Nurses vote in support of strike over low pay

  • June 7th, 2017
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The RCN has warned that unless the one percent pay cap is lifted, nurses will hold a ballot on industrial action later this year. The government’s cap on public sector pay has meant nurses have suffered a 14 percent pay cut since 2010. The RCN believes, low levels of pay are responsible for the thousands […]

Should the NHS be exempt from new immigration charge?

  • March 13th, 2017
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The Immigration Skills Charge (ISC), which comes in to effect in April, will have a damaging effect on the NHS, the British Medical Association (BMA) and Royal College of Nursing (RCN) warn. The charge means the NHS must pay £1,000 each year for any worker coming in to the UK from outside the European Union. […]

Meet our first graduate apprentice

  • March 10th, 2017
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Charlotte has been an apprentice in our nursing team for six months. She recently successfully completed her apprenticeship program and became our first ‘graduate’. Charlotte has now moved up into a full-time Sales Support role. We asked her about her experiences with us and her advice for students looking to take on an apprenticeship:   […]

Want to be Athona’s next quiz champions?

  • March 8th, 2017
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Athona’s charity quiz is returning this year with some exciting new additions, including a new venue, new food choices and even a new day of the week! For 2017, we’re fundraising for Blue Cross and Mind Brentwood. You can find out more about our chosen charities here. Date: Wednesday 26th April Time: 7pm Venue: Romford Golf […]

Life as a Locum Doctor

  • February 23rd, 2017
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Mike Gough graduated from Medical School in 2012 and worked his foundation years in the West Midlands, where he helped create and design websites is several NHS Trusts. He has shared his story with us, to give us an insight into his experiences of being a locum doctor.   “Don’t you have to keep moving […]

MPs warn teacher shortages are getting worse in key subjects

  • February 22nd, 2017
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MPs warn teacher shortages in key subjects, such as physics and maths are getting worse in schools in England. The Education Select Committee has called for a long-term plan to address the struggle schools are facing to recruit enough teachers whilst facing rising pupil numbers. The MPs claim the Government has failed to deal with […]

Wearable health monitoring device wins £1m NHS contract

  • February 22nd, 2017
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Healthcare technology firm, snap40, has won a £1 million contract from NHS England to help the start-up company trial the wearable monitoring device in two UK hospitals. The funding has been awarded through the Small Business Research Initiative for Healthcare (SBRI), to help the company expand and move towards the goal of getting its tech […]

Bed shortages causing surgeons to cancel or delay operations

  • February 15th, 2017
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The winter beds crisis has left surgeons going ‘days at a time’ without performing operations, health groups have warned. In a letter to the Sunday Times, Claire Marx, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, and Chris Hopson, Chief Executive of NHS Providers, said surgeons at hospitals in England are being left ‘kicking their heels’ […]

Matters of the mind – an insight into psychiatry

  • February 10th, 2017
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Psychiatry is an integral part of medicine. It offers a fascinating and rewarding career and the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of patients’ mental health and well-being. We spoke to one of our psychiatrists about his role as a Learning Disabilities Consultant.   Tell us about your background – what made […]

Leaked figures suggest January was worst month for A&E

  • February 9th, 2017
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Leaked data shows A&E wards in England experienced the worst month of delays in January, with a record number of patients waiting for longer than the four-hour target. 13 years since the four-hour target was introduced, the leaked figures, which were compiled by regulator NHS Improvement, also suggest a record high for patients waiting more […]

UK schools trial body cameras for teachers

  • February 8th, 2017
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Two schools in the UK are trialling the use of body cameras in a bid to stop pupil disruption. The schools, which are currently unnamed to avoid unwanted interference during the trial, will film during incidents in the classroom to tackle ‘constantly low-level disruption’. Tom Ellis, principal lecturer at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies […]

Nursing university applications drop by 23%

  • February 8th, 2017
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Figures show English students applying to nursing and midwifery courses at British universities have fallen by 23% since the scrap of NHS bursaries. While the drop was largest among applicants in England, there was also an 11% fall in those from Wales, 7% from Scotland and 4% from Northern Ireland. Ministers previously said replacing bursaries […]