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The Importance of GP Locums in Healthcare

The Importance of GP Locums in Healthcare

It’s no secret that under-staffing within healthcare is an issue in the UK. For general practitioners and other doctors this is a particularly pressing issue. Surgery management can be difficult with so many different patients’ needs to balance while maintaining an appropriate number of staff to deal with these. It’s not uncommon for a doctors’ surgery to be left short-staffed on occasion, or even on a regular basis, due to staff taking holidays, maternity leave, unfilled vacancies and other circumstances.

This means locum GP jobs are generally widely available in the UK, with a shortage of highly skilled and qualified professionals to take on these roles. Although it may be not be obvious at first, part of this comes down to fundamental differences between being a GP in one practice and being a locum GP who will need to move around as and when different roles need to be filled. This affects the overall approach any locum will have to bring to their work, and means people looking for this kind of work may need to adjust significantly if they’re used to dealing with the same patients on a regular basis. Continue Reading

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Exciting Advances In Robotic Limb Replacements

The US government recently announced that it has had success developing a robotic arm replacement that actually allows the wearer to feel things, reminiscent of something from science fiction. In summer 2015 the agency responsible confirmed it had made significant progress producing a prosthetic limb that could have its movement controlled by a human brain, but just months later the same developers were able to implement the ability to actually feel through the device. We have been making progress with prosthetic limbs for decades but this is a very major development.

The DARPA Prosthetic Arm (Image courtesy of DARPA)
The DARPA Prosthetic Hand (Image courtesy of DARPA)

The motor cortex is the portion of the brain that regulates muscle movement, and this is linked through the sensory cortex that transmits feelings back to the brain when things are touched and felt. The wiring of the robotic arm connects all these sections and allows for the desired movement and sensations. This was tested on a blindfolded subject to ensure the results were real, and the user was able to identify different touch sensations without vision which proved the effectiveness of the device. Continue Reading