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/

New Nursing Division

We take great pleasure in informing you that we have launched a dedicated Nursing division here at Primary Care People.

We have experienced exponential growth over this past year, and as part of our continued growth we want to provide Nurses with a dedicated and specialised team to support their needs.

Equally, we wish to provide our clients a specialist team to communicate with, build relationships with, and to assist with all their Nurse staffing needs in your Practice, Unit or Centre.
Our Nursing team will take the time to listen to your needs and provide solutions to clients and nurses alike.

Let us introduce the team to you:

Pino Nicholson – Meet our Associate Director of Nursing. Pino, will be managing our new division, ensuring our expertise is reaching all clients and candidates nationwide.
An accomplished Learning and Development professional, Trainer, Recruiter, Project Manager and Sales Professional with more than 25 years’ experience; He has a proven track record of providing exemplary levels of training and development to individuals across all seniorities, adding value to organisations through the delivery and management of effective and proven training and development programmes as well as talent management and performance management.

“As a recruitment and Director and Manager I am passionate about customer service and will take the time to truly understand the needs of candidates and clients therefore both myself and my team will deliver opportunities and solutions that are aimed at meeting the needs of the people we work with.”

Contact Pino: pino@primarycarepeople.co.uk

Kevin West – Practice Nurses. Kevin, has been successfully placing our candidates into long term contract, ad-hoc and permanent work. Kevin has had extensive experience in working with clients and candidates to ensure all Practice Nurse need’s are met.

Contact Kevin: kevin@primarycarepeople.co.uk

Dean Wylie – Nurse Practitioners. Dean, will be increasing our presence with both ANP’s and ENP’s. Placing them into work and supplying clients help with Practices, UCC’s and WIC’s.

Contact Dean: dean@primarycarepeople.co.uk

We look forward to working together with you. Contact the Primary Care People nursing team today to find out how we can assist you!

We are passionate about care, and that starts with caring for our clients and candidates. We are dedicated to providing you with the best service possible, after all, you deserve it.

Caring For You, So You Can Care For Others.

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

Would Nurse Training Be Beneficial?

The Nursing Times discussed something that has been on our mind lately too – Nurse training.

We have asked our candidates about this, and tried to get a feel for what nurses are after and how they feel towards training and their options throughout their career.

What has been established by The Nursing Times is;

Nurses and other health service staff should be offered more leadership training opportunities within their own organisations to help transform models of care in the way outlined in NHS England’s five-year plan, according to a health think-tank. [1]

For those that may not know, the NHS five-year plan aimed to have most healthcare professionals to be open to furthering their skills, responsibilities and careers. What we want to know is – do any workers in the primary care sector feel they have room to branch out should they want?

And do you feel training is the answer to many problems the NHS face?

Finally, we are also interested in what training you think would be valuable to have.

Please let us know your thoughts: socialmedia@primarycare-jobs.co.uk

[1] Merrifield, N. (2015). Better leadership training for nurses needed to change care models. Nursingtimes.net. Available at: http://www.nursingtimes.net/home/specialisms/leadership/better-leadership-training-for-nurses-needed-to-change-care-models/5082475.article

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: marketing@primarycare-jobs.co.uk

[1] BBC News, (2015). NHS staff ‘afraid to speak out’. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31362196

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.

Monthly Statistics for Primary Care People

Candidates: we have registered 118 new candidates this month!

Clients: we have signed on with 16 new clients this month.

A big welcome to all new Doctor’s and Nurse’s that have joined us this month. We hope you find all you want from your work with us, and wish you a prosperous year. With our new clients we are thriving in expanding our work opportunities for all you candidates.  We are excited to have you all as part of the Primary Care People team.

We have excellent referral rates to offer you, so please remember to refer a GP, ANP, ENP, or Practice Nurse if you know of one. Call us, or email us at: applications@primarycare-jobs.co.uk

And another big welcome to all new Client’s that have joined us this month. With our new candidates registering with the company we are thriving in expanding our team.

We have also had a new employee start with us in-house, Mark Winter is Primary Care People’s new Sale’s Manager. Should you have any new queries or complaints please take them up with Mark.

mark@primarycare-jobs.co.uk

 

Don’t Forget should you want to join us we have excellent referral terms.

Please email: applications@primarycare-jobs.co.uk

We are excited to have you all as part of the Primary Care People team.

Nurse Referral Terms:

Hours worked by Referral Referral payment to Candidate
First 100 hours (Equivalent to two weeks work) £200.00
Next 400 hours (Equivalent to ten weeks work) £300.00
Next 1000 hours (Equivalent to twenty five weeks work) £650.00
 Next 2000 hours (Equivalent to fifty weeks work) £1000.00

Doctor Referral Terms:

Hours worked by Referral Referral payment to Candidate
First 100 hours (Equivalent to two weeks work) £300.00
Next 400 hours (Equivalent to ten weeks work) £300.00
Next 1000 hours (Equivalent to twenty five weeks work) £700.00
Next 2000 hours (Equivalent to fifty weeks work) £1,250.00

ID Badges

This month we have purchased an ID card printer to use for all our candidates. We have wanted to do this for a long time and are very excited to have one to use for all of you.

The badges will come supplied with our logo printed lanyards, and the cards will have your name, GMC/NMC Number, reference number, profession, and a photo of yourself on them. Our marketing team should have been in contact with you in regards to your preferred photo to use.

These ID badges will be ideal for you to wear during your shifts with us, or whenever you work!

We will also be supplying these to all new candidates that register with the company from now on.

We hope you are happy to have a card – We want you to feel included with the team here, as we are proud to have you representing us.

We all hope this will help all our clients these ID badges should be used when our candidate works a shift, so you will be able to identify them.

Furthermore for our clients; we have also made some staff wall planners. Should you desire one on your site to record staff working, please let our marketing team know and we will get one sent straight out to you.