Making STPs A Reality: Action To Deliver Better Care

Making STPs A Reality: Action To Deliver Better Care

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Making STPs A Reality: Action To Deliver Better Care

Blue Stream Academy are working in partnership with Open Forum Events to host the ‘Making STPs a Reality: Action to Deliver Better Care’ conference on Tuesday 24th October, 2017 at the Royal Garden Hotel in London.

Every health and care system in England has been tasked with implementing a multi-year Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). STPs will become the single application and approval process for accessing NHS transformation funding, with the best plans receiving funding allocations first. Getting the approach right to local plans is key to making the vision a reality, ensuring changes drive better health outcomes, better patient care and sustainable transformation in service delivery.

The event will support care providers, commissioners and local councils in improving health and care in their area. Our conference agenda has been designed to help organisations drive better quality and more sustainable health care services and explore how to collaborate to deliver improved population health and wellbeing.

For further details including the full programme and details of how to book your place, please click here.

Guest Speakers

Professor Chris Ham CBE - Chief Executive, The King's Fund
 Professor Chris Ham CBEChris took up his post as Chief Executive of The King’s Fund in April 2010. He has held posts at the universities of Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds and is currently emeritus professor at the University of Birmingham. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and The Royal College of General Practitioners.

Chris was director of the strategy unit in the Department of Health between 2000 and 2004, has advised the WHO and the World Bank, and has acted as a consultant to a number of governments.

He has been a non-executive director of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, and a governor of the Health Foundation and the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation.

Chris researches and writes on all aspects of health reform and is a sought-after speaker. He was awarded a CBE in 2004 for his services to the NHS and an honorary doctorate by the University of Kent in 2012.

Andy Briggs - Practice Manager, Hathaway Medical Centre
Andy Briggs - Practice ManagerAndy is the managing partner in a ten GP, 16,250 patient training practice in Wiltshire; responsible for the expansion and development of a £4 million business within the confines of working as independent contractors for the NHS.

After university, Andy worked in the private sector, as a management trainee with a Unilever subsidiary before moving to the music industry where he spent 12 years distributing professional audio equipment throughout the world. Following this Andy worked in the voluntary sector before moving into NHS management during the development of the internal market and GP Fund Holding.

Andy also works as an associate consultant with management consultants TTI Development and has been involved in a wide range of projects with organisations throughout the broader health economy; facilitating multi-agency meetings to establish strategic and tactical plans, supporting the development of new organisations, delivering training and supporting organisations and teams to reconfigure their services.

Close ties with Primary Care gives Andy direct insight into the effect that changes such as the influence of CCGs, contract changes, the development of STPs, the Five year and GP Forward View have on Primary Care.

Roland Gude - Strategic Director, Sentinel Healthcare South West CiC
Roland Gude - Strategic DirectorRoland is has worked in the NHS since 2008 and has seen both sides of process as provider and commissioner. He has worked on numerous projects and developments in particular IT and service transformation.

He has also been appointed to the Q network through The Health Foundation. Previously he has worked in accountancy, tax and project management. Roland fully supports the NHS and wants to see it flourish in these difficult times.

Dr. Janet Williamson - Deputy Chief Inspector of General Practice, Care Quality Commission
Dr. Janet Williamson - Deputy Chief Inspector of General PracticeJanet is the Deputy Chief Inspector at the Care Quality Commission (CQC), with responsibility for Primary Medical Services, dental services and developing the future model for regulating integrated new models of care/services.

Prior to joining the CQC Janet was National Director at NHS Improving Quality and NHS Improvement where she led some of England’s largest improvement programmes for cancer, heart, lung, stroke and diagnostic services.

She has a passion for quality improvement and is instrumental at the CQC in working at how the regulator can encourage improvement in the healthcare system.

Dr. Patricia Oakley - Director, Practices Made Perfect Ltd.
Dr. Patricia Oakley - DirectorDr Patricia Oakley is a Strategic Service and Workforce Policy Analyst and Development Specialist and a Teaching and Research Fellow at King’s College, London University.

Dr. Oakley has over 35 years health and public service experience in both operational and policy research and development areas. She has worked extensively with national policy-makers and Trust boards, executive directors and senior clinicians, and with service managers and clinical practitioners, in developing their strategies to deliver affordable public services.

She has worked in management and organisational development; restructuring organisations and clinical care systems; designing and delivering skill-mix reviews and re-profiling programmes; conducting value for money audits and managing subsequent change programmes; and preparing strategic workforce and education and training investment plans. She has also worked with senior Strategic Health Authority, Local Authority and Primary Care Trust staff, and GP Practices, to develop their infrastructures of skills, knowledge and processes to make local commissioning schemes work in practice based on her work with one of the original GP multi-fund pilots in the early 1990s.

