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New funding for Ambulance Trust
It would be fair to say that the most recent winter was an extremely challenging one in Great Britain. The fact that the difficult weather conditions continued all the way through into March was bad enough, but the upheaval caused by the snow meant that many people struggled.
Happy Birthday to our NHS
There has been a lot of things for British people to focus on in the past week but the 70th birthday of the NHS is one of the most important things.
England tries to hold on to EU Nursing staff
Simon Stevens, head of England’s NHS, has asked hospital trusts to interact with the EU nurses, in a bid to motivate them to stay on in the country, post Brexit.
UK space technology assisting NHS
While it is only right that there are many celebrations regarding the 70th anniversary of the NHS, there is always a need for the organisation to look forward. This is why news that there is a search for innovative technology solutions to a range of serious health issues and challenges should be welcomed within the UK.
NHS no longer envy of the world
Even though there are many problems with the NHS, most people would agree that it is the system that many countries around the world would love to have in place. However, when you read a headline on the BBC site saying that the “NHS is no longer the envy of the world”; people will sit up and take notice.
Brexit dividend for NHS cannot be forgotten
Even without the focus on Brexit, there is no denying that the NHS faces many pressures and challenges in the next few years. Research undertaken by the Office for Budget Responsibility, the OBR, projected that spending by the NHS would require increasing by 5.3% of the national income, and this is over the next 50 years.
Atlantis Medical is complying with GDPR
In amongst all the major and important news stories happening around the world, it is likely that May of 2018 will be remembered by people as being the month where they were bombarded with GDPR. Virtually every email that arrived into your inbox was discussing this topic and asking you to act quickly or to take no action at all.
Should the NHS offer crash diets?
There is no getting away from the fact that, the country as a whole, has a problem with obesity. There will be some people and sectors who believe that this is a problem for an individual or family to deal with, but it should be remembered that obesity and the problems it causes has an enormous impact on the NHS.
Nurses denied training and development opportunities
One of the most important things for any employer is to provide employees with suitable and sufficient training. There is a wide range of benefits associated with training and sufficient training and development has long been regarded as a crucial factor in retaining employees within an organisation.
Private healthcare sector coasting and bailed out by NHS
You would think that safety is paramount for hospitals in the private sector, but Jeremy Hunt has accused some of the organisations of casing when it comes to safety of patients.
NHS needs to tackle health inequality
If you were looking at the factors that have the largest impact on health, and health equality, you would find issues like housing, social support, employment prospects, public health services, the environment and food and drink to be hugely important.
Increase in numbers of people waiting on scans in NHS
When it comes to medical treatment, it is often the uncertainty and the waiting around for news that is the worst aspect of the process. This is a very trying time and when you are waiting on results or you are looking to obtain a prognosis, there is no denying that a lot of people fear the worst.
NHS striking out at allergies
There are many reasons why people feel unwell or not quite themselves. While some of these reasons are far more serious than other issues, for the person who is not at their best or who would like support in feeling better, it is understandable that they want support and guidance. It is also however understandable that organisations like the NHS cannot give every person the same level of support and guidance. There are some conditions that need to be treated quickly and effectively while there are other conditions that don’t require as much care and attention.
NHS to offer patients more control of budget
When it comes to the NHS budget and how it decides to pend money, it seems that many people in the United Kingdom have an opinion. This is understandable because the NHS is hugely important, and people want to know that they will have support in place if their health is not at its best.
NHS needs a long term plan
One of the biggest issues in life is trying to balance short-term needs with long-term goals. If you continually think about the short-term, it is likely that you will never make much progress, going from day to day.
NHS must use bulk buying power
It is obvious that the NHS must make major savings if it hopes to provide a high standard of service to patients. The level of pressure placed on the National Health Service is such that even well-run and well-meaning departments find that they must budget meticulously and are often faced with tough decisions which cause problems to themselves or their patients.
Peace looming in NHS pay dispute?
It looks as though hundreds of thousands of health-care professionals in the NHS are in line for a pay rise in the next three years. With ministers abandoning the salary squeeze that was supposed to last for seven years, some medical professionals are due to receive a rise between 9% and 29%.
February 2018 a high pressure month for NHS
While every month sees the NHS under severe pressure, it appears February 2018 was a particularly trying month for the National Health Service. The weather so far in 2018 has been extremely challenging and this has heaped significantly more pressure on the organisation.
Boost for NHS Trusts that meet targets
There is no denying that any NHS Trusts have struggled to stick to their financial plan. This has left many Trusts abandoning their plans, but it is hoped that financial incentives will help more NHS Trusts to remain on track.
Many Trusts stalling on NHSI Pathology Proposals
While there are plans in place for a regional pathology network to be set up, it appears there is not yet universal approval for this plan. In fact, according to analysis undertaken by HSJ, it appears less than 50% of areas have committed to these improvement plans. This can be seen in the fact that only 13 Trusts, of 29, have committed to the plans to set-up networks to save £200m by the 2020/21 era.
Chocolate banned by NHS
There have been many news stories of late talking about the NHS cutting out food options that are bad for your health. Some people will moan about limited options but there is an agreement that the NHS should be doing what it can to help people help themselves.
Saving time for Nurses will improve NHS
When you consider the financial constraints on the NHS these days, the decision to award £8.7m to ten firms that provide technology to NHS England is a big statement. This money is being passed to companies that are creating and developing technological products that will help to “future proof” general efforts and practices within the organisation.
Nursing application numbers dropping
For the second year in a row, the number of applications to train as a nurse in England has fallen. Compared to this point in 2017, the figures have fallen by 13% and when you consider that the 2017 figures fell by 13% compared to the 2016 figures, this is a negative trend that should be concerning for everyone.
Importance of NHS can be seen in people’s support
The importance of the NHS has been in a new poll which indicates that most people in the country would be willing to dip into their pockets to provide additional support to the National Health Service. When you consider the fact that many people are struggling financially themselves these days, there is a clear level of support and backing for the NHS in the UK.
NHS turning to students for assistance
Most people are aware that the NHS needs a helping hand when it come to caring for patients. In an article created by the Guardian, the level of help needed by the National Health Service may be bigger than many people knew. The newspaper suggests that medical students are being encouraged to assist the NHS deal with the winter crisis. This comes as many hospitals across the country find themselves short-staffed, and are unable to deal with the level of demand that they face.
Sugar treats banned from NHS Trust Hospital
In January, it is likely that most people will be keen to improve their health or make changes to the way that they live. Food is at the heart of modern day life and there is no doubt that most people could benefit from improving their nutrition. A failure to eat well increases the likelihood of people suffering poor health.
NHS urged to utilise Artificial Intelligence
You will find that many people are making calls for businesses and organisations to utilise Artificial intelligence, AI, in their activities. At this point, you can see why AI offers great potential but there are many costs associated with this technology. There is also the fact that many people are unwilling to try something new, and this can be a problem if you are looking to reach out to a mainstream market. This is definitely an issue that the NHS has to face.
UCAS figures raise more concerns for Nursing
Recent figures provided by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) indicates that there is more to be concerned about with regards to the number of people looking to take nursing courses.
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Backing the NHS
While most of the focus in the aftermath of the Autumn Budget has fallen on the abolition of stamp duty for first time buyers purchasing property up to £300,000; there were plenty of other matters being dealt with. One of the most important topics in present day is the NHS and Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond took the opportunity to salute the “hardworking staff” of the organisation while stating that “we will always back the NHS”.
NHS Nurses replaced by Nursing Associates
At a time when most people believe that there is a need for more nurses on ward helping patients, one NHS Trusts has taken the bold step to replacing registered nurses with a nursing associate. This move was taken by the Royal Wolverhampton Hospital NHS Trust’s Board. A skill mix report was undertaken and the main outcome of this study is to alter the make-up of nurses operating in the organisation.
NHS leaders need more support to reach targets
Any good organisation needs to have targets in place to ensure that employees are working towards goals and that people can be properly evaluated. It is only when you can measure people’s ability and activities that you have a true reflection on what they are actually doing compared to what they should be doing. However, all of these goals need to be realistic and there has to be an understanding of the external factors that may prevent people from achieving what they would like to.
A&E departments under pressure
It is important for many organisations to have goals and aims in place, because this is what drives companies forward. However, these goals have to be realistic and if the goals aren’t met, there needs to be a discussion about what went wrong and more importantly, what can be done to make things right in the future.
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Should the NHS be chasing people out?
There is no one size fits all solution that is going to cure all of the problems that the NHS is facing these days. It would be fantastic if someone could wave a magic wand and everything would be perfect for the National Health Service but that isn’t going to happen. The organisation is so large and with so many different factors involved in the process that there is a need to look at so many aspects. It is easy to see that this is frustrating and many people will feel that it isn’t worth progressing with making changes but a lot of little changes may have enough of an impact on the sector, and it is important to be open to change.
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Upfront payments coming in for NHS Trusts
New legislation being brought in is likely to see hospital workers asking patients to provide proof of their employment, bank statements and utility bills. This is in an attempt to ensure that people who should be paying for treatment by the NHS actually do so. It is likely that this new bill will see patients who come from overseas paying for their treatment upfront with government officials saying that this is a move that is being carried out to protect a “a cherished national institution that is paid for by British taxpayers”.
