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. 


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.


NHS Must not be Eclipsed by Brexit During Election, Warns RCGP

The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has called on politicians from all parties to use the General Election as a catalyst to fix the crisis in general practice and address a number of key concerns, including the status of EU workers in the health sector and pressures arising from staff shortages in NHS. The college expressed concern that Brexit domination of the political agenda will mean that critical decisions affecting general practice and the future of patient care could be ignored or overlooked. It claims that patient safety could be at risk unless the status of EU workers is guaranteed and existing pledges to improve general practice are prioritised. On 26th April 2017, the RCGP has launched its own election manifesto- Six Steps for Safer General Practice in the run-up to the General Election to safeguard general practice and patient care. Its manifesto sets out the essential demands of any new government to protect the future of general practice and the care it provides for patients. Here are listed the manifesto set by the RCGP. Delivery of the GP Forward View in England with an additional investment of £2.4bn per year in general practice by 2020. Guaranteed status for EU healthcare staff already working in the UK. By 2020 employ at least 5,000 more full-time equivalent GPs, with more medical students choosing general practice as a career and improved support to retain GPs already working in general practice; Long term measures to reduce medical indemnity costs to GPs. The introduction of a ‘return to work’ scheme to boost the number of nurses and mental health therapists in GP surgeries. Extend the GP specialty training from three to four years to accommodate for the increasingly complex health needs of patients in primary care. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, the chair of RCGP said that the future of general practice was too important to be “left hanging in the balance” while politicians concentrate solely on Brexit. She further added that General practice is on a knife-edge and GP workloads are spiralling and patients are facing longer waiting times for an appointment because RCGP simply don't have the resources or enough doctors to provide safe care in the face of soaring patient demand. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the UK. If you need any help with Medical Recruitment across the UK, then feel free to contact us anytime.


Support for Medical Students Facing Hardship

The British Medical Association has welcomed the new guidance that aimed at supporting medical students facing stress or financial hardship. The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF) has published the updated guidelines and information on managing the emotional pressures of studying and how to seek financial support. The Vital Signs for Medical Students, an online document, outlines when and why medical students are likely to face issues such as stress and anxiety. The online document is a downloadable guide that explains how students can recognise problems and seek to manage this and where they can turn for additional support. Now, the students facing economic concerns can access an interactive budgeting tool on the RMBF website, along with information on how they can access help such as maintenance grant funding. The British Medical Association itself provides complete guidance on financial challenges and the mental and emotional pressures faced by the students, with the association’s charity trust fund offering a range of yearly and one off grants to both students and doctors. Steve Crone, the chief executive of RMBF said that hundreds of students have already accessed to the online support. In 2012, the RMBF started providing help to medical students and have seen their support has made vast difference to the lives of dozens of student beneficiaries, and hundreds more have accessed their online resources. He further added that there are many more students out there who are struggling against unexpected hardship. RMBF wants to reach to as many students in difficulty as they can, and they have built key relationships with the UK medical schools to make sure that all medical students can access to their help in times of crisis. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the UK. Recruitment Synergy is a UK based Medical Recruitment Agency. Remember us for Locum, temporary and permanent jobs across UK. We also provide compliance support   and  migration consultation to our candidates.


Government Urged to Increase Medical Legal Costs Cap

On 21st April 2017, the Medical Protection Society stated that the UK government should take further action to put a cap on legal costs incurred from clinical negligence cases to limit the amount of money lost by the National Health Services (NHS). In January this year, a consultation was introduced to fixed recoverable costs in lower value clinical negligence claims. The consultation suggests a fixed price on legal fees that can be charged for cases of clinical negligence up to the value of £25,000 in Wales and England, a measure that is expected to yield around £45m in savings to the NHS a year. The consultation will close on 2nd May 2017. The Medical Protection Society, who represents about 300,000 healthcare professionals in the UK, has stated that it agrees with the proposals and it also believes that the government needed to go one step further by including cases of up to £250,000 under the cap. The Medical Protection Society has called on the government to make the “bold decision,” on the threshold to guarantee that opportunities for large NHS savings and a fairer system were not missed. The Director of claims at the Medical Protection Society, Emma Hallinan, said that they fully support the introduction of mandatory fixed recoverable costs for claims of clinical negligence. In 2015-16, the NHS paid out £1.5bn in clinical negligence costs, with legal costs accounting for 34 per cent of that bill, and that the government changing its policy on legal costs could save much needed funds of NHS, she added. She also stated that the new scheme presents an opportunity to create a more balanced, fairer system while generating savings to the NHS, which can be used to deliver front line care. It is an opportunity that should not be wasted. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the UK. Recruitment Synergy is a UK based Medical Recruitment Agency. Remember us for Locum, temporary and permanent jobs across UK. We also provide compliance support   and  migration consultation to our candidates.


New Tools to Support General Practice Move Work Back to Hospitals

From 1st April 2017, the 2017/18 NHS standard contracts for secondary care trusts have came into force. The new contract has placed new requirements on hospitals to lessen inappropriate bureaucratic workload shift onto GP practices. Now, GPs in England are given support to make sure that unsuitable workload from secondary care is returned to hospitals and treatment for patients becomes quicker. The new guidance published by the British Medical Council (BMA) contains information, checklists and letter templates to help general practices manage inappropriate workload. Dr Chaand Nagpaul, the chair of General Practitioners Committee (GPC) sent a letter to GPs saying that he is very pleased to announce that they have as a result secured important changes to the hospital contract in England for 2017-18. These build on last year’s 2016-17 hospital contract changes following GPC pressure which include Hospitals should directly communicate with patients should they miss an outpatient appointment rather than ask GPs to re-refer. The results of enquiries requested by hospital clinicians should be communicated by the hospital directly to patients Hospitals should make direct internal referrals to another department or clinician for a correlated medical problem rather than send the patient back to the GP for a new referral. According to the BMA, the new changes on the 2017-18 hospital contract would also decrease inappropriate workload on GP practices and advance patient care across the primary/secondary care interface in different ways. These includes: Hospitals must not transfer management under shared care without prior contract with the GP Hospitals issuing fit notes after a patient has had a hospital procedure Hospital clinic letters to be received by the GP within ten days and within seven days from 1 April of next year. Hospital trusts responding to patient queries for matters relating to their care such as hospital test results, treatment and investigations. Dr Chaand said that the government has listened to the BMA’s requests in Urgent Prescription for General Practice campaign and agreed to a series of hospital contract changes intended at holding NHS managers to account. He further added that the new requirements aim to reverse a culture spanning decades of secondary care passing on inappropriate workload and bureaucratic demands on GP practices. Visit our blog page daily for more updates on healthcare system of the UK. If you need any help with Medical Recruitment across the UK, then feel free to contact us anytime.