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Over 70 extra beds in new £65m hospital

A new £65million hospital supplying more than 70 new beds for NHS patients, is set to be constructed on the site of Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The project will also include 66 beds for private patients and will contain a new radiotherapy unit and access to state-of-the-art operating theaters.

The deal is a linkup between University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) and the HCA Healthcare UK company.

The firm, said it would provide extra choice to 500,000 people in the Midlands who either previously had health insurance or wanted to go private for their treatment.

One of the spokesman for the trust said “The new specialist hospital will provide 72 additional beds for NHS patients that the NHS is not presently able to fun. It will also make a huge difference in supporting and managing our ever-growing patient numbers.”

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Online NHS 111 service being piloted across Suffolk

The online NHS 111 service trial, which started on 6th March will be trialed for 10 weeks. The purpose of putting in this system is to see how technology can improve patient access to non-emergency healthcare.

The Online NHS 111 service trial will to direct patients through messages that are received on the existing NHS 111 telephone helpline as well as in A&E departments, GP surgeries and pharmacies.

A spokesman said that they want to take advantage of the fact that more people are using smartphones to access online services. So by putting this system in place people who are unsure of where to find the best advice can access reliable medical guidance.

For some individuals the 111 Online system represents the quickest and most appropriate way to do this. Patient safety and quality are, of course one of their top priorities, but offering patient’s a range of options is also important and they believe the 111 online will be one step to achieving this.

If you are a doctor and would like to register with medecho, call us on 020 8969 9915 or email your CV to doctors@medecho.com and one of our specialist recruiters will be in touch. 

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Private healthcare firm signs Uber deal

Cera said it had made a deal with Uber to transport its London-based carers to their patients in their home.

In a statement broadcasting the deal with Uber, a speaker from Cera stated: “The partnership will enable Cera’s London-based carers to use Uber to get to the people they are caring for as swiftly and seamlessly as possible.”

“It will also give those who need care the freedom to book cars so they can leave their houses when they would otherwise would have been housebound, or had to rely on someone else.

A former doctor, said the Uber deal would “drastically integrate care and transport through technology”, They also said: “Those less abled will now have access to the highest-quality drivers, while carers will be able to efficiently travel to ensure they can deliver services in the right place at the right time.”

However, Uber do not have contracts to provide emergency and non-emergency travel. This means that when patients need assistance when getting to the hospital in an emergency transport in the form of ambulances and medi-cars driven by medically trained experts will be provided.

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Medecho Testimonials from NHS Trusts

Don’t Just take our Word for It

Medecho exists to provide high quality, high volume provision of Locum Doctors to the NHS via numerous supply models. On our clients and testimonials page you can take a look at what some NHS trusts have had to say about us. We have testimonials from NHS Trusts such as:

  • NHS Ayrshire & Arran
  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Bedford Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Western Sussex NHS Trust
  • London North West Healthcare NHS Trust

We have built a reputation for providing reliable and effective services by developing a comprehensive understanding of the priorities of each of our clients and responding with individually tailored solutions. Be it fill rates, savings or efficiency gains, we are able to work collaboratively in satisfying and exceeding our client needs but don’t just take our word for it!

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Medecho Frameworks

Medecho Frameworks

As one of the UK’s leading medical recruitment agencies, we have secured exclusive contracts with many of the UK’s top healthcare organisations. We have managed to secure framework agreements with healthcare organisations such as:

  • Crown Commercial Service
  • National Services Scotland / NHS Scotland
  • Health and Social Care Northern Ireland
  • NHS Shared Business Services
  • AVOCA Managed Services
  • ISO 9001 Framework
  • Recruitment And Employment Confederation (REC)
  • NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership (LPP)
  • Health Trust Europe (HTE)

These contracts allow us to supply to many trusts. Historically, we have established collaborative partnerships with numerous contracting bodies to assist with the creation, implementation and maintenance of various medical locum projects to deliver cost savings and market transparency without impacting or reducing the high quality of the fully vetted locum doctors we supply. And with all these contracts we are able to supply to over 1000 trusts in the UK.

To find out more information about these frameworks go to out Accreditation Page by clicking this link

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IR35 What you need to know

What is IR35?

IR35 legislation is a set of guidelines that determine the levels of the tax and National Insurance a candidate working through an intermediary should pay, based on what their working arrangement is.

When do the IR35 changes come into effect?

The changes that HMRC are proposing with regards to IR35 will take effect from 6 April 2017. The legislation is still in draft format, which means there may still be some further changes to this. This means that from the 6th April 2017 if a role is deemed to fall within IR35 and the rules apply, then the relevant tax and National Insurance will be taken from payment to the intermediary and paid over to HMRC on their behalf (Please note, that this is not the same as Pay As You Earn).

Do I fall within the guidelines?

