English teachers to hold one-day strike

  • June 24th, 2016
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Teachers plan to strike in England on 5th July over pay, working conditions and school funds. National Union of Teachers (NUT) members will walk out, after 91.7% of those who voted backed the action. There are fears that this could cause major disruption for parents, as the NUT have hinted more strikes will come later […]

Uncertainty for UK universities following EU referendum vote

  • June 24th, 2016
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Following the vote in favour of Brexit (British exit) earlier this year, universities in the UK now face uncertainties about the future of research funding, student fees and hiring of staff from the European Union (EU). Current figures show there was strong support for the Remain side in university towns including Oxford, Cambridge and Bristol. […]

NHS to offer patients life-saving apps and devices to help manage illnesses

  • June 17th, 2016
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Millions of patients will receive devices and apps free on the NHS in a major drive to use technology to reduce patient deaths. NHS England’s chief executive, Simon Stevens, is to announce a new fast-track plan to allow patients to use apps and devices to detect health problems, monitor health conditions, and protect themselves from infections. […]

Treating depression through blood testing

  • June 14th, 2016
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Scientists in the UK have developed a blood test to help doctors pick the best drug for patients with depression. Doctors sometimes use a trial-and-error approach when selecting the right course of treatment for depression, until finding the most effective one. The experts involved believe the breakthrough could lead to depressed patients receiving personalised treatments […]

Emergency services – doctors in demand

  • June 14th, 2016
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East of England Ambulance bosses are calling for more people to join the frontline due to a ‘concerning’ increased level of demand. Figures released by the Trust show that 999 calls for the sickest patients – known as red one (cardiac arrests and where the patient is not breathing) and red two (other life-threatening situations) – were […]

The New 9-1 GCSE Measure

  • June 14th, 2016
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This year’s year 11 students will be the last to receive A-G grades for their GCSE results following government reforms. In 2012, the then Education Secretary, Michael Gove, announced changes to GCSEs and A levels to make them ‘rigorous and more knowledge-based and to match the qualifications used in the best education systems in the […]

Athona’s medical division score platinum again in HTE audit

  • June 10th, 2016
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We’re delighted to announce our medical division have once again scored platinum in this year’s HTE audit. The team work tirelessly to ensure that all candidates are compliant to the highest standard which is highlighted with a score of 98.64% platinum – an improvement on last year’s platinum score of 95.11%. Danielle Sutherland, Compliance Manager, […]

Exam appeals – clampdown on remarks for pupils this summer

  • June 7th, 2016
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Changes to the rules governing exam remarks and appeals means students sitting their GCSEs, AS levels and A levels over the summer could find it harder to successfully appeal against results. Exam regulator Ofqual has said too many students had been getting extra marks, and possibly a higher grade as a result, after requesting an […]

Should bursaries be scrapped for student nurses and midwives?

  • June 7th, 2016
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On 4th June 2016, hundreds of nurses and midwives marched through London in protest, calling for a rethink of government plans to scrap maintenance bursaries for students in England. Bursaries are a means-tested allowance paid to those healthcare students who qualify, to help with living expenses during their training. The plans to replace maintenance bursaries […]

Life after levels – what will future assessment in schools look like?

  • June 3rd, 2016
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In 2013, the government announced the removal of assessment levels in lower school, which means that schools have been given the power to take control and create their own assessment criteria. Teachers have been given the opportunity to use their expertise to inform the assessments of students, which is a positive step towards trusting teachers […]

Should NHS staff be trained to fill doctor gaps?

  • June 3rd, 2016
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Nurses, paramedics and pharmacists should be trained to fill in for doctors and help meet the demand in the NHS in England, bosses say. Management body NHS Employers has approved the plan after advisers said there were a range of extra tasks they could do with more training. A Nuffield Trust review found some areas […]

Recruitment Day for Doctors, Nurses and Healthcare professionals in London

  • June 1st, 2016
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Athona is holding a recruitment day for doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals at the Holiday Inn London – Bloomsbury. Date: Saturday 25th June Time: 09:00 – 17:00 Location: Holiday Inn London – Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London, WC1N 1HT  On the day we will be: • Recruiting doctors, nurses and health professionals. • Verifying documents. • Conducting […]