Initiative to end race inequality in the NHS set for launch

An initiative to tackle racism in the NHS is to be launched at the ‘Beyond Snowy White Peaks’ conference in London on Tuesday 14 July. The initiative, undertaken by the UK’s biggest union Unite, is in response to reports from its Black Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAEM) members which indicate that nearly 30 percent have experienced racial harassment at work. In fact, a recent survey of the union’s (BAEM) health members revealed that the top three issues affecting them were: (i) lack of promotion... Readmore

Survey of medical clinical academics released

The results of a study into the clinical academic staffing levels in UK medical schools have been unveiled this week by The Medical Schools Council. The study, the 13th to be published by the Council, features analysis by academic grade, source of funding, specialty, region, gender and ethnicity. It also focuses on professors, readers/senior lecturers and lecturers. The survey findings include data highlighting that there were 3,131 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) clinical academics in UK medical... Readmore

BMA responds to scrapping of student maintenance grants

One of the major announcements in yesterday’s summer Budget concerned the scrapping of educational maintenance grants - a move that will create further barriers to low-income students wishing to pursue medical careers according to the British Medical Association (BMA). Chancellor George Osborne announced that existing maintenance grants will be phased out and replaced with a loans system of up to £8,200 per year from the 2016/17 academic year. However, alongside the decision to remove maintenance... Readmore

Doctors requested to help shape the future of revalidation

A major evaluative research study into the regulatory impacts of medical revalidation has been commissioned by the General Medical Council (GMC). The study involves almost 160,000 licensed doctors who will be asked to undertake a survey about the revalidation process to help researchers assess where improvements need to be made. The evaluation is being overseen by a UK-wide collaboration of researchers (known as UMbRELLA). The GMC/UMbRELLA collaboration was set-up specifically to undertake... Readmore

GMC and AoMRC launch professional skills and capabilities consultation

A consultation aimed at making doctors better professionals, communicators and leaders has been launched by the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC). The consultation will seek views on a proposed framework for generic professional capabilities sought, including the outcomes that all doctors will have to demonstrate by the end of their postgraduate specialty training. The framework clarifies the core knowledge, skills and behaviours which doctors need... Readmore

HEE/NIHR animation encourages clinical academic careers

New animation which helps healthcare professionals develop their clinical academic careers has been unveiled by Health Education England (HEE) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The animation sets out the opportunities on offer to all professions through HEE’s Clinical Academic Careers Framework and the NIHR’s research programmes (funded by HEE). There are two distinct programmes: (i) the NIHR Integrated Academic Training (IAT) Programme for doctors and dentists, and (ii)... Readmore

Partners scheme gets set to promote equality in the NHS

Twenty-five organisations today joined forces to develop and promote equality in the NHS workplace in 2015/16. Known as ‘Equality and Diversity Partners’, they have been selected by NHS Employers from 42 organisations which applied to be members of the partners scheme. They will explore areas where the NHS is relatively strong, such as gender equality. They will also work together on urgent areas such as the career progress of people from black and minority ethnicity backgrounds and the employment... Readmore

2015 Clinical Excellence Awards round opens for applications

The latest round of the 2015 National Clinical Excellence Awards which recognise and reward NHS consultants and academic GPs who perform ‘over and above’ the standard expected of their role opened today (Tuesday 14 April 2015). The Clinical Excellence Awards are overseen by the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards which gives awards for quality and excellence as well as acknowledging personal contributions. The number of new national awards in the 2015 round will remain at 300 for England. Awards... Readmore

Medical students invited to represent their peers

Medical students are being given the opportunity to represent their peers as nominations open for the British Medical Association (BMA) medical students committee elections. Every year, the BMA holds elections for one medical student representative and one deputy from each medical school. Students can stand for either position and choose their preference if elected to both. “The medical students committee takes on crucial issues, such as widening participation, foundation programme oversubscription,... Readmore

RCS celebrates the link between surgery and art

An exhibition featuring representations of surgeons and surgery from the 16th to the 21st centuries opens today. The exhibition’s book illustrations, prints, drawings and paintings are from the museum and library collections of the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) and convey technical information or provide a record of treatment. Many also attempt to capture the emotions and atmosphere of the theatre and reveal something of the relationship between the patient, surgeon and the operating team. Surgeons... Readmore

New mandate sets HEE education and training priorities for 2015/16

A new mandate published by the Government today sets out the priority areas Health Education England (HEE) needs to focus on in the delivery of its functions. The HEE mandate for 2015 to 2016 - ‘Delivering high quality, effective, compassionate care: Developing the right people with the right skills and the right values’ – provides strategic objectives for HEE around: (i) workforce planning; (ii) health education; and (iii) training and development. “This latest mandate to Health Education... Readmore

Experts in maternity care to gather in Bath for PROMPT Symposium

A multi-professional team of experts from around the world will be gathering in Bath from 5 to 6 March 2015 for a symposium to share their experiences of using simulation training to improve maternity care. Organised by the PROMPT Maternity Foundation (a group of obstetricians, midwives and anaesthetists employed at NHS hospitals in the South West of England) and supported by Limbs & Things, an industry leader in medical simulation products, this inaugural event will feature keynote speakers... Readmore
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