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.

4May

Labour would Remove 1% Pay Cap that Government Has Imposed on NHS Staff

The Labour Party has promised that National Health Service (NHS) staff will receive a pay rise and tuition fees will be scrapped for student nurses and midwives, if they win the General Election on June 8. The party also stated that these policies would help address staffing shortages in England. However, the Conservatives have said Labour’s nonsensical economic policies will put the health services at risk. The shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth said that the NHS staff had been "ignored, undervalued, overworked, insulted and underpaid" by the Conservative government. He said enough is enough. What is bad for NHS staff is bad for patients too. Staff shortage means reduced services and a threat to patient safety. The new guarantees of Labour Party for NHS staff will help keep services running at the standards which England's patients expect. Labour has set out the three specific guarantees. These are: Strict rules on safe staffing levels in NHS settings Reversing the end of bursaries and introduction of tuition fees planned for August for student nurses and midwives. Scrapping the 1 per cent pay cap in place this Parliament so that the pay is increased to a "sustainable level" for all NHS staff The chair of British Medical Council (BMA), Dr Mark Porter said that the NHS staff will be encouraged by this understanding of the harmful impact on their morale from the years of real terms pay cuts and ongoing pay limitation that have led to understaffing, vacant posts and rota gaps. Janet Davies, the General Secretary of Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said that a health service that works for patients must value its staff. But the political parties should go further and promise to “increase investment” overall.  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. 

3May

Top 5 Medical Apps for Nurse

Nowadays, the use of tablets and other mobile devices is changing the way healthcare professional access medical information and incorporate with patients. There is no doubt that medical field has changed drastically in the way it acquire information with the arrival of medical apps. Medical apps are easy to download and available in a wide variety of phones and tablets.   The usage of mobile device by healthcare professional has transformed many aspects of clinical practice. Numerous apps are available in the store to assist health care professional with many important task such as information management, clinical decision making, communication and consulting, patient management and monitoring, reference and information gathering, health record maintenance and access, medical education and many more. There are many apps available for the nurses but you should chose those apps which best suits your needs and preferences rather than downloading multiple applications. Here are some best medical apps for nurses that will help you in your workplace. Nursing Central Nursing central is the primary source of disease, drug, test information and procedure for nurses and nursing students. It is a mobile app that gives you an access to a database of 5000 drugs, around 65,000 medical definition, hundreds of laboratory and diagnostic tests and latest disease information in your mobile phone. You can also use it to search MEDLINE/ PubMed database. Nursing Central provides the facility of delivering nursing journals with table of contents directly to your mobile phones. All in all this app provides everything that a nurse need and is recommended as the must have app for nurses and nursing student. Code Happy Code happy is a social networking tool for nurses and nursing students. Nurses and their peers gain and share viewpoint on a different types of nursing topics from residency rounds to passing exams in this app. Code happy is available in both iOS and Android and it is free to use.  Social networking is very important to nurses in order to get better job, advance current job, and learn best practice and many more. RN Notes RN Notes provide quick reference and updated clinically focused nursing information at your fingertips for better patient care. You can find answer confronted in clinical rotations via browsing or searching, review clinical findings, quick read information with full color images and figures, understand details of ECG, lab values, priority interventions and more. You can make custom notes and highlights within entries and provide convenient tables and charts for finding information quickly. The new third edition of RN notes helps students to prepare for the NCLEX examination by indicating topic covered on the exam.          Nursing Dictionary Nursing dictionary is a medical dictionary app specifically for nurses. You can access to more than 56,000 medical terms, 4,000 entries on medication and 9,000 images all from authoritative source.  It is easier and faster to use than google search. This app can help you find clear, detailed definition of medical terminology right on your fingertips. Nurse’s Pocket Guide Nurse’s pocket guide helps to create effective nursing care plans and correct nursing diagnoses directly at the bedside. It provides all the necessary information about the signs and symptoms of medical conditions, nursing diagnoses and develop appropriate plans of patients care.  All the diagnosis listing includes definition, related factors, characteristics, actions/interventions, documentation guidelines and many more. It also includes NIC and NOC labels for each diagnosis. You can search for symptoms, recommendation and interventions on the basis of nursing priority.   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.