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.

21May

Purpose of the Annual Appraisal in GMC Revalidation

An annual appraisal is demonstration of your fitness to practice as a medical practitioner. In an annual appraisal process, your work performance is evaluated and documented. An Annual appraisal gives you a chance to focus on your professional development needs. It shows your personal and professional development and illustrate it to General Medical Council (GMC) for revalidation. Annual appraisal is used for mainly four purposes. It disclose your practice and performance to your appraiser for evaluation for you to remain up to date and fit for your practice. The appraiser checks whether you meet all the principles and values set out in the GMC framework Good Medical Practice. To support you to enhance quality of your professional work by planning your professional development.  To enable you to consider your own learning needs. To confirm whether you are working according to the priorities and requirements of the organization where you practice. For doctors in the UK, appraisal should be created on the core guidance of the GMC i.e. Good Medical Practice. The Good Medical Practice framework for appraisal consists of four domains which medical practitioners should cover. They are: Knowledge, skills and performance Safety and quality Communication, teamwork and partnership Maintaining trust In an annual appraisal, you need to collect supporting information to show that you are meeting the professional standards set for you in your day-to-day practice. The supporting information helps your appraiser to complete your appraisal and your responsible officer to make recommendation to the GMC for your revalidation. The supporting information includes Continuing Professional Development, patient’s feedback, colleague’s feedback, quality improvement activity, significant events, complaints and compliments evaluation. Your annual appraisal must cover all the practice you have done. If you have practiced in more than one organization as a locum work or voluntary work etc. then you need to collect all the supporting information from those organization. Those information must cover all your practice and should be included on your annual appraisal. Appraisals should generally be directed by an appraiser from your senior doctor’s team. It’s your choice to prepare the annual appraisal in a paper based portfolio or use the electronic system. Appraisal and revalidation Revalidation is the process where licensed doctors demonstrate that they are up to date and fit for the medical practice. Revalidation is done on the basis of your local clinical governance and appraisal process. Your appraisal helps to support your Responsible Officer (RO) to take decision to recommend you for your revalidation to the GMC. Revalidation is done in every five years, but annual appraisal must be covered each year within the five years. It is a compulsory document as it covers your medical practice. If you need any help with your annual appraisal and revalidation, then feel free to contact us anytime. Our team is always ready to help you. Recruitment synergy is a London based Medical Recruitment Agency. We provide medical recruitment and migrational services across the UK.

19May

BMA Welcomes Labour Investment Pledge

The British Medical Association (BMA) welcomed the announcement made by the labour government to increase NHS funding by £37bn over the next parliament as part of a 'new deal' for the health service. On 15th May, the party's leader Jeremy Corbyn made the announcement in a speech at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) annual conference in Liverpool. Mr Corbyn set out NHS pledges to tackle winter pressures, cut waiting times, boost cancer care and deliver capital investment. Here are listed the Labour NHS proposals pledge: £37bn additional NHS funding in the next parliament, including £10 billion of capital funding to ensure that NHS buildings and IT systems are fit for the modern day. Make sure that patients are seen within four hours in A&E. Guarantee treatment within 18 weeks to take '1m people off NHS waiting lists'. By 2020 deliver the Cancer Strategy for England in full. Create a new £500m winter pressures fund Labour said the increased funding for the health service would be paid for by a 5 per cent tax on private medical insurance and by cutting costly management consultancy fees in the National Health Service (NHS). Jonathan Ashworth, Labour shadow health secretary said that the Labour is promising to give the NHS the resources it needs to deliver the best possible service for patients right across the country. Medical Professionals, experts and patients have been calling for a significant cash rise to the NHS. The chief executive of the King’s Fund, Chris Ham said that they welcome the pledge to additional funding for the NHS and social care, which will go some way to addressing the pressures facing the NHS and reversing the decline in social care services for elder people and people with disabilities. Dr Mark Porter, the chair of BMA said that the NHS is chronically underfunded and understaffed, so the promise of extra investment is desperately needed. The funding gap in the NHS have a harmful effect on patients who are facing unacceptably long delays in care, and staff who are working under difficult conditions in an NHS at breaking point. 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.

