Top 5 thing to do in Portsmouth

  • October 6th, 2021
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Did you know here at Athona we have a number of locum agency nurse jobs available in the waterfront city of Portsmouth? Located on the south coast of England, directly opposite the Isle of Wight, it’s the only island city in the country and is only a short two-hour car or train journey from London. […]

Athona donate Christmas presents to Brentwood Community Hospital

  • December 23rd, 2020
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For Christmas 2020, our Athona employees decided to do something a little different. Rather than our usual ‘secret Santa’ gift giving amongst employees, we instead decided to buy presents for staff at our local hospital, Brentwood Community Hospital. After this year, our employees felt they would rather donate presents to staff at the local hospital [...]

How locum nursing can benefit you

  • August 22nd, 2018
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Are you looking for a new nursing job? Perhaps you’re considering working as a locum nurse through an agency, but aren’t sure what the benefits are? Take a look at our top four reasons to choose locum nursing: Flexibility: As a locum nurse, you can decide exactly when you want to work and are able to pick […]

From Italy to the UK – a radiographers experience

  • March 23rd, 2018
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Are you interested in relocating to the UK, but are worried about the daunting prospect? Our permanent and international team are on hand to find you your perfect role, as well help alleviate any concerns you may have. Meet Pierluigi, a Radiographer and find out how he’s finding living and working in the UK. Why […]

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 one in 10 nurses leave the NHS each year, with 33,000 nurses walking 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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

NHS funding crisis – who’s at risk of closure?

  • November 17th, 2017
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Recent reports have revealed hundreds of GP surgeries, A&E units and walk-in centres are facing closure due to NHS financial problems, understaffing and modernisation plans. Over the past four months 70 NHS services across England have been shut down or have been downgraded, some of which included maternity units and community hospitals. Holly Maltby, a […]