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.

23May

Nearly 3.5 million patients at risk of losing their family doctor through Brexit, warns RCGP

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) warns that around 2000 GPs providing care for more than 3m patients could be lost to the NHS if their status is not protected during Brexit negotiations. On 21st May, the RCGP, the professional body for family doctors, released its new analysis, which shows that the manpower problems will be exacerbated as GPs from EU countries return home, because of Brexit. A total of 2,137 GPs across the UK that the RCGP estimates are from countries in the European Economic Area, are forced to leave. In Northern Ireland, EU nationals represent 11 per cent of the GP workforce, and 4 per cent in Wales and Scotland. The college is calling on the next Government to safeguard the current GP workforce during Brexit negotiations by ensuring the status of all EU healthcare professionals working in the National Health Service (NHS). The Royal College is also requesting the next government to add GPs to the Migration Advisory Committee’s Shortage Occupation List, which would make it easier for family doctors from overseas to live and work in the UK. YouGov conducted a poll for the college that has found 59 per cent of people think that GPs from the EU working in UK general practice should have their position guaranteed from the outset of Brexit negotiations. The chair of the RCGP, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said that the RCGP desperately need thousands more GPs right across the UK, and in England they have been promised additional 5,000 GPs by 2020. The latest figure shows that RCGP risk losing around 2,000 family doctors from the NHS if their position is not secured as part of Brexit negotiations, and that is just not safe or acceptable. She further added that the RCGP have a severe shortage of GPs and other practice staff across the UK and they are very thankful for the work that overseas doctors are currently doing to deliver excellent patient care and support healthcare organization to meet the demands of ageing and growing population. 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.

22May

RCN Launches Guide to Help Nurses Spot Signs of Modern Slavery

On 17th May 2017, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has announced that Nurses and healthcare workers will receive a new pocket guide to help spot victims of trafficking and address the absence of modern slavery awareness training in the NHS. The new pocket guide will be sent to nursing staff across the UK after National Health Service (NHS) figures revealed that 86 per cent of staff do not feel adequately skilled to recognise the signs of slavery. The guide will help nurses in GP surgeries; A&E, walk-in centres and maternity wards see the signs of modern slavery and allow them to help people who are being seriously oppressed. Every year around 13,000 men, women and children are trafficked for exploitation in the UK and forced to work in prostitution, manual labour or domestic roles. The guide was launched during the union’s annual congress in Liverpool, which has seen both Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Liberal Democrat Tim Farron give speeches to the RCN’s members. According to the guide, nurses should recognise potential indicators such as STIs, signs of trauma, pregnancy and poor nutrition. Nurses are also informed not to raise concern about trafficking with anybody accompanying the patient, but rather find a private space to discuss the problem. The guide instructs that nurses should be worried if they meet: Someone with a fear of authority. A person accompanied by a directing individual who insists on speaking for them. A person who is not registered with a GP or does not have any official documentation. Unclear and inconsistent explanations regarding employment, schooling, residence or age. RCN professional lead for Midwifery and Women’s Health, Carmel Bagness said that the victims of trafficking and slavery were often hidden from public view, so it was very important that healthcare staff take the chance to identify victims of slavery and know how to alert the applicable services. She further added that the pocket guide will help to educate all nursing staff, so that the health service does everything it can in the fight against modern slavery. 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.