On 26th September 2016, the government has published its response about reforms to the public sectors exit payments consultation. The changes will apply to the 5 million public sector workforce, including NHS workers, Civil servants, teachers, Local government workers, police officers, armed forces personnel and fire fighters. In a statement, the treasury confirmed that 350 responses had been received to the consultation, which included feedback from public sector organisations, unions and individuals. According to the government, the changes were necessary to safeguard consistency between public sector redundancy compensation. The new framework for exit payment have been designed to guarantee a “fair and appropriate” level of compensation for staffs who are required to leave public sector jobs, whether on a voluntary basis, compulsory redundancy or through retirement. For government Departments, it is now compulsory to produce proposals for reform for each of their respective workforce. The proposal must be reliable with the terms set out in the new framework. The Treasury has set out a deadline of 9 months for the changes to be made. The government is already committed to introduce two measures on public sector compensation. The two measures includes: Cap on public sector exit payments at £95,000 ‘Clawback’ mechanism on redundancy compensation Under the ‘clawback’ mechanism, a highly paid individual who returns to the public sector shortly after receiving an exit payment will be forced to refund their redundancy compensation. The proposed changes that vary from the existing NHS redundancy arrangements are: Maximum tariff for estimating exit payments of 3 weeks’ pay per year of service A taper on the sum of lump sum compensation an individual is enabled to collect as they get nearer to their average pension retirement age.  A maximum of 15 months payment that can be paid as a redundancy payment David Gauke, Chief Secretary to the Treasury said the reforms guarantee public sector exit payments are fair and consistent. By using these changes in the Public sector workforce, Applicable standards will be in place for staffs and public services will remain protected. For more updates from National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system, Visit our blog page regularly.  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. 


CCGs to get £6 per patient to extend GP access from 2019

NHS England has announced every clinical commissioning group (CCG) will be given an extra £6 per patient to extend GP access on evening from April 2019. The weekend opening will be flexible depending on the local demand. The new guidance from NHS Improvement and NHS England has confirmed that the recurrent funding will be rolled out in the England as part of the GP forward view. This guidance covers total recurrent funding of £138 million by 2017/18 and £258 million by 2018/19. From this year, the funding will be made available to GP Access Fund pilot sites and will extended to include additional sites in 2017/18. The planning guidance documents said that CCGs must spread and advance access in line with requirements for new national funding by no later than March 2019. The guidance documents by NHS England also stated that by 2018/19 CCGs must implement the GP Forward view to guarantee the sustainability of general practice. This includes: Extending capacity in practices Increasing GPs number Co-funding pharmacists to work I general practice Investing in training practice staff Expanding IAPT with more primary care based therapists Extending online consultations NHS England Director of primary care, Dr Arvind Madan said general practice is under pressure so, they are determined to uphold the momentum in turning things around. The new planning guidance shows the detail information on how investment will be done in the coming years. It also shows the steps they will be taking with CCGs to stabilise and transform GP services for the benefits of staff and patients. Dr Richard Vautrey, GPC Deputy chair said NHS England have learnt lessons from many of the pilots which disclosed that there was few demand from patients for routine weekend appointments. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on Healthcare System of the UK. Recruitment synergy is a Medical Recruitment Agency providing recruitment solutions and immigration support to our candidates who wants to practice medicine in the UK.