Winter is coming for NHS employees
Now that we are into autumn, there is a lot of focus on the upcoming winter period and this is a time of year that places great stress on the NHS. It is only natural that more people will feel under the weather, as it were, at this time of year, and there is a need for more support and assistance. However, with NHS departments already creaking under the strain of a heavy workload, there is a concern that the winter of 2017 will see departments being stretched to almost breaking point, if not beyond.
Pay cap removed from NHS
The fact that Jeremy Hunt has informed MPs that the cap on pay rises for NHS employees has been scrapped is good news but it is not as if many people were expecting to hear good news without some form of bad news coming soon after. MPs in the country were also informed that any change to the pay structure within the NHS would see a link to productivity coming into place.
Would an Uber App work in the NHS?
It is not as if the comments of Jeremy Hunt have never caused upset or consternation for NHS employees in the past, so the fact that there is a new fall-out in October 2017 shouldn’t be too surprised. The Health Secretary was speaking at the Conservative Party Conference and he has unveiled plans for a NHS app which will help to manage staff better.
NHS Really Matters To People
Every individual will have their own reasons for doing the work that they do. Some people fall into roles, other people feel as though they have a calling in the work that they carry out. Some roles and jobs have a greater level of connectivity than others and it would be fair to say that many healthcare employees are in the role because they have a passion to help others.
Artificial Intelligence App to support NHS employees
There are many different aspects of training for NHS employees to go through and while some elements are more important or urgent than others, everything has a degree of importance when it comes to developing team members. Of course, with finances being tight within the NHS, some training courses may be diminished or overlooked. There is a need for NHS Trusts and bosses to make big decisions when it comes to time and money and it may be that Artificial Intelligence will provide support in providing NHS employees with the training they require.
NHS workers grab victory over Government
Theresa May not be too happy with the outcome but there is good news for NHS workers all across the country. This comes on the back of the House of Commons voting to provide a “fair pay rise” to healthcare workers and the Government decided against opposing the Labour motion that demanded the 1% cap on wages for health services workers be brought to a close.
NHS needs help for Winter
When you are short on cash, it can be very difficult to plan ahead because all of your focus has to be on the present day. This is the situation for many people across the United Kingdom because the economic reality is that a lot of people don’t have a lot of money. Sadly, this is also the situation for the NHS and there are concerns about the organisation with winter looming. With summer behind us, thoughts are now turning towards the colder months of the year and numerous health chiefs across the country have said that the NHS needs to receive a cash boost to withstand a difficult time of year.
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HSJ 100 for 2017 sparks debate
When it comes to mediums with an eye on the NHS, it is fair to say that the HSJ 100 is eagerly anticipated in the healthcare sector. One thing that the HSJ is well known for, perhaps even what it is best known for, is the fact that it produces an annual list of the 100 people who are said to hold the greatest influence over health policy in the United Kingdom and the NHS.
NHS thanked by Bradley Lowery’s mum
Every so often there are things that touch people’s lives in a real and tangible manner. It is easy for many people to criticise football these days and you’ll find many people horrified at the sort of money that footballers in the top leagues in Britain can earn.
NHS needs approved instant messaging service
In the NHS, there is a need to share information quickly and safely. There are many times when a fast decision has to be made and this means that NHS employees have to have instant communication channels where they can ask questions and get answers about what they should do best.
New treatments approved by NHS
There is a continual need for the NHS to work smarter and the use of medical treatments and medicine can often allow better results in less time. In this regard, there is a clamour for highly regarded cancer treatments and there is a new drug which prolongs life for advanced kidney cancer sufferers which has been approved by the NHS in England and Wales.
NHS benefits from more organ donors
For all of the criticisms of the NHS in the present day, there is still a great level of work being carried out in the organisation. There are many people who will gladly tell you of their treatment or the high standard of service offered to their loved ones, which is an indicator that the NHS is still held in a very high regard.
NHS Trust offering higher wages to entice employees
While there has been a lot of debate about wages for medical professionals, it seems as though one NHS Trust is preparing to offer a raised salary to entice doctors to work for them. There is no doubt that the financial incentive is a key issue for many medical professionals but with the NHS struggling for money many people have been forced to keep working hard without the proper return that their work deserves.
NHS is still the benchmark for many people around the world
If you aren’t subjected to the British media and if you didn’t have to visit a hospital or GP in the UK, you would be forgiven for thinking that everything was going fantastically well in the NHS. We all know the amount of issues and problems that the NHS has to contend with at the moment but there are many people around the world who still believe that the NHS is the benchmark by which to judge healthcare.
More support needed for NHS staff
There is always two sides to every story and you’ll usually find that your initial stance or take on a matter will influence the way you feel about developments in the story. In the past couple of days, all of the leading news outlets in the United Kingdom have been running with stories about the number of time NHS employees are taking off of their work due to illness.
NHS awards mean a lot
With so much media focus on negative aspects of the NHS, it is important to remember that there is a great level of work being carried out by healthcare professionals across the country. It shouldn’t take award shows and ceremonies to remind people of the sterling work that is being undertaken by medical staff.
What Will Brexit Mean For NHS Employees and Patients?
The past few months have been very challenging for Theresa May and the Conservative Party but there is absolutely no let up when it comes to pressurised situations. The Government sits in a very precarious position, propped up by the DUP, and for the moment, all focus must fall on the terms and conditions associated with Brexit. The United Kingdom is set to depart from the European Union on the 31st of March in 2019 but the terms and conditions of the exit are still to be agreed upon. There also needs to be a lot of work undertaken on what will happen to EU residents living in the UK and what rights of movement UK residents will have in the EU after Brexit eventually occurs.
NHS Nurses Listed In Queens Honours List
When it comes to giving thanks to people in the medical profession, it can often seem as though there is no way to say thank you in a sufficient manner. The hard work and effort of nurses, doctors and everyone in the healthcare sector is often a tireless and thankful job but millions of people know that they, or their loved ones, wouldn’t be around if it wasn’t for the support provided by the healthcare experts. Yes, the NHS has seen better days but it is still the envy of the world. There are a number of factors in why this is the case but it would be fair to say that the effort, energy, experience and expertise of the medical professionals in the UK is a big factor in why so many people around the world still love and praise the NHS.
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Celebrations for award winning NHS staff
It would be all too easy to think that there only doom and gloom surrounding the NHS these days. It is fair to say that the organisation is facing challenges like it has never done before, but there is still a lot of great work being undertaken by a lot of great people.
Proactive plans in place for Winter by NHS
Most people would agree that prevention is the best cure and this is why it is good to see people planning ahead and taking steps to ensure they avoid the worst of a situation later.
RCN members set for a summer of protest
While all eyes and ears were on the Queen’s Speech, it would be fair to say that not many NHS employees had their hopes up for good news regarding many of the situations around their job and income.
Changes afoot for the NHS?
There has been many criticisms aimed at the NHS in recent times but a criticism that comes up time and time again is the fact that the healthcare system is fractured. Far too many people have stories to tell of themselves or a loved one being passed about from various departments and people while seemingly going no further forward. This can be dispiriting and in some cases, this can have a hugely detrimental impact on a person’s health. There are some times when swift and decisive action has to be taken and if it isn’t, people’s lives are at risk.
Can housing solutions solve NHS staffing problems?
There are many different issues impacting on healthcare and medical professionals these days, and the cost of living and finding suitable accommodation are big factors for many people. In an ideal world, healthcare professionals would receive more money in their wages but given the financial difficulties faced by the NHS, many professionals struggle to earn a suitable living.
£500m Deficit Expected for NHS Trusts
If you have a problem in life, it is often best to be honest, own up to it and get it out in the open as quickly as possible. This allows people to be aware of the issue and this may provide breathing space or provide you with a platform to obtain additional support. For many people, this sort of situation arises with respect to financial difficulties.
Free pizza for NHS staff
You’ll find that many medical professionals will tell you that eating pizza too often will be bad for your health. There is nothing wrong with indulging in this treat every so often, which is just as well because most people love pizza, but with a lot of cheese and a range of toppings, you may find that you consume a great deal of calories when you have a pizza! Even more so if you have some sides like chicken wings and garlic bread to go with it, and this is why healthcare professionals will tell you to be careful when it comes to enjoying this dish.
NHS employees praised again
It would be fair to say that the past few months have thrown many challenges at the Great British public, and there doesn’t appear to be any end point on the horizon. The ramifications of the snap General Election will likely be felt for a lengthy period of time and of course, with that out of the way, focus will fall on Brexit in a sharper manner. Add in the number of terror attacks that have occurred in recent months and there is no doubt that the country has been through a lot.
NHS employees raising funds for gym equipment
While proper medical help is essential for people across the country, it is important that people understand the benefits of having a good level of fitness. There are so many things and factors that combine to impact on how a person is feeling and various studies have shown that a good level of health and fitness can have a positive impact on how a person is feeling with respect to their mental health. In this regard, having access to gym equipment can have a big role to play in the overall wellbeing of an individual.
Could OAPs provide support for NHS?
While there are many factors that impact on the NHS and place pressure on the organisation, the growing number of older people in the country is something that has to be considered. There is no denying that the great service and work carried out by the NHS has impacted on this situation because people are living longer and living in a healthier condition. Over the years, the National Health Service has played a big role in ensuring people live a healthier life for more years, which is something that the NHS should be very proud of.
