Medical Students Driven To Suicidal Thoughts

No matter what area of study you decide to learn and commit to, your time and life is absorbed. Students are consistently feeling under pressure, and some even face depression. Medical students are no exception when it comes to their years of learning and training.

A study in Student BMJ had recently published the findings that one in seven medical students have thought about committing suicide whilst studying.

They had 1,122 UK based respondents to the poll, which represents around 2% of all medical students in the UK…more than 80% of those with mental health issues felt they got poor or barely adequate support from their medical schools, and around one in seven (almost 15%;167) said that they had considered committing suicide while studying at medical school. [1]

The study also highlighted other attributes of struggle, such as; drinking, smoking and taking drugs. What seemed interesting is that some of them even took ‘smart drugs’ to help with their revision.

This highlights the struggles that all students face when it comes to the pressures of examination. Looking at medical students in particular is interesting because it could be argued they know what they are doing to their body, but choose to use them because of the pressure. Another argument is, they go into medicine to potentially save lives, and one in seven consider taking their own.

Furthermore, because they are medical students they may feel they cannot report their issues as they may be deemed unfit for practice. Which would in turn also affect their results in a negative way.

It is a combat of emotions for medical students who have numerous exams, and have to get used to the emotional side of dealing with sick patients regularly.

Perhaps this is the best time to open this discussion as the New Year starts for students. To hopefully have lecturers and tutors discuss the approach they have to mental health, and the wellbeing of medical students.

If you have suffered, please let us know your story.

Or please share any thoughts you may have in regards to this study.

[1],. ‘Onmedica – News – One In Seven UK Medical Students Has Thought About Committing Suicide’. N.p., 2015.

Music Can Reduce Pain For Surgery!

Music has always been discussed as being powerful, with the ability to help trigger brain power and personal emotions. Well, now it seems to be able to aid patients who undergo surgery.

A study has been done by Queen Mary University of London who found that patients who listened to music during surgery didn’t need as much pain relief as others, and were less anxious about the procedure.

These patients were put under general anesthetic, but still found it had an impact on reducing stress and pain. Although it did not speed up recovery, the process was less painful. Therefore the scientists propose that the NHS advise patients to bring a music playing device with them when they are due for surgery.

The team reviewed 70 trials, involving about 7,000 patients around the time of surgery, comparing a wide variety of mostly “soothing” music…The researchers are following up this work with a study at the Royal London Hospital in the autumn. About 40 women having either a Cesarean section or a hysteroscopy will be given the chance to have their playlist connected to a pillow with in-built loudspeakers. [1]

This may be an interesting result to monitor, however, there is of course the argument that music during surgery is distracting. However, if the music can be played without bothering the medical team it should not be an issue.

The team also made the point that music is non-evasive, and since patients are the people having the surgery, they should be given the option.

Let us know what your thoughts are.

[1] BBC News,. ‘Music ‘Reduces Pain And Anxiety’ For Surgery Patients – BBC News’. N.p., 2015. Web. 13 Aug. 2015.

250 Clinical Pharmacists to Help GP’s

There has been a three year programme put in place to encourage pharmacists to help out GP practices. Within three years the programme has targeted for there to be 250 clinical Pharmacists.

NHS England will part-fund these staff, with additional funding from practices, to help relieve workload pressure on GPs and provide a wider range of services for patients. They will be employed directly by practices, to help with issues such as; managing long-term conditions, giving advice for those with multiple medications, and better access to health checks.

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said: ‘Tapping into the skills of clinical pharmacists should help expand care and relieve some of the pressure that GPs are clearly under. This isn’t a silver bullet but it is a practical and constructive contribution to the wider challenge.’ [1]

Dr Maureen Baker also commented on the new plan to reinforce the idea that they will not be replacing GP’s but more dealing with medicinal issues that could go without wasting GP’s time.

Some practices have implemented this already and running pilots to see if the scheme works. The question is; will these help out the pressures GP’s are facing?

It does seem that they are more than qualified to help with more, but perhaps it is the patients that need to be made aware of this.

Let us know your thoughts.

[1],. ‘NHS England Unveils £15M Fund To Employ Pharmacists In GP Practices | Gponline’. N.p., 2015. Web. 9 July 2015.

RCN Congress 2015 – Bournemouth

We attended the RCN Congress this week in Bournemouth, and found the event a roaring success!

We got to talk to many of the delegates who expressed to us how knowledgeable they found the conferences and debates. We were able to discuss the recent events in healthcare and truly see Nurses who care about the industry.

We met student nurses who wanted advice on which route to take, retired nurses who wanted help finding their way back into nursing, and qualified working nurses from all routes of nursing who wanted to understand how working with an agency works.

We found the week enjoyable and rewarding. One of our biggest commitments, and something we pride ourselves on is our personal relationships, and we feel we got to meet a lot of honest people. We are excited by the delegates who have joined us and we are ready to keep the progression going.

if you were lucky enough to visit our stand you would have also been amazed by our team magician. Lee Smith wowed the crowds whilst they explored, and made the whole exhibition something we all cannot stop talking about!

