31May

New Online System For Healthcare Apprenticeship Standards

On 10th May 2017, a new website, Healthcare Apprenticeships Standards Online (HASO) has been launched to provide a one-stop shop to find apprenticeship standards commonly used in healthcare settings. HASO will enables employers to search the most up-to-date information and download standards that are in development or are accepted and ready to use. The launch follows the latest changes to apprenticeships in England, including the introduction of the levy, and a shift in attitudes as more employers are considering apprenticeships as a way to train staff in clinical and non-clinical roles. Employers can use the system to: Suggest new standards Respond to consultations Search for and download approved standards that are ready to use Read about standards which have not progressed Keep updated on standards and assessment plans in development Check the status and last start dates of current healthcare frameworks. See where expressions of interest have been submitted Discover additional resources and blog posts Take a look at HASO now by visiting haso.skillsforhealth.org.uk . Visit our blog page daily for more updates on National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system.  Recruitment Synergy is a UK based Medical Recruitment Agency. We provide locum, temporary and permanent medical jobs in a variety of specialities. Feel free to contact us for your medical recruitment and migration solutions to work across the UK.

30May

BMA Warns ‘Year-Round Crisis Set to be the Norm’

The British Medical Association (BMA) has warned that the NHS is in a year-round crisis, which requires the next government to immediately rise NHS funding to the levels seen in Germany, France and other similar states. According to the BMA's analysis of the NHS in England, waits at A&E, Bed occupancy and delayed transfers of care were all found to be increasing, with patients waiting longer for ambulances, treatment and admission. The BMA says that the National Health Service (NHS) in England is now 'unlikely to recover from the pressure it faces during the winter', with key performance targets continuing to slip. Here are listed latest findings from the BMA. The bed occupancy on general and acute wards was 91.4 per cent in the first three month of this year. It is the highest figure recorded. At the end of the year, the mental health bed occupancy was 89.7 per cent. In 2016/17, the number of trolley waits also increased dramatically. Around 290,000 patients waited at least four hours to be admitted. It is an increase of almost 70,000 on the previous year. Almost a fifth of patients waited over four hours to be seen at major A&Es, between November 2016 and March 2017. 94 of 152 NHS Foundation Trusts issued major alerts on at least one day between December 2016 and the middle of March 2017 to say they could not cope. In the run-up to the general election, the BMA is calling the next government to Prioritises career-long training; invests in workforce to better retain doctors and Halts the repeated breaches on safe bed occupancy levels. The chairman of the BMA council, Dr Mark Porter, said that the hospitals had “endured one of the worst winters on record”. He said the pressure the NHS is under is purely down to bad political choices, with years of chronic under-funding and investment in services failing to keep up with patient demand. He further added that previously, the pressure on the NHS was only seen in the winter months but now it is becoming the norm year-round, as current trends suggest that performance will continue to deteriorate rather than improve. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system. If you need any help with Medical Recruitment across the UK, then feel free to contact us anytime.

28May

Overnight bed occupancy hits highest ever level

The latest data from National Health Service (NHS) revealed that hospitals bed occupancy rates have hit a record high. The data shows more than 91 per cent of overnight hospital (‘general and acute’) beds were full in the first three months of 2017 – putting sick Brits at risk. This is the highest rate since the record began in June 2000. Health experts said the NHS was under ‘extraordinary pressure’ and in the grip of a year-long crisis. They advise that the occupancy levels should be 85 per cent although this has become increasingly difficult to attain. The research has consistently shown that when hospitals are overcrowded, patients are at much higher risk of infection and poor care. The highest occupancy rates were at Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals Trust in Essex and Milton Keynes University Hospital Trust in Buckinghamshire, which were both at 99 per cent. A separate research by the British Medical Association (BMA) concluded that hospitals were failing to recover from the intense pressures experienced over the winter. The President of the Royal College of Surgeons, Miss Clare Marx said that the new findings are exceptionally worrying and indicate that reductions in hospital bed numbers over recent years may have gone too far. The data describe why more operations are being cancelled and why waiting times are increasing. It also shows why sometimes surgeons are effectively left kicking their heels; a lack of beds can mean they can’t do operations they had planned, she added. The chair of the BMA, Dr Mark Porter said that the patients are facing unacceptably long waits. The latest findings show that hospitals have just endured one of the worst winters on record, with patients facing long waits for treatment. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system.  Recruitment Synergy is a UK based Medical Recruitment Agency. We provide locum, temporary and permanent medical jobs in a variety of specialities. Feel free to contact us for your medical recruitment and migration solutions to work across the UK.