18May

Nurses Vote to Strike Over 1 per cent Pay Rise

The Royal College of Nursing has announced that nurses have voted overwhelmingly to pursue a ballot for UK-wide strike action this summer in protest at below-inflation pay rises. In the consultative ballot, nearly four out of five members (78 per cent) of the Royal College of Nursing backed a walkout, while 91 per cent favoured industrial action short of a strike. The large majorities reflect growing dissatisfaction within the nursing profession over wages. The latest figures show around 40,000 vacant nurse posts in England, with 12,000 more health care support worker vacancies. Community care and mental health are experiencing the greatest shortages. The RCN has warned that low pay scale is partly responsible for tens of thousands of vacant posts. Since 2010, nurses have experienced a 14 per cent pay cut in real terms because of the government’s cap on public sector pay. In 2015, a formal pay cap of 1% was introduced. The chairman of the RCN Council, Michael Brown said that the member of the RCN have given very clear message that they can’t and won’t take any more. The result of the ballot shows the anger and frustration over the Government’s pay policy. Now the Politicians must listen and tell what they will do about nursing pay. RCN is demanding answers on behalf of patients as well as nursing staff, he added. Commenting on the ballot result, the director of policy, employment relations and communications at Royal College of Midwives’, Jon Skewes said that the NHS staff have now seen 7 years of pay restraint and with at least another 3 years on the horizon. Continuing pay restraint is a disastrous, unjustifiable policy for maternity services and the National Health Service. RCM is working with other NHS trade unions to break the government’s policy of pay restraint. The chair of the British Medical Association council, Dr Mark Porter said that the Year after year of real-terms pay cuts have had a damaging impact on the morale of frontline NHS staff. 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.

17May

Massive Ransomware Attack Hits UK Hospitals

The security experts has said that the Hospitals across England have been hit by a major ransomware attack, but the attacks may not be targeted at the National Health Service (NHS) alone and could be part of a global ransomware campaign. Government and NHS heads are facing questions about why hospitals had been left vulnerable to the global cyber attack that crippled services on 12th May. NHS England has said that large number of hospitals, GPs, and walk-in clinics across England have been hit by a large-scale cyber attack, affecting some to divert emergency patients. Many Doctors have reported getting messages of payment demand, which seems to indicate that ransomware, is involved in the attacks. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that encrypts a victim’s documents, images, music and other files unless the victim pays for a key to unlock them. According to the BBC research, at least 16 trusts out of 47 in the United Kingdom are being forced to divert emergency patient, after computer systems there were infected with ransomware. Patients have been told to turn up for appointments, unless notified otherwise, while some GPs are asking people to consider whether they really need to attend the surgery imminently. On 15th May, Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health attended a Cobra committee meeting on cyber-security and said that it was "encouraging" that there has not been any fresh attacks, although the National Crime Agency said this did not mean there would not be one in the future. He added that the government have not seen a second wave of attacks and the level of criminal activity is at the lower end of the range that the government had anticipated. Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary chaired the Cobra meeting on cyber security and said that the UK was working with international partners in the global manhunt to find the ransomware's creators. She further added that the National Crime Agency and the National Cyber Security Centre are working with Europol and other international partners to ensure that they all collect the right evidence, which they need to do, to make sure that they have the right material to find out who has done this and go after them. NHS Incident Director, Dr Anne Rainsberry said that NHS like to reassure patients that if they need the NHS and it’s an emergency then they should visit Accident & Emergency (A&E) or access emergency services in the similar way as they normally would and healthcare professional will make sure that patients get the care they need. NHS Digital are investigating the incident and across the NHS they have tried and tested contingency plans to confirm that they are able to keep the NHS open for business. 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.