English Language Requirements for Public Sector Employees

The Cabinet Office and Home office has published a draft code of practice to assistance public sector employers on 21st July 2016. It prepares customer-facing workers to speak smooth English. The draft code sets general principles to support employers meet the Immigration Act 2016 requirements. Under part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016, employers have a responsibility to make sure that all public sector staff employed in customer-facing positions speaks fluent English (or English or welsh in Wales) to an applicable standard. All this is to reassure anybody who access public service will be responded to and not put at hazard from a language barrier. Announcing the draft code, Ben Gummer, Cabinet Office minister said that the government expects the English language smoothness requirement will come into effect from October 2016. The early publication of the draft code is planned to help organisations to be ready to follow the lawful duty after it comes into force. In certain cases, public facing staffs like medical professional and teachers must already meet English language requirement; it is not expected that the Act will command a higher standard. According to the NHS Employer- an organization that acts on behalf of NHS Trusts has explained that the employers who have followed the employment check standard and language capability instruction at the time of employment of staff will not need to do anything new or special. Although they still suggest medical professional to review their existing HR policies and practices for preparation in the fluent language requirements which is coming into force. Following action can be useful while reviewing policies and practices. Examine HR guidelines and practices so they reveal the constitutional language requirement and also match with offered rule and language competency.  Make sure that your present employment and selection procedures show the constitutional language requirements. Also, check whether the person involved in the selection procedure are clear about their duties to appraise language skill in relation to the role for which they are requesting. In advertisements and job description, ensure that the required standard for English is clearly specified. In agreement of work, request the standard of English which is necessary for the job. While employed with the organization, understand the standard of English language essential in service level contracts. In the consequence of grievances, have an applicable, noticeable grievances process considering a staff member language aptitude from a member of the public. If you need any help with your Revalidation, Annual appraisal and medical recruitment process then feel free to contact us anytime. Also visit our blog page daily for latest updates on healthcare system of the UK. 


Healthcare Education Funding Plans

The government has set out its plan to manage healthcare courses obtainable for all after a consultation on reforms to the Healthcare Education Funding for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional (AHP) students in England. For university sector, the reforms are significant which affect more than 30,000 students at over 60 member universities. If reform is effectively implemented then it can provide chance to address enduring clinical workforce shortage via a supportable and flexible education and training system. Following action is planned by the government to support Nursing, Midwifery and AHP students to complete their courses and enter the future health workforce of England. Funding for childcare costs For students with child reliant, there will be an extra compensation of £1,000 every year to reflect that students starting clinical placement may have superior childcare expenses than wider student population. Travel and double accommodation Healthcare students will get £303 from Department of Health that they would have to return straightforward as additional liable for student payment on student loans system. The government will cover students who have to pay cost for secondary accommodation whereas joining clinical placements if the situation for educational arrangement and value for money is presented.  Postgraduate students Postgraduate students starting in 2017/18 will meet a full bursary for tuition and maintenance of the course. This will be a provisional prearrangement to assured the longer-term workforce supply and the intension is to ultimately fit standard student-funding model. Exceptional hardship In cases of exceptional hardship, Department of Health will work with specialist such as RCN to deliver the bursary payments to students who meet eligibility requirements. Dental hygiene and dental therapy The government will fund a capped number for dental therapy and dental hygiene students on the 2017/18 followers on similar, non-repayable terms as in existing system until a long-term funding solution is generated for these subjects. Second undergraduate degrees Students will be able to access the same standard student support system like in a first degree if they are planning to undertake Nursing, Midwifery and AHP as their second degree subjects. Philip Dunne, Minister of State at the Department of Health said that government have listened to response from consultation and as a result they are providing additional funding to help cover extra payments like travel and added provision for students with children. To take all this onward, Department of Health will work with RCN, hospitals and other partners. For more updates on healthcare system of the UK, visit our blog page daily. You can contact us anytime if you need any help regarding to your medical recruitment across the UK. 


30% Added Incentives to Retain GPs

The BMA has unveiled a new retainer scheme of ample incentives and development support for General Practitioners in order to retain highly trained professionals to work longer specifically in their part time roles. The GP leaders also welcomed the boosted NHS funding to retain highly skilled doctors to remain in the workforce while also elevated GPs’ annual professional expenses on the scheme. Up beating the previous rate of £59.18 on retained General Practitioners, the BMA’s new scheme will pay £76.92 per session weekly from this month. And the professional expenses will be increased from £310 to £1,000 per session weekly to a maximum of £4,000. The funding as a part of NHS England GP Forward View, aims to support struggling GPs across the country. The support will be distributed in a form of £40m resilience fund and £30 development program as well as to counterbalance costs of medical indemnities. Additional resources will be available up to 36 months from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019 via their usual payment route. BMA GP workforce leader Dr. Krishna Kasaraneni is assured that the significant financial resources will prevent GPs to change profession after a career break. He announced that struggling GP would receive cash injections to support them in the increasing demand, and in recruitment and retention crisis. GP retainer plan Retained GPs (RGPs) who work between one and four sessions per week, sometimes up to 5 years schemes, are subject to annual reviews to ensure their eligibility. GPs eligibility depends on ‘Compelling evidence', which means without the retainer scheme GP would quit the profession. BMA GP Sessional committee chair, Dr Zoe Norris said patients are waiting longer to determine their GPs, as there are limited staffs within the NHS. GP practice has always been under pressured and has prolonged staffing shortages undermining delivery of patient care through the country.   Incentives The chair said, the country cannot allow qualified GPs to change their working patterns mainly those who are in break for household, to play as a component in saving general practice from current predicament. He added previously, doctors did not had any kind of support for their comebacks, which affected patient and left no choice for doctor other than leaving their jobs. NHS suffered a loss of highly skilled GPs in a time of dire need. The new scheme will offer support and resources they need, those we would otherwise lose. More doctors can obtain more patients for noticeable results. For more updates GP doctors and UK's healthcare system, visit our blog page regularly. Find GP jobs from across the UK here.


