LMC Conference 2016

There was an LMC Conference on Saturday 31st of January, which was a chance for  all the local medical committees to speak up about their concerns and issues with general practice. They spoke, debated and demanded, and came to the conclusion that government was not providing a solution, but we need to find one immediately.

 

One topic of conversation was talking about trying to find a solution to the spending issues around recruitment. And one thing that kept coming up was restrictions on agencies supplying staff.

 

Our Managing Director, Tawhid Juneja, commented on this in saying, “the government is saying they just want to use agencies who are on national frameworks. But the national frameworks are only secondary care, not primary care.

Therefore, we have clients not wanting to use us because we are not on the frameworks, which means us (alongside other agencies) cannot provide skilled Primary Care clinicians. But that will only create further issues when our clients do not have the nurses they need.”

 

Not only that, the government is also saying those nurses should be employed by what band they are on. Which we know by experience that if a nurse has the right skillset they can really benefit in certain healthcare environments that are struggling.

 

He went on to say “we propose that Urgent Care Centres should be treated separately to other practices and centres, and have no pigeon hole of band nurses. Because otherwise the UCC’s job of relieving A&E will not be able to function. And nurses will no skills would be there instead.”

 

We believe this because UCC’s need an affective team to perform its function. We recognise this first-hand from when we told the UCC’s that we could cost them a more effective solution of using Nurse Practitioners and Practice Nurses with minor injury skills.

 

We feel this is just another example of a system gone wrong and not thought through.

 

Please let us know your thoughts on this.

Or any thoughts you may have had from the day.

 

Email: work@primarycarepeople.co.uk

Calling Attention To All Nurses: Revalidation Help Guide

All Nurses have recently been made aware of the NMC revalidation that is taking place next year.

The new guidance comes into effect from April 2016. Which means every registered nurse will undergo revalidation at some point in the subsequent three years. If you fail to revalidate you will be removed from the register and unable to practise.

Although this seems daunting, Primary Care People wanted to ensure that you are fully prepared for your revalidation. We are here to help you through the process to make it that much easier for you.

The new process replaces the current Prep requirements and nurses and midwives will have to revalidate every three years when they renew their place on the register. The revalidation builds on existing renewal requirements by introducing new elements which encourage nurses and midwives to reflect on the role of the Code in their practice and demonstrate that they are ‘living’ the standards set out within it.

So that we do not confuse you, we have collected what the new requirements are alongside your existing.

To summarise what the new requirements are for revalidation, we have listed them below:

  • Producing 5 written reflections on your practice;
  • Having a reflective discussion with a fellow nurse or midwife;
  • Ensuring that another professional – normally your line manager – confirms that you have met all of the requirements for revalidation.

Many of the requirements that you will have already done as part of the PREP will remain under revalidation, so nothing in those respects will be unfamiliar to you.

In total with the current requirements, this is the list for revalidation you will be looking at as a whole:

  • 450 practice hours or 900 if revalidating as both a nurse and midwife
  • 35 hours CPD including 20 hours participatory learning
  • Five pieces of practice related feedback
  • Five written reflective accounts
  • Reflective discussion
  • Health and character declaration
  • Professional indemnity arrangements
  • Confirmation

You can use the NMC to help start the process already for your revalidation. Here are the steps they suggest you take:

  1. Make sure you have an NMC Online account. If you don’t yet have one refer to our step by step guidance on setting up your account.
  2. Find out about your:Revalidation application date: This is the date by which you must submit your revalidation application.

    Renewal date: This is the date on which your registration expires. Your registration will be renewed from this date if you have successfully completed your revalidation application.

  3. Learn about what you will need to do. Talk with colleagues about revalidation and return to these web pages regularly.

Nurses and midwives should familiarise themselves with How to revalidate with the NMC now and start to develop their portfolio.

