10 Reasons Why GP’s and Nurses Should Work With Agencies

With struggles behind nurses pay, and the stress on doctors and nurses from the pressures of the NHS Primary Care People thought we’d take a moment to discuss why working with an agency is better!

  1. Work locum or salaried positions – you choose exactly what days and hours you work. Whether it be full time, or extra work on top of your permanent job.
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  2. Earn more money! – We understand how high in demand GP’s and Nurses are, and we want to reward you with the full salary you deserve instead of cuts in pay.

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  3. Exclusive vacancies –We receive the job rotas before anyone else, and therefore can get you the most preferred shifts first.

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  1. Time saving – Our consultants spend their time hunting for the right vacancy for you so you don’t have to worry.

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  1. Training and advice – We already have contacts in the medical field, and our consultant’s expertise to help you prepare for interviews and develop your skills.

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  1. You won’t be on your own – Our consultants will help you every step of the process and secure you have a great interview.

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  1. We take care of your documents – our compliance officer monitors all your official documents. You no longer have to worry about expiry dates or training. We monitor all of that for you, and help you find training!

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  2. Professional skills analysis –After meeting you face-to-face, or discussing your wishes, our consultants are able to analyse your skills and know which jobs you will be best suited to.

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  1. Opportunities for experience – Should you want to work in different environments. We do not limit your choice of work; hospital, GP Surgery, WIC, UCC, MIU, you can work in one, or all.

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  2. Referral rates– Not only can you earn high rates for your own work, but we can offer you money just by referring another GP or Nurse.

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    Should you want to know more about what we can offer you please get in touch now!
    Call: 0203 137 2114
    Email: applications@primarycare-jobs.co.uk

Are the NHS Causing Nurses Stress?

We believe it’s safe to say we are all waiting for resolutions to fall in place to fix the issues that the NHS are facing. A&E has been in the headline for months, and the debates have been snowballing as a result. With a sense of unease and uncertainty being up in the air staff have had to continue to do the best they can, and perform their job regardless.

Of course we have also heard from numerous doctors and nurses, who have opened the public’s eyes to what is now an evermore stressful environment to work in.

The number of nurses taking time off due to stress has soared as the NHS has struggled to cope with rising demand for care…health unions that the NHS’s 400,000 nurses are being stretched to breaking point as a result of having to work more demanding and longer shifts at a time when under-staffing and the increasing complexity of illnesses add to pressures. [1]

Statistics continue to be quite surprising when we consider the amount of Nurses who have suffered as a result of the NHS cuts and mistakes. It was also noted that in ‘London, almost 1,500 nurses at 31 NHS trusts took time off because of stress during 2014…that meant that one in every 29 nurses were off ill with stress. The 1,497 nurses took an average of 38 days off for stress’ [2]. Representatives have argued that it is both doctors and nurses who need time off because of the NHS failing to provide their staff with the 24-hour services.

How heartbreaking it must be for doctors and nurses to walk away from their job to care because they are not being cared for, because they cannot care for their patients properly, and the institution they work for has caused this stress for them.

Furthermore because they are NHS employees, they are costing the NHS more money by not being able to provide their services. This loop around is an never-ending chaotic mess. ‘Over 30% of all NHS sick leave is caused by stress, which is believed to cost the service up to £400m a year in lost productivity and the cost of replacing stressed staff.’ [3]

It is quite clear that once the NHS put some proactive amendments in place, further implications will begin to resolve as a result. But the question still remains, when will that be? And, how do they expect to fix this?

If you are a nurse, or doctor, who has suffered from stress lately, please let us know your thoughts.

[1] Kirk, A. (2015). Nurses at breaking point as number off work with stress soars. The Guardian. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/17/nurses-nhs-stress-leave-staff-breaking-point

[2] Ibid

[3] Ibid

A&E’s Given Rules For Safe Nurses

By now, we are all fully aware of the crisis A&E departments are in. Another proposed action has been put in place for nurses; a strict guideline on how many staff is ‘really’ needed on the ward, and per patient.