In the last 20 years, Dr. Oakley has served as non-executive director on the English National Board for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors and as the elected President of the Association of Healthcare of Human Resource Managers. In addition, she has been a member of the government’s NHS Task Force looking at good practices in staff involvement, and a Specialist Advisor to both the House of Commons Select Committee on Health and the Scottish Executive’s Integrated Workforce Planning Group.

A production and radio-pharmacist, and subsequently clinical pharmacist by background, Dr. Oakley was a London Chief Pharmacist from 1981-1987 when she moved to the former North West Thames Regional Health Authority where she was Head of the Manpower & Pay Policy Unit. She specialised in economics, corporate finance and management accounts in the Masters programme at London Business School; and she has a doctorate in medical politics and conflict from London University’s Birkbeck College’s Organisational Psychology Department. She is a Teaching and Research Fellow in The Management Department at King’s College, London University which is part of the School of Social and Public Policy. More recently, to specialise in Medical Humanities, Dr. Oakley was awarded a Diploma in the History of Medicine by The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries and has an MA in Victorian Studies.

Dr. Patricia Oakley is one of the founding Directors of Practices Made Perfect Ltd., where she is a workforce planning and policy research and development specialist. Practices Made Perfect Ltd. works with public service organisations to help them develop their service strategies and workforce development plans. The main areas of specialist research are labour market and education trends, training and skill mix issues, and the effects of the changing legal, regulatory and commercial pressures on future skills deployment and staffing profiles..

Benefits of Attending

  • Learn how to successfully deliver Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) and drive health, care and financial improvements in your local area.
  • Practical guidance on implementing local care and transformation plans to drive service efficiencies and improvements in health and wellbeing.
  • Insight into the new models of care and commissioning strategies being developed to better meet the needs of local populations.
  • Hear examples of how to collaborate effectively, overcome cultural and organisational barriers, and to deliver improved population health and wellbeing.
  • Learn how to develop your workforce strategy to improve recruitment, retainment and develop new skills and roles.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how primary care and community services are being redesigned to be more closely integrated and deliver a wider range of services in the community.
  • Exploring how to strengthen prevention and early intervention strategies and address wider factors that influence local population health.
  • Gain insights into improving mental health services and develop transformation strategies for other services such as cancer.
  • Drive service productivity and tackle unwanted variations in care.
  • Advice on delivering complex transformation projects and co-ordinated care plans that can help organisations bring budgets and NHS finances back into balance.
  • Benefit from the opportunity to question, discuss and debate current strategies, policy thinking and working practices.
  • Take advantage of knowledge sharing and professional networking.
  • Gain the maximum number of 6 CPD points.

Who Should Attend?

  • Chairs
  • Chief Executives
  • Chief Medical Officers
  • Clinical/Medical Directors
  • Clinicians
  • Community Care Leads
  • Councillors
  • Digital Transformation Leads
  • Directors/Managers of Care Homes
  • Directors of Care Services
  • Directors of IT/IS/ICT
  • Directors of Strategic Development
  • Directors/Heads of Adult Social Services
  • Directors/Heads of Commissioning
  • Directors/Heads of Procurement
  • Directors/Heads of Integrated Care
  • Directors/Heads of Policy
  • Directors/Heads of Public Health
  • Finance Directors
  • GPs
  • General Practice Managers
  • Federation Leads
  • Heads of Charities/Third Sector Organisations
  • Heads of Mental Health
  • Heads of Patient Services/Patient Experience
  • Heads of Shared Services
  • Heads of Technology and Innovation
  • Heads/Leads Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Health and Wellbeing Board Members
  • Healthcare Service Managers
  • Managers of Private Care Providers
  • Medical Directors
  • Performance/Service Improvement Leads
  • Practice Managers
  • Senior Nurses
  • Service Improvement Managers
  • Social Care Managers

The Venue

Royal Garden Hotel, London

2-24 Kensington High Street
London
W8 4PT

Telephone: 0207 937 8000
Email: reservations@royalgardenhotel.co.uk.
Website: www.royalgardenhotel.co.uk

World Hepatitis Day 2017

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Today is World Hepatitis Day (WHD)!

Occurring on July 28th every year, the campaign aims to raise global awareness of the infectious disease hepatitis and to encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Hepatitis affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic disease and killing close to 1.4 million people every year – as many as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria. Together, hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C cause 80% of liver cancer cases in the world.

The elimination of viral hepatitis has now been firmly put on the map. At the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva, 194 governments adopted the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Strategy on Viral Hepatitis, which includes a goal of eliminating hepatitis B and C in the next 13 years. The community responded by launching NOhep, the first ever global movement to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030.

Below are infographics detailing finding from the Global Hepatitis Report 2017 and a short video from the World Health Organisation (WHO):

Global Hepatitis Report 2017 Infographic

Global Hepatitis Report 2017 Infographic

With the availability of effective vaccines and treatments for hepatitis B and a cure for hepatitis C, the elimination of viral hepatitis is achievable, but greater awareness and understanding of the disease and the risks is a must, as is access to cheaper diagnostics and treatment.

