Thousands of medical training posts announced in ‘biggest ever’ expansion

The Department of Health has announced plans to extensively expand its medical training placements by an extra 1,500 doctors per year by 2020. The plan is being hailed as the “biggest ever” in the health service’s 69 years.   The current number of student doctors is said to increase by 25% under the new proposal […]

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IR35 Update: NHS to assess locums on a ‘case-by-case basis’

Nearly 2 months after the new reforms of the IR35 legislation went live (see our previous article on IR35 here) clients and contractors are still getting to grips with the new taxation laws. The point of the new changes which were made back in April 2017 was to shift the responsibility of determining how a […]

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IR35: New tax reforms for locum staff

IR35 is a tax legislation originally devised in 1999 to combat tax avoidance by those supplying their services to a client by means of an intermediary (such as a limited or personal service company) but would be classed as an employee if an intermediary was not used. This legislation particularly affects those in the medical […]

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Mental Health Nurse Shortages

Over the last ten years Mental Health figures have increased by 68%, with almost 3 children in every class being diagnosed with a mental health disorder. These can include: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Anxiety Depression Conduct Disorder Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) Eating Disorders Schizophrenia With these rising figures the funding of mental health services […]

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Are you an ‘A’, a ‘B’ an ‘AB’ or an ‘O’?

This may be an abstract question, however the answer may one day save your life. Doctors, Nurses, AHP and HSS candidates will tell you that listed in the title of this post are our four main blood groups.  Phlebotomists can go further still, stating just how blood flows around the body and how, when in […]

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Acute care nurse positions now available

Total Assist Group now offering nursing positions online Exciting healthcare recruitment industry leaders Total Assist Group are now bringing their wide portfolio of division branches online, so that locum staff can apply for opportunities easily and quickly. Already with a well-established and flourishing medical recruitment website, Total Assist Group will be launching a similar website […]

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NHS staff to strike over pay

68% of workers favour a strike Two thirds of NHS workers under the Unison healthcare union have voted in favour of strike action over pay. 68% of the nurses, healthcare assistants, porters and doctors said they were prepared to strike, whilst 88% voted for industrial action short of a strike. Three other unions – the […]

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Nurse staffing level debate misses the point, says ex-NHS Employers chief

Former chief executive of NHS Employers explains that targets are just the tip of the iceberg Nursing staffing levels have been intensely under the spot light, as acute trusts revealed they had failed to hit targets of hours worked by registered nurses. Undoubtedly, evidence suggests that staffing levels are important to maintaining high levels of […]

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More nurses won’t help NHS, claims leading editor

Health Service Journal editor says a well staffed ward is no assurance of good healthcare Health Service Journal (HSJ) editor Alastair McLellan believes that the sight of a fully staffed hospital ward could be a “dangerous fallacy” leading to assumptions about good patient care. In the short term, Mr McLellan agrees that boosting nurse recruitment is […]

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