GP leaders believe that an update to the standard NHS contract will have a positive effect on attempts to prevent hospitals from dumping work on GP surgeries.
The new provisions in the contract could potentially save millions of appointments, easing the pressure on the beleaguered general practice system.
Change to the contract have become operational from 1st April, with the aim of preventing hospitals from inappropriately transferring standard responsibilities to GP practices.
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The largest mental health and community services trust in Britain has been forced to advertise for 5 board level jobs.
Southern Health Foundation Trust has faced a raft of resignations which have necessitated this move.
The trust has struggled with both care scandals and corporate governance problems over the last few years.
Consequently, five non-executives resigned from the trust in March, with former chair Tim Smart leaving in September.
Alan Jason has been serving as an interim chief... Readmore
NHS employees from ethnic minority backgrounds are more likely to experience discrimination at work, according to NHS England's second annual report into racial equality.
The Workforce Race Equality Standard report found that there had been significant progress within the healthcare system, but that ethnic minorities still experience difficulties.
Indeed, the report concluded that the NHS still has a considerable distance to traverse in order to ensure an equal and diverse workforce at all levels... Readmore
Around 40% of GPs are considering quitting the NHS, according to a major new survey.
Academics at Exeter Medical School surveyed more than 2,000 GPs, with over half reporting low morale.
Spirit among doctors has been described previously as perilously low by groups representing healthcare professionals, and this is leading to a crisis in frontline healthcare.
Despite the apparent staffing difficulties within the healthcare system, Jeremy Hunt is still pushing forward with the vision of the government... Readmore
The National Skills Academy for Health and Health Education England have launched a new set of principles to ensure excellent practice in Apprenticeship provision across UK healthcare organisations.
Health Education England has commissioned the National Skills Academy for Health with the intention of developing the principles, which were subsequently approved by their Executive Team on 4th April.
The Quality Principles for NHS Apprenticeships have been compiled following detailed discussions... Readmore
The General Medical Council has indicated that locum doctors could be struck off if they exploit tax loopholes in order to gain additional earnings.
Guidance has been issued by the GMC, after agency medics were accused of utilising an organised campaign in order to extort money from the NHS.
This crisis has arisen following the introduction of new rules, attempted to clampdown on tax avoidance.
NHS trusts must now subtract tax and national insurance from pay packets at source from workers... Readmore
The Care Quality Commission has signalled its intention to review the way that its GP special measures scheme operates.
Poorly-performing practices will be dealt with in what the commission describes as a ‘lighter touch’ inspection model from October.
The scheme provides a framework and timeframe for inadequate practices to improve, but is set to be axed under new plans documented by the Care Quality Commission.
A spokesman indicated that the commission is presently investigating how it should... Readmore
New resources are being made available to employers, training providers and employment professionals to help alleviate London’s social care skills shortages.
Ambition London, funded by JP Morgan Chase Foundation, has authored two new toolkits.
These are intended to promote skills-sharing and tackle common misconceptions of careers in both the health and social care sectors.
It is known that health and adult social care sectors face an acute shortage of skilled workers with too few entrants,... Readmore
The House of Commons Health Committee is announcing an inquiry into sustainability and transformation plans (STPs).
This follows the publication of the Next Steps on the NHS Forward View by NHS England.
NHS England espouses the notion that STPs were initially “pragmatic vehicles for enabling health and care organisations within an area to chart their own way to keeping people healthier for longer, improving care, reducing health inequalities and managing their money, working jointly on behalf... Readmore
The first ever tele-medicine service which enables patients to be treated by GPs using a mobile phone has been officially launched.
Known as GP Online, the smartphone-based system is currently being piloted in six surgeries in both urban and rural locations.
The intention is to roll out the application across the entire nation later this year.
Funding has been provided by the National Association of GPs, with the organisation predicting that approximately 100 family doctors will be able... Readmore
A group of financial investors and healthcare groups have submitted bids with the intention of acquiring control of NHS Professionals.
The staffing agency currently supplies around 90,000 doctors and nurses to hospitals located throughout the United Kingdom.
Advisors to the Department of Health have already requested groups to lodge proposals to buy a majority stake in NHS Professionals.
This move is the latest attempt to semi-privatise the staffing agency, after a previous effort was aborted.
Around 1,000 people have marched through the city of Leeds to pledge their support to the principle of the NHS and its valued healthcare workers.
Campaigners and political groups from across Yorkshire joined forces for the event, which was particularly intended to highlight the difficult conditions in the current NHS climate.
Those protesting gathered in front of Leeds Art Gallery before setting off on the march just after midday.
It is believed that the protest was the largest demonstration... Readmore