NHS Trusts paying employees to leave
One of the biggest issues that the NHS faces at the moment is that it has a number of aims it needs to achieve and these aims are very different. On the one hand, the NHS needs to have more medical professionals because there is a desperate need to provide more care for patients and people who need assistance. However, it is also very well known that the NHS needs to save money and one of the most common ways for businesses and organisations to save money is to cut back on staffing. You can see why there is a struggle within the NHS and there is a situation arising at the University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust that is causing concern.
NHS Blood Bank sees rise in donations
You never have to look far to find an article in the media criticising the NHS but there are many stories taking place every single day across the country that reminds people of the great work that is being undertaken by the organisation. The tragedy in Manchester on Monday 22nd of May showed how so many people respond to unbelievably bad situations and people involved with emergency services, as well as so many ordinary people from across the country, have worked hard to provide strength and support to those that need it most.
NHS Healthy Town Status can Inspire Change
It seems as though barely a day goes by without a big story regarding the NHS but there is a lot to be said for the good work and effort that is being undertaken by the health organisation all across the country. A lot of the work the NHS undertakes is done away from hospitals and GP buildings, and this is exactly how it should be. The NHS is respected and it has a role to play in encouraging people to lead better and healthier lives, which is why the NHS Healthy Town initiative should be encouraged. There are ten areas which have been classed as a Healthy Town and Bicester has recently been revelling in their status.
NHS Choices Provides Facts and Truth on Health
Given the importance of good health and being active, it is understandable that all of the main media outlets will have programmes, articles and discussion points about good health, bad health and how to be as healthy as you possibly can. This should be seen as a good thing because the more information that is provided to people, the better. However, when you cannot rely on the information that is being provided, it is actually better to see or hear nothing as opposed to taking in wrong information.
Tracking devices could save Doctors time
When it comes to running an efficient health service, the small things can often make a difference. You may not think that there is much time wasted by a doctor doing their rounds or looking for a particular patient but when you think about wards and departments there are, and how many patients being treated by the NHS, there is likely to be a lot of people to see for a doctor. Of course, given the pressures placed on the NHS and it is not uncommon for patients to be moved from room to room or switched from where they should be.
Celebrating International Nurses Day
Life can move pretty fast and this means that it is often difficult to find the time to be thankful for what you have in life or to acknowledge the hard work and effort of people who make a big difference in people’s lives. There are many global days of recognition that can pass you by or leave you thinking who on earth would want to celebrate or acknowledge that but equally, there are some days that are very important and which give you the chance to reflect on the work carried out by people that really make a difference.
NHS needs to be more digital
While the NHS is like no other organisation in the country, there is a need for the NHS to be more business-like in many of its aspects. This is a big component of the work being undertaken by NHS Digital. With the aim of achieving a paperless organisation in 2020, there are big changes to be made in the organisation. This has led the Director of Digital Transformation at the NHS, Beverley Bryant to demand the organisation becomes more innovative and provides a higher level of customer focus in order to achieve this aim. In this regard, the NHS can be seen like every other company in the UK, so this may help people within the organisation to better understand what the NHS has to do in order to move forward.
NHS funding a major Election issue
Given the importance of the NHS to the United Kingdom, and the high regard that so many people hold the institution in, it is no surprise to learn that many politicians are making the NHS a key focus in the build up to the General Election. Even the Prime Minister has been making pledges regarding additional support to the NHS so hopefully there will be a greater level of support and backing for the body than there has been in recent years.
NHS receiving backing from all parties in build up to General Election
With campaigning for the June General Election now in full swing, it is understandable that there are a number of key issues regarding life in the United Kingdom being mentioned over and again. There is no denying that the state of the NHS, and the future of the health body, is at the forefront of many people’s minds.
NHS offer soft drink solutions to improve health
When it comes to health, there is not one solution that is going to make a person feel at their best or ensure the population is in great condition. There are many different factors involved with staying healthy and well, and there are many problems to overcome. This is one of the pressures facing the NHS; there is so much ground to cover that it becomes practically impossible to do everything that is required to ensure people have an improved chance of leading a healthier and happier life.
Will snap General Election benefit NHS?
The announcement of the snap General Election will bring many important aspects of British life to the forefront of discussion. While some people will believe that there has been an overkill of major political events in the United Kingdom in recent years, there is no denying that many people are more engaged and active with respect to politics than previous generations.
Nursing shortages placing life at risk
The debate about the condition and future of the NHS isn’t going away and with the snap General Election repositioning focus on how the country is performing, it is likely that there will be a lot of talk about the health care organisation in the upcoming weeks and months. A lot of people can offer anecdotal evidence about the condition of the NHS these days but it never hurts to receive reports which detail the things that most people expected or knew in the first place.
NHS digital Apps library finally launches
There is no denying that we live in a digital age, and it is vital that important services are provided to people in a format that ties in with the way they live their lives. There are many statistics that back up the growing use of smartphones and mobile devices but you can rely on what you see with your own eyes to know the way that many people are attached to their mobile devices. There is still a need to provide information in more traditional formats but when it comes to getting advice and guidance across to as many people as possible, as effectively as possible, providing information in a digital format makes sense.
Successful NHS teams should be praised
It is always good to see NHS teams and departments receiving praise and a clinical commissioning group from Farnham NHS was recently praised. It is important that NHS departments which are doing well are hailed for “getting it right” and NHS England certainly believe that this is an organisation that is creating a template for moving forward.
Pause in policy regarding NHS use of agency staff
While there have been many topics of discussion regarding the NHS in the past couple of years, one topic that crops up time and time again is the use of agency staff. There will always be a segment of the media, politicians and the general public who dislike the use of agency staff by the NHS and who will be vocal about the use of the professionals.
Different demands are prevalent in NHS
Given that the NHS has limited funds to work with and a huge level of demand on its time and work, there is definitely a need to focus on offering value for money in everything that the NHS does. There are many aspects of the organisation which can be improved but there has been a focus on whether the funding used by the NHS to alleviate the pressures caused by winter weather is reaching the people it is intended to help.
NHS England looking to offer more training
The NHS in England has taken a positive step this week to try and plug any potential gap that is caused by Brexit and the potential exit of European workers. Even though Article 50 has been triggered, we are still no closer to knowing how the move out of the European Union will impact on everyday life. There are rumours, concerns, worries and scare-mongering, which never helps but it has to be accepted that some people from the EU will no longer be able to work in the UK.
NHS guidelines on fruit and veg being ignored
The NHS is clearly working very hard to provide as much support and assistance to people as they can but there is also a need for people to realise that they need to take some responsibility for themselves at times. There are clearly times when a person has to see a medical professional but in everyday normal life, there are many things that a person can do in order to improve their health and prevent the need for medical attention and assistance.
NHS employees fearing Brexit negotiations
With the nation still waiting on information about what Brexit will actually mean to people in their everyday lives, there is no doubt that many companies and organisations are bracing themselves for bad news. Perhaps this is pessimism at the heart of the company or perhaps it is realism, as people and companies prepare themselves for the worst case scenario. This is certainly the stance that many people in the NHS are taking as we wait to hear what the fallout of Brexit negotiations are.
Irresponsible efficiency targets harmful in NHS
It is perfectly understandable why a major organisation like the NHS has targets. There is a need to measure the effectiveness or success of employees or working practices and when you have targets, it enables people to form opinions on what work is being undertaken. Even people that don’t agree with the use of targets and measurements will agree that they can be useful but when it comes to these targets, they have to be realistic.
Midwife App can provide solutions at a cost
When it comes to getting the best possible service, it is easy to see why many people are willing to pay extra money if they can afford it. No matter the service or the area of expertise, there will often be an executive or VIP option that provides additional benefits at a higher price. When it comes to the important things in life, such as your health, you only have to look at the popularity of private health care to know that some people will spend money to get a better standard of service.
Online Pharmacies placing people at risk
The growing number of online pharmacies who are not properly registered is placing UK people at risk. The problem comes with the fact that people no longer believe that the NHS is able to help them, or help them in a timely manner, so they look elsewhere for support. Finding a quick solution while fearing that a medical professional wouldn’t give them the answer they were looking for sounds attractive to some folk, so you can see why many people would turn to an online solution.
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Paperless plans halted by NHS Improvements
We’ve all probably seen ways that digital and new technology has changed the way we live our life. It has never been easier to connect and communicate with others and if you think that individuals have been able to benefit from these changes, the impact on organisations and major companies has been huge. This is definitely something that is at the forefront of modern life but it seems as though there are still some doubts about the positive impact or benefit that can come from switching to digital or electronic records.
Changes to IR35 Legislation
The big change regarding the IR35 legislation is that from April 2017, responsibility in determining the IR35 status of a public service company (PSC) moves from the contractor to the end-client for all workers providing services in the Public Sector. This includes recruitment agencies and at Atlantis Medical this is something that we are fully aware of.
North West NHS workers are sickest in the country
NHS professionals are highly experienced in dealing with people who are ill but it seems that NHS workers in the north west of the country are the sickest in the entire country. NHS employees in the area were classed as having a sickness absence rate of 4.66%. There are many reasons why so many NHS professionals in the area may be ill or feeling under pressure, and this has led to calls for more support for these people.
Standing up for the NHS
Given the amount of attacks on the organisation, it is vital that people stand up for the NHS and provide the body with support. However, it seems as though there are plans to encourage standing up for the NHS. This comes in the form of a bonus being paid by a NHS Trust when employees stand up in a meeting if it lasts longer than an hour. This is being introduced in order to boost the health of employees but it will no doubt raise an eyebrow or two over the use of funding.