These changes will impact any NHS agency workers who are not currently being paid via PAYE. So If you receive a payslip each week that evidently shows that tax and National Insurance have been deducted from your salary then you are a PAYE worker and IR35 does not apply to you.

However, if you are being paid by an agency or through the NHS Direct Engagement arrangement you will most likely be effected by IR35.

Never the less as every person’s situation is different we would strongly recommend you speak to one of our IR35 experts on 020 8969 9915 before making any decision as they will discuss your options in detail and take the necessary steps you need to make sure you fall within the IR35 guidelines.

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How to get the best out of your locum agency


Having good communication with your recruiter is very important so that you don’t miss out on any opportunities. If you can’t answer your phone just call your recruiter back at a time that is suitable for you. Also, make sure that you are checking your emails regularly to keep on top of all jobs that are suitable for you, so when the right one does come through you will be the first to know.


Make sure you tell your recruiter your full availability so that your recruitment consultant can send you jobs that match your availability. This will reduce the number of jobs you get that don’t meet your criteria and will increase the jobs you get that when you are free to locum. Contact your agency to let them know of your schedule and working availability and any changes to your availability. Doing this will make sure that you are always given opportunities that you can genuinely take up and not waste your time.


Being reliable when it comes to you showing up at work on time and rarely cancelling shifts will mean that the trust is more likely to remember you as a favourable doctor. This means that when it comes to finding your next locum you will be more likely to get the job above another candidate applying for the same role as the trust knows that you are a dependable and trustworthy doctor.

 Relationship with your Recruiter

Having a good relationship with your recruiter can be very important so they can guide you if you are unsure or having problems about anything you can contact them and they will assist you. Having a good relationship will help them get to know you better so that when it comes to finding jobs they can send you jobs that are suit your goals and aspirations. This would also help going forward allowing you to stay in contact so before your locum is even finished your recruiter can send you more job opportunities that help you achieve your goals and help you find work quicker.

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NHS to start using health apps to help patients manage conditions from home

There set be two new medical apps that help patients monitor their health at home thus reducing their need to visit a doctor and over time saving the NHS money. These apps are set to be rolled out to across a few trusts over time.

One system, called GDm-health, helps manage the treatment of gestational diabetes. The smartphone app lets people send each blood glucose reading, that they take at home, to their diabetes clinician. This technology enables patients to go home and then safely monitor their condition as well as being well connected back to the hospital.

The second app is for managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a condition that is known to affect around 1.5 million people in the UK. Patients with COPD use a device to measure their heart rate and blood oxygen saturation every day which they then enter the results into an app. After three months of measurements, the app learns to recognise a patient’s range of normal oxygen saturation levels. If the measurements fall below that range, then an alert is sent to the clinicians.

These apps would help the NHS profusely as it would enable patients to manage their conditions by themselves without having to go to the clinic as often which in turn helps the NHS save money in the long run.


Benefits of Being a Locum Doctor

Here are Some of the benefits of being a Locum Doctor


You are able to work for however long you like it doesn’t have to be a short-term position. Positions can vary from a day to up to a year. Furthermore, when you are working you will be able to choose your own hours and days per week that you wish to work. This means that if you have other commitments during the week you can move flexibly around it. Also, if you need extra money for some reason, you could increase the hours you work.


Sometimes working in different surroundings, and being able to go in, deal with the patients then leave, without getting involved in internal politics can be very refreshing.  It also allows you a chance to see different ways of working meet lots of other doctors and grow your network. Working several sessions as a locum can give you a great understanding of how different hospitals operates as well as experience which you can take into your next locum.


As a Locum, you would be earning more than a salaried paid NHS staff and you will be able to choose your hours. This means that if you only want to work a couple of days a week you could do, so it is very flexible. Depending on your grade you could potentially be earning around £180,000 per year working a normal 9-5.

Travel Opportunities

Becoming a locum doctor gives you a great opportunity to travel the UK and earn while you travel. This could be very refreshing and beneficial if you love travelling. This could lead to you being able to experience the different cultures in different parts of the UK.  However, as a locum you will always have a choice about where you want to work, so if you don’t like travelling then you can always stick to hospitals near you that you know and are comfortable with.


National Insurance increase may solve healthcare crisis, claims MP

Despite conservatives having a “tax lock” promise a rise in National Insurance may help resolve the current health and social care crisis. This could lead to the UK edging towards a European-style service.

“We need to set out how much it would cost in regards to taxation and National Insurance to increase the amount of funding we receive so that we are on par with France and Germany in terms of funding” claims a MP.

They continued: ” If people want to have the service that we all expect, then we must be prepared to see the same kind of funding that is in France and Germany.”

A local doctor said “If there is no increase in funding we are going to have to look at what we are going to cut back on.”