If you attended the exhibition and you met the team then we look forward to getting in touch.

If you missed us please give us a call and we can introduce ourselves to you.

See you at the RCN exhibition next year!

What Do You Think of a 7-Day NHS?

After pilots being run of a 7 Day NHS, GP Online have discussed one success and one failure.

The Greater Manchester area had a huge success with their pilot reducing 8% of flow to A&E. The success means that they want to implement a 7-Day NHS by the end of 2015. The scheme will be extended to cover 2.8 million people.

The success rate of Great Manchester trialing the scheme meant that they were equal to a saving of £425,000. Bury’s scheme showed a 38% reduction in GP out-of-hours use and improved patient satisfaction.

Chief officer for Greater Manchester health and social care devolution, Ian Williamson, said: ‘Devolution hasn’t created these new seven-day systems of working – but it can help to propel those results quicker across Greater Manchester, through a cemented regional partnership, increased freedoms and flexibilities to make local decisions – and less bureaucratic impediments.’ [1]

However Yorkshire also attempted the scheme but had to close down early due to lack of patient demand.

The RCGP warned that the decision showed that seven-day GP services would not be valued in all areas across England, calling into question prime minister David Cameron’s pledge to roll out seven-day access to GPs nationwide by 2020.

Dr McCarron-Nash warned; ‘Holes are opening up in other parts of the service,’ she said. ‘Ethically that is extremely dubious. You are destabilising in-hours services for a service that isn’t even having its slots filled. What a waste of taxpayers’ money”.

Clearly the scheme is only needed in the patient demand areas that may truly benefit from it. However with a shortage of GP’s there needs to be a process to ensure they are found and placed in the right area.


RCGP chairwoman Dr Maureen Baker said: ‘Seven-day access to GP surgeries will be used and valued in some areas, but not everywhere, which is why it is essential that CCGs have the autonomy to tailor services to the needs of their local population.

‘The prime minister’s Challenge Fund is a welcome source of funding for general practice at a time when resources are scare and we have a severe shortage of family doctors. But GPs should be free to use these resources where they are most needed.’ [2]

We want to know what you think; is the scheme worthwhile in particular areas? Or do we need look at why there is higher patient demands?

Let us know your thoughts.

[1],. ‘Seven-Day GP Service For 2.8M Patients In Manchester Devolution Plan | Gponline’. N.p., 2015. Web. 12 June 2015.

[2],. ‘Seven-Day GP Pilots Branded Unethical As Yorkshire Service Closes | Gponline’. N.p., 2015. Web. 12 June 2015.

5 Reasons You Should Be a Nurse Practitioner

There has been a recent study of nurse numbers being low (ran by the BBC) which really connects to us and the sparsity we see in nurse recruitment. We notice the shortage especially in nurse practitioners, and so we took the time to think about why wouldn’t you be a nurse practitioner?

With nurse training being a possibility we want to reveal why you should be a nurse practitioner:

1. Open doors to new opportunities: An advanced education will not only open the door to countless new job opportunities, but will also provide you with the knowledge and experience necessary to provide high-quality healthcare services in a range of specialty areas to those in your community and beyond.

knowledge is power

2. Professional longevity: Nurse Practitioners will play a vital role in the expansion of healthcare services in the future, as they can understand the same things a GP does, but will be more in demand. Therefore they can provide high-quality care and also be cost-efficient in healthcare.

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3. Financial benefit: If you have more knowledge, it’s pretty self-explanatory that for another years work you would earn double your money!

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4. Personal fulfillment: Furthermore, the more insight you have, the more you are able to help patients in more severe cases. You’ll go to work feeling good, knowing you are performing a life saving job.

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5. Independence: In regards to being a locum Nurse Practitioner, you can work however you want and you do not have to depend on a GP during the working house. NP’s can practice independently


Should you be interested in progressing into a nurse practitioner role, or you are a NP and want to see want we can do for you, please contact Primary Care People today.

Call: 0203 137 2114

7 Reasons To Be a GP

With the shortage of General Practitioners still being an issue in the Primary Care sector, we came to think about why there is a shortage? And if it’s the NHS that’s causing you trouble, or the government, why not take a moment to think about the ideal life as a locum GP.

We took the liberty of accumulating the dream life for you…

1. VarietySo much choice!


GP’s have a full range of medical, psychological, social problems. Not to mention enjoying different practices which will allow you opportunities to work with different GPs, and treat different patients. This will help you build more relationships and gain more skills enabling you to have a better career.


2. Independence All decisions are up to you!


Considerable day-to-day autonomy, you choose when & where. Which also allows for a better work life and personal life balance.

3. Money –
Basically, lots of it.


Value with portfolio work too, but you’re also looking at £200K a year!