Stress places NHS under pressure
It is recognised that stress places a great deal of pressure on people’s lives and a lot of health issues relate to the stress that a person is under. Stress comes in many shapes and forms, and a lot of people may struggle due to financial issues, a lack of confidence, relationship problems or anything else which gets them down. Stress, anxiety and depression are all major factors in a person’s everyday life and there is a need to provide people with help in overcoming these problems.
Occupational health benefits NHS
The NHS is an organisation that is focused on helping people feel well and taking care of them when they are poorly. However, as a huge employer, the NHS also needs to look at its own employees and ensure that they are well looked after. A fit, happy and healthy workforce is a productive workforce and it also helps the NHS to provide the best standard of service of care to their patients. This is why occupational health focus has to be a key factor that the National Health Service uses in 2017.
eLearning hub for healthcare employees
Given the length of time that many medical professionals spend earning degrees and qualifications, you may think that a lot of people would prefer to leave their studying days behind them when they find a job. This is rarely the case though and the healthcare sector is an area where employees are continually learning, developing new skills and improving their awareness of their role and the industry they operate in. Clearly the opportunity for promotion and career development is a key reason in why so many people look to improve their knowledge, but there are other reasons healthcare workers can benefit from continuing to learn.
Educating patients would assist NHS
When it comes to making the most of the limited resources the NHS has available, there is a need to use every advantage and maximise every opportunity. This means that NHS Trusts across the country have to be proactive in delivering the best service to patients. There are many ways in which the NHS can improve the service they offer but there is a great deal to be said for working with the patients to ensure that these same patients are better looked after.
Is Artificial Intelligence the answer for NHS Trust?
In the battle to provide the best possible service in the most effective manner, NHS Trusts are willing to try a new range of activities to provide a better service. A recent study indicates that 43% if NHS Trusts in the country are ploughing money into Artificial Intelligence (AI) and there is genuine hope that this will provide patients with an improved service, while allowing some patients to self-help in certain areas.
NHS flu champions make their mark
When it comes to success stories in the NHS, convincing people to change the habits of a lifetime has to be amongst the most important things that people do. While the general public is always likely to give the opinion of doctors, nurses and health professionals greater weight and credence than many other people, it still takes a lot to make people change their mind-set or attitude. After all, we are all aware that smoking, drinking and certain foods are bad for us but this doesn’t alter the fact that these items are at the heart of everyday life for many people.
Staff sicknesses impact on NHS
Cold temperatures and changing weather conditions means that many people feel under the weather in January. It can seem like a long month and most people feel as though they are getting back to normal now. However, this is also a time of year when people can be knocked for six by various bugs that are going around. Most companies need to make sure that they keep an eye on their employees when illness is more likely but this is definitely the case for the NHS.
New technology provides important information in NHS
The phrase that “prevention is the best cure” is one that the NHS knows all too well about. The organisation is trying to do more to convince people to lead a healthier lifestyle and be more active on a day to day basis. Being active and eating better can prevent people from falling sick which mean that in the long term, there will be less pressure placed on the NHS. It therefore makes sense for the organisation to do what it can to encourage people in the UK to be generally fitter and healthier.
NHS professionals praised in Trust turnaround
There are so many news stories about NHS employees suffering difficult times that you wouldn’t blame more people for quitting or deciding that a different career path would be for the best. There seems to be a continual level of negativity surrounding the NHS but it is the people that work in the NHS that are often responsible for all the good that is left in the organisation. These are definitely difficult times for the healthcare industry in the UK but it could be a lot worse if it wasn’t for the hard work and efforts from medical staff.
Social Media solutions work for NHS Trusts
While social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have long been at the heart of people’s everyday life and activities, they have also become an integral part of business life. Companies can develop relationships and build loyalty in customers with engaging interaction and most firms are looking to develop a social media strategy these days. It is also a platform for health organisations and one NHS Trust has taken to use Twitter in an imaginative and effective manner.
2017 is a big year for the NHS
There are so many struggles and battles taking place within the NHS these days, it can be difficult to keep pace with what is going on. However, one of the biggest battles the NHS faces is balancing the need to provide a service to clients while looking to the future and working out ways to provide a better service in the future. In an ideal world, the NHS would be forward thinking and the focus would be on streamlining and honing a service that will meet the needs of people in the future. Of course, there is a more pressing need to ensure that people who need help today receive this assistance and this will always mean that the NHS will struggle to move too far ahead of itself.
NHS backed technology can get Britain moving
The start of the New Year sees many people making resolutions and promises to get fitter and healthier. There is a great deal to be said for taking action at this time of year because many other people are doing the same. There is strength in numbers and knowing that many other people are going through the same process as yourself provides a lot of people with a mental boost. If more people take their health and fitness seriously, you will start to find that the entire country benefits.
Automated App can offer medical advice
There is no denying that smartphones are at the centre of everyday life. There are many statistics indicating the high volume of internet usage on smartphone devices but you can easily see the importance of smartphone technology on everyday life just by looking around you. More and more people spend their entire life on their phone and this is why it is important that businesses and organisations provide a service that is tailored to the way people live their life these days.
NHS Trusts should be more proactive
Information is absolutely vital in ensuring people can take steps to protect themselves and this is definitely the case when it comes to keeping healthy and happy. The NHS has a role to play in ensuring people enjoy good health and there is a great deal to be said for being proactive in caring for patients and people, because this can alleviate a lot of the stress and hassle that the organisation faces.
Paramedics to receive pay rise
It looks as though paramedics are in line for a pay rise. This comes on the back of trade unions raising concerns that these medical professionals were not receiving suitable payment for the work that they undertake. Quite often the work undertaken by paramedics is the difference between life and death and the union’s work has resulted in these employees being in line for a pay rise of at least £4,400.
NHS should look outside for support more often
At this point in time, the NHS shouldn’t really be focusing on working harder, they should be focusing on working smarter. There are many departments in NHS Trusts all over the country where it would be impossible for the staff to work any harder. This is why there is a need for a different approach, to look out for the solutions that help staff do their job and speed up the process without compromising on quality care.
NHS staff have to take better care of themselves
The main focus of the NHS is to care for patients and people who are reliant on them for help, support and guidance. However, the medical professionals employed at the NHS have to take good care of themselves, especially in the winter. This is the time of year when people are more susceptible to bugs, viruses and the sort of illnesses than knock you for six. When you think that medical professionals are more likely to come into contact with people who are ill, you can see why NHS staff members have to take additional steps to remain healthy and fit for work.
People can seek medical help from many places
While the NHS is under a great deal of pressure, there is still a lot of goodwill and positive support for the organisation. Many people are rooting for the NHS and have positive memories of the assistance and care that has been provided by the organisation to people over the years. This means that many people will be more than happy to help the NHS if they can and this is something that a number of local media organisations and groups are looking to build on across the country. One example can be seen in the actions of the Hull Mail who are calling on people to support the organisation in a “Help Our A&E” campaign.
Celebrities rally around the NHS
It would be fair to say that there is a wide range of opinions about celebrities in the United Kingdom and the tabloid media that hangs on their every word. There are some people who love to read about the big stars of the day (and the not so big stars) but there are also people who seem genuinely appalled at the amount of attention that is provided to these people. With websites clamouring for news and gossip all the time, this situation isn’t going to change and we are going to be stuck with the thoughts and opinions of celebrities for a good while to come.
NHS Trusts facing new classification
You only have to spend a few minutes in the company of NHS professionals or to look around a hospital or department to know that many parts of the NHS are struggling. This is a common news story and it is one that is unlikely to go away soon. However, there are also parts of the NHS which are working well. There is a need to understand what departments or Trusts are operating in a satisfactory manner and which require additional support to provide the right level of support and service that will make a difference.
NHS Trusts can make savings by going digital
A partnership with Xerox is set to bring the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust a range of benefits and the chance to save a lot of money. The Trust is looking to speed up the process of digitisation and they are working with one of the leading companies in the industry. The main plan is to provide patients with the chance of receiving email notifications about upcoming appointments.
Great success at the OT show for Atlantis Medical
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took time to come and visit our Atlantis Medical team during the OT show at the NEC.
Innovation is key to development of NHS
The HSJ Awards are a fantastic way to recognise the hard work of many professionals in the healthcare sector but the 2016 awards shows that there is a strong level of innovation in the sector. This is essential because with demand rising all the time and money being stretched further and further, there is a need to be innovative and provide people with as good a level of service as possible.
People still care about the NHS
The HSJ Awards took place on the 23rd of November and they provided a timely reminder that there is a lot to be proud of in the NHS. It is easy to let the criticism and complaints of the service become the key focus when the organisation is mentioned, but this would be a great dis-service to the people who work hard every shift. Award ceremonies like this are an excellent way to show healthcare staff that their work is appreciated but there really isn’t a need for a big award show to show respect and admiration.
NHS Trust allocates spending on freshening up a room
With the NHS struggling for funds, there is a need for the organisation to use money wisely. The problem is, there are so many different demands on money that it would be impossible to please everyone with any big decision made for spending in the NHS. It is likely that some people will raise issues or concerns with the plans to spend £100,000 in the Furness General Hospital in 2017.
Sore throats treated by Pharmacists?
