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New HR System Now Available!

New HR System Now Available!

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HR System Announcement

Here at Blue Stream Academy, we are excited to announce the launch of our fully integrated HR system.

We are aware how busy the life of a manager can be. Our new HR system works alongside our comprehensive Management of Information System so you don’t have to log into multiple systems to input the same information repeatedly.

The HR system includes features such as:

  • Management of Rotas – HR admins can set shift types/typical working hours. The rota will also tell you if you have any empty shifts and if there are any issues. e.g if someone is on holiday.
  • Settings – Shifts can be customised to suit your organisation’s needs, e.g. opening hours, minimum staffing levels per shift, if someone is on holiday.
  • Managing Staff Absence – All employees can add a leave request, managers can then authorise or reject this.
  • Reporting – HR managers are able to access reports of how many hours an employee has worked in a time period.
  • Creation of Profiles – HR managers are able to log staff details such as; how many hours an employee is contracted for weekly, the employee’s employment start and end date, the employees DOB, next of kin and their contact details.
  • User Rotas – Users are able to log into the system to access their up upcoming rota.

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

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 - Body Image

This week, between 13th and 19th May, is Mental Health Awareness Week 2019.

Now in its 18th year, Mental Health Awareness Week have previously focused on how mindfulness, anxiety, sleep deprivation, exercise and Stress can impact our mental health. The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Body Image’ – how we think and feel about our bodies.

Last year the Mental Health Foundation found that 30% of all adults have felt so stressed by body image and appearance that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope; that’s almost 1 in every 3 people.

Body image issues can affect all of us at any age and directly impact our mental health; however there is still a lack of much-needed research and understanding around this.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, the Mental Health Foundation will be publishing the results of a UK-wide survey on body image and mental health. It will look at body image issues across a lifetime, including how it affects children and young people, adults and people in later life.

It will also seek to highlight how people can experience body image issues differently, including people of different ages, genders, ethnicities and sexualities; see below:

Body Image Research Report 2019

Below is a spoken word poem written and performed by Priscila Hernandez for Mental Health Awareness Week 2019.

You can show your support by on social media by posting a picture of a time or a place when you felt comfortable in your own skin – this could be now, five years ago or at the age of five. It can be a photo of yourself or something else that reminds you of the moment.

Use the hashtags #BeBodyKind and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek; tag @mentalhealthfoundation on Instagram and Facebook or @mentalhealth on Twitter.

For further information about Mental Health Awareness Week 2019, please click here.

New Safeguarding Adults Level 3 Module Launched

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Safeguarding Adults Level 3

Blue Stream Academy Ltd. are pleased to announce the release of our new ‘Safeguarding Adults Level 3’ module (Levels 1 and 2 have also been updated and will be re-released alongside Level 3).

Adult Safeguarding is defined as: “protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from harm, abuse and neglect”. Everyone needs to work together to prevent and stop, both the risks and experiences of abuse and neglect, whilst ensuring the adults wellbeing is promoted including, having regard to their