Dear Boris: Don’t overlook healthcare during Brexit negotiations

  • August 23rd, 2019
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We’ve been keeping a close eye on Brexit negotiations and appreciate that it’s an unsettling time for healthcare professionals in and outside of the UK. In the case of a no-deal Brexit, Boris Johnson has stated that on 31st October the current system of freedom of movement will end. As of July, around a third […]

More doctors choose Athona as their designated body

  • July 23rd, 2019
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We’re proud to announce we have received fantastic results in the latest Medical Revalidation Annual Organisational Audit (AOA) Comparator Report from NHS England. Our results are consistently ahead of our competitors, and this year is no different with our performance exceeding our own previous results. Between 1st March 2018 and 31st March 2019, 98.6% of […]

Athona scores industry-high in REC gold standard audit

  • June 20th, 2019
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Our Education division is delighted to announce they have retained their REC gold standard accreditation, which they first received in 2015. Our exceptional compliance team also achieved an industry-high result in the online REC Education audit diagnostic, where they achieved 98% (the industry average is only 87%). We’re extremely proud of the result and it continues […]

Brexit: What does it mean for overseas doctors and nurses?

  • March 29th, 2019
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Update (12/04/2019) The EU and UK have agreed a further delay to Brexit until 31 October, the below information will be subject to change. As soon as further news is announced we’ll keep you updated. There’s so much uncertainty surrounding Brexit and it seems that each day brings new developments and changes. Especially with an […]

Budget 2018: Anger at Hammond’s ‘little extras’

  • November 2nd, 2018
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‘Condescending’, ‘patronising’ and ‘an insult’ are just some of the words used to describe this week’s budget by Phillip Hammond. And now after a week of reviewing the opinions of education staff and parents across the country, it’s evident there’s an overwhelming feeling of upset and anger over the ‘little extras’ promised as “a one-off […]

Platinum result in HTE framework audit for nursing division

  • September 13th, 2018
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Once again, Athona Recruitment is proud to announce our nursing division has achieved a platinum result in this year’s HealthTrust Europe (HTE) framework audit. Having received a final score of 98.18%, this excellent achievement recognises our compliance team’s testament to hard-work, exceptional service and dedication at ensuring all of our candidates for nursing are compliant […]

Becoming a doctor in the UK: An insight

  • August 9th, 2018
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This week on Channel 4 we followed the journey of aspiring non-EU doctors through their journey to practice in the UK on the TV programme ‘The Foreign Doctors Are Coming.’ The NHS has experienced a shortage of doctors in recent years and non-EU doctors are now stepping in to close the gap. A quick scroll […]

Immigration cap axed for doctors and nurses

  • June 15th, 2018
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This week it was announced as of Friday 15th June, the immigration cap on doctors and nurses has been axed. Most have welcomed the news, with NHS bosses describing it as a “huge relief” more doctors and nurses from outside the EU can now be welcomed into the UK to fill roles. Before the lift, […]

International Women’s Day 2018

  • March 8th, 2018
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As a company, each individual deserves recognition for their hard work and daily achievements. But today, to celebrate International Women’s Day, our focus is on the women of Athona. Many of our leadership roles with Athona are held by women, from our Training & Development Manager, to Director of Mental Health, through to our Marketing […]

Inequality of NHS funding affects mental health services

  • January 16th, 2018
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A new report published by the King’s fund has revealed physical health services in the UK are still receiving bigger budgets, despite ministers repeatedly stressing the need to increase mental health service funding. Figures show the budgets of NHS mental health Trusts in England increased by only 2% in 2016-17, compared to the 6% boost […]

We’ve smashed our previous fundraising targets for local and national charities

  • January 15th, 2018
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Athona is delighted to announce we’ve raised a mammoth £11,195.28 for our charities of the year; Brentwood Mind and The Blue Cross. Over the year, we have taken to the skies and jumped 10,000 feet, completed the notorious obstacle course Tough Mudder, put ourselves through our paces with an inflatable 5k and participated in charity quiz […]

Extreme pressures on teachers force many to take long-term sick leave

  • January 12th, 2018
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Increased workload, curriculum changes and budget cuts are all contributing to the ‘epidemic of stress’ among 3,750 teachers on long-term sick leave, figures from the Liberal Democrats have shown. Recent figures have found a total of 1.3 million days have been taken as leave by teachers for mental health reasons in the past four years, […]