World Hepatitis Day presents an ideal opportunity to join together and raise the profile of viral hepatitis among the public, the world’s media and on the global health agenda.

This year people are being encouraged to #ShowYourFace on social media for World Hepatitis Day and show others that you are doing your bit towards elimination. For further details of how you can get involved, please visit the World Hepatitis Day website.

Open Up Hospice Care

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Open Up Hospice Care

One in four people who need hospice care can’t get it!

Together with hospices and other organisation across the UK, we’re supporting the ‘Open Up Hospice Care’ campaign which aims to ensure that everyone who needs hospice care, gets hospice care.

Currently, hospices around the UK are providing incredible physical, emotional and social support to more than 200,000 people every year, as well as supporting many thousands of families and carers. Young and old, irrespective of faith, ethnicity and gender, hospices are there for them.

But according to new research by Hospice UK, there are still more than 100,000 people with terminal and life-limiting conditions who are missing out on the expert care they need at the end of life. Perhaps they come from a disadvantaged background, or maybe they’ve faced discrimination before. It could be that they’re simply not ware of the help available to them.

It’s these people that it is particularly important to reach. By supporting the Open Up Hospice Care campaign, you’re helping to reach more families.

Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK said, “Sadly, many families of people with terminal and life-limiting conditions are missing out on the care they need for their loved ones at the end of life. Hospices are leading efforts to widen access to end of life care, especially by reaching out to more people in their communities and also working in partnership with other care providers, but we know there is more to be done.”

For further information including how you can support and contribute to this campaign, please visit the Hospice UK website.

Happy 69th Birthday To The NHS!

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Happy 69th Birthday

Join Us At Pulse LIVE Newcastle

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Pulse Live 2017

Blue Stream Academy will be attending the Pulse LIVE Exhibition at the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead, Newcastle on Wednesday 5th July, 2017.

Put together by the team behind Pulse magazine and Pulse Learning, Pulse LIVE conferences are free to attend for all practicing, registered GPs. Containing multiple streams of seminars and workshops which will tackle clinical, regulatory, practice business and personal development topics and a carefully selected exhibition, you are guaranteed to find plenty of learning opportunities whether you are a GP Partner, sessional or trainee.

The full programme is available to view here.

Attending the event will give you access to a range of experts from across the NHS and public health sector, whilst also giving you the chance to meet with companies like us! Please visit our stand (36) to meet the team and learn more about our online training for GP Practices, Dental Practices, Hospices, Nursing/Care Homes, Carers and Urgent Care Providers; and how they can assist with CQC compliance whilst saving time and money.

Pulse Live Exhibition

Health Information Week 2017

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Health Information Week 2017

Health Information Week (HIW) is an annual National Health Service (NHS) campaign running from 3rd to 9th July, 2017 that aims to promote the high quality health information resources that are available to the public and to encourage partnership working across sectors.

“It is essential that quality information is provided to people to enable them to better manage their health and wellbeing and make fully informed decisions about their treatment and care. Library and Knowledge specialists are uniquely positioned to underpin this vital agenda, working in partnership with clinical staff and other information providers.”

Patrick Mitchell, Regional Director – South of England, Health Education England (HEE)

HIW acts as a focus for work that continues throughout the year and it is hoped that the campaign will benefit all staff and the public by raising awareness of the resources that are available to them. A joint aim of the campaign is that staff will benefit by initiating and building on working relationships outside their own departments and sectors.

Having a multi-sectored campaign to promote quality health information will fulfil some of the national priorities, for example:

  • Patients and the public use the right knowledge and evidence, at the right time, in the right place (Knowledge for Healthcare, Health Education England).
  • Encourage partnership working and improve access to quality local information (Better Information, Better Choices, Better Health, DOH).
  • Local communities leading for health (Choosing Health, DOH).
  • Promote healthier communities (Public Libraries Impact Measures).
  • Providing evidence based services, advice and information on health and wellbeing interventions (Professional Standards for Public Health Practice for Pharmacy).
  • Information, combined with the right support, is the key to better care, better outcomes and reduced costs (Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS).
  • Good information and communication promote health literacy, treatment adherence, self-management, shared decision-making, confidence and realistic expectations. (Information: A report from the NHS Future Forum).

HIW supports the national priorities of Knowledge for Healthcare (KfH) which is HEE’s development framework for NHS Library and Knowledge Services in England 2015-2020. The campaign is endorsed by many organisations including HEE, NHS England and the Society of Chief Librarians and will run throughout England in 2017 for the first time.

NHS staff are asked to collaborate with the other staff groups in their local area and to be creative in their ideas, e.g. Putting up displays where they would not normally promote their resources, holding health fairs, holding competitions and raffles to encourage participation.

