New Legal Protections for Junior Doctors

British Medical Association (BMA) has secured a new legal protections for junior doctors acting as whistleblowers. Junior doctors can now raise concerns about patient security or other concerns related to their working lives without being afraid of risking their careers. Health Education England (HEE), the body liable for training junior doctors will place a provision in junior doctors contracts, which lets them take the health organisations to the court without worrying about any harmful effects on their careers.   Ellen McCourt, BMA junior doctors committee chair has addressed the new legal protection as a ‘significant win’ of junior doctors. The issue of legal protection was raised with the Health Secretary as a main concern among junior doctors. Additional issues at the meeting of McCourt with the health secretary includes safeguarding working hours, less-than full-time wage, respecting weekend employer and whistleblowing. According to Dr McCourt, the new legal protections will make sure that junior doctors have complete lawful security when speaking about their concern. Many junior doctors feels the lack of strong whistleblowing securities in the Government’s proposed contract which has let to a main patient security concern. The new protections will close current loophole, which means HEE will no longer have any lawful responsibility for whistleblowers because in the UK law HEE was not considered as an employer. Dr McCourt said that it is very important that junior doctors are able to report their worry without feeling like they are laying their career at danger. Closing the loophole will make sure that junior doctors will be able to create secure revelations to defend patient safety with complete legal protection. Professor Wendy Reid, HEE Medical Director said that they have always supported doctors in training to express anxieties about patient safety. Though, HEE is not an employer of junior doctors, but also HEE understand that they have a significant effect over junior doctors careers. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the UK. You can Contact us  for any kind of locum, temporary and permanent jobs in the UK. 


First Report Shows Success in Revalidation

On 1st August 2016, Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has published the first quarter report of revalidation of nurse and midwife of the UK. NMC examined data of the first three months of revalidation in this first report. The report shows around 35,000, which is 91 percent of total nurses, and midwives have successfully completed the revalidation process. According to NMC, the first report has revealed an anticipated renewal rates in line and confirms no evidence of a negative consequence on the register of revalidation. Revalidation rates across the four UK countries are very similar, which range from 91 percent to 94 percent. However, the figure of those revalidating differ in line with the size of the geographic area. The largest group among the four UK countries are England (80 percent); followed by Scotland (9 percent); Wales (5 percent); Northern Ireland (4 percent), and remaining 2 percent from those living outside of the UK. Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar said that the first report of revalidation proves that nurses and midwives across the UK are embracing revalidation and the response so far is awesomely positive. In the NMC’s history, revalidation is the biggest change to the adjustment of nurses and midwives in the UK. In April 2016, revalidation was introduced by the NMC, accomplishing a main recommendation made from the Francis report into the flaws at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. All nurses and midwives must revalidate in every three years in order to practice medicine in the UK. It is the new process of renewing your registration with the NMC which have replaced the Prep requirements. Now, UK's 692,000 nurses and midwives have to prove on a regular basis that they are able to provide safe care in an effective and professional way. You can find out locum, temporary and permanent job from our job board.  If you need any help with your medical recruitment   then, feel free to contact us anytime.  Visit our blog page daily for latest update on healthcare system of the UK. 


Accessible Information Standard Comes into Force

On 1st August 2016, Accessible Information Standard (AIS) came into force which will assure clearer health and care information for individuals with disabilities and their caretakers in the UK. The new standard must be followed by all organisations that provide NHS and adult social care services. This includes NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts, GP practices, independent workers and providers from the private and voluntary sectors. The aim of AIS is to make sure that people with disability or sensual loss have access to the information in a way they can easily read or understand and are provided any communication support they might need. Large print, braille, easy-read materials, British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter, deaf blind manual interpreter or an advocate are some examples of support that might be needed. Following five things should be done as part of the AIS by all organisations. Ask disable people about their information or communication requirements and find out ways to meet their requirements. Record those requirements clearly in an approved way. Emphasise or Highlight the person’s file in order to make clear that they have communication or information needs and how those requirements should be met. If the organisations have permission or agreement then share info about people’s communication and information requirements with other providers of NHS and adult social care. Take some steps in order to make sure that people have received knowledge which they can access, understand and receive communication assistance if they need. NHS England works in partnership with the Health and Social Care Information Centre and with different organization, including CHANGE, RNIB, Action on Hearing Loss, Sense and independent patient representatives for more than 2 years to develop and overseen the Accessible Information Standard. Director of Patient and Public Participation at NHS England, Anu Singh said that easily understood or appreciated health and care info is necessary, especially for patients with the utmost needs. NHS must endeavour for equality across the health service and this new standard will benefit patients with disabilities get better quality care and involve them in how that care is provided.   Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the UK. 


