16May

Improving GP Recruitment Rates Now ‘Matter of Urgency’, Warns RCGP

On 12th May 2017, the Royal College of GPs (RCPG) has stated that the current rate of GP recruitment and retention must be significantly improved “as a matter of urgency”. The chair of RCPG, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, issued the message in light of the upcoming general election, which offers a chance to reach targets set out in the GP Forward View. NHS Digital revealed its findings in March, which showed that despite the targets to recruit additional 5,000 GPs by 2021, numbers had actually fallen in the last quarter of 2016. The RCGP called for immediate action to stop the mass “haemorrhaging” of doctors numbers that was putting patient safety at risk. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said that the RCGP understand that practices across the nation are finding it really difficult to recruit GPs to fill empty posts, and the degree to which this problem has increased over the last 6 years is shocking. In most of the severe cases, not being able to employee has forced practices to close, and this can be a harmful experience for the patients and staff affected, and the wider National Health Service (NHS). She further added that the workload in general practice is escalating. According to the latest research, the workload has increased 16 per cent over the last 7 years. Still the investment in GP service has steadily declined over the last decade and the number of GPs has not increased in step with patient demand. The RCGP has also launched its ‘Six Steps for Safer General Practice’ manifesto for the next government, which urges to deliver the GP Forward View in full, including £2.4bn extra a year for general practice and 5,000 more GPs by 2020. The college said that the Scottish Government must deliver the £500 million of funding promised by the First Minister for GP practices and health centres. This should give general practice an 11% share of the NHS Scotland budget on an yearly basis from 2021. Other points raised for Scotland include additional funding for GPs in the most deprived areas and IT improvements. 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.

15May

New RCM Chief Executive Announced

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has appointed Gill Walton, as a new chief executive of RCM to succeed Professor Cathy Warwick later this year. On 5th May 2017, the RCM made the announcement to mark thousands of RCM midwives and Maternity Support Workers (MSW) coming together for the international day of the midwife 2017. Currently, Gill Walton works as the Director of midwifery and maternity services at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, and is an experienced midwife and leader. At University College Hospital, Walton started nursing and then undertook her Midwifery training at the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton. Earlier she has also held the position of the director of midwifery at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, as well at Barking Havering and Redbridge and John Radcliffe in Oxford. Walton has also directed numerous transformation programmes for maternity services and been involved in different national maternity-related assignments. Currently, she is involved in a Better Births Choice and Personalisation Pioneer Programme and is actively involved in setting up a Local Maternity System in Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth. She has also been involved in national policy and strategy development, including work with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), RCM and Department of Health (DoH) and actively supports improvement and development in other maternity services in the UK. Commenting on her appointment as new chief executive of RCM, Walton said that she is very excited to have been appointed to the role of Chief Executive and General Secretary for the RCM, an organisation she have tremendous respect for. She is looking forward to working with members from all 4 countries of the UK, to support cement a positive future for maternity support workers, midwives and maternity services at this time of great change. The chair of the RCM Board, Dr Susan Way said that she is very delighted with the appointment of Gill as the next Chief Executive of the RCM. Gill has a wealth of experience that will be a benefit to the College and she look forward to working with her. For more updates on National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system, visit our blog page daily. 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.

9May

Royal Colleges Call for Bigger Investment in NHS Workforce From Next Government

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has called on the next government to put patient care at the centre of the Brexit negotiations. A major health group has released a four-point plan to keep patient care at the forefront of the political debate in anticipation of the UK’s General Election, which is going to take place on 8th June. The RCP has drawn up the manifesto, ‘Keeping patients at the heart of the NHS’ which states 4 key points that politicians of all parties should bear in mind as they prepare the strategies that they hope will see them elected in General Election. The key points include: Placing patients at the centre of Brexit negotiations, Investing in the NHS workforce, with the recruitment of more doctors, better training and the promotion of new roles such as physician associates New financial settlement for the NHS and social care that meets growing demand, and better investment in public health through supporting people to live healthier lives. Protect the right of the NHS workers from Europe to remain in the UK, and develop a clear plan for staffing the NHS and social care in the long-term. Professor Jane Dacre, the president of RCP said that new government comes with a new opportunity to make sure the National Health Service (NHS) has sufficient resources, people and services to provide excellent care to patients. She further added that Patients must be at the centre of decisions made on healthcare provision, and that includes serious consideration of the implications of Brexit on patient care. The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) also called on the next government to increase the numbers of emergency doctors. Emergency Medicine physician training positions should be added by 250 places per annum for four years. And 2,200 new consultants are required overall in Emergency Departments in England to achieve safe and sustainable staffing levels. 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.

