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 […]

Healthcare professional shortages in the UK

  • May 31st, 2019
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The Migration Advisory Committee has advised that the UK is short of almost every type of healthcare professional, and that all medical professions should be placed on the shortage occupation list. Previously only Consultants in Clinical Radiology, Emergency Medicine and Old Age Psychiatry were on the list. What does this mean for healthcare professionals? It […]

Four qualities that make a great recruiter

  • October 3rd, 2018
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Are you looking to start your recruitment career, but aren’t sure if you have the right skill-set to succeed. Keep reading to find out four qualities you need to become a great recruiter.   Listening – To start your career in recruitment, whether it’s as a specialist AHP recruiter or working as an internal recruiter, it’s essential […]

Refer & earn: win a luxury hamper!

  • August 10th, 2018
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Do you want to be in with the chance of winning a luxury hamper from Fortnum & Mason? The need to fill nursing jobs is becoming increasingly important. Therefore, until the 31st August, on top of the standard referral bonus, for every nurse you refer to us your name will be entered into a draw to win […]

Why is the NHS under so much pressure?

  • January 24th, 2018
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Staff shortages, waiting times and more nurses leaving the profession than ever before, it’s clear the NHS is under a lot of pressure. In particular areas such as, emergency departments and GP services, seem to be suffering Take a look at some of the main challenges facing the NHS: Source – My health London NHS […]

24 hours in A&E celebrates its 100th episode

  • January 19th, 2018
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With so much negativity surrounding the NHS in recent months, it was uplifting to see a news story which highlights the work of just one of many hospitals in the UK. On the 16th January the 100th episode of 24 Hours in A&E was broadcasted. To celebrate the accolade, consultant in Emergency Medicine, Dr Will […]

Figures show one in 10 nurses leave the NHS each year

  • January 18th, 2018
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Nursing leaders are reporting a ‘dangerous and downward spiral’, as new figures reveal 33,000 nurses walked away last year alone, meaning the pressure is building on community services and understaffed hospitals. To get a greater understanding of nursing shortages within the NHS, the BBC conducted an in-depth study, revealing: “More than 10% of the nursing […]

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 […]

Severe shortage of radiologists in the NHS

  • January 9th, 2018
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Senior doctors have warned a lack of radiologists, especially interventional radiologists, is putting patients at risk. The government revealed more than a quarter of NHS Trusts in England don’t have enough radiologists, meaning patients needing surgery often have to experience more invasive operations, leading to putting them at higher risk. Recent figures have revealed on […]

NHS hospitals forced to cancel routine operations amid winter crisis

  • January 5th, 2018
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In a distressing move, NHS officials have forced every hospital in the country to cancel all non-urgent surgery and in-patient treatments until at least the end of January. With a spike in winter flu levels, pressures on the NHS are set to continue to rise. NHS medical director, Sir Bruce Keogh, said of the situation: […]

Bed shortage crisis in England alarms NHS bosses

  • December 8th, 2017
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A recent report by NHS Providers uncovered fears that Britain could be hit by the worst flu strain in decades, with hospitals close to 99% full, far over the 85% limit previously anticipated. Chief executives from hospitals across the UK have raised concerns patients could be harmed, and understaffed wards will be unable to cope […]