25 Days of Christmas – Urgent Care

25 Days of Christmas – Urgent Care

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25 Days of Christmas

Here at Blue Stream Academy, we are getting into the festive spirit and are excited to announce the ’25 Days of Christmas’ discount!

For the next 25 days, we are offering a huge 25% discount for anyone who joins up to use any of our Urgent Care eLearning suite.

On average, our Urgent Care Suite has 80 users per organisation with an average cost of £2000+VAT; however, with this amazing 25% off, you could receive a huge discount of up to £500+VAT!

As an additional bonus, all new customers who take up this offer will have the chance to win a luxurious Christmas hamper worth over £50!*

Marks and Spencer Christmas Hamper 2017

To receive your discount whilst being in with a chance of winning this hamper, please contact us quoting ‘BLUESTREAM25‘.

Also, if you would like to receive a free, 30-day, no-obligation trial, where you can sample any 2 of our modules and look around our advanced Management of Information System (MIS), just let us know.

If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to ask.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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25 Days of Christmas – Hospices

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25 Days of Christmas

Here at Blue Stream Academy, we are getting into the festive spirit and are excited to announce the ’25 Days of Christmas’ discount!

For the next 25 days, we are offering a huge 25% discount for anyone who joins up to use our Hospice eLearning suite (with an additional 1% off for any HQP Partners).

This average cost for a Hospice of 200 staff would be around £3000+VAT for 12 months usage. However, with this excellent discount you could be looking at a huge saving of £750+VAT! Plus, we would train all of your volunteers free of charge for your first year!

As an additional bonus, all new customers who take up this offer will have the chance to win a luxurious Christmas hamper worth over £50!*

Marks and Spencer Christmas Hamper 2017

To receive your discount whilst being in with a chance of winning this hamper, please contact us quoting ‘BLUESTREAM25‘.

Also, if you would like to receive a free, 30-day, no-obligation trial, where you can sample any 2 of our modules and look around our advanced Management of Information System (MIS), just let us know.

If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to ask.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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25 Days of Christmas – Nursing/Care Homes

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25 Days of Christmas

Here at Blue Stream Academy, we are getting into the festive spirit and are excited to announce the ’25 Days of Christmas’ discount!

For the next 25 days, we are offering a huge 25% discount for anyone who joins up to use our Nursing/Care Homes eLearning suite.

On average, for an organisation with up to 40 staff, the usual cost of the suite is £750-£1000+VAT; however, with this amazing 25% off, you could receive a huge discount of up to £250+VAT!

As an additional bonus, all new customers who take up this offer will have the chance to win a luxurious Christmas hamper worth over £50!*

Marks and Spencer Christmas Hamper 2017

To receive your discount whilst being in with a chance of winning this hamper, please contact us quoting ‘BLUESTREAM25‘.

Also, if you would like to receive a free, 30-day, no-obligation trial, where you can sample any 2 of our modules and look around our advanced Management of Information System (MIS), just let us know.

If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to ask.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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25 Days of Christmas – GP Practices

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25 Days of Christmas

Here at Blue Stream Academy, we are getting into the festive spirit and are excited to announce the ’25 Days of Christmas’ discount!

For the next 25 days, we are offering a huge 25% discount for anyone who joins up to use our GP Practice eLearning suite.

On average, a Practice has 8,000 patients, so at a price of £0.085+VAT per patient, the average cost of the suite is £680+VAT per Practice; however, with this amazing 25% off, you could receive a huge discount of up to £170+VAT!

As an additional bonus, all new customers who take up this offer will have the chance to win a luxurious Christmas hamper worth over £50!

Marks and Spencer Christmas Hamper 2017

To receive your discount for our RCGP accredited and CPD certified modules whilst being in with a chance of winning this hamper, please contact us quoting ‘BLUESTREAM25‘.

Also, if you would like to receive a free, 30-day, no-obligation trial, where you can sample any 2 of our modules and look around our advanced Management of Information System (MIS), just let us know.

If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to ask.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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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:

  • The Chorley Surgery in Lancashire
  • The Heights General Practice in Greater Manchester
  • Bolton General Practice in Greater Manchester

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.

New Absence Management Module Launched

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Absence Management

Blue Stream Academy are pleased to announce the release of their Absence Management eLearning module.