The main guidelines that have been put in place are:

– One nurse for every four cubicles

–  For major trauma or cardiac arrest patients there should be two nurses per patient

– Senior nurses are to look out for red flags that may show something is wrong in the wards

The BBC ran this news and had a spokesman Prof Mark Baker, from NICE, explained they wanted to;

“[Ensure] there are enough available nursing staff with the right skills helps to make sure people in need of immediate medical help will get safe care whatever time of day or night.” [1]

These rules may help the A&E situation, however at the present time, they have not specifically acknoweldged all A&E departments to understand how much help and restructuring is needed. Therefore we started to think, are these actions the right ones to take? With the severity of A&E issues, is it down to monitoring nurses? And, do nurses feel this strain?

It has been said the these plans were meant to be put in place before the winter issues, however we could argue that it will benefit the NHS to implement these now, since the A&E has reached breaking point. But if they have not monitored who needs help, and this may be a trial, then how are they to know which actions are best to take?

However, a Department of Health spokeswoman said there were now more nurses in the NHS than when the current government came to power.

“This NICE guidance will give the NHS evidence to make sure it has the right number of staff, improving patient care,” [2]

The growth in nurses means that these new requirements may run smoothly, and staffs may need be overrun, and patients will be attended to correctly.

However, Primary Care People also wanted to add – if you are a junior Nurse who wants to reach higher levels, we can provide you with the correct environment to help you be where you truly want to be in this profession. Whether it be attending A&E yourself, or in surgeries, we want to help too.

Please get in touch should you wish to know more. And please let us know your thoughts on this news.

Call: 0203 137 2114

Email: applications@primarycare-jobs.co.uk

[1] BBC News, (2015). A&Es given safe nurse staffing rules. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30829555

[2] Ibid

Cuts Have Been Made To Cancer Treatments

New cuts to cancer treatments have been warned to cause severe problems for future patients. However, there is a flip-side to consider; health spokesmen say it’s to make room for new and improved drugs to be funded.

These cuts are coming from the decision of the NHS as they over-funded the cancer treatment budget by £100m.

Patients currently using the drugs will still be allowed to use them, but the restrictions will be put in place from the 12th of March. However new treatments have already been discussed, and are set to be put in place from April.

Fund chair Professor Peter Clark said the review – carried out by doctors, pharmacists and patients’ representatives – had prioritized the treatments with the “best clinical benefit” to get the most out of “every pound…There were drugs that did not offer sufficient clinical benefit so we simply cannot go on funding those,” [1]

He went on to say that pharmaceutical firms over the country has worked with the NHS in decisions to lower some prices of medicine in order to save money further. Therefore although this may seem extreme for a lot of patients,  this potentially could make room for cancer treatments to be more advanced in the long run.

The fund will also increase again to £340m next year, even though the cuts will save £80m a year.

However, executives of charities have commented on this decision, and feel this is a bad move on behalf of the NHS.

Owen Sharp, chief executive of Prostate Cancer UK, said the announcement was “just another symptom of a drug appraisal system in meltdown”. While Mark Flannagan, chief executive of the charity Beating Bowel Cancer, said “It’s likely that 65% of patients with advanced bowel cancer face the probability of an earlier death by being refused innovative treatments that were available before,”. And Stephen Whitehead, of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, said the move was “extremely disappointing”. [2]

However if some patients extremely still need the drugs, they can apply as an ‘exceptional case’. And it has been stated that the raise in funding next year is to ensure all patients are receiving the most beneficial drugs they need.

Therefore the question must be, is it worth a year to hold back, to earn years of potentially ‘better’ drugs? Or is this another saving tactic for the NHS, with a danger for patients?

[1] BBC News, (2015). Cuts to cancer treatments announced. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30787132

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Could the Paralyzed Walk Again?

There have been trials and errors with this study. Many researchers and scientists have attempted to cure the paralyzed to walk again. Trials have not lasted very long, but now scientists have hit a milestone in their research in a new study that allowed rats to walk for up-to two months.

Research has been done previously on implants, however they proved to be inflexible as they would rub, which would cause inflammation, and would not work properly.

However, this new study is a renovated implant, one that has been designed to move with the body which thus provides a chemical and electrical stimulation. Once tested on the rats, they were able to move again. Although only for two months, this is a huge breakthrough for the area of study. Not only has it lasted longer than other tests, but it has sustained in an animal which gives a small hope that the process could perhaps one day be progressed onto human trials, and succeed.