Some information providers may prefer to concentrate on a specific topic or issue rather than the wide subject of health information. If this is the case, it would be advisable to cover some or all of the Government’s priority public health issues:

  • Reduce the number of people who smoke.
  • Reduce obesity/increase exercise.
  • Support sensible drinking.
  • Improve sexual health.
  • Improve mental health and wellbeing.
  • Tackle health inequalities.

Staff are encouraged to share their promotion materials so that a wider audience is reached. Assistance is provided in the form of suggestions for promotional materials, recommended health websites, advice on holding a health fair and local contacts lists.

Impact of previous campaigns:

  • Staff have made new partnerships, renewed old ones and arranged new regular collaborations for the future to support the information needs of the public.
  • Library staff have demonstrated their support to other healthcare staff to access health information for their patients.
  • Increase in the number of new registrations for library membership in all sectors.
  • Increase in participation of reading groups for improved wellbeing.
  • The power of the social media campaign to raise awareness in 2016 demonstrated the engagement across the sectors and the appetite for such a campaign.

For further information, please visit the NHS Libary and Knowledge Services website.

Join Us At Health+Care In London

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Health Plus Care 2017

Blue Stream Academy will be attending the Health+Care exhibition at the ExCel in London on 28th and 29th June, 2017.

Health+Care is Europe’s largest integrated health and social care event, building relationships between commissioners, providers and suppliers. It’s comprised of four events: The Commissioning Show, Digital Healthcare, The Residential Care Show and The Home Care Show, enabling delegates to network with anyone from the entire 360 care pathway at anyone time.

The event enables more than 10,000 senior health and social care professionals to come together forge new partnerships and productive ways of working in challenging times.

Health+Care focuses on the delivery of cultural, service, system and digital transformation that’s essential to securing the future of health and social care systems. It presents a rare opportunity for colleagues from across the NHS, local government, care homes and the voluntary sector to come together on an equal footing to network, collaborate and share learning around implementing change. The focus will be on how to deliver real, impactful transformation across local health economies, drawing on the best examples, with the most potential for replication.

The Health+Care 2017 exhibition will run alongside the brand new Digital Healthcare event.

Please visit our stand (E85) to meet the team and learn more about our online training for GP Practices, Dental Practices, Hospices, Nursing/Care Homes, Carers and Urgent Care Providers; and how they can assist with CQC compliance whilst saving time and money.

For further details about the event, please visit the Health Plus Care website.

Join Us At Pulse LIVE Birmingham

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Pulse Live 2017

Blue Stream Academy will be attending the Pulse LIVE Exhibition at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham on 20th June, 2017.

Put together by the team behind Pulse magazine and Pulse Learning, Pulse LIVE conferences are free to attend for all practicing, registered GPs. Containing multiple streams of seminars and workshops which will tackle clinical, regulatory, practice business and personal development topics and a carefully selected exhibition, you are guaranteed to find plenty of learning opportunities whether you are a GP Partner, sessional or trainee.

The full programme is available to view here.

Attending the event will give you access to a range of experts from across the NHS and public health sector, whilst also giving you the chance to meet with companies like us! Please visit our stand (20) to meet the team and learn more about our online training for GP Practices, Dental Practices, Hospices, Nursing/Care Homes, Carers and Urgent Care Providers; and how they can assist with CQC compliance whilst saving time and money.

Pulse Live Exhibition

Learning Disability Week 2017

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Learning Disability Week 2017

Learning Disability Week 2017 takes place between 19th and 25th June and we’re supporting Mencap in their nationwide campaign which this year aims to ‘raise awareness of the benefits of employing people with a learning disability to help tackle the appallingly low levels of employment there currently are’.

Approximately 8 out of 10 people of working age people with a learning disability have one that is mild or moderate, but fewer than 2 in 10 of them are in employment.

However research has provided evidence that there are numerous benefits for businesses which employ people with learning disabilities which include: boosting staff morale, improving the public image of the company and financial costs.

For further details of how you can get show your support and get involved, please visit the Mencap website.

Learning Disability Week 2017 Poster

Blue Stream Academy Customers Receive Outstanding Ratings On Their CQC Inspections

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Outstanding CQC Inspections

Congratulations to the following GP Practices, users of Blue Stream Academy’s GP Practice eLearning Suite, who have attained ratings of Outstanding from their recent CQC inspections.

  • The Old Priory Surgery in Birmingham
  • Bramcote Surgery in Nottingham
  • Cheriton Bishop and Teign Valley Practice in Devon
  • Compass House Medical Centre in Devon
  • St Thomas Medical Group in Exeter
  • Winchcombe Medical Centre in Gloucestershire
  • Minchinhampton Surgery Centre in Gloucestershire
  • Boundary House Medical Centre in Cheshire
  • Radbrook Green Surgery in Shrewsbury
  • Sonning Common Health Centre in Reading
  • Deane Medical Centre in Bolton
  • Inclusion Healthcare in Leicester
  • Irlam Medical Centre in Manchester
  • Wolstanton Medical Centre in Newcastle-under-Lyme
  • Hallwood Health Centre in Runcorn

Further evidence that our online training helps to ensure CQC compliance.

