28Jul

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.

27Jul

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. 

27Jul

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. 

27Jul

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.

26Jul

GMC Appoints DH Director General as New Chief Executive

Charley Massey, Director General at the Department of Health has been appointed as a new chief executive by the General Medical Council (GMC). He will replace current chief executive Niall Dickson, who has announced that he will step down from his position at the end of this year after seven years as chief executive of the GMC. Charley’s position as chief executive of the GMC is subject to final approval in the government’s business employment policies. In 2012, Massey was assigned as a Director general at the Department of Health. He has worked in senior positions at the Department for Work and Pensions, HM Treasury and Number 10, and as an executive director at the Pensions Regulator. Massey said that he is very delighted to join the GMC and looking forward to work with the char, council and staff to figure out the improvements of the last decade. While talking about GMC, Massey said it is an independent patient safety organisation. He will share GMC’s objectives at all phase of medical professional training and careers and support the highest ethics of medical practice in order to work closely with medical professionals of all four countries of the UK. Professor Terence Stephenson, GMC chair said that GMC has moved drastically to become a patient safety organization at Niall’s time and now Mr Massey will help GMC to safeguard patients by bringing a variety of experience to the organization and will help to gather the challenges of instruction in fast shifting healthcare system across the UK. He further added that with the new chief executive, GMC will continue the development by taking a number of aspiring projects. These projects will help the GMC to become an organization that is more reactive to the settings where medical professional will performs better and will have less loads on them and the whole healthcare system. It will also provide complete support to doctors for their challenges faced during their professional careers. You can visit our blog page for latest update on healthcare system and medical recruitment of the UK.  

25Jul

GMC Training Surveys Data Published For Local Action

On 14th July 2016, the General Medical Council (GMC) has released the newest outcomes of its yearly evaluations into medical education and training across the UK. The National Training Survey (NTS) took opinions from about 55,000 doctors undertaking postgraduate training and also from about 44,000 trainers. From education viewpoint, the trainer’s opinions was taken because the senior doctors are liable for developing the next generation of GPs and Consultants. The problems raised by the Medical Professional includes the difficulties of dealing with high workloads and the condition of not having always sufficient skilled staff to safeguard that patients received the medical treatment they needed. An initial outcome from the 2016 doctors in training inspection shows that across the UK: Nearly half believed their job was intense Most of them suppose their general training setting is helpful About nine out of ten report of having good clinical supervision that contains safe, practical learning chances. The GMC evaluation of senior doctors i.e. trainers found that: About one in seven trainers believe that there are not always adequate staffs to ensure patients are handled by someone who have an appropriate level of clinical knowledge. It can be challenging for many senior doctors to balance service providing with education and using assigned educational time especially for education. Maximum senior doctors who train esteem the working settings in their departments as supportive and appreciate their roles as educators. Chief Executive of the General Medical Council, Niall Dickson said that this year has been very challenging for many due to the contract argue in England and GMC is thankful to all the doctors’ for taking part in the National Training Survey. He further added that outcomes of these surveys confirm that medical professional are working in challenging environments and the training and education is in major pressure throughout the NHS. GMC understand the different reasons behind many doctors feeling isolated and undervalued in training. It makes more significant that this complete survey shows that the doctors stay pleased with their training which is verification to those who provide training and support everyday. Contact us for locum jobs and medical recruitment across the UK. You can visit our blog page for more updates on healthcare system of the UK.