Healthcare Open Day – Maidstone, Kent

  • November 13th, 2019
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We’re holding an open day in West Malling, Kent on Wednesday, 13th November. We’re inviting healthcare professionals to come along to complete any outstanding mandatory training, compliance documents or to your begin registration. Available training includes: • Basic life support • Manual Handling Session times: Session one – 9am-12:30pm Session two – 1pm-4pm Churchill Square […]

The NHS pension dispute: What’s being done to help doctors and nurses?

  • August 23rd, 2019
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There have been lots of changes made already since the appointment of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister in July, including proposing a plan to allow doctors and nurses flexibility with their pension contributions. The plan is designed to avoid breaching the annual tax-free allowance and receiving large tax bills at the end of the financial […]

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 […]

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, […]

GMC includes burnout questions on this years’ national training survey

  • March 27th, 2018
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As the General Medical Council (GMC) continues to uphold standards of practice across the UK, they have recently seeked answers from doctors regarding the impact of burnout and exhaustion as part of the national training surveys (NTS). This is the first time such questions have been addressed, although the new questions are voluntary to answer. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

Latest Appraisal for Revalidation Success

  • September 25th, 2017
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We are delighted to announce that according to the latest Annual Organisational Audit (AOA) Comparator Report from NHS England, we have excelled compared to our competitors. In the latest report comparing locum agency designated bodies and national appraisal statistics, our missed appraisals percentage stands at just 0.7%, in contrast to our competitors who received 6.3%. […]