To explain the spinal process;

The spinal cord is like a motorway with electrical signals rushing up and down it instead of cars…Injury to the spinal cord leads to paralysis when the electrical signals are stuck in a jam and can no longer get from the brain to the legs. [1]

This implant has worked due to the movement , and using the elastic affect it is soft and flexible. The scientists explained the wiring used is made of “microcracked” gold. This means that tiny cuts in the wiring surface has made it flexible.

Dr Dusko Ilic, from King’s College London, said: “This is quite remarkable, until now, the most advanced prostheses in intimate contact with the spinal cord caused quite substantial damage to tissue in just one week due to their stiffness…The work described here is a groundbreaking achievement of technology, which could open a door to a new era in treatment of neuronal damage. [2]

We consider this amazing news to hear to end our weekend! What do you think of the new breakthrough?

[1] BBC News, (2015). Elastic implant ‘reverses paralysis’. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30725899

[2] Ibid

Can Labour Solve The A&E Problems?

It has been announced this week that A&E targets are at their worst for the last ten years. Despite warnings to only go to A&E if you truly need emergency services, and putting targets in place, they have simply not been met by the hospitals in England. With a target of 95%, they have dropped to 92.6%. This has been a progressive issue for the last few months, and one that quite clearly needs to be addressed.

The Labour party has suggested that a co-operative solution be made. However shadow health secretary Andy Burnham had reasons to blame the issue on them.

“You will know that I have repeatedly warned throughout this Parliament that severe cuts to social care could end up dragging down the NHS…This is exactly what is happening now. Increasing numbers of very frail, elderly people are ending up in A&E and then becoming trapped in hospital because the care they need to be discharged is not available. This comes on top of pressures arising from the fact that people are finding it harder to see a GP, and pressures within the NHS from the shortage of nurses and GPs.” [1]

However, labour have made it clear that although targets are important, and met, we must remember the most prominent importance is the patients and their treatment.

However, the problem still stands and labour needs to resolve the issues if there is any improvement to be made to patient treatment. And it is not just England, the whole of the UK are falling behind on their targets, some more than England.

There have been some precautions made, but only due to the severity of the situation. Mr Burnham continued to say that ‘a summit was needed to “assess the situation and put in place a coordinated plan to ensure patient safety and support the performance of A&E departments” to minimize any avoidable further major incidents being declared.’ [2]

But do we believe there is an easy solution to this mess? Please let us know your thoughts.

[1] BBC News, (2015). Labour seeks summit to find A&E ‘fix’. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30705689

[2] Ibid

Cancer really is just bad luck

A new study has shown that some cancers are down to just a bad chance rather than genetic mutations.

Dr. Bert Vogelstein and Cristian Tomasetti, PhD, publish their findings in the journal Science. Researchers claim 65% of cancer cases are a result of random DNA mutations, while the remaining 35% can be explained by a combination of these mutations and environmental and hereditary factors. [1]

However, the researchers are not denying that lifestyle does not affect the chance of some cancers. Smoking, drinking and poor diet can still progress to the disease.

Cancer research still heavily believe in warning against the remaining third chances, such as; sun exposure, being overweight, etc. We must still take care of ourselves to avoid damaging our cells even further, despite the possibilities of still simply receiving some bad luck.

The researchers explained how this ‘bad luck’ can occur:

Old tired cells in the body are constantly being replaced with new ones made by dividing stem cells. But with each division comes the risk of a dangerous mutation that moves the stem cell one step closer to being cancerous…[Researcher’s] concluded that two thirds of cancer types were “due to bad luck” from dividing stem cells picking up mutations that could not be prevented. [2]

This again would really be down to everyone’s individual body clocks. Unfortunately this cannot be measured or controlled. The body works to protect you, but in some unfortunate cases this can backfire on the body.

Due to this problem, researches suggested we should not primarily focus on the prevention of cancer – for only a third would be monitored this way. But we should start a process of how we manage early detection of the disease, in a state that is curable.
We must not diminish, nor forget those new ambitions to stay healthy. Nor should we feel disheartened, but another reminder perhaps, to live sensibly, and on the odd occasion, it really is ok to indulge ourselves.

But what are your thoughts on this new study? We want to know your thoughts.

[1] Whiteman, H. (2015). Two thirds of cancer cases down to ‘bad luck,’ new study claims. Medical News Today. Available at: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/287542.php

[2] BBC News, (2015). Most cancer types ‘just bad luck’. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30641833