Remedium Partners responds to the GMC’s move to support the flow of overseas doctors
Following the General Medical Council’s announcement that it is adding additional test dates for the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Boards (PLAB) exams, in a move aimed at supporting a healthy supply of doctors to the UK, David Green, Co-Founder of special medical recruitment consultancy, Remedium Partners comments:
“As a specialist consultancy that focuses on bringing in talented doctors from overseas to fill permanent posts within NHS Trusts, we welcome the news that the GMC is taking active steps to increase the flow of overseas doctors by adding additional dates at weekends for individuals seeking to take the PLAB exams. It’s no secret that hospitals are facing acute skills shortages and, as a result, are increasingly relying on the expertise of overseas doctors. And with the GMC predicting that over 5,000 doctors will sit the PLAB exams this year alone, up from 3,000 in 2017, it is encouraging to see that active steps to break down the barriers that prevent them from working in the UK are being taken.
“While we wholeheartedly support this move, it can’t be forgotten that there are other bureaucratic barriers that overseas doctors face – namely securing visas – that either delay or, in some cases, stop them practicing in the UK that also need consideration. Consequently we would like to see the Government address this, for example by relaxing and reforming the current visa system to ensure that it is as easy as possible for talented health professionals to access the system.”
Leading permanent medical recruitment specialist Remedium Partners are delighted to welcome senior business leaders Tony Bourne and Robert Dreyfuss to their board as Non-Executive Directors.
Tony and Robert combine to bring the best of healthcare, international trade and brand building experience respectively having held high profile posts in organisations including the British Medical Association, Spire Healthcare and Rotary Watches, driving growth and success internationally.
Speaking about the appointments, Directors and Co-Founders Philip Braham and David Green said: “We are delighted to welcome Tony and Robert to the Remedium Partners board. They bring a unique combination of extensive international business experience and governance, combined with an in-depth knowledge of the healthcare industry, which is already adding significant value to our business.”
Upon joining, Tony commented: “The first moment I saw what the Remedium team were doing, I was very impressed and keen to be involved. Having worked in the healthcare industry extensively, I can see the fantastic growth potential in this business. It has a dynamic offering and skill set, from which both the NHS and overseas doctors immensely benefit. I look forward to providing insight and adding further value, as Remedium continues to influence the NHS positively and grow, both in the UK and overseas in 2018.”
Robert also added: “I am delighted to be part of the Remedium team at this exciting time of growth. I have been impressed by the visionary approach of the founders, Philip and David, and the proactive, positive ethos of the team as a whole. This unique organisation has a strong focus on helping the NHS eliminate locum spend and I am pleased to be able to provide strategic support and advice from my extensive business experience.”
In addition to his role at Remedium Partners, Tony Bourne holds senior positions at several healthcare related businesses including Spire Healthcare Group, Barchester Healthcare and Totally Plc. He has also held senior positions at Bioquell Plc, the World Medical Association and the British Medical Association, as well as several charity, housing and private sector organisations. Robert Dreyfuss is a former Chairman and CEO of Rotary Watches, where he worked for over 30 years and was awarded the Queens Award for Export in 2014.
Leading permanent medical recruitment specialist Remedium Partners were recognised as a “Highly Commended” Recruitment Services Provider, at the inaugural HSJ Partnership Awards 2018.
Held on the 8th March at the prestigious Banking Hall in the City of London, the Awards recognise the best suppliers to the NHS and were judged by a panel of over 50 senior health leaders.
Commenting after having attended the event, Remedium’s Co-Founder and Director Philip Braham said: “We are delighted to have received this fantastic piece of recognition by the industry. From a long list of 15, to a finalist shortlist of five, we are pleased that the judges recognised our unique, strategic workforce transformation offering to the NHS and the passion with which we provide it, with this commendation.”
In January, the senior team presented to a panel of experts, highlighting the unique way in which the company has worked with over 60 Trusts, placing over 500 doctors and saving the NHS in excess of £50M. The presentation also covered how the firm has a deep understanding of the current needs and priorities of the NHS, the importance of collaborative working and how Remedium’s specialist Care and Transition Team is a huge differentiator when it comes to candidate care for their doctors.
Fellow Co-Founder and Director David Green added: “All of us here at Remedium are incredibly excited about this news. Both the teams in the UK and India work so hard to ensure our doctor-candidates and Trust-clients receive the best possible service, whilst ensuring that we are creating cost efficiencies and improvements in the NHS with every placement. We now look forward to working with even more doctors and Trusts as a Highly Commended supplier in 2018!”
The awards were attended by over 450 guests who came to celebrate accolades covering technology, facilities and estates, consulting, pharmaceutical, data and legal services, as well as workforce solutions.
On the 8th February 2018, the General Medical Council (GMC) which regulates doctors in the UK, announced it will routinely accept OET – the Occupational English Test – as an alternative proof of English proficiency for registration purposes. This means doctors no longer have to pass IELTS and can take the more medically relevant OET. To find out more, access our OET Factsheet
Remedium Partners welcome healthcare recruitment expert Andy Tibbs to their team as they continue to grow into 2018.
After a record breaking 2017, leading permanent medical recruitment specialist Remedium Partners are delighted to announce the appointment of senior healthcare recruitment expert Andy Tibbs to their team for 2018.
With over 15 years’ experience in placing medical specialists across the UK and having worked with over 200 NHS Trusts, Andy has joined the company as Commercial Director. Working across the public sector and NHS, Andy has an extensive track record in building exceptional resourcing relationships with Trusts and brings with him a track record of delivering real results and value for money to hospitals and health leaders.
Speaking about the appointment, Directors and Co-Founders Philip Braham and David Green said: “We are delighted to welcome Andy to the Remedium Partners family. His industry knowledge, extensive contacts and commercial acumen will ensure that we continue to build on our relationships with Trusts throughout the UK and Ireland, placing even more permanent doctors and ultimately saving the Health Service even more money than we did in 2017.”
Upon joining, Andy said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed as Commercial Director. Remedium Partners are a vibrant, innovative and professional business, led by an inspirational management team that sources the best doctors from around the world into permanent roles in the NHS. The business is a true partner to any of the Trusts it supports and is perfectly aligned to the latest NHS strategies in driving down locum usage, cost reduction and strengthening trusts substantive workforce. I am incredibly excited to be involved with such a successful and passionate brand like Remedium Partners and look forward to seeing the positive impact we will have for many Trusts in 2018.”
Andy comes to the business having held senior positions in recruitment and healthcare companies, including A&E Agency, Interact Medical and Independent Clinical Services.
We are delighted to be announced as a finalist for the HSJ Healthcare Partnership Awards 2018 as Recruitment Services Provider! Congrats to all other finalists – see you on the 8th March!
More information: https://partnership.hsj.co.uk/2018-shortlist
At Remedium Partners we believe strongly in holding and attending events. We like to reach out to both our Candidates and our Clients.
In an industry teeming with activity, we have a team of highly qualified consultants who carefully select the events that we attend we attend.
In 2018 we will be attending many industry relevant events where we hope to see our clients and in turn we will be hosting several recruitment drives across Europe and the South Continent to meet with our future Candidates.
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