Nurses could train to become doctors by doing 'part-time' medical degrees

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Nurses could train to become doctors by doing 'part-time' medical degrees

Post by Guest on Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:14 pm

Nurses could train to become doctors by doing “part-time degrees” under radical proposals to increase the number of medics. Health officials on Wednesday said they were looking at ways to encourage nurses, pharmacists, and physios to train to become doctors while they earned. Professor Ian Cumming, head of Health Education England, said “the concept of part-time medical degrees” was among a number of ideas under discussion. Last year Jeremy Hunt revealed plans to expand the number of medical school places by a quarter to make the health service “self-sufficient” in 2025, with the number coming from elsewhere in Europe expected to fall.

Prof Cumming said the NHS should encourage those already working in the service to consider a career in medicine, Pulse magazine reported.

“If you’re a physician associate, or a pharmacist, or a physiotherapist or a nurse, why can’t you work for two or three days a week in that role and study medicine for two or three days a week and gain your medical degree that way?” he told board members.

Earlier this week, the head of the NHS revealed plans to recruit 2,000 GPs from overseas, in a bid to plug growing shortages.Simon Stevens said the health service needed to must recruit foreign doctors on an “industrial scale” to improve access to GPs and cut waiting times.

Why is the NHS under so much pressure?

An ageing population. There are one million more people over the age of 65 than five years ago.
Cuts to budgets for social care. While the NHS budget has been protected, social services for home helps and other care have fallen by 11 per cent in five years.
This has caused record levels of bedblocking, meaning elderly people with no medical need to be in hospital are stuck there. Latest quarterly show occupancy rates are the highest they have ever been at this stage of the year, while days lost to bedblocking are up by one third in a year.
Meanwhile rising numbers of patients are turning up in A&E - around four million more in the last decade, partly fuelled by the ageing population.
Shortages of GPs mean waiting times to see a doctor have got longer, and many argue that access to doctors since a 2004 contract removed responsibility for out of hours care.





http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/19/nurses-could-train-become-doctors-part-time-medical-degrees/

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Post by nicko on Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:01 am

I went to get a Doctors appointment on Monday, told they were fully booked for the next two weeks. Ring up in the Morning I was told, it's always engaged I said. Well come and wait on a morning from 7am I was told. What the fuck has happened to our Doctors service?
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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:33 am

study

Down here, a nurse might enter Medical School as a 2nd or 3rd year student (depending on qualifications and experience..).

They could probably then finagle a "part time" study routine with a mixture of part-time attendance, block release for practical/intern requirements, even correspondence/online study for theoretical units --  and eventually earn that medical degree once they have fullfilled all the requirements and standards..

Even if it takes 9 or 10 years, once they have done their intern years.

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