23Sep

Hunt Announces £120M Funding to Fast-track NHS Digital Excellence

Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health has announced new plan to fast track digital excellence and develop the digital skills of the NHS workforce. This new plan has been announced as a part of plans to expand the use of digital technology across the National Health Service (NHS).   In response to the Bob Wachter Review of NHS technology, Jeremy hunt is establishing 12 new ‘global exemplars' to spread best digital practice and a new academy to train NHS Staff in digital skills.   The 12 NHS trusts will get funding up to £10 million as global exemplars and is expected to provide pioneering approaches to digital services and support others in the NHS to learn from their practice and experience. These trusts have been selected to become centres of digital excellence. It will be associated with an international organization of their choice in order to take full benefits of their capability.  In addition to investment in technology and infrastructure, the funding is also used to develop training for staff and support a new generation chief clinical information officers to drive developments in digital technology. In order to host the new NHS digital academy, universities will be invited to train NHS professionals to deliver digital healthcare.  In august 2016, the funding was initially announced by NHS England with £100m for 10 trusts getting £10m each; but the number has now been raised to 12.   According to the Jeremy hunt, excellent review of Bob Wachter made it clear that digitisation is much about people as it is technology. It is a real opportunity to develop patient care for the long term. NHS wants to fast track current digital excellence, develop new skills and knowledge which is needed to provide a new digitised services.    Daily visit our blog page for more latest update from NHS and UKs' Healthcare system. Feel free to contact us anytime for locum and permanent jobs across UK.

23Sep

Seven-day services “impossible” to deliver

NHS providers has cleared out the fact that the government’s plan to expand seven-day services will not comprehend with existing level of resources. The thought of impossibility in delivering the services are echoing in consistent calls from BMA when former Prime Minister David Cameron announced “truly seven-day NHS” last year.   The British Medical Association has been calling up for answers to ministers via newspapers and interviews regarding the expansion of services and its affect on staffing and funds, given the existing crisis in NHS resources.  Chief Executive of NHS Providers Chris Hopson told in an interview, that funding for existing services was not keeping pace with increasing demand. Currently, the organisation employees 900,000 staffs in its acute, mental health, community and ambulance services. He said that the current level of staff and the money available is deemed to ‘impossible’ deliver of the seven-day services even though Jeremy Hunt had a strong case for seven-day services.   NHS Providers confirms that the chairs and chief executive of these Trusts and Hospitals are confronting the situation clear and wise, that they cannot provide the right quality of care and meet the performance standards on given funds.    The latest quarterly monitoring report from the King’s Fund also highlights the mismatch of accelerating demand and staffing shortages and Trusts are struggling to cope with it.  The report has been drawn from the feedback of Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS Trust Finance directors of acute, community, mental health and ambulance Trusts dated between 7 July and 1 August this year.   The reports also summarised the survey done in 74 Trusts. The survey staged the increase of attendances admissions at emergency department by 4.2% compared to last year, same period that is around 161,000 more attendances. Such increment led 47% of 74 Trusts to predict the end of financial year in the red.   BMA Council Chair Mark Porter said NHS hospitals are being forced to shut down or limit access to vital services like paediatrics and emergency care due to prolonged understaffing. Nevertheless, the government is trying to force through junior doctor contract leading to more workforce crisis.  Moreover the government seems to have no real solution to funding crisis. The NHS needs a long-term plan and enough funding to deliver the seven-day care.    You can visit our blog page for more updates and information on the NHS and UK's healthcare system. Remember us for any kind of locum and permanent jobs across UK. We also provide compliance and migration consultation to our candidates. 

23Sep

Retention of EU nationals is ‘critical’ important

A report published by the Think Tank the institute of public policy research has recommended eligibility for citizenship of indefinite right to remain for all EU staff working under the NHS to help avert a potential collapse in healthcare services following the Brexit.   The report Becoming One of Us debates on the continuity of EU nationals to remain and work in the UK’ NHS is of critical importance. The report confirms around 55,000 EU nationals working under the NHS, which is 5% of total workforce. It says the EU workforce is one in 10 in UK’s registered doctors in the UK.  The report affirms NHS collapse mainly the public health if they seek employment somewhere else other than the NHS. The EU nationals should be able to apply for British Citizenship who works for the NHS even as a locum.  Those who do not wish to take up British Citizenship would still be able for indefinite leave to remain as the EU residents.  Further more the report also suggests the Brexit voting has created uncertainty for the future of EU nationals living and working in the UK leading to adverse affect on the public healthcare service in the NHS.  The BMA council chair Mark Porter spoke out on the recommendations as well. He said it is very necessary to safeguard the ability of EU staff contributing to health and medicine, as they are vital for the NHS and patients.    He said the Brexit has created a considerable confusion and uncertainty on the England’ economy, society and public institutions including the NHS.  While one should find the existing financial and structural pressures to clear view the status of EU nationals to work and live in the UK. Such lack of clarity is also hindering to find the sustainable solutions for current challenges.   He alleged that the Government and ministers who advocated to Brexit have a responsibility to patients, doctors and the NHS to ensure health service and their staffs are prioritised in the negotiations.   'This offer should be organised by the regional NHS and mental health trusts, who for writing to all NHS EU national staffs to inform them of their eligibility.  Moreover the retention should be organised by the regional NHS and mental health trusts to inform NHS employed EU national eligibility to work and live in the UK. A range of information and support for the doctors and the NHS is available in BMA’s website.  For more updates on healthcare system of the UK, Visit our blog page daily. You can contact us anytime for your medical recruitment and migration service in the UK.  