For further details about our eLearning Suites please contact us via email to info@bluestreamacademy.com or telephone on 01773 822549.

Join Us At Management In Practice Newcastle

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Management in Practice

Blue Stream Academy will be attending the Management in Practice event at Newcastle Racecourse on Tuesday 27th June, 2017.

This a completely free event for all Practice Managers, GPs, administrative staff, commissioners and all others involved in primary care business management.

The Management In Practice Newcastle conference is designed to deliver the latest policy/practical insights and CPD; the conference is accompanied by an exhibition of suppliers, manufacturers, charities and education organisations relevant to General Practice. It will cover all the issues that impact on the management of primary care practices, including: commissioning, legislation, IT, HR, finance, motivating staff and more.

The event will evaluate how successful Practice Managers are improving the efficiency of their practices through first-hand, peer-led case studies and it will include expert advice from industry leaders on how to address the biggest challenges facing Practice Managers today and explore the exciting opportunities on the horizon.

To book your place please contact the Management in Practice events team on 020 7214 0555 or email them at events@cogora.com quoting BSA17.

Please visit our stand (No.7) to meet the team and learn more about our online training for GP Practices and how we can assist with CQC compliance whilst saving time and money.

To learn more, click on the image below:Management In Practice Newcastle

Deaf Awareness Week 2017

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Deaf Awareness Week 2017

Deaf Awareness Week takes place between 15th-21st May, 2017.

Promoted by the UK Council on Deafness, the week will provide the opportunity to raise awareness that 1 in 6 people in the UK are deaf or have a hearing loss as well as celebrate all of the collaborative work that has made a difference for these people.

Members of the UK Council on Deafness and others have united behind a common purpose and work is ongoing to:

  • Raise awareness.
  • Improve access to education and employment.
  • Make sure people have the information they need.
  • Inform government and the public about deafness and hearing loss.
  • Support the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness.
  • Educate people about the importance of preventing hearing loss.
  • Improve the quality of services for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss.

This year, Deaf Awareness Week looks at how small changes can have a big impact on people who are deaf or have hearing loss, in those areas of everyday life that matter to us all:

  • Friends and family
  • The workplace
  • Socialising
  • Accessing services
  • General communication

People will be sharing their real experiences, and we will provide helpful tips that can be shared with friends, family and colleagues, and staff in bars, restaurants, shops and other public buildings, to encourage them to become more deaf aware.

Craig Crowley, Chair of the UK Council on Deafness, said:

“This year’s Deaf Awareness Week is ‘A Celebration’ of collaboration and working together on a joint campaign for the benefit of people who are deaf or have a hearing loss.”

Below is a video created for Deaf Awareness Week 2017 to encourage as many people as possible to learn to finger spell their name:

Below if an infographic which presents some facts about deafness:

Deaf Awareness Week 2017 Infographic

Access to Healthcare

People with hearing loss often find it difficult to communicate with health professionals, and some avoid healthcare settings altogether because they expect difficulties. Even booking a GP appointment can be a challenge, and people with hearing loss often leave appointments unclear about their condition and medical instructions. In many cases, hospitals overlook their responsibility to provide communication support to those with hearing loss and fail to provide interpreters for British Sign Language (BSL) users.

Below is a poster featuring some tips on how to communicate with people who are deaf or have a hearing loss in the workplace:

Workplace Tips for Deafness

For further information, please visit the UK Council on Deafness and/or Action on Hearing Loss websites.

The Future NHS Plans: Delivering Transformation and Sustainability Conference

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The Future NHS Plans: Delivering Transformation and Sustainability Conference

On Thursday 18th May, 2017 we will be attending The Future NHS Plans: Delivering Transformation and Sustainability conference at the Royal National Hotel in London.

This event is a high-level meeting, bringing together professionals and peers working within the health and social care systems and its associated partners, to continue the debate as to the future of the NHS. It presents an opportunity to explore the progress that has been made to fulfilling the The Five Year Forward View (5YFV) by 2020. The programme will feature certain aspects of the plan, reporting back on the initiatives that have been implemented and the impact they are having. A line-up of expert speakers will give delegates a realistic insight as to how the future NHS will look and operate. The conference agenda has set substantial time aside for interactive discussion, knowledge sharing and casual networking throughout the day.

