Guidance and Publications

Shaping the future of medical revalidation: interim report. This report from the GMC presents emerging findings from a study into the regulatory impacts of revalidation. It finds that the majority of GMC licensed doctors are engaged in an annual appraisal process but scepticism was expressed about whether revalidation has led to improved patient safety. The majority of responsible officers surveyed felt that the numbers of concerns about doctors had not increased since the introduction of revalidation. The report also highlights the lack of awareness on the part of patients and the public on revalidation and the purposes of the process.

Supporting NHS staff who are volunteers. This guidance for NHS employers looks at the business case and benefits of volunteering. It outlines the impact it has on an employee’s terms and conditions and gives examples from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who have both supported their staff to take part in volunteering activities.

Terms and conditions of service for NHS doctors and dentists in training 2016. This contract outlines the new terms and conditions of the junior doctors' contract which will be introduced in August 2016. The accompanying and supporting documentation includes FAQs and details on the new Guardian for Safer Working role.

Junior doctors' contract: equality analysis and family test. Equality analysis and family test for the new contract for doctors and dentists in training in the NHS.

Transfers of premature and sick babies. This report highlights the challenges faced by neonatal transport services in the UK. Findings reveal that these essential services are often under-staffed, under-resourced and part-time. It shows that in a one week snapshot, half of the neonatal transport services across the UK reported gaps in their rota.

Shaping the future of medical revalidation – interim report. This GMC report presents emerging findings from the UMbRELLA (UK Medical Revalidation Evaluation Collaboration) study into the regulatory impacts of revalidation. it finds that four out of 10 doctors are changing their practice as a result of their last appraisal. A majority of responding Responsible Officers (62.7%) felt that the number of concerns being raised about doctors had not increased since the introduction of revalidation.

Consultations

Reforming healthcare education funding: creating a sustainable future workforce . The DH is seeking views on proposals that, from 1 August 2017, all new nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students on pre-registration undergraduate and post-graduate courses will receive their tuition funding and financial support through the standard student support system, rather than NHS bursaries and tuition funded by Health Education England. An open consultation on the proposals seeks views on how these reforms can be implemented. The consultation closes on 30 June 2016.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council - amendments to modernise midwifery regulation and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of fitness to practise processes. Seeks views on a draft Amendment Order making changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 that will: remove statutory midwifery supervision provisions, which will result in a clear separation of the roles and purpose of the supervision and regulation of midwives; remove the statutory Midwifery Committee from the NMC’s governance structures; and make improvements to the NMC’s fitness to practise processes to enable further improvements and deal with cases in a more appropriate manner. The consultation closes on 17 June 2016. 

Consultation on standards for pharmacy professionals. The General Pharmaceutical Council is seeking views on core standards that every pharmacist, pharmacy technician, pharmacy student and trainee will be expected to meet. The nine core standards describe the attitudes and behaviours that contribute most to safe and effective care. The closing date for responses is 27 June 2016.

News

Healthcare professionals have no duty of care regarding patients' families, High Court rules. The High Court has dismissed a compensation claim against the NHS from a man who is suffering from incurable brain disease from which his younger sibling died, and with which a cousin was also diagnosed. The claimant argued that his condition was genetic and should therefore have been diagnosed earlier and treated. The Court ruled that a doctor's duty of care to their patients did not extend to patients' wider families.

Damages claim rejected for psychiatrist’s work-related heart attack. The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal from a psychiatrist who suffered a stress-related heart attack at work. The High Court had rejected her claim for damages from an NHS Trust due to being overworked. The Court of Appeal upheld the High Court ruling on the grounds that, even though the Trust had failed to carry out a relevant risk assessment, it would have made no difference to the claimant’s levels of stress.

Bevan Brittan Articles

Bad news for malingerers. Malingerers beware: the EAT has made it easier for you to be dismissed. Sarah Maddock reports.

Employment news round-up - April 2016. Julian Hoskins provides this month's round-up of key employment law developments.

Whistleblowing takes centre stage. Victoria McMeel and Jodie Sinclair look at where we are on new standards recently introduced and the latest case law on what a 'public' interest disclosure means.