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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Almost five times as many freshers disclose mental health condition

  • September 5th, 2017
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New figures show the number of first-year students heading to university and disclosing a mental illness has risen almost five times in a decade. The figures note women undergraduates are more likely to register a mental illness, with 2.5 per cent doing so, compared to 1.4 per cent of men. However researchers at the Institute […]

NHS will pay recruiters £100 million to plug staffing gaps

  • September 1st, 2017
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Starting in the autumn, recruiters will be paid £100 million to find enough doctors to fill NHS staffing gaps, as a seven day working week comes into force. The NHS recruitment drive will take place over the next three and years, with an estimated 5,000 more GPs will be needed; with almost half coming from […]

How to compose a doctors CV

  • June 15th, 2017
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When writing a CV the aim should be to present your history of education, job qualifications and emphasise the skills you have, which are specific to the job role. Your CV should be clear, concise and only contain relevant information. Length – Keep it brief with good quality information, and try to avoid long sentences. […]

Surgery wait times have tripled over four years

  • June 7th, 2017
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The Royal College of Surgeons has said the number of patient’s waiting six months or more for surgery has tripled over the past four years. Whilst NHS England said it had cut the number of patients who had been waiting for more than a year for treatment, figures from March 2017 show 130,000 people had […]