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.  


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.                                                                                                                                                                                  


No immediate changes for higher education after Brexit vote - UK Government

The Minister of States for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson reaffirmed the current arrangements for EU students and nationals in the UK. Johnson promised a no immediate changes to all EU nationals who are studying and working in UK universities as well as those UK nationals doing the same in EU. In his statement,he said the EU and international students is an important contributor to the world-class universities and research partners of the UK. Thus, it needs big discussions with the European partners and should be represented fully for its betterment. The UK universities have questioned on various impacts of the UK leaving EU on higher education in Britain. They shared a particular concern over changes to immigration laws, the implication of changes of EU university grants, UK’s membership of Erasmus+ and the Horizon 2020 research unit. The EU student and staff status As the Prime Minister and Minister of States of University and Science stated, there will be no immediate changes for studying and working for both British living in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK. There will be no immediate changes to any of the visa policies for EU citizens who want to come in the UK for any relevant purpose. EU Nationals and student finance in England EU students currently studying, or enrolled on or about to enrol from coming years will see no change to their funding, loans and grants approved by the Students Loans Company. The EU students can grab information on the eligibility criteria, residency rules and other information at ‘EU Nationals and Student Finance in England’. The Master’s Loans are still available to eligible EU students. Erasmus+ The British leaving the EU referendum will not affect UK students studying in the EU. The students can fully enjoy all the beneficiaries of Erasmus+ even those who are applying next year. The existing UK students in the EU are subject to continue the same current arrangements in next academic year. Horizon 2020 research funding The statement also signifies to no immediate effect on those participating and applying to Horizon 2020. The state parties like UK researchers and businesses can apply to the programme in the usual way. The BREXIT impacts on higher education and research will be a part of the UK’s future discussion on its membership. Log on to our Recruitment Synergy’s website for more of its updates and clarity.


Changes to Tier 4 (General) Affecting Medical Students

The Home Office of the UK published a Statement of Changes to the Immigrations Rules (HC 877) on March 11, 2016. The new statements have some changes that will affect the Tier 4 applications made from the 6th of April. Here we have listed the key changes that will affect the students studying medicine in the UK. 1.     Tier 4 students who are currently sponsored by an independent school are allowed to apply for a new Tier 4 visa from within the UK and do not need to go back to home country to apply. 2.     Any medical student applying for a new Tier 4 visa for Foundation Programmes only have to show a maximum of two months worth of funds for their living cost rather than nine months which is still applicable for other Tier 4 applications. 3.     The new immigration rules will clarify caps on study by calculating the time limits, period of leave that have been granted previously for course studies or for any other different level of course. The Home Office have yet to decide whether they will include those leaves that have been cancelled or curtailed in the calculations. 4.     USA students who are studying a degree level course at a higher education institution, and who as a part of their course in the USA apply for Tier 4 visa to study abroad program in the UK for up to six months, will be exempt from the English language requirements. 5.     Tier 4 (general and child) students will be prohibited from engaging in any kind of business activity so far. Tier 4-visa application from 6th of April will have additional work restriction. This restriction is to stop Tier 4 students from setting up businesses in the UK. 6.     The Tier 4 applications from 6th of April can change course at the same institution if:      a.     You have not completed the course for which your CAS was assigned      b.     The course is degree level or above      c.     The new course is not lower level than the previous granted leave course      d.     The course was taught by UK recognise body or HEI that has Tier 4 sponsor status      e.     You will be able to complete the new course within the current leave period 7.     If you have previously been granted Tier 4 leave, your sponsor must confirm      a.     The new course is related to the previous one for which you are granted leave (the course must be connected to the previous one or subject group or deeper specialisation) Or      b.     You previous course and new course is a combination support for genuine career inspirations 8.     Application for Tier 4 child visa from 6th April cannot change course at the same institution for foundation course as an entry to a higher education institution. 9.     Your visa application can be refused if you have outstanding debts for NHS treatment of £500 or more, or if you have legal case with the Home Office and as a result you are instructed to pay the legal costs to the Home Office and have failed to do so. If you are applying for Tier 4 general or child and have concerns on the changes feel free to contact a student adviser at your institution or call us on our advice line.