Below are just some of the benefits of attending:

  • Gain an understanding of the current state of the NHS and benefit from an in-depth look at the plans contained within the 5YFV and how far they are being realised.
  • Learn the main reasons why the NHS needs to undergo further transformation and hear about the views of the national NHS leadership
  • Discover how the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) will support the local healthcare delivery and deliver further efficiencies.
  • Listen to what is being done to promote the integration agenda and how the Better Care Fund is supporting greater collaboration.
  • Discover the state of the NHS’ finances and what the hopes and fears are for the future and engage with our panel discussion.
  • Benefit from greater insight as to how will the NHS be renewed and sustained for the next few years and beyond?
  • Enjoy knowledge sharing and networking, taking advantage of the opportunity to build contacts amongst fellow delegates and speakers.
  • Gain invaluable information to be shared amongst colleagues and peers and benefit from the maximum number of 6 CPD points.

Please visit our stand (No.7) to meet the team and learn more about our online training for GP Practices, Dental Practices, Hospices, Nursing/Care Homes, Carers and Urgent Care Providers; and how they can assist with CQC compliance whilst saving time and money.

For further details including how to book your place at the conference, visit the Open Forum Events website.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

This week, between 8th and 14th May, is Mental Health Awareness Week 2017.

Now in its 17th year, Mental Health Awareness Week have previously focused on how mindfulness, anxiety, sleep deprivation and exercise can impact our mental health. The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Surviving or Thriving’ which has been chosen to highlight that good mental health is more than just the absence of a mental health problem and is designed to make us think about why too few of us are living with good mental health.

Too many of us accept that experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety are the price we pay to keep our lives on track.

Working hours blur into leisure time and the rise of social media changes the way we interact with friends, families and our communities.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 will provide the opportunity to celebrate and appreciate good mental health as an asset that helps us to thrive. This is not just the absence of a mental health problem, but having the ability to think, feel and act in a way that allows us to enjoy life and deal with its challenges.

The Mental Health Foundation will be using the week to look at:

  • How many of us are surviving or thriving, and the difference between the two.
  • Why some communities are under strain and what government can do to support them to thrive.
  • What steps we can take to look after our mental health, building resilience to cope with the demands of life.
  • Why don’t you also get involved? Mental Health Awareness week is a great opportunity to get people talking about mental health.

Physically, as a society we’re becoming healthier; the same cannot be said about the health of our minds. By 2030 depression will be the leading cause of illness globally.

Below is an animation which explores how we can move from surviving to thriving…

For further information, please visit the Mental Health Foundation website.

SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands

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Hand Hygiene Day

Today is Hand Hygiene Day 2017 and in support of the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s fight with antibiotic resistance, we have released a new Hand Hygiene module which has been added to all of our eLearning Suites and is available now.

Topics in this module include:

  • reasons why people do not follow good hand hygiene practices
  • examples of areas where there are high levels of germs
  • the meaning of ‘Point of Care’
  • definition of the ‘Five Moments of Hand Hygiene’
  • examples of when the ‘Five Moments of Hand Hygiene’ are applicable
  • when soap and water and hand rub should be used
  • how to wash the hands correctly
  • know how to use hand rub correctly
  • which areas of the hands are often missed
  • good skincare practice.
    • Hand Hygiene eLearning Module

      For further information, contact us here, email us at info@bluestreamacademy.com or call 01773 822549

      Each year the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign aims to progress the goal of maintaining a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene in health care and to ‘bring people together’ in support of hand hygiene improvement globally.

      “Hand hygiene is at the core of effective Infection Prevention Control (IPC) to combat antibiotic resistance, and campaigning each year on or around 5th May is one important part of improving behaviour towards IPC best practices. This year the campaign materials are all co-branded with ‘Antibiotics, handle with care’ to demonstrate unity between antimicrobial resistance and IPC efforts.”

      WHO, 2017

      Here are some statistic about Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs)

      • HAIs, including surgical site infections (SSIs) and device (line) associated infections, occur worldwide, affecting hundreds of millions of patients annually. The rate of transmission in the health care setting has led to increases in avoidable infections, which can
        lead to death if not treated.
      • Around 5 million infections occur annually in European hospitals, representing an extra 25 million days in hospital and an economic burden of €13–24 billion.
      • Approximately 70% of health care workers do not routinely practise hand hygiene, with health workers reporting misunderstandings about the relevance and importance of hand hygiene in everyday clinical practice.
      • Evidence suggests that as little as 50% of surgical teams comply with hand hygiene best practice throughout a surgical patient’s hospital stay.
      • SSIs are the most frequent type of infection in low-and middle-income countries, with a pooled incidence of 11.8%, compared to 1.2-5.2% in developed countries.

      “Health care-associated infection is such a big problem, we need to focus the world on something that is truly actionable and can save many, many lives. This action is hand hygiene, a flagship element of WHO’s patient safety work.”

      Dr Edward Kelley, Director, Service Delivery and Safety, WHO

      SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands Poster

      More information on the WHO’s calls to action is available here: http://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/en/

      Below is a new WHO instructional video explains the evidence-based core components of infection prevention and control programmes, critical at both the national and acute health care facility level for patient safety and for health systems to provide quality care.