There has been a lot of talk of utilising a wider range of NHS professionals in the most effective way, and a new NHS initiative looks set to bring this to life this winter. The weather at this time of year is enough to make some people feel ill and when you add in the pressure of the festive period and moving from the warmth to the cold at short notice, it is no wonder that the human body needs a helping hand in winter.
NHS using Physiotherapists more and more
Many people have found in recent years that rather than being prescribed medicine or a course of treatment, doctors have looked to send people to a physiotherapist. This is because there is a need for the body to be active and to work its way back to fitness. If muscles are affected or have been weakened, it is crucial that they are strengthened in the right manner and this is why calling on the services of a professional therapist makes perfect sense. This is a highly recommended form of treatment and it is one area where the role of a GP could be taken by another qualified medical professional.
NHS could ban sweetened drinks in the workplace
In order for the NHS to provide the best standard of service, a number of things need to happen. While it would be wonderful to wave a magic wand and provide the organisation with a large sum of money to do what it needed to provide the best service of healthcare in the UK, that isn’t possible in the real world. There is an opportunity to make improvements though and while the NHS can provide help when people need assistance to feel better, they can also have an impact on people’s general health.
Obstacles to healthcare technology
At Atlantis Medical we are big believers that the full use of medical professionals is vital in supporting the NHS and providing the best standard of patient care. The role of doctors and nurses will always be integral to the work undertaken by the NHS but there are many professionals capable of helping people and providing the best standard of support and guidance. Utilising the full range of skills that medical professionals have is one way of alleviating the pressure in certain areas of the NHS.
Ask your Pharmacist week begins
There may be no shortage of problems and issues facing the NHS these days but in moving the organisation forward, some problems are more difficult than others. A lack of sufficient funding is the main issue, and it is one that cannot be solved easily, but everyone has a part to play in helping the NHS provide a better standard of service.
NHS Trust turns to crowdfunding for financial support
With so many NHS Trusts around the country struggling to afford to provide important services, there is a need for organisations to think outside of the box. Anything which can provide vital funds to the organisation should be considered. This is the approach taken by one Trust in North West London who requires equipment for a new hospital unit.
NHS can benefit from digital technology
There has been a lot of talk about how the NHS needs to embrace the digital era in recent weeks. Although the organisation is struggling for funds these days, a failure to take advantage of new technology will cause even further problems down the line for NHS Trusts and bodies across the country. In fact, embracing the digital revolution is likely to alleviate some of the pressure being experienced by the NHS at the moment and the company is looking to work with leading producers and innovators in this field.
NHS welcomes students to a day in its life
While most people in the United Kingdom are aware that the NHS is under pressure, not everyone knows the level of stress and strain that medical professionals go through every single day. There will be some people that are fortunate enough to know medical professionals personally or who are maybe unfortunate enough to have needed the assistance of doctors, nurses and other professionals of late. These people will be aware of how hard people work to care for others but it is never a bad thing for the NHS to ensure more people know the pressure involved with caring for the country.
Atlantis Medical hope you can Fit OT Show into your schedule
The role of the occupational therapist (OT) is fast becoming an integral position that supports a broad range of people in modern life. A good OT makes it easier for people of all ages to undertake everyday tasks and duties, helping people to get more from life. OTs can work with a wide range of people and it is a role that can be challenging but it is definitely rewarding.
The NHS deserves support this winter
It is not as though most people in the UK are unaware of the pressure and difficult situation the NHS is facing these days. Even people who haven’t had personal experience of the NHS of late will have seen the multiple, almost countless, reports in the media. There is very little money available in the NHS and this means that services are being stretched to breaking point. In some places, the NHS is probably well beyond breaking point but somehow, the organisation still manages to keep going, providing a fantastic service for so many people.
Pharmacists can alleviate NHS pressure
If there is one way that the NHS is going to move forward, it is through smarter use of the full resources available within the healthcare sector. It is natural that people want to speak to or see a GP when they are ill but there are many times when people don’t need to speak to a medical professional of this level. There are many different types of medical professionals and the NHS has to start using the available resources in the smartest possible manner.
NHS bosses draw up winter plans
With the summer now behind us and autumn and winter looming, it is vital that people and organisations start to plan ahead. There has already been a lot of scaremongering about the standard of winter weather Britain is to expect this year. It’ll probably be the fault of Brexit but even though the weather warnings probably won’t live up to their hype, there is a need to make sure that people are fully prepared. This is definitely the case for people that need further assistance such as the elderly and the vulnerable.
More Doctors pledged for NHS
The Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham has been a highly controversial one with people from all across the country having their say on the event. With respect to medical healthcare, it is important to focus on some issues. At face value, there is positivity surrounding some of the announcements about the NHS but of course, there is always going to be cynicism regarding comments made by the Government.
NHS reaches out to specific groups
There is no debate about the fact that the NHS is currently stretched and it is difficult to provide patients with the support that they deserve. However, it would be wrong to suggest that the NHS isn’t doing anything for patients and you’ll find that in many areas, health professionals are going above and beyond to provide support to local communities.
Simple change charges up NHS staff members
In order to get the best from NHS employees, there is a need to ensure that they can focus on the important aspects of their job. There is a great deal to be said for ensuring patients are cared for and that they feel supported, but there are times when medical professionals need to be allowed to focus on the more important roles and tasks they face.
Pharmacists can do more for the NHS
While there are many suggestions about how to improve the NHS, utilising different medical professionals in a more effective way is a point that is raised regularly. Just because the NHS has always operated in a particular manner doesn’t mean that this is the way it should always be. It is important to review the general workings and practices within the NHS and if there is a more productive way to care for patients and provide medical advice, it should be considered.
Live information allows NHS to react quickly
If you are making decisions, the more information that you have, the better. This is something that the NHS is slowly coming to terms with. The organisation may have run well for years based on departments having an intuitive knowledge of what they need to provide a good service but in this day and age, there is no excuse for taking this approach. Technological improvements mean that information is available in the blink of an eye and a NHS Trust in Nottingham is reaping the benefits of an app that provides “real-time” information about staffing levels.
Energy efficiency boosts NHS
With so much focus on how the NHS can save money and provide a better service to patients across the United Kingdom, there is a need to look at every aspect of the organisation. Any saving that can be made, without compromising on quality, should be made and just because something doesn’t have an immediate impact on a patient’s health doesn’t mean it should be overlooked. Improving the NHS or saving funds will help the organisation as a whole, so every step in the right direction should be praised.
NHS dining options have an impact
Nutrition is a major component of living healthily and a recent award ceremony by the Hospital Caterers Association has shone a light on NHS Trusts and bodies which are achieving success in serving up quality food.
NHS looking to use data more effectively
There is a new look NHS website and it could transform the way that people receive medical advice or engage with medical professionals. While there has been a lot of information announced by Jeremy Hunt with respect to the relaunched website, the fact that data from approved apps will feed into people’s health records is a big story. This should help to provide a more accurate reading of a person’s health at any point and it will hopefully help alleviate the workload of many doctors.
Blood donors receive medals
While there is no doubt that medical professionals undertake work that leaves many people referring to them as heroes, everyone can play a part in keeping the local community safe and healthy. While real medical work should be left to the professionals, there is a need for everyday and ordinary people in the local community to step up and lend a helping hand.
Gaming boosts for the NHS
While the highest level of interest and craze for Pokemon Go looks to have subsided, there are still plenty of people in the United Kingdom that are committed to catching as many of the creatures as they can. As long as people are still having fun playing the game, they should continue to do so. There has already been a focus on the health benefits of the game, both with respect to exercise and encouraging people to go outside and possibly engage with others.
Has Cycling Cut NHS Costs?
Although the 2016 Olympic Games have concluded, there is still a great deal of positivity surrounding the event and the performance of Team GB. While a lot of people will tell you that taking part is the important aspect for sport, the amount of money pumped into Team GB means that there has to be a positive return from the participating athletes. It seems as though there has been a lot of upbeat energy surrounding the number of medals won and with the rankings of the British participants.
NHS Social Media campaign a success
While the NHS has a clear focus on providing the best care and service to patients, it is not enough for the organisation to only work in this manner. The nature of modern life means that the NHS has to be active on social media and engaging with their audience in the best possible way. Some people will say this diverts time and funds from more important aspects but the work undertaken in these roles can have a positive impact within the NHS.
NHS turns to robots to care for patients
With many NHS Trusts across the country struggling to find medical professionals, there is a need to look for alternative solutions. If there aren’t enough people able or willing to carry out particularly roles, it is of benefit to consider other solutions and the NHS may be about to make a bold step into the future. This is because the NHS is set to approve the use of a robot for certain types of procedures and surgery.
NHS looking for new solutions and services
News that the NHS is continuing to try new practices and look for improved ways to help patients is positive news for everyone in the country. Given the level of debate about the future of the NHS and the lack of funding for the organisation, it would be easy to think the organisation may decide to batten down the hatches and cancel all thoughts of innovation and new products. After all, innovation and new products cost money, even at the idea and development stage, and this is money that could be better used.
NHS capitalising on Pokemon Go phenomenon
While there have been a number of phenomenon’s and short-term fads in recent times, one of the biggest has to be Pokemon Go. While the media has been filled with stories about the use of this app, most people will have seen the phenomenon with their own eyes. If you have been outside of your home, you will surely have noticed an increase in the number of people wandering around staring at their smartphone? This may not seem unusual for too many people but the volume of people and the way people have been walking around in groups while staring at their phone indicates that this is a craze that has taken off.
