All NHS staff to get ‘passports’ so they can work in any hospital

All NHS staff could get ‘passports’ to allow them to work in ANY hospital at short notice – scrapping the need for two-day inductions

  • NHS urging hospitals in England to join scheme after it was piloted in London
  • It will cut out need for two-day inductions and other admin, NHS England says
  • Comes amid an ongoing staffing crisis at the cash-strapped health service

Doctors and nurses will be given ‘passports’ to allow them to move freely between hospitals, the NHS has announced.

The ID cards, transferred between trusts online, will cut out the need for two-day inductions and other time-consuming admin.

It is hoped the move will allow staff to move at short notice, filling in gaps in rotas and working in hospitals during emergencies.

The passports come amid an ongoing staffing crisis in the cash-strapped health service, with it being short of around 100,000 employees.

The shortage is thought to have fueled the record 4.5million people stuck on the waiting list for routine surgery on the NHS. 

NHS staff in England are to be given ‘passports’ so they can move freely between hospitals in a bid to combat crippling shortages (file image) 

And a report this month found more than 100,000 patients a year are diagnosed with cancer too late because of a shortage of radiologists and oncologists.

All hospitals in England are being urged to sign up to the passport scheme after it was successfully piloted at five trusts in London. 

Clinicians in hospitals that have signed up will be able to move across different NHS sites to offer care to patients before returning to their main trust.

NHS England, which announced the move, said the scheme gives staff more flexible working patterns. 

NHS has lost 600 GPs in one YEAR despite pledges from Government to tackle the downward spiral 

The NHS has lost almost 600 GPs in the last year as its recruitment crisis continues, figures show.

Almost as many family doctors left the health service between June 2018 and June 2019 as did in the entire three years to March.

Doctors’ union the British Medical Association said falling GP numbers mean strained GPs are risking their own health to catch up with huge workloads.

Detailed figures from NHS Digital show which practices have lost or gained the most doctors, with one medical centre in London losing 31 in three months.

The losses again highlight the spectacular failure of the Government’s pledge to hire 5,000 extra GPs between by 2020.

The NHS figures released last month show 28,257 full-time equivalent, fully qualified doctors were employed in GP practices in England in June.

This was a drop of 576 from 28,697 in March this year, and from 28,833 in June last year.

Overall, numbers are rising as locum doctors and trainees who are not yet fully qualified bring the total number of full-time GPs up to 34,114.

This was 0.8 per cent more than a year earlier but suggests staff are cutting their hours or being replaced by junior doctors who can’t yet work without supervision.

 

The scheme is part of a package of measures to be set out today by the NHS in moves to build a workforce to deliver its Long Term Plan. 

The Long Term Plan commits the NHS to improve staff retention rates by two per cent by 2025, the equivalent of recruiting an extra 12,400 staff. 

Prerana Issar, chief people officer for NHS England, said: ‘This shows we are delivering on our Long Term Plan promises to improve flexible working for staff and ensuring the right clinician is available for patients.

‘By making unwieldy paper staff schedules a thing of the past and introducing passporting, we are supporting our world-class staff so they can not only continue to give patients brilliant care, but further build their careers as they do so.’    

Jeremy Walsh, South London Mental Health and Community Partnership director, said: ‘We wanted to make it easier for people to move between the Trusts. 

‘It means people can develop and enhance their career and gain wider experiences, and of course move when they need for personal reasons, with a speeded up recruitment process.

‘Previously there could be long waits – and additional costs – while waiting to fill roles when staff from partner Trusts had accepted the position. 

‘The Employee Passport means people don’t have to undergo pre-employment checks again, and can transfer over common mandatory and staff training (MAST).’

He added: ‘This significantly reduces the time from accepting the role to being able to start. 

‘Staff can also share their appraisal and development records if they want, to enable a more seamless continuation of their learning and development. 

‘It makes it easier for staff, and benefits the Trusts and of course patients.’

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