      Here is a link to document that provides evidence of hand hygiene as the building block for infection prevention and control: http://www.who.int/entity/infection-prevention/campaigns/clean-hands/evidence.pdf

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    Blue Stream Academy Customers Receive Outstanding Ratings On Their CQC Inspections

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    Outstanding CQC Inspections

    Congratulations to the following GP Practices, users of Blue Stream Academy’s GP Practice eLearning Suite, who have attained ratings of Outstanding from their recent CQC inspections.

    • Court Thorn Surgery in Carlisle
    • Schopwick Surgery in Hertfordshire
    • Cape Hill Medical Centre in Smethwick
    • Hannage Brook Medical Centre in Matlock
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    • Waterloo House Surgery in Cumbria
    • Distington Surgery in Cumbria
    • Worthing Medical Group in West Sussex
    • Beacon Primary Care in Skelmersdale
    • Kings Road Medical Centre in London
    • St Andrews Health Centre in London

    Further evidence that our online training helps to ensure CQC compliance.

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    World Immunization Week 2017

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    World Immunization Week 2017

    World Immunization Week 2017, a global public health campaign to raise awareness and increase rates of immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases around the world, takes place between 24th-30th April.

    The theme this year is #VaccinesWork.

    Immunization can protect against 25 different infectious agents or diseases, from infancy to old age, including diphtheria, measles, pertussis, polio and tetanus. They avert an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths every year from diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), and measles; however, an additional 1.5 million deaths could be avoided if global vaccination coverage improves according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Global vaccination coverage, the proportion of the world’s children who receive recommended vaccines, has remained steady for the past few years.

    During 2015, about 86% (116 million) of infants worldwide received 3 doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP3) vaccine, protecting them against infectious diseases that can cause serious illness and disability or be fatal. By 2015, 126 countries had reached at least 90% coverage of DTP3 vaccine. However 22.6 million infants worldwide are still missing out on basic vaccines, mostly in developing countries. Inadequate immunization coverage rates often result from limited resources, competing health priorities, poor management of health systems and inadequate surveillance.

    The World Health Organization is working with countries and partners to improve global vaccination coverage, including through these initiatives adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2012.

    For more information, please click here: World Immunization Week 2017

    World Immunization Week 2017

    Blue Stream Academy Support Pancreatic Cancer Fundraiser

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    Pancreatic Cancer Research Fundraising

    Blue Stream Academy are proud to sponsor Mick Smith, IT Manager at the Fordingbridge Surgery in Hampshire as he raises money for Pancreatic Cancer running in by Ultra Marathons around the UK.

    In the past he has competed in such events as the Meon Valley Marathon, Bournemouth Marathon, West New Forest 50 Mile Challenge, New Forest Running Festival 75km, Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 50km and Dorset Invader Marathon.

    His most recent endeavour has seen Mick attempt to tackle the Millennium Way Ultra marathon on 5th March, 2017; a 41 mile course in the heart of England that follows the beautiful Millennium Way National Trail across the entire width of Staffordshire County, which was created 17 years ago to celebrate the millennium.

    Below is a short blog of his gruelling efforts:

    Well I’m feeling pretty battered after Sunday’s run; the weather conditions were pretty bad even with a bit of snow chucked in.

    250 runners set off from Newport in the west of Staffordshire at 08:00 and started running east along the Millennium Way National Trail. The first 11 miles was supposed to be the better part of the route, but it soon became obvious that the whole trail was flooded in varying degrees of severity.

    Checkpoint 1 arrived just West of Stafford, shortly followed by two detours because the route was so flooded.

    At around mile 16, whilst running along the canal path which was ankle deep in mud, I slipped and fell pretty heavily flat on my side. After recovering from that and pushing on I started getting pains in my hip, knee and ankle which I can only put this down to the fall.

    Unfortunately as I pushed on past checkpoint 2 at 21 miles, the pain was getting worse. At this point I was down to a painful walk which was made worse with every step slipping and sliding in the mud.

    At mile 24 the canal path met the town of Rugeley and I knew I couldn’t and should go on as this next bit of the route was across fields for about 7 miles. I spotted a supermarket car park backing on to the canal so I exited from the route to find safe shelter. Unfortunately because of the organisation of the event there was no real recovery of participants who drop out in-between check points so I was very glad that my wife was 30 minutes away and was able to pick me up.

    So not quite the result I expecting, but out of the 250 participants that signed up only 145 finished, so I guess this is an indication of how tough the conditions were.

    The first 24 hours after not completing an event like this is a very dark place and intense feelings of failure. But that is soon replaced with the determination I now have, literally to pick myself up, dust off the mud and move on to the next challenge in a positive way. They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger …I’m still alive!