NHS bosses backing caring individuals
One of the strongest aspects of the NHS is that it has been seen as being part of the community. Even if an individual hasn’t had to rely on the support and assistance of the NHS to remain in good health, they will likely have seen family members, neighbours, colleagues or friends benefit from the hard work of the NHS. The NHS may be struggling to maintain the standard of service that people often take for granted, but the NHS is still a part of community life.
Atlantis Medical awarded CPP National Clinical Staffing Framework
Atlantis Medical are delighted to announce that we are have been awarded a place on the new NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership (CPP) Multidisciplinary framework.
New cancer treatment for Welsh patients
There are not too many things that bring virtually everyone in the United Kingdom together but when it comes to cancer, you’ll find that there is universal support towards the effort to find a cure. Hopefully the day will come when cancer can be cured quickly and easily but until that day arises, there is a need to develop treatments that help sufferers and make their life easier. When it comes to dealing with cancer, it is not just the person themselves that are affected, their family, friends and loved ones all bear the brunt of the disease.
Junior Doctors will want to work for NHS
While there will still be a lot of debate about the long term future for Junior Doctors in the NHS, there has been some good news recently with the news that there has been an increase in the number of Junior Doctors taking up posts within the organisation. There has been a great deal of concern about whether Junior Doctors would be as willing to sign up for a career with the NHS due to the new contracts that have been set down by the Government. Many observers believed that these new contracts would actually drive these medical professionals away from the NHS and the roles that they had worked hard to achieve, so this has to be seen as a positive step.
Italian Radiographers join the NHS
Atlantis Medical is delighted to say that there has been a positive outcome from their attendance at a recent job fair in Rimini, in Italy.
NHS stats make unpleasant reading
Anyone who has spent time working with NHS staff or who has asked patients their opinion on the NHS will have a good idea of the problems facing the organisation. What is happening to the NHS is not a crisis being played out behind closed doors. This isn’t a story that will eventually burst out into the mainstream and leave everyone feeling shocked as to how it could have happened.
NHS troubleshooter expenditure not paying off
When an organisation is as strapped for cash as the NHS is, you can see why they often have to look to make massive savings. There is no point in saving small amounts here and there when there are huge sums of money being wasted just around the corner. This is why a lot of NHS Trusts around the country have turned to specialists to assist them in improving their service. These specialists don’t come for free, or even for cheap, but there is an argument that the advice they offer can make a massive difference in the long term.
NHS Time-Bomb for London Surgeries
It is not as if there is any need to undertake a lot of research or study into determining what most people think of the NHS these days. There are some situations where the evidence that is in front of people’s eyes is all that is needed to indicate severe unrest and discomfort across the country. However, given the money and importance involved with the National Health Service, it is vital to get as much information and detail from the practitioners as possible to allow for future planning.
Boom and bust workforce affecting NHS
There is a lot to be said for consistency in life, and many people would prefer to know where they stand rather than having to deal with a boom and bust situation in the working environment. Unfortunately, a new report compiled into the NHS suggests that frontline staff have been exposed to a “boom and bust” approach with respect to hiring and employment.
Healthcare charity demands NHS focus
The King’s Fund has called on the Government to provide accurate information about the financial status of the NHS and whether there are likely to be additional staffing cuts in the future. The leading health charity has released a statement saying that the Government has “a responsibility to be honest” in the present economic climate. It would be a difficult task for anyone to confidently point out a member of the existing Government or say with any confident that the person will still be present for a week or two, but the current leadership and Brexit crisis situations cannot be allowed to overshadow the very serious problems facing the NHS.
Doctors Surgeries under threat
The inability to find a replacement for a retirement GP means that two doctors’ surgeries face an uncertain future. The future of the Clun or Knighton surgery is in the balance with Meadows Medical Practice facing a tough choice about what to do with these surgeries. Around 4,000 patients are served by these surgeries, both run by Meadows Medical Practice and their inability to bring in additional medical professionals has created a difficult decision.
Another Atlantis Medical competition winner!
Congratulations to Frances, another one of our exhibition competition winners!
Brexit fears for NHS recruitment plans
The dust is still settling on the outcome of the EU Referendum vote and it would be fair to say that we are no closer to knowing what will happen in the wake of the Vote Leave victory. With the Conservative and Labour party spending more time focusing on their own Leadership issues as opposed to determining the future of the United Kingdom, people, businesses and organisations all across the country are waiting for guidance or information on what the vote means to them.
Aging workforce is another issue for the NHS
The NHS doesn’t have its troubles to seek. The organisation has been facing severe financial difficulty in recent years and the inability to bring in the right professionals when required has meant that many patients haven’t received the medical care and attention that they need and require. The recent vote on the future of the United Kingdom with respect to the European union has provided the Vote Leave campaigners with a semblance of power in the country and the NHS has to see this as a negative thing.
The Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust Sponsored Nurses Lunch
Great success for The Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust Sponsored Nurses Lunch by Atlantis Medical.
Some GP surgeries not accepting new patients
While there is no denying that the NHS has been toiling for a considerable period of time of late, there is a lot to be said for the work and effort that health professionals have put in to provide a consistent level of service to many patients across the country. This isn’t a situation that can last forever though and there are a growing number of stories pinpointing the fact that the NHS is edging closer to a breaking point.
Medical technology Apps can boost the NHS
With no solution on the horizon with respect to staffing levels in the NHS, there is a need for NHS England to be smarter about the way they provide services to patients. There is only so much that can be done for patients if there is a shortage of medical professionals but there are ways to improve the service that is provided to people. It seems as though NHS England is at least looking to be proactive when it comes to providing support to patients and plans for an “explicit national reimbursement route” has been met with a touch of confusion but with a good deal of publicity too.
Porsche Range Experience, staff day out
Thanks to our friends at 2XL for organising the Porsche Range Experience, at the Porsche Centre Silverstone.
Fitbit competition winner Joanne Gaffney
Congratulations to Joanne Gaffney one of our exhibition competition winners.
Staff morale a major threat to NHS
It is easy to see why there is so much focus on the financial issues facing the NHS these days but there is a growing concern that there is an even bigger problem facing the healthcare body in the United Kingdom. A leading health expert has spoken out about the increasing crisis in the morale of the workforce in the body.
Patients criticising NHS staffing levels
There has been a great deal of discussion and debate about the state of the NHS but there is one set of people whose opinion hasn’t been taken on board too much. It is absolutely vital that we hear the thoughts of doctors, nurses and medical professionals who supply their time and skills in the NHS and we could all probably do with hearing less from politicians.
NHS Trusts are fined for poor performance levels
Given the amount of money that is being spent by NHS Trusts, you would think that they would be looking to minimise their expenditure as best as they can. There are many different areas of expenditure that can place a Trust or Body in trouble but given the way that NHS bodies are looking to avoid wasting money, you would think that avoiding fines for poor performances would be at the top of the list for any NHS unit.
International Nurses are still being called upon
With the EU Referendum drawing ever closer, there is a considerable focus on our borders and how UK life is impacted on by people who hail from outside of the UK. Everyone will have their own opinion on the vote but the NHS is definitely an organisation that is looking outside of the country to find the support and help it needs.
Nursing posts are available
Information provided by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) states that there are currently 31.43 million people in work in the United Kingdom while there are 1.7 million people classed as being unemployed. Of the individuals who are working in the United Kingdom, 23 million of these people are working on a full-time basis and 8.43 million of these people are working part time.
NHS employers approved reports causes consternation
While many things cause alarm to doctors and nurses in the NHS these days, there has been a recent report issued by the Nuffield Trust, which has led many professionals to speak out and voice their concern.
Chorley A&E still closed with no sign of resolution
There is still no opening date for the Accident & Emergency department in Chorley with officials at the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation trust looking no closer to making a decision about its plight. There has been an ongoing battle of late and many campaigners have been fighting for the return of the department and members of this group met with Trust bosses in the past week. This get-together represented the first meeting between the two parties to talk about the long-term future of the facility.
What is the remit of a healthcare temporary worker?
Given the current status of the NHS and the understaffing in many areas across the country, it is easy to see that there is an “all hands to the pump” attitude at the moment. This means that many medical professionals are working longer hours and going above and beyond when it comes to their job specifications or regular role. This is largely because people who choose to work in the healthcare sector do so because they want to make a difference.
NHS front line employees need support
Any organisation that deals with the public needs to have a good standard of front-line staff. These people are the public face of the organisation and it is their engagement that colours the views of people that use the service. It is easy to see why so many commercial organisations focus on their front-line staff because if these employees are not performing to a high standard, it reflects poorly on the company and many people will have concerns about the organisation. Of course, the NHS is not a commercial company but the impact of front-line staff can be even bigger on the patients and people that rely on the organisation.
Does Department of Health understand what a seven day NHS needs?
While there have been many complaints about the use of agency staff in the NHS, a great deal of the focus has fallen on the lack of consideration given to the cost of employing these professionals. Even though there is a structure in place to hire employees at a set rate with NHS framework approved agencies like Atlantis Medical, there have been many instances where NHS Trusts have moved away from these guidelines and hired employees at a much higher rate
Staff shortages cause concern in Staffordshire
While the NHS around the country is experiencing difficulty when it comes to finding staff members and providing a high standard of service to patients, some parts of the country are experiencing significant challenges. Two of the largest hospitals in Staffordshire were “understaffed” in January, the month that is considered to be the busiest month of the year for hospitals.