This module helps to identify the impacts of absences on an organisation with the aim of reducing these absences and increasing workplace productivity, looking at:

  • the most common reasons for absences and the different types of absences
  • explaining why absences should be monitored and managed
  • the responsibilities of the organisation
  • the legal implications when managing absences
  • the steps involved in managing short and long-term absences.

This module is available in all eLearning Suites.

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

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New Controlled Drugs Module Launched

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Controlled Drugs

Blue Stream Academy are pleased to announce the release of the much anticipated Controlled Drugs eLearning module.

This module has been designed to ensure that healthcare staff are able to comply with all regulations and requirements regarding Controlled Drugs (CDs). CDs are an essential element of modern day care, therefore robust management of them is a must in order to minimise the risk of patient harm, misuse or criminality.

This module is made up of a number of topics, including:

  • prescribing Controlled Drugs
  • stock control and stock issues
  • storage of Controlled Drugs
  • Controlled Drugs Register
  • dispensing, inspection and security
  • accountable officers and procedures.

This module is available in our GP Practice eLearning Suite.

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

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New Safeguarding Adults Level 2 Module Launched

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Safeguarding Adults Level 2

Blue Stream Academy are pleased to announce the release of the highly requested Safeguarding Adults Level 2 eLearning module.

This module aims to provide the learner with the ability to safeguard adults in a healthcare setting and includes information on:

  • the importance of a person-centred approach in safeguarding
  • what to do if a person does not want to share information
  • the seven golden rules of information sharing
  • when an enquiry should take place, the purpose of an enquiry and what it should take into account
  • who can carry out an enquiry
  • what happens after an enquiry
  • safeguarding plans.

This module is available in all eLearning Suites.

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

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New Polypharmacy and Medicines Optimisation Module Launched

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Polypharmacy and Medicines Optimisation

Blue Stream Academy are pleased to announce the release of a brand-new eLearning module – Polypharmacy and Medicines Optimisation.

Polypharmacy is something that commonly occurs in both primary and secondary care. It is described as the concurrent use of multiple medications by a single patient (most commonly the elderly, due to an increase in the aging population).

Due to the increase of polypharmacy, there is a need to identify and reduce the occurrence of ‘problematic’ polypharmacy.

It is important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of polypharmacy; in that it has been proven to help patients have a good quality of life and improve longevity, however, inappropriate prescribing can potentially lead to the benefits of the medicines not being realised.

In order to further the understanding of polypharmacy, topics in this module include:

  • why polypharmacy is currently a ‘hot topic’
  • appropriate and problematic polypharmacy
  • ‘Prescribing Cascades’
  • ‘Social Prescribing’
  • ‘Deprescribing’.

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

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Jeans For Genes Day 2017

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Jeans for Genes 2017

This Friday (22nd September) is Jeans For Genes Day and Blue Stream Academy employees will be overdoing it in denim to raise money and awareness.

1 in 25 children in the UK are born with a genetic disorder – that amounts to more than 30,000 babies born each year. There are between 4,000 and 6,000 diagnosed genetic disorders and whilst some genetic disorders are apparent at birth while others are diagnosed at different stages throughout childhood, and sometimes into adulthood.

We all inherit a range of talents, skills and personality traits through our genes – they’re part of what makes us who we are. But half a million children in the UK face the daily challenges of a genetic disorder. By pulling on a pair of jeans, we will be helping to fund the vital care and support services that transform their lives.

Jeans For Genes Day invites people to leave their suits and uniforms at home and wear their jeans to work or school in return for a donation which will help change the lives of children across the UK. Jeans for Genes Day provides vital funding for the care and support of children with genetic disorders.

Every penny you give helps transform the lives of children affected by genetic disorders; your donations will fund the care and support children, and their families need today.

  • £10 will pay for 60 minutes of specialist telephone advice for parents caring for a child with severe neurological genetic conditions.
  • £50 will pay for a mother to attend a support day, giving her the help she needs to care for an extremely rare and profoundly disabling genetic condition.
  • £100 will help fund an educational booklet, helping teachers to maximise opportunities available to children with inherited learning disabilities.
  • £350 will pay for a child with a genetic disorder to spend a weekend away with other children like them, supported by trained medical staff.
  • £1,000 will help fund a film for teenagers with a life limiting condition, helping them to come to terms with, and encouraging them to begin to take responsibility for, their condition.
  • £1,300 will give a child who has lost the ability to speak access to a Tobii Eye Gaze machine, so that they can communicate with their eyes.
  • £2,000 will pay for a specialist nurse to support families affected by genetic disorders.

