News in brief

Publication date:  22 Oct 2008

Doctors from black, ethnic, and minority groups can provide good role models for young black people, who tend to look to footballers and musicians as role models, says a report from the BMA. Published to coincide with Black History Month, the report is available at: [Link]

Staff shortages in neonatal units, particularly among nursing staff, have led to overstretched services, says the fourth annual report from the charity Bliss. One level three unit (intensive care) and 25 level two units (high dependency) had no dedicated neonatal consultant last year. See [Link]

Despite the effect of the credit crunch on many areas of professional recruitment, the medical sector remains one of only three categories to record growth of vacancies in the latest monthly Report on Jobs from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, produced with KPMG. The other two are nursing and the care sector.

The London Deanery has launched a microsite dedicated to continuing professional development for staff and associate specialist grade doctors. See [Link]

Warwick Medical School has launched a financial hardship fund for African students studying there who, because of political tensions in their home countries or other factors beyond their control, are having difficulties funding their medical studies. To donate to the Warwick in Africa fund visit: [Link]

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