26May

GPhC New Standards For Pharmacy Professionals Come Into Force

On 12th May 2017, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) have published new standards for pharmacy professionals. All pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in Great Britain will have to meet the new standards to guarantee that people using pharmacy services receive safe and effective care and to maintain public trust and confidence in pharmacy. The new standards, which have been reduced significantly from 57 to 9, explain how safe and effective care is provided through person-centred professionalism, and replace the standards of conduct, ethics and performance. Every standard is accompanied by described examples of how they apply to “pharmacy professionals” in practice. Here are listed the new standards for pharmacy professionals. Work in partnership with others Communicate effectively Provide person-centred care Maintain, develop and use their professional knowledge and skills Behave in a professional manner Use professional judgement Respect and uphold the person’s confidentiality and privacy Demonstrate leadership Speak up when they have doubts or when things go wrong The new standard reflect response from more than 2,700 pharmacy professionals, public and other stakeholders about what it means to be a professional, what is important in receiving safe and effective care; and what will maintain public trust in pharmacy. The standard are a declaration of what people expect from pharmacy professionals, and also reveal what pharmacy professionals expect from their co-workers. The chief executive and registrar for the GPhC, Duncan Rudkin said that the new standards will encourage pharmacy professionals to use their skills, knowledge and professionalism to deliver safe and effective care to their patients, and to maintain the trust their patients place in them. Now, the pharmacy professionals should consider how to place the standards in their practice, and should apply the standards whenever they are making professional decisions. GPhC hope the standards will also act as a foundation for discussions about professionalism and person-centred care across pharmacy, he added. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system. If you need any help with Medical Recruitment across the UK, then feel free to contact us anytime.

25May

Pharmacists Lose Battle to Overturn Government Cuts to Community Pharmacy

Following a High Court ruling, Pharmacists have lost their battle to overturn the government’s decision to impose far-reaching cuts on community pharmacy services in England. In march 2017, the court hearings were held and the ruling was published at the end of last week. The National Pharmacy Association (NPA), says the ruling means that, in future, ministers, will be obliged to pay more attention to the effect of health policies on underprivileged communities served by pharmacies and other care providers. A legal challenge has been mounted by the NPA that government cuts to the community pharmacy budget were unlawful because the Department of Health (DoH) had failed to consider properly the likely impact on the neediest in society. Commenting on the ruling, Ian Strachan, the chairman of the NPA said that the judge said the decision to make cuts was lawful, not that it was judicious. The Court proceedings had showed a “distressing lack of understanding at the very heart of government about the role which community pharmacy plays in the National Health Service (NHS). He called on the next government to “grab this opportunity to change course,” and to “enter into helpful discussions about a positive way forward for the sector, patients, and the NHS". As a result of the cuts Mr Justice Collins predicted hardship in deprived areas and said that the criticism of the Department of Health’s “less than satisfactory approach” was justified. He also pointed to the “real risk” of putting more pressure on GPs as a result of the cuts. Sandra Gidley, the chair of RPS England said the government is not making the most of what community pharmacy has to offer. Without exception, reports on community pharmacy focus the enormous potential for improving care of patients with long-term illnesses and supporting public health. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system.  Recruitment Synergy is a UK based Medical Recruitment Agency. We provide locum, temporary and permanent medical jobs in a variety of specialities. Feel free to contact us for your medical recruitment and migration solutions to work across the UK.

24May

New Standards Launched by GMC to Boost Flexibility in Doctors’ Training

The General Medical Council (GMC) has launched a new standards to make postgraduate training more flexible for doctors on 22nd May 2017. The new standards is detailed in a document called ‘Excellence by design: standards for postgraduate curricula’, which provide a framework for the approval and provision of postgraduate medical education and training in the UK. Medical Colleges including the RCGP and faculties must make sure that all 103 existing postgraduate medical curricula are updated to meet the requirements outlined in the new GMC standards by 2020. The GMC will approve each curriculum before it’s delivered to doctors. The GMC, which oversees medical education and training in each of the four UK countries, says that it expects a small number of medical colleges and faculties to seek approval for new curricula during 2017. The chief executive of the GMC, Charlie Massey said that the vision of the GMC for postgraduate training is to supports the aspirations and commitment of today’s medical professionals to help them meet the needs of patients and the services they receive. Massey added that the new standard will support greater flexibility in postgraduate training. It will give doctors more freedom and choice as their interests in medicine develop, while at the same time meeting the changing patterns in the health needs of patients, ensuring they receive high quality care. The new standards will also shift the focus of postgraduate training towards helping doctors achieve high-level learning outcomes. Colleges and faculties have started to work together to identify aspects of training that are similar to, or depend on, content from other specialties. The GMC has also published Generic professional capabilities (GPC) framework that is integral to the new standards for postgraduate curricula. The GPC framework covers the broader areas of professional practice, such as communication and team working which is necessary for doctors to provide high quality care. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and the GMC have jointly produced explanatory guidance to help royal colleges integrate GPC into their updated curricula. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system. If you need any help with Medical Recruitment across the UK, then feel free to contact us anytime.