8May

Experts Says ‘Paperless 2020’ Ambition Possible but Improbable

The Director of Digital Transformation at NHS Digital, Beverley Bryant said that NHS Digital needs to be more innovative and customer focused to achieve a paperless 2020. Speaking at UK e-health week in London, Beverley said the organisation, which has often been criticised for moving at too slow a pace, is picking up speed and changing. The organisation needs to show pace and agility and highlights plans for improving interoperability, standards and collaboration with supplier. According to a panel of experts at e-Health Week, the ambition of harnessing the information revolution and making the National Health Service (NHS) ‘paperless by 2020’, while a laudable aim, is improbable as an outcome. The NHS chief clinical information officer, Keith McNeil, chaired the lively debate and the chief medical information officer at Cambridge University Hospitals FT, Dr Afzal Chaudhry, led his organisation’s eHospital work. Afzal told delegates that the opportunity is a very simple one, which “is transforming patient care with the effective use of information technology”. He said that the challenges is that there is so much pressure on service in hospitals and other primary organisations that finding the bandwidth to do this needs to be properly backed, otherwise it is impossible to do. The chief nurse at NHS Digital, Anne Cooper said that while the things have moved on, there still needs to be work to make the system paper light not just for the professionals, but also with patients. The chief operating officer of The HCI Group, Paul Walsh said that there is a huge opportunity for the system to learn from some of the experiences of pioneers like Salford and Cambridge, but some organisations really are struggling. Paul further added that for some organisations, the challenges will be for timeline. While 2020 is 3 years away, even if you are live with an EPR now, achieving paperless or heavily paperlight is a challenge. 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.

7May

GMC Extends Fitness To Practise Emotional Support Programme

The General Medical Council has extended the contract for a free service offering confidential emotional support for doctors involved in fitness to practise cases for another 12 months i.e. until April 2018. According to the GMC, the British Medical Association (BMA) runs the Doctor Support Service following a successful pilot in 2012 and has been accessed by more than 500 doctors. To access this service, Doctors do not need to be BMA members. It is also available to doctors going through a GMC licence-to-practise withdrawal process. The Chief Executive of the GMC, Charlie Massey said that many medical professionals will be the subjects of a complaint at some point in their career, and the GMC has a lawful obligation to study any claims that suggest patients could be at risk as a result of a doctor breaching GMC standards. He further added that the GMC understands that an investigation can be stressful, for everyone involved so the GMC is doing what they can do to decrease the stress both on doctors and the complainants. Fellow doctors are uniquely placed to know the type of pressure users of the service are under, which is what makes the service so important, he added. Dr Michael Peters, the head of the BMA Doctors for Doctors Unit said that the support service has emotionally supported many doctors during their fitness to practise cases. He added that the surveys into a doctor’s practice can be very stressful regardless of the outcome, and so it’s important to support doctors to cope with this process. From Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, Doctors can call the Doctor Support Service on 020 7383 6707 or email them at doctorsupportservice@bma.org.uk. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on National Health Service and UKs' Healthcare system. If you need any information about Doctor Support Service and Medical Recruitment across the UK, then feel free to contact us anytime.

5May

Welsh Government Agree to Start PrEP Trials in Summer

On 28th April 2017, the Welsh government has announced that the drug regime that prevents people from contracting HIV will be made available in Wales to those who would benefit from the preventative treatment. The Health Secretary of wales, Vaughan Gething AM made the announcement following the decision on Truvada® by the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group. The study will run for at least three years and will begin in this summer. It also follows a similar decision by National Health Service (NHS) England in December, who will also be starting PrEP trials in summer. The Pre-exposure-prophylaxis (PrEP) is a course of HIV drugs taken by HIV negative people that effectively stop HIV infection. The treatment includes people at very high risk of HIV taking medicines everyday to lesser their chances of infection. The use of PrEP has been debated due to it being effective for preventing HIV if used as suggested, but its effectiveness reduces when patients do not take it consistently. Vaughan Gething said that there is no doubt that Truvada decreases rates of HIV infection when taken properly and supported by wider, preventative sexual health services can support to lessen overall HIV transmission and infection rates. He further added that the World Health Organisation (WHO) provided advice about the study. The study will mean that all those for whom the PrEP drug is clinically suitable can access to it. The study will support to discover how best to offer the preventative care to decrease risks of HIV transmission in Wales and answer some of the questions raised by the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group around incidence rates. The National Director for Terrence Higgins Trust in Wales, Sarah Fuhrmann said that they are encouraged and thankful that the Welsh government have listened to people affected by HIV, and will make PrEP available to people who need it in Wales, through a three year trial. 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.