Official Figures Reveal an Increase in GP Training Posts

In England, about 83% of GP training posts have been filled in 2016 and for the first time in 3 years official figures have revealed an increment in GP trainees enlisted at this stage. According to the Health Education England (HEE), 2,691 of its 3,250 seats have been taken after two rounds of recruitment- an 83% fill rate. The total sum of seats filled is a 7% rise on the 2,513 seats filled at the same phase like in 2015. Since 2013, it is the first time that the records at this phase have revealed an increment then the previous year. Although HEE is still way off its goal to train 3,250 GPs a year by August this year. It was a goal that was moved back from 2015. The number of places filled in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales is not shown in the latest figures. But in Scotland there are still 101 openings being broadcasted, which is 31% of the 325 positions in total, and in wales 32% of the 136 positions is still being broadcasted. When HEE released the number of vacancies for each region it shows that there were 9 in 10 GP training places filled across the UK after 2 rounds of recruitment. Nevertheless, its formal records have disclosed that these first estimates were positive. In England certain regions are also stressed including the North East region where 40% of places stayed vacant. Enhancement on figures from earlier 2016 has remained after the number of submissions for GP training fallen 5 percentage points on the previous year. After round 1 of recruitment only 70% of seats were filled across the UK. To enhance recruitment it follows a variety of efforts, perhaps remarkably to train GP in under-doctored areas like Lincolnshire and Blackpool it provides £20,000 bursaries for doctors. Visit our blog page daily for latest update on healthcare system of the UK. Contact us for any help related to your  medical recruitment across the UK. 


UK Government consults on Data Security, Consent and Opt-out

On 6th of July, the National Data Guardian for Health and Care published two reviews on Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs. The two reviews made certain recommendation to the Department of Health and other Government organisations. As a result, UK Government proposed a public consultation on new security standards for the NHS and Social Care, new methods of testing compliance on these standards and a new opt-out consent model. The consultation included organisations that interact regularly with public health sector and those research organisations that rely on the access to health data from the NHS. The two independent reviews are: The Care Quality Commission review of data security in the NHS and National Data Guardian for Health and Care, Dame Fiona Caldiott’s “the Caldicott Report” The Care Quality Commission published a review of data security within the NHS: “Safe data, safe care”. Subsequently after the publication, George Freeman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Life Sciences, announced a public consultation on Caldicott’s review on new data security standards and proposed consent on the opt-out model. The CQC’s report identified main concerns on senior leadership, behaviours, staff training and support, patient-designed IT systems and CQC’s monitoring remit. The Caldicott Report’s focussed on preventive measure of different data breaches and discovering an easy and trustful approach to data sharing. On account to patient trust on personal confidential data, the report recognises a need of improvement and further it proposes 10 data security standards mechanisms to be placed to reduce data breaches. The Caldicott Report admits substantial number of data breaches in the health sector is because of human error. The public still find it hard to understand the data-sharing model. The Caldicott emphases on giving public clearer information on how the personal data can be used and ways to control those information through a new consent/opt-out model. Moreover, the report proposes the use of anonymised data should not subject to opt-out with a recommendation to stronger authorisations to discourage re-identification of individuals. The public consultation seeks views on new proposed data security standards and consent/opt-out model in the Caldicott Report. Interested parties should respond before 7th September 2016. For more in National Health Service of the UK updates, visit our blog page daily. If you're interested in any locum, temporary and permanent jobs, feel free to contact us for any kind of medical recruitment and migration services all over the UK. 


NHS Revealed Maternity Service Revamp

On 21st July a new plan to improve maternity services have been announced by NHS England. As initial adopters, NHS England is looking on different local areas to test a mixture defined in the programme. These will play a main role in achieving fast in local area maternity services and their understanding will cover the way for national roll-out of initiatives. Establishment of Local Maternity System will develop local change which makes sure that women and their babies are safe and have more personalised care that suits the requirements of the local society. Currently, the Maternity Transformation Programme has recognised nine working areas to take onward execution of the suggestions set out in the report of the Better Births- the national maternity review. The areas includes: Supporting local transformation Advancing good practice for securer care Expanding choice and personalisation Improving entry to perinatal mental health facility Converting the workforce Sharing data and information Controlling technology Restructuring the payment system Improving prevention In order to make the change foreseen in Better Births a reality, NHS England is working together with different organisations including Health Education England, Public Health England, Department of Health, NHS Improvement, RCM and other Royal colleges.   Sarah-Jane Marsh, the newly appointed chair of Maternity Transformation Board has called for action and association across NHS maternity services. She believed that pregnancy is special and unique and every mother, baby deserves the very best care. Better Births have given a powerful blueprint to them. It helps them to move towards safer; more personalised maternity services to every women and baby that relies on them. Ms Marsh further added that Maternity Transformation Board have already recognised 7 parts of the country that will discoverer choice and personalisation. Presently, board is calling on more local areas to play an important role in providing the objective by testing new methods to maternity services across the England. Visit our blog page daily for the latest updates on healthcare system and contact us for any help you need on medical recruitment in the UK.