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. 


New increased NHS-funded nursing care rate for 2016-17

NHS-funded nursing care is a care provided for people who live in a care home. Those who need cares are basically those who are not eligible for NHS continuing healthcare but assessed as needing care of registered nurse and those who live in the care home. Yearly, the NHS pays a flat rate of contribution to the cost of care provided by registered nurse in these care home. For 2016/17, the NHS has increased its contribution for the costs of a place in a care home with nursing by £156.25 in an interim basis. The current rate for a registered nurse care for a nursing home resident is at £112. The new standard rates for eligible care home residents with registered nurse are as follows: Increased standard rate of £156.25 per week Higher rate will be increased by £215.04 per week (these are for those with higher rate in 2007 when the single band was introduced) Last year, the Department of Health appointed Mazars for an independent review across England to consider the costs for delivering registered nursing care in a nursing home care. Mazars LLP is an independent organisation specialised in audit, accountancy, legal, and tax and advisory services. Mazars LLP provided an independent review on the rate paid by the NHS to nursing homes, that recommended an increment of 40% i.e. £156.25 by the NHS-funded nursing care. The recommendation has been accepted by the government, the Clinical Commissioning Groups will now pay a national rate of £156.25. The increase is validated from 1st of April 2016 for NHS- funded nursing care residents. The new rate is based on interim basis until further review of other element of the rate for agency nursing staff and to consult on Regional variation. The new rate could lead to a reduction of rate by the 1st January 2017 and the variation from April 2017.The new rates has introduced based on the best evidences available to the Department of Health. For more updates on UK's healthcare system and the National Healthcare Service, visit our blog page regularly. Recruitment Synergy is a medical recruitment based on London, UK. Feel free to contact us for any of your recruitment and migration solutions to work in the UK.


GMC Pilots Scheme to Lessen Fitness to Practise Investigations

Two pilot schemes have been launched by the General Medical Council (GMC) to advance Fitness to Practice Cases and lessen their effect on medical professional. One of the pilots scheme will include cases where doctors are suspected of making a mistake including poor clinical care. The GMC will not immediately open a full inquiry into the cases instead it will first collect pieces of key information about the cases such as incident reports and medical records. In the first investigation if the evidence shows that it was one-off mistake and doctor is taking action to make sure that it won’t happen again then the case can be closed. If not then a full investigation will be open by the GMC or refer the case to the doctor’s Responsible Officer. In a year about 230 cases is expected to avoid the need of full investigation by the pilot as well as considerably increase the speed with which the cases are handle. The GMC second pilot scheme is one of the recommendations of Sir Anthony Hooper’s review of how the GMC handles whistle-blowers. It will require designated body such as healthcare providers to reveal whether the doctors being complained about has previously raised patient safety issues or not. The person who is signifying the concern will also need to make a declaration that in a good faith the complaint is made and the steps have been taken to confirm that it is fair-minded and correct. The pilot scheme will help the GMC to consider whether a full investigation should be carried out or not. It will also help to lower the risk of doctors who have appeared as whistle-blowers. Outgoing Chief Executive of the GMC, Niall Dickson said that great pressure on doctor engage can be place by the GMC investigation. These pilots are the newest in sequence of proposals to decrease the pressure and make the entire process quicker while making sure that they are fair and GMC safeguard patients. Regularly check our blog page for latest updates on GMC, NHS and Medical Recruitment process across the UK. 


RCGP Assigns 29 GP 'ambassadors' to Advance Forward View

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has assigned 29 Regional ambassadors for the support in implementation of 108 proposal defined in NHS England's GP Forward View. The college said that general practice will be represented on the recently founded Sustainability and Transformation Programme (STP) boards across the England by the regional ambassadors. It is key to making decisions about the NHS at a local level. According to the RCGP, the roles of the regional ambassadors will be: Increasing the investment in general practice at a local level Tracking development Ensuring that GPs have a incredibly strong voice in the GP Forward View across England Assisting the complete college monitor progress Chair of RCGP, Dr Maureen Baker said that the GP Forward View is a support for GP, at a time when the GP are struggling with growing patient request, falling resources and not sufficient GPs and practice staff. Although there are many work to do in order to ensure the delivery of the objectives set out in the GP Forward view. He further added that at a local level most of this work will take place and it is extremely important that STPs have a tough local voice on their boards connecting them straight to primary care. The network of new Regional Ambassadors will offer a well-versed GP perception something that is all repeatedly ignored. Regional Ambassador and a salaried inner-city GP in Leeds, Dr Kirsty Baldwin said that the GP Forward View denotes an enthusing and inspiring opportunity for all GPs. All regional ambassadors are Frontline GPs and as an ambassador they will be creating the maximum of local skill to make sure that the agreements in the GP forward view are conveyed and the outcomes are handled on the ground. You can find a full list of the Regional Ambassadors and their related STP Footprint from here. Visit our blog page for latest update on healthcare system of the UK. If you need any help with medical recruitment then feel free to contact us anytime. 


EU doctors 'put off applying jobs in UK' after Brexit

Experts said European doctors might put off applying to work in the UK following Britain leaving the EU. They expect it could create negative impact on the workforce finding current uncertainty in the status of EU nationals. The Royal College of Physician, Professor Jane Decree is concerned about delivering high quality safe care as our healthcare hugely depends on dedicated professionals from Europe and other countries around the world. He said these professionals are feeling anxious and confused on how will they be welcomed after Brexit in the future. He also pressed in the urgency on reassuring staffs on their needs and values while assuring the resources provided to them to do their jobs. He said it should be done sooner in order to deliver the high quality care and that a patient don’t have to suffer because of it. Several NHS doctors have spoke of this issue socially. Junaid Masood, Homerton University Hospital posted a picture showing Immigration is “the backbone “ of the NHS while a picture of NHS surgical team who are from different EU states was shared thousand times online. A new report from Health Foundation showed serious risks to NHS finances because of economic fallout from Brexit. It indicates a £2.8 billion lower NHS budget plan than the current planned budget for 2019-20 after balancing the total of the UK. It concludes the NHS funding shortfall could potentially be high as £28 billion by 2030-31. The chief executive of the NHS Confederation, Stephen Dalton spoke to a new archive on the matter. He said the EU workforce who are already here have the most concerns on what will happen to Article 50 and the coming two years. He said these people are already planning and thinking for their future, as they won’t wait to find out what happen next. For more updates on UK's healthcare system and National Healthcare Service England, visit our blog page daily. Find all kinds of locum, temporary and permanent jobs in our job board here.