23Sep

BMA calls for seven-day services answers

The BMA council chair Mark Porter has again called for Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to provide a final plan for “Seven-day services” in the NHS. BMA has been asking for an explanation on how and from where human resources and funding for extended services will be collected. The question has not been answered from its launch of “Seven-day service” in the NHS.  After a civil service documents leakage in the Channel 4 News and the Guardian newspaper, the BMA has came to acknowledge the need of call up Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.  The BMA has stepped up for the call after civil service documents revealed that MR. Hunt has ignored Department Of Health concerns less on availability of staff and lack of clarity in the plans for ‘seven- day service’. The documents out shown Mr Hunt addressing on the seven-day services has been used to justify imposing a new contract on junior doctors.  Dr Porter wrote to Mr Hunt to stop attacking junior doctors and misleading patients to justify wrongs in the seven-day services. The BMA has clearly explained many different concerns on how seven-day services would be realistically achieved in the letter.   Health secretary Jeremy Hunt must stop attacking doctors and misleading patients and finally provide his plan for so-called ‘seven-day services’ in the NHS.  He added that it was vital that the health secretary commit to constructively engage with the association and doctors to come up with a viable strategy in addressing different challenges faced by the health service.  The BMA has been asking how NHS services would protect the additional staff and additional costs for stretched and damage done in the services. He accused health secretary for misleading statistics and research being the roadblocks as evidence to the parliament and the press. In addition, GP’s additional seven-day access is debilitating a struggle in delivering current services.  Last August, the BMA assured to provide answers to seven key questions on the seven-day services plans, financial investments, recruitments and trainings through national press calling on the Government. To date, the Government has only been able to provide one answer on prioritising emergency care within their plans.  Visit our blog page daily for more updates on UK's healthcare system and the National Healthcare Service. Recruitment Synergy is a Medical Recruitment Agency based on London, UK. Feel free to Contact us anytime for your recruitment and migration solutions to work in the UK.  

23Sep

NHS England Started Mental Illness Programme

The NHS England has kick started a new program to help an extra 30,000 new or expectant mums with serious mental illness each year. The launch started with a £5m Perinatal Community Services Development Fund for high quality care for severe and complex conditioned pregnant women. A recent data found, only less than 15% of women finds the services recommended in the national guidelines whereas, 40% of them gets no services at all. This program hopes to close the wide gaps in the availability of high quality care for mentally ill women.   The Perinatal Community Services Development Fund provides care and support to women with mental illness in pregnancy or postnatal period. They suppose to respond crisis, decrease risks to mothers and their babies and offer after care in an inpatient stay unit.   Annually, the perinatal mental ill health costs estimates around £1.8 billion for each birth cohort and around £10,000 per birth. The data also records that one in five women experience mental ill health during pregnancy or after birth. Such illness includes conditions of depression, anxiety and some cases of post-partum psychosis. Suicide has been the second leading cause of maternal death after cardiovascular disease in the UK.  The Program of around £365m has been allocated for the next five years for the specialist perinatal mental health services. The program estimates to treat more than 30,000 more women each year by 2021. Local systems will be able to request for funding up to three years as the funding will increase to £15m next year and £40m in 2018. They will need to submit proposals on increasing accessibility and quality improvement that must be evidence based.   The NHS Trusts, CCGs and Sustainability and Transformation (STP) can also submit such proposal with detailed plans to improve services and measure outcomes. They must either widen the reach of their services or improve resources to help more people. It’s a plus one if proposals are explicit and creational which could provide additional care to more number of women and how they can attain adequately trained specialists. They must also deliver the sustainable best treatments and outcomes for women and their families.  The funding is available for 2016/17 and 2018/19 with no maximum or minimum bid. For 2019/20, funds will be mainstreamed into CCG allocations.   For more updates on UK's healthcare system, visit our blog page regularly. Recruitment Synergy is a London based Medical Recruitment Agency. We offer recruitment and migrational services to our clients and candidates all over the UK.  

23Sep

Mental health services falter

The British Medical Association community care committee chair Dr Gary Wannan warns ministers for relentless mental health problems due to the shortfall in services for patients with psychoses in many parts of the NHS.   According to the EIP standards, patients experiencing their first episodes of psychoses or “at-risk mental states” must receive specialist treatment within two weeks of referral. But data obtained under Freedom of Information laws showed negligence on the responsibility to put these services in place and having wronged in funding at the recommended rates.   Dr Wannan recommended that an early intervention is the best cure for patients, their families, employers and wider society. He intervened that the Government must check CCGs and considerable funding used by them. He said this a wake-up call for the Government to make sure that mental health priorities are into action.  Following the warning, NHS spokesperson said the early intervention services for patients with psychosis were commissioned as part of wide range of local mental health services. The NHS was increasing the funds by 10% so that more patients could be treated within the two weeks of referral from the April of next year. The extended cover will treat at least 6 out of 10 patients by April 2021.  Restricted Offer  A quarter of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are restricting those services to patient under the age of 36. According to official guidance, the early intervention service should only be offered to patients between the ages of 14 to 65.  One third of CCG were unable to respond on how they are spending on EIP this year. They reveal the average cost of treatment is far below the estimated costs recommended by the NHS England. In an average, the cost is just over £5,000, which is below the recommended rates of £8,250 by the NHS.   Liberal Democrat spokesperson Norman Lamb said the data shown are an historic inequality between how physical and mental health are treated in the NHS. He supported the fact that the negligent approach in the mental health services should meet a similar outrage.  Visit our blog page daily for latest update from NHS and UKs' Healthcare System. If you're looking for locum, temporary and permanent jobs, feel free to contact us for any kind of medical recruitment and migration services all over the UK.