Revalidation will build on the requirements that nurses and midwives already need to meet. However, we want to provide a fair and reasonable amount of time for nurses and midwives to familiarise themselves with the revalidation requirements and prepare for their revalidation. We are proposing that the first nurses and midwives to revalidate will be those with a renewal date in April 2016. [1]

Please note that you must still pay your annual retention fee every year to maintain your registration with the NMC. Revalidation replaces the current renewal (Prep) process and you will have to complete the revalidation process every three years in order to renew your registration.

Should you need any further help with your revalidation process we are more than happy to assist you! Please call our dedicated nursing team, or our compliance team, who can guide you in the right direction.

[1] Nmc.org.uk, (2015). Revalidation. [online] Available at: http://www.nmc.org.uk/standards/revalidation/

Happy International Nurses Day!

Happy Nurses Day!

To celebrate all our Nurses and the wonderful job you all do – we wanted to advertise our new sponsorship of Nurse Academy!

Recently we have become sponsors to help hold Nurse Training so Nurses can learn the skills to work in an Urgent Care Centre.

The first course starts the 26th May, so please get in touch to find out more details!

http://nurseacademy.wix.com/nurseacademy

And Nurses – Please enjoy your day, we appreciate all of you!

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.

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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

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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
Email: applications@primarycare-jobs.co.uk

Nurse Practitioners – We Thank You!

We have been very busy over the Christmas period; covering shifts, meeting new clients, employing new candidates and implementing our referral scheme. We wanted to take some time to show recognition for our team’s hard work and the enthusiasm of our new candidates.

Especially over the last month we have welcomed numerous nurses, and especially come to recognize the importance of nurse practitioners and, especially, ENP’s. Because we have managed to enable a lot of nurse’s work recently, we started thinking about the value of our Nurses.

GP and Nurses alike, we run our business primarily on the consensus that our GP’s and Nurses in Primary care are extremely important to us. They are the foundation to a successful healthcare system. We understand this, and it has helped us to become a tier one agency to provide work for. Not on the basis to sell ourselves – but to ensure the right GP or Nurse is placed where best suits them.

For those that are not aware, Nurse practitioners in the primary care industry, divide between two categories; Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) and Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP).

Due to our popularity of ENP’s, to understand just how important their roles are, we have displayed their duties:

The Emergency Care Practitioner provides advanced level care for patients with undiagnosed, undifferentiated needs. Nurses in this role may work across acute and community settings and will:

  • Assess, plan implement and evaluate urgent care at an advanced level;
  • Work autonomously, exercising a high degree of critical judgement to improve outcomes and experiences for patients;
  • Provide expert clinical advice and expertise to patients, service users, carers and colleagues.
  • Work as an expert practitioner, diagnosing, initiating treatment and referring onwards when indicated.
  • Evaluate and manage the patient’s response to treatment;
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of safe, high quality services through a robust model of clinical governance;
  • Contribute to the development of patient group directives, clinical guidelines, frameworks and competency tools;
  • Contribute or lead education, research, audit and patient safety initiatives within the service.

We believe because of their duties they hold a lot of responsibility that can go unrecognized. We wanted to take the opportunity to illustrate just how important they are, and how helpful they have been to us.

We have also received feedback from our Nurses that helped us realize how important we are to them:

“I have been working with Primary Care People for 1 year, as a self-employed ENP. I decided to commit to being self-employed after spending many years within the public and private sector. This was initially a scary prospect, as I was unsure if I would have enough work to support my family. Tawhid and his team have worked very closely with me to ensure that I have enough work to support my family and that I have enough time away from work to support them.”    – Emergency Nurse Practitioner

We are happy to be in the healthcare industry, and provide medical practices and hospitals with the most suitable staff.

Please feel free to get in touch if you are a Nurse or GP, who wants to join our strong team.

We also have a referral scheme for both GP’s and Nurses. If you can refer a name of a GP or Nurse, you can earn from £1-£2,000+.

Also, please leave comments if you feel unappreciated in your position. We want to know your thoughts.

Primary Care People: We care for you, so you can care for others.

Contact details:
Email: applications@primarycare-jobs.co.uk
Tel: 0203 137 2114