New GMC Guidance to help medical students

A new guidance for UK medical students has been published by the Medical Schools Council (MSC) and the General Medical Council (GMC). The new guidance will helps medical students understand what is necessary for them to be a good doctor while they graduate from the university. The GMC new guidance is based on the GMC’s core ethical guidance for doctors, Good medical practice. It provides help with practical guidelines for medical students in applying the professional values to their studies, settlements and time outside of medical school. Some of the professional standards described in new guidance are about the patient privacy and behaving appropriately on social media by the medical students. Medical students are requested to: Identify the parameters of their capability and inquire for help if needed Be straightforward for unknown things Show anxieties about the security, dignity and wellbeing of patient Safeguard patient recognizable information Provide information about any health condition that can disturb their studies and request for help from their medical school. Make use of social media only to show their opinion, not to act in an insulting manner to other users. For medical students, the GMC and MSC want the new guidance to be a companion while they study. In 2017, an e-book version of the guidance will be available for the medical students. To help medical school and university staff the GMC and MSC also published an additional piece of guidance to administer and assist students whose professional performance or health becomes a reason for worry. From 1st September 2016 when the new academic year starts, both sets of guidance will come into force. Chairman of the GMC, Professor Terence Stephenson said that student life is an exciting time and GMC wants medical students to enjoy themselves while becoming doctor. He further added that studies and placements of medical students are different from other students. They will have interaction with patients and publics who can be physically and psychologically vulnerable. Due to this and also to maintain trusts with public, medical students have to show superior standards of professional performance inside and outside of medical school. He also said that medical schools plays an important role in providing opportunities to learn, understand and practise the standards expected from medical students. The GMC new guidance will support them in providing supervision, pastoral care and extra help which student may need. For more latest update on healthcare system and medical recruitment of the UK, visit our blog page. 


NHS England Assigns Three Senior IT Leads

On 7th July 2016, NHS England has assigned three senior healthcare IT leaders to advance digital technology in the health service of the UK. In the replacement of chief information and technology officer role they hired: Chief Clinical Information Officer (CICO) Chief Information Officer (CIO) Director of Digital Experience As a first NHS CCIO, Professor Keith McNeil has been appointed. Earlier, he was a CEO of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where he managed the execution of an e-hospital programme. He has also performed in many senior roles in healthcare management across the world including Chief Executive Officer at the Royal Brisbane, Chief Executive Officer at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital in Australia. Present CIO of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Will Smart has been appointed as the new CIO for NHS England. He has had a broad career in IT across the NHS and in the private sector. The role of CCIO and CIO are: Jointly lead the National Information Board Act as “commissioning client for the relevant programmes being delivered by NHS Digital” The responsibilities are founded at NHS England and they reports to National Director of Operations and Information, Matthew Swindells. They will be responsible to NHS Improvement with obligation for its technology work with NHS providers. And as a director of digital experience, Juliet Bauer has been appointed. She is the lead of Times Newspapers’ transition to online. The responsibilities of Juliet Bauer are: Drive the “NHS digital product roadmap” Supervise the makeover of the NHS Choices website Administer the improvement and implementation of digital technology for patients ‘supported self-management’, which include patients with long term condition like diabetes or asthma. After the national director of patients and information, Tim Kelsey discharged from the NHS England, NHS has been trying to recruit a chief information and technology officer (CI&TO). Though the organization has resisted finding an appropriate replacement, NHS England decided to appoint a set of digital leaders instead of just one. Commenting on the appointments, Matthew Swindells said that this outstanding team should make sure that NHS advanced on national IT approach and concentrate on providing improved results for patients care. He further added NHS will receive shared leadership from these new appointments and NHS will not talk only about ‘IT projects’ in the future. It will specify ‘patient improvements supported by information and technology’. Visit our blog page for latest update on healthcare system and contact us for any query on medical recruitment of the UK.