4. More clinicalin a nutshell less paper work


5. Time Off – Good opportunity to take time off and recover from registrar year.

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Not to mention, NO EXAMS!!

6. Helping People – You’re the savior really.


The profession can be rewarding and self-fulfilling. You’re responsible for helping and maintaining the health of a large group of people of all ages. You can relieve someone’s pain, deliver a newborn, detect health problems that may otherwise go unnoticed and make referrals to see specialists for further testing and care.


7. Power – And lets not forget to be a GP in general is underrated…they know about everything. 

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Since general practitioners don’t specialize in certain areas, they diagnose and treat a variety of illnesses, diseases and other ailments that affect all parts of the body…so they basically hold all the power.

As you can see life of a Locum GP is one not to missed out on. Even a salaried life as a GP seems pretty darn great, are we right?

Get in touch today to see why!

Call: 0203 137 2114


Pharmacists Could Improve GP Surgeries

We were skeptical when we heard about the pharmacists to help out GP surgeries; could it be just another rouse to throw over a problem?

However after considering the benefits that could be reaped, and understanding the direction GP surgeries will be taking, this step could have been inevitable. And, quite possibly, maybe the only choice the NHS has right now.

Although, despite all of this, pharmacists could also truly improve GP surgeries with their expertise.

Ravi Sharma spoke about her assistance as a pharmacist within a GP surgery. The article discusses the numerous benefits pharmacists can bring towards helping in these surgeries.

They say that the move will improve patient safety and care and, crucially, reduce waiting times for GP appointments.

GP surgeries will be expanding in the future as A&E needs to have stress taken off of their services. However, since there has now been a shortage in GP’s there needs to be an incentive for studying doctors to pursue primary care. There also needs to be extra help in the surgeries, WIC, and UCC’s. One realistic first step is to have pharmacists help out. Most pharmacists are located next to/near a GP surgery, therefore this seems like an idea that could potentially have a long term success.

It is believed that practice based pharmacists could relieve pressures and make a real difference to patient care.

Currently with an over-stretched GP workforce, this could be a solution that would benefit those who seek medical remedies and monitoring of long term illnesses.

“Pharmacists can also work with GPs to resolve day-to-day medicine issues and with practice teams to provide advice on medicines to care homes, as well as visiting patients in their own homes when needed…It’s a win-win situation for everyone concerned. The NHS simply can’t afford to wait any longer to create capacity in the system. We must be more strategic and change the services on offer to make best use of the NHS workforce.” [1]

A consensus that has been reached seems to be that patients could start receiving high quality care through the help of Pharmacists. Therefore perhaps this really is the correct step to take at this point for the sake of patients.

A lot of patients already use A&E as their go-to, but really most patients could be seen by a GP, and more often-than-not, a Nurse, and now also a Pharmacist.

In regards to the shortages of General Practitioners, The RCGP is calling for an increase in the NHS budget for general practice to be increased to 11% by 2017 – it is currently just over 8% – and for 8,000 more GP’s in England by the end of the next parliament.

Please let us know your thoughts.

[1] Medical News Today, (2015). Pharmacists set to work in GP surgeries in radical move to ease pressures on general practice and improve patient care, UK. [online] Available at: 

NHS Staff; Are You Afraid To Speak?

Recent reports are starting to ask if the NHS pressures have resulted in intimidating their staff into not speaking out about their problems at work.

This is an interesting topic to discuss, because the staff are always the heart of the healthcare environment.

It has been said that a ‘significant proportion of NHS workers would not raise concerns – either because they were afraid of the potential consequences, or because they felt nothing would be done.’ [1]

We want to know if you feel this is you? Do you feel your voice isn’t heard? Or, do you feel it wouldn’t make a difference if it was?

The same report stated that workers were scared to voice their opinions due to fear of bullying even. The very fact that staff are at conflict with each other shows the real severity that lies within NHS environments. In some cases staff feel so intimidated that there has been a rise in suicide rates.

We still hope that the NHS is finding solutions to it’s problems. But something that needs attention internally is clearly not thought about often, if at all.

So please let us know your concerns.

Do you feel unappreciated or intimidated in your position?

Please leave your comments, or email us at:

[1] BBC News, (2015). NHS staff ‘afraid to speak out’. Available at:

Employee Profile – Kevin West (Senior Consultant)

Our Employee profile this month is Kevin West (Senior Consultant). Please see below to get know a bit more about him.

  1. Why you started working with Primary Care People?
    I wanted to start earning more money, and pursue a long-term, rewarding career. Chris and Tawhid were able to provide me with a job I wanted to really invest my skills in to.
  1. What you enjoy most about working here?
    Everyone here is extremely friendly, but still manages to work really hard. So it’s a great team to work with.
  1. What do you do in your spare time?
    I’m an avid football Spurs supporter! I’m even on my way to Wembley at the end of the month.
  2. What is your favourite food?
    Kebab, I think I’m technically Turkish.
  3. What is your best achievement?
    Getting every job I have ever been interviewed for.