For further information and/or to order a free fundraising kit please visit the Jeans for Genes website.

Jeans for Genes Day Celebrities

Join Us At Management In Practice London

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Management in Practice

Blue Stream Academy will be attending the Management in Practice event at the London Olympia Conference Centre on Thursday 28th September, 2017.

Management in Practice is the must-attend event for all those involved in General Practice business. Join expert speakers from across the practice management industry plus hundreds of your peers and colleagues for an informative day of networking, knowledge sharing and proble

This is a completely free event for all Practice Managers, GPs, administrative staff, commissioners and all others involved in primary care business management and has been specifically designed to deliver the latest news and practical advice to improve practices and meet upcoming challenges to business head on.

The Management In Practice London conference will 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.52) 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 London

Air Ambulance Week 2017

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Air Ambulance Week 2017

Air Ambulance Week 2017 takes place from 9th-17th September!

The campaign organised by the Air Ambulance Service, aims raise funds to help support the vital services which they provide; supporters will be holding collections at various location during the week, handing out special yellow cross pin badges in exchange for donations.

You can help by volunteering to ‘Give An Hour’, collecting and raising awareness in your area to help keep your local air ambulance flying.

For further details, please visit the Air Ambulance Service website.

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.

Please see the agenda below:

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

Guest Speakers

Richard Murray - Director of Policy
Richard Murray - Director of PolicyRichard Murray joined The King’s Fund as Director of Policy in January 2014.

He initially trained as an economist and spent five years in academia before joining the Department of Health as an economic adviser. Following this he spent a period of four years as a health care specialist at McKinsey & Co.

Richard returned to the Department of Health in 2003 where he undertook a number of roles including Senior Economic Adviser, Director of Strategy, Director of Financial Planning and Chief Analyst, and finally Director of Finance, Quality, Strategy and Analysis. In 2013 he moved to NHS England as Chief Analyst before leaving to join The King’s Fund.

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 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..

Michael Lawrie - Senior Analytical Lead, NHS England
Michael Lawrie - Senior Analytical LeadMichael is a senior lead in the Operational Research and Evaluation Unit (OREU) of NHS England’s Analytical Services.

This Unit was established to lead the development of evaluation and OR analysis in the NHS, working initially with the main transformation programmes including new care models, Pharmacy Integration Fund and RightCare. Michael oversees the analytical and evaluative work on the new care models programme.

His team is responsible nearly forty local vanguard studies, for producing quarterly data on the impact on hospital usage, and synthesising all findings to identify what is working, and what is not. The wider OREU is developing a range of innovative quantitative analytical techniques including developing more sophisticated ways of understanding impact in complex systems. Prior to joining NHS England, Michael worked at a research consultancy leading evaluation and policy research projects for a range of NHS commissioners, government agencies and voluntary sector organisations.

Dr Mark Edwards - Non-Executive Director
Dr Mark Edwards - Non-Executive DirectorMark is a medically-qualified (specialist training in anaesthesia and critical care) and GMC-registered drug developer with 25 years’ pharmaceutical R&D experience.

Formerly, he was a Global Clinical R&D Director and then Director of Science and Medical Public Affairs at Pfizer in Sandwich, Kent.

He has worked at all phases of clinical development across a wide variety of therapeutic areas. This includes regulatory product approval experience, having successfully led Pfizer’s global clinical development team to achieve the US/EU registration of sildenafil as a first-in-class treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension. His experience has also included the establishment of major R&D projects at the interfaces between academia, the NHS and the biopharmaceutical industry e.g. having helped lead the establishment of 1) MRC/industry pre-competitive consortia in COPD and RA and 2) the UK Government’s Translational Research Partnership Programme.

Now he provides strategic and applied clinical, scientific and policy advice to life sciences organisations throughout the public, private and charitable sectors. He was R&D Director of The Ethical Medicines Industry Group (EMIG) for which he established de novo a strong scientific & medical arm to complement the commercial interests of the association. This was pivotal to grow and diversify EMIG’s membership to include a broad range of charitable organisations in addition to biopharma. Mark is a Non-Executive Director of the SW Academic Health Science Network (SWAHSN).

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.

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