Hospitals turning to student Nurses
When it comes to developing the next generation of medical staff, it is important students are allowed to improve in the most effective manner. You’ll find that this involves a mixture of theoretical work and practical work. It is one thing to read a medical book and understand everything you have taken in, but it is an entirely different matter to put these practices into action in real life.
GP shortage becoming major issue in Hertfordshire
A recent study into practices in Hertfordshire suggests that there is considerable strain being placed on these centres due to a notable level of vacancies. In East Herts, 40% of practices said that they have at least one vacancy for a GP and in North Herts & Stevenage this figure rises to 70%. Add in the fact that close to one-third of respondents have intimated that they have at least one GP retiring in the next 12 months and a challenging situation looks as though it could get a lot worse.
Agency costs blamed for Croydon trust deficit
It is not news to report that some NHS Trusts around the country don’t have the finances to provide the service that they would like to offer, but it should be news when a Trust announces they have a £36 million deficit. This is the situation facing Croydon University Hospital and the Croydon health Service, which is the Trust, which is responsible for the hospital located on London Road. The Trust has had to compile a lot of creditors, and they have asked the Department for Health for money to enable them to pay these creditors off.
Can Indian Doctors save the NHS?
In the latest twist in the saga of finding suitable doctors to fill the many gaps and vacancies in the NHS, it seems as though Health Education England, HEE, is turning to India to find the doctors that it needs. HEE is the employment and training section of the NHS and they have reached an agreement with Apollo Hospitals in India.
GP statistics paint a sorry picture for the NHS
A quick look at general practices would provide you with an inkling that things are not going well, but findings in the House of Commons Briefing Paper on General Practice in England is all you need to know to realise that life is very tough for medical professionals in England.
Can technology help NHS staffing issues?
Given the increasing level of pressure on the NHS with respect to recruitment and staffing, there needs to be a review of how to provide the best standard of service with respect to the future of the NHS. It is common for people to declare that the only solution to the current problem is to bring in more bodies but this doesn’t have to be the case. There is a need to be smarter with respect to how people are treated, and this means that thinking outside of the box may be of benefit.
NHS trusts breach agreed agency spending cap
When a cap on agency spending was introduced in the UK in November of 2015, it was hoped that there would be a stop to the excessive spending from many NHS Trusts and bodies. There have been many positive moves made in recent times and the work of NHS framework approved firms, like Atlantis Medical, means that some Trusts have been able to bring in the right staff at the right price. However, it seems as though this is not the situation all across England and Wales.
Continued strike action impacting on NHS services
The latest 48 hour strike by Junior Doctors has impacted on many surgeries and planned procedures but a range of studies suggest that more than half of respondents back the doctors. One study carried out by Ipsos MORI for the BBC suggests that 65% of respondents support junior doctors over their strike action.
Support Nurse roles can improve NHS service for everyone
With more than 130 nurses from the Philippines coming to work in Lincolnshire, there has been a renewed focus on the employment strategies undertaken by some NHS Trusts. The most important thing is that patients receive a good standard of care and if this means looking outside of Great Britain to find the right employees, many people will say that this a smart course of action. Of course, employing foreign nationals is a topic that will always generate debate and discussion so not everyone is likely to be delighted with this announcement.
Agency staff still have a role to play in modern day NHS
Information obtained by the BBC thanks to a Freedom of Information request in December of 2015 suggests that England, Wales and Northern Ireland had over 23,000 nursing vacancies. This amounts to 9% of the workforce, which is clearly a considerable level. According to statistics from the Office of National Statistics, the average level of vacancies across the UK for a similar time period stood at 2.7%, so the NHS vacancies are considerably higher.
NHS improvement cites demand for more nurses
Latest figures detailed in an official NHS assessment suggest that hospitals in England are experiencing a significant shortfall in the number of nurses they have to meet patient demand. The demand for nurses has risen rapidly, and it seems as though hospitals are short of 15,000 nurses. This figure has been pointed out by NHS Improvement, the health regulator, alongside a range of shortages with respect to nurses and consultants in general medicine and in emergency medicine services.
GP Surgeries could close due to lack of staff
A survey which questioned close to half of the GP surgeries in London has raised some worrying trends for the future of these surgeries. It has been claimed that one in 5 of these GP surgeries in the English capital could close down in the next three years. A number of reasons have been cited for the potential closures with the leading reasons being a shortage of doctors, the ever-increasing demand for appointments and a growing level of bureaucracy.
Naidex Exhibition provides the ideal platform for improved care services
The rate of change and development within the disability and rehabilitation industry in the United Kingdom is a hugely positive thing, but it can make it difficult to stay in touch with the latest trends, products and services. It is vital that everyone involved in the industry, from the people who need support and their loved ones, all the way through to the major companies providing these services, are aware of what is on offer but also what people need and require. There is a constant need for two-way communication in the disability, rehabilitation and homecare industry, which is why it is important to have events where relevant parties can get together.
Atlantis Medical pleased to be part of Allied Health Professionals Careers Fair 2016
When it comes to caring for patients and giving the people of Britain the support and treatment they deserve, there is a need for a diverse range of medical professionals. You can see why people instantly think of doctors, nurses and surgeons when it comes to thinking about medical professionals. These are the people that many of us meet more often and in the terms of the media, TV shows and films, these are the medical professionals that you most commonly see. Without these professionals, the health service would grind to a halt, but that isn’t to say that they are the only medical professionals that provide a great and necessary service.
Temporary workers once again under fire in the NHS
When you are dealing with a problem in life, be it at work or in your private life, it can be easy to focus on the easy targets and the most commonly cited problems. While we all have individual problems and it would be fair to say that many of us have financial issues to contend with, it is clear that the NHS is dealing with a major financial problem at the moment. There is just not enough money to go around to meet the demands placed on the NHS, and there is an increasing level of pressure being put on the organisation.
NHS in Surrey is overspending to attract nurses
One of the biggest problems that people have had with the strategy of using temporary workers in the NHS is the cost of doing so. There is a need to pay a higher rate of remuneration to these professionals and it is likely that the organisation will receive payment as well. The nature of employment and staffing in the NHS means that there is a need to rely on temporary workers, which few people would argue with or complain about, but as with so many things in life, it is the high cost that is the issue.
Use external support to support GPs not replace them
A pharmacist in Derby is set to step up into the role of a GP for two days a week as the NHS continues to look for ways to save money while still providing a service to the people of the United Kingdom.
External support can push NHS forward
While many people will throw their arms up in disgust at the thought of the NHS running as a business, there has to be a greater level of responsibility with respect to finance and the use of cash in the organisation.
Is language a barrier to overcome in NHS recruitment?
At the end of 2015, a study was undertaken with the findings from the report suggesting that patients who have been treated by nurses educated abroad feel less confident in their care. The same respondents also indicate that they were less satisfied with the service they received from these professionals. Given the current political climate in the United Kingdom, these reports can be taken in some different ways and it is important to stick to the medical aspects and arguments.
Can selfie power aid NHS recruitment?
There are aspects of modern life that are very difficult to avoid and whether you like them or not, this is the “selfie generation”. Most right-minded people will tell you that the selfie-stick is an abomination to be avoided at the best of times but when it comes to showcasing where you are and how great a time you are having, the selfie is the ultimate form of self-expression in the modern era.
Debate over NHS agency price caps continues
We may now be well into 2016, but many of the debates and discussions that raged during 2015 are still very much alive. While some people see the New Year as an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start afresh, it is obvious that this isn’t possible for major institutions and organisations.
NHS parking costs impact on all workers
There has been anger in Plymouth at the news that hospital staff at Derriford Hospital may have to pay £3 a day for parking. This is a change that could cost employees hundreds of pounds a year and according to reports stated in a local newspaper, it could lead to some employees considering their position.
Sick leave bill leaving NHS unwell
Hospitals and health centres are accustomed to dealing with ill and sick people on a daily basis, but it may be that a particular group of unwell people are placing the NHS at risk. The fact that in 2014/15, six Health Trusts paid out over £107m to workers who were on sick leave should be of note and concern. This statement is not a criticism of the employees who were on sick leave. Anyone can fall ill, and when you think about the long hours
NHS agency staff expenditure under fire once again
The latest criticism of the amount of money spent on agency staff by the NHS has come from people reviewing expenditure figures from the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. For the 2012/13 period, a total of £7m was spent on agency staff with £1.3m of this being used to cover the cost of medical personnel. In 2014/15, this figure rose to £14.5m and the number of hours being covered by agency staff equated to 319,616.
NHS England turns to Northern Ireland to cover staff shortages
In 2015, there was a lot of discussion about the lengths that the NHS and health bodies in the United Kingdom were going to fill staff shortages. This led to many people criticising the recruitment process but in 2016, there is already a new approach that is leaving many people angry.
Doctor surgery moves to reduced hours
There are viable solutions that are being considered by health professionals across the country to manage the difficulties in finding suitable employees. One GP surgery in Bordon has taken the bold move of announcing that they will reduce their opening hours every week.
Smaller private hospitals placing NHS patients at risk
Analysis of some private hospitals across the United Kingdom has found that many NHS patients are being placed at risk when they are sent to these venues for treatment. A report carried out by an anti-privatisation think-tank has concluded that unsafe facilities and staffing cause problems that could see patients suffer in the long term.