Using Digital Channels in Outpatient Settings - NHS Improvement

The NHS Improvement launched digital outpatient initiative program as a part of the King’s Fund Digital Congress on 6th July 2016. The program was introduced as a part of intensive year of improvement which focuses on shared learning of providers. At the launch, 60 NHS providers participated to set a vision and opportunities aimed to achieve a step to change for patient care in outpatient settings using digital channels. The launch introduced some of the best innovative digital approaches already being used to deliver outpatient care. NHS provider appeared enthusiastic towards using those clinically and financially compelling digital channels in their outpatient care. The digital outpatient initiative aims to: Support clinicians and managers to identify opportunities together with patients Develop and refine these opportunities using agile techniques Support fast and reliable solutions to the frontline Share those proven solutions across provider Interactive Workshop On July 24th, NHS Improvement held the first “problem identification workshop” at inspiring improvement conference at the Helix Centre. The workshop resulted in an immediate engagement with smaller providers in each region. The smaller number of providers (4 or 5) was selected on a basis of their commitment to work with the NHS Improvement on site within the outpatient service. The work aims to explore different digital change opportunities and its benefits in the outpatient areas from a discovery research exercise. NHS Improvement will return to wider workshops regionally later for the initial findings. Providers will be able to engage and collaborate in both workshops of the discovery research. NHS Improvement assures regular updates on the programs with details of upcoming events and continuing improvements and post regular updates resulting in a big picture. You can find more updates on using digital channels in outpatient settings in the NHS Improvement website. You can also 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. Feel free to contact us anytime.


e-Learning Available for NHS Staff

A new online resource - an e-Learning session for healthcare staff has been developed by Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) team. It prepares healthcare staff with the essential information and confidence to raise public concern. Sir Robert Francis was appointed to carry out an independent review: Freedom to Speak Up by the Secretary of State for Health in reaction to concerns about the culture in the NHS. The review recommended that each NHS organisation should deliver training on the importance of speaking when something goes wrong. e-Learning educates NHS staff about the usefulness of speaking up and focuses on what support is available. If NHS staff speaks up about the wrongdoing at the beginning then, it can save lives, stop harm and secure organisational status. To current and future healthcare staff, the e-learning session will act as a supportive resource. It promotes by providing Applicable strategies and techniques Best practice Available support relative to raising concern Furthermore, in e-Learning session two training and education films have been developed- ‘Raising Concern’ and ‘Responding to Concern’. The purpose of developing these two films is to raise consciousness on the significance of raising concern, building assurance between medical professional on how to do so and equip executives with the understanding, abilities and confidence to react effectively, timely and securely. These films glance at three situations that highlight complete lessons to be applied elsewhere. Similarly, emphasising the value of raising and responding to concerns and suggestions to additional information. Later this year, an e-Learning session will be available on the ‘Responding to Concerns.’ You will need to have an e-LfH account for an entry in any e-LfH program. If you haven’t created your e-LfH account then, you can register from here. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the Uk. 


NHS faces more cuts

BMA council chair, Mark Porter warned in response to NHS document revelation on an instruction to the NHS Improvement to deliver savings “more significant” than the already demanded stretched providers in recent years. He said patient of the NHS will have “diminished experience” as the Government systematically starves doctor resources to do the job. In a recent report by the NHS Improvement board, a new body enclosed with the Monitor, NHS Trust Development Authority, Advancing Change Team, Patient Safety, and Intensive Support Teams has formed aimed to “achieve and maintain sustainable financial balance for the provider sector of 2017/18.” These programs will require to significant triumph savings for 2017/18 compared to last year savings. The BMA Council chair said, the report briefs on NHS finance and performances. It outlines those health service areas where targets and standards have not met specifically on critical and emergency care. On the matter, NHS Improvement will introduce a new recovery plan for A&E care performance. The plans do not include plus staffing even though A&E struggles for their recruitment and are in high demand. The recovery plan suggests handling more NHS 111 calls by clinicians with wide introduction of primary and ambulatory care screenings and also a better discharge practices inside them. The plan hugely focus of ensuring adoption of best standard approach to urgent and emergency care practice in health systems as set out in the NHS England reports on transforming urgent and emergency care services: “Safer, Faster, Better” Must Government Invest Dr Porter said, that if Government fails to invest, the quality of NHS services would decline. The Government is systematically starving the NHS resources that it needs to meet the necessities of patients, as detailed forensically, it will lead to a diminished experience that the patients will have. NHS data confirms, by March 2016, 90% of the 2 million patients attending the A&E care across England were admitted, reassigned, transferred or discharged within four hours. Now, with 3% increasing attendants to emergency care, it targets to reach 95%. For more updates on National Health Service and UK's healthcare system, visit our blog page daily. Find all kinds medical jobs of the NHS in our job board.