    Coming up Mick is entering the Isle of Wight Challenge on 30th April, 2017; a arduous 67 mile course where he will be raising money for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

    The Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund is the national charity dedicated exclusively to supporting research to improve diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer.

    Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund has three main objectives:

    • To raise funds for research into early detection, new treatments and ultimately a cure for pancreatic cancer.
    • To encourage more of the research community to get involved in pancreatic cancer research.
    • To promote the need for more research funding by the major cancer research funding organisations.

    To date, Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund has supported 40 research projects with grants totalling £6.2 million – all through fundraising and donations.

    Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund was founded in April 2004 by Maggie Blanks, following the death of her husband Alan from the disease in May 2003. Having discovered that survival rates for pancreatic cancer had barely improved in forty years and that little research was being undertaken, she was determined to encourage more research that was targeted specifically at the disease. She felt the best way to do this was through a charity which would not only raise new funds for research but also be a voice for pancreatic cancer sufferers and argue for a fair allocation of research funding and attention.

    You can donate via Mick’s Just Giving page and help him meet his target of raising £4,000 for a very worthy cause.

    Mick Smith Ultra Marathons

    Easter Twitter Giveaway

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    Easter Twitter Giveaway 2017

    This Easter, Blue Stream Academy are giving away a hamper full of treats on Twitter!

    The contents of the Easter hamper include:

    • Cadbury Creme Egg Easter Egg
    • Nestle Rolo Easter Egg
    • Smarties Easter Egg
    • Cadbury Mini Eggs
    • 30 Yellow Blend Summer Flowering Bulbs
    • Lindt Milk Chocolate Bunny
    • 2 Bottles of Bottega Gold Prosecco
    • Maltester Milk Chocolate Bunnies

    Blue Stream Acacademy Easter Twitter Giveaway 2017

    This competition is open to both new and existing followers and all you need to do to enter is retweet the tweet below any time between the 11th and 12th of April, 2017:

    @BlueStreamNews

    Blue Stream Acacademy Easter Twitter Giveaway 2017 Hamper

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    World Health Day 2017

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    World Health Day 2017

    Today is World Health Day 2017, a global health awareness day celebrated every year under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO).

    World Health Day marks the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization and provides a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world.

    The theme of the World Health Day 2017 campaign is depression.

    Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It causes mental anguish and impacts on people’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends and the ability to earn a living. At worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds.

    Yet, depression can be prevented and treated. A better understanding of what depression is, and how it can be prevented and treated, will help reduce the stigma associated with the condition, and lead to more people seeking help.

    At the core of the campaign is the importance of talking about depression as a vital component of recovery. The stigma surrounding mental illness, including depression, remains a barrier to people seeking help throughout the world. Talking about depression, whether with a family member, friend or medical professional; in larger groups, for example in schools, the workplace and social settings; or in the public domain, in the news media, blogs or social media, helps break down this stigma, ultimately leading to more people seeking help.

    Below are some statistics about depression:

    • Common mental disorders are increasing worldwide. Between 1990 and 2013, the number of people suffering from depression and/or anxiety increased by nearly 50%. Close to 10% of the world’s population is affected by one or both of these conditions. Depression alone accounts for 10% of years lived with disability globally.
    • In humanitarian emergencies and ongoing conflict, as many as 1 in 5 people are affected by depression and anxiety.
    • Depression increases the risk of other noncommunicable diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In addition, diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease increase the risk of depression.
    • Depression in women following childbirth can affect the development of new-borns.
    • In many countries of the world, there is no, or very little, support available for people with mental health disorders. Even in high-income countries, nearly 50% of people with depression do not get treatment.
    • Lack of treatment for common mental disorders has a high economic cost: new evidence from a study led by WHO shows that depression and anxiety disorders alone cost more than a trillion dollars’ worth of economic loss every year.
    • The most common mental health disorders can be prevented and treated, at relatively low cost.

    Here is a video that focuses depression amongst adolescents and young adults.

    Here is a video that focuses depression amongst women with young babies. Depression after childbirth is common; it causes mental anguish and can prevent people from being able to carry out family responsibilities fully.

    Here is a video that focuses depression amongst older people, which is common but often overlooked; loneliness and loss of independence are among the causes.

    There is an urgent need for increased investment. Studies from the World Health Organisation state that even in high-income countries, nearly 50% of people with depression do not get treated and budgets are appalling; varying from less than 1% in low-income countries, to 5% in high income countries. On a positive, NHS England has committed to investing £1bn extra a year in mental health services by 2020-21.

    Handouts are available from the World Health Organisation website that provide general information on the characteristics of depression and how depression can be prevented and treated. They are intended for people who are living with depression themselves or who know someone who is; they include practical advice on what to do.

    Mental Health Helplines and Websites

    The NHS Choices website which contains links to websites and helplines that offer expert helps, guidance and advise on mental health and depression:

    World Health Day 2017 Depression

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