NHS to focus on treatments that work
Given the high level of focus and scrutiny that is placed on the NHS, there is a need for the organisation to make sure that the money they spend is being used wisely. This means that there should be a review of what the organisation spends its money on, and they shouldn’t be spending money on treatments or services that the organisation has stated don’t work. This is why there has been an outcry about the level of spending in Liverpool on homeopathic treatments.
London and South East NHS Trusts dependent on temporary staff
Amidst all of the talk and attention on temporary staff being used by the NHS at a high cost, there is not much debate or focus on why this money is being spent. Clearly there is a need for temporary agency staff to be brought in on a regular basis. If there weren't a need, the various NHS Trusts and bodies wouldn’t be acting in such a manner.
Recruiting Nurses can benefit from a capital idea
In recent times, there has been a focus on the NHS bringing in nurses from other countries. There have been a number of NHS Trusts around England and Wales who have looked to boost their numbers by bringing in nurses from the Philippines.
NHS trusts looking to introduce zero tolerance approach
NHS Protect, the body that is responsible for the security of NHS staff, has announced that they are developing a partnership with the Crown Prosecution Service and the National Police Chief’s Council.
NHS Trusts happy to work with new cap ons agency spend
While there has been a lot of criticism of the new cap on the level of money that the NHS can spend on hiring agency staff, there have been plenty of people who have backed the new proposals.
GP surgeries to be assisted by Pharmacists
When it comes to providing an appropriate level of service to patients, the most important thing is to ensure that a trained and qualified member of medical staff is on hand to provide guidance and advice.
NHS price cap for agency staff is now In place
After a great deal of debate, which is set to continue long into the future, the NHS price cap for agency staff is now in place. While it is far too early for recruitment specialists and NHS Trusts to make an appraisal on how the new cap is impacting on work and the service applied to patients, it is clear that many people and industry bodies are watching with great intent.
Foreign nurses flocking to Yorkshire
NHS chiefs in Yorkshire have turned to foreign countries in an attempt to solve their staffing crisis. Some Trusts and bodies in this part of England have been criticised for wards being short-staffed and the impact that this has on the level of service and care provided to patients.
NHS employees under pressure and under attack
In recent months, it seems as though there has been an all-out attack on the NHS in the media. On the one hand, NHS Trusts are being criticised for spending too much money, on what the media refers to as the wrong people, while, on the other hand, the NHS is criticised for not spending enough money.
NHS Recruitment Framework offers value for many unlike some NHS services
One of the worrying things about the ongoing difficulties experienced by the NHS is that it has allowed many people with agendas to create, and continually voice, an argument that allows them to attack certain bodies, people or organisations.
Atlantis Medical pleased to receive Crown Commercial Services Supplier place
With an ever increasing focus on providing a high-quality yet value for money service in the NHS, Atlantis Medical is delighted to have been awarded a place on the Crown Commercial Services, the CCS, framework agreement.
Staff shortages bring down rating of hospitals
When it comes to evaluating a service, regardless of what the service is, there has to be aims and there needs to be a way of quantifying the service. You won’t get universal agreement about trying to appraise a hospital or health centre, but there needs to be a way to evaluate if a centre is performing well and offering a good service to the patients who come through it.
NHS in North East looking to recruit from across the country
One of the biggest problems that blights the NHS and their recruitment drives is the fact that there are often jobs in areas where people don’t want to live and work. This problem isn’t an issue that is only applicable to the NHS;
Agency workers not the cause of all NHS woes
With respect to the crisis currently involving the NHS, it can be all-too-easy to focus on one issue and think that it is the cause of all the woes of the country. In recent weeks, the media focus and glare has once again turned to agency workers and the high costs involved with these staff members.
Nursing recruitment from overseas restrictions lifted
The restrictions that have prevented the NHS from bringing in nurses from overseas have been temporarily lifted. There have been calls for this restriction to be removed permanently but as of yet, there are no plans to make this a permanent decision.
Agencies under fire in latest NHS budget row
The record deficit achieved by Hospital Trusts in Birmingham may lead to some bosses losing their job but there will likely be an even bigger impact on the local community.
NHS trusts need to lower monthly spending on additional staff
In some working environments, staff sickness and holidays have to be met by the existing team members. There will sometimes be an opportunity for employees to earn overtime by covering for their colleagues or there will just be a need for employees to knuckle down and work harder.
DWP assessments impacting on the NHS
It is not as though there has to be many external factors impacting on the supply of medical professionals to the NHS to see a notable drop in the provision of medical staff.
Will English GPs move to Scotland?
Over the past year and a half, there has been a growing division between Scotland and England. The Independence Referendum in Scotland last September indicated that the majority of people preferred to stay in the Union as opposed to becoming independent, but there is a growing feeling of separation from the United Kingdom.
Nurses complain about non-nursing duties
It is not only the volume of people raising concerns about the future of nursing employment that is of concern; it is the people who are saying it.
Liberal Democrats weigh in on NHS staffing crisis
Given that there was a General Election this year, many people have already used up their quota for caring about British politics for 2015. This year has been an exceptional year though and there have been many aspects that have kept politics front and centre when it comes to British life.
NHS England aiming to have fitter and healthier employees
While the NHS works tirelessly to make patients feel better and healthier, it looks as though there will soon be a focus on improving the health of NHS employees. NHS England has unveiled plans for a £5m initiative that aims to boost the wellbeing, fitness and health of NHS staff members.
NHS recruitment drive aimed at ex-service professionals
While there is a high level of debate about staffing levels in the NHS, there is at least talk about how to improve the current system. As you would expect for such an important and highly emotive subject, there are many opinions on this matter with a lot of people making suggestions about how to best fill the gaps in the NHS.
Budget cuts will have long term impact on nurses
When it comes to creating a budget or balancing the books, there are often a lot of difficult decisions to be made. This is definitely the case for individuals so you can see why the Government has to make a lot of difficult decisions.
Non-Framework employment can harm staff morale
When it comes to working in a high-pressure environment, there is a lot to be said for the spirit of the team or people involved. This is often cited as a critical factor in any successful sporting team, but the right spirit and mood is far more important when it comes to the services provided by medical staff.
NHS Trusts experiencing shortages in specialist roles
When it comes to providing a high standard of health care to patients, every job in a hospital or medical centre is important. Offering a practical and comfortable service requires a team effort and everyone who plays a part in caring for people or ensuring that a good standard of treatment is critical.
North East GPs calling for assistance
The level of care and service provided by the NHS and healthcare bodies is always under the microscope, but GPs in the North East of England have hit out at plans to bring in a 7-day working week.
NHS thwarted by stringent immigration rules
The fact that the NHS and health bodies are struggling to fill key positions at an affordable rate is nothing new. There has long been a “brain-drain” with talented and skilled UK practitioners and medical staff leaving the country to make more money elsewhere, but equally, the UK has prospered by bringing in medical staff from abroad.
The use of framework professionals isn’t just about cost
While there has been a considerable level of debate about the costs associated with framework and non-framework agency staff for the NHS, it is important to not solely focus on the financial aspect.
Massive monthly savings on offer for health chiefs
While every organisation has to be looking for ways in which they can save money without compromising on the quality of service that they provide, health bodies and centres need to have this at the heart of what they do.
Non-Framework agencies charge excessive amounts even for mileage
When it comes to filling staff shortages, it is understandable that NHS Trusts and bodies will often have to look to agencies to meet the shortfall in their staffing.
Framework agencies can offer value for money
There has been a strong level of focus on the amount of money being paid by NHS Trusts and bodies for staffing of late. This has seen a spate of Freedom of Investigation requests being made by concerned members of the public and outraged tabloid journalists.
Off framework doctors earns over £10,000 in one weekend
When it comes to providing a reliable and effective medical service to patients across the United Kingdom, there will be some people who say that you cannot put a price on a good standard of service.
Winter planning well underway for health centres
At this moment in time, even though the weather may not say so, it is the summer and for most people, thoughts of winter are very far off. However, if you provide a service to the public, there is often a need to plan ahead and there will be a number of people who are already deep into their winter preparations.
GPs believe current workload Is unmanageable
The amount of pressure that medical professionals are placed under with respect to their workload is one of the biggest problems facing the NHS as they attempt to move forward.
Calls for framework agencies to play a bigger role in NHS staffing matters
When it comes to providing a strong standard of healthcare service, there is a lot to be said for utilising the experience and expertise of healthcare recruiters and the healthcare personnel that they have access to.
Support for healthcare agency workers despite costs
There has been a lot of uproar in recent times about the high sums of money involved with paying agency staff. Given the stress and pressure that NHS Trusts are under to provide value for money, there have been continual questions over whether the use of agency staff, from framework agencies, is the best solution to the problem.
Off Framework Agencies Lead To Rising NHS Costs
It is important for the NHS to find value for money in everything that they do and when the public hears about the NHS having to pay too much money, or a level of money that many people deem to be unreasonable, there will be a public outcry.
The Pathology Partnership
Atlantis Medical is pleased to announce that it has entered into a strategic partnership with The Pathology Partnership (TPP). The role of Atlantis Medical in this partnership will be to deliver a wide range of core support services, and this will include providing recruitment services to TPP.
Healthcare Providers Need To Be Looked After Too
While there is a wide variety of roles and activities in the healthcare sector, one of the most important objectives is to ensure that people are looked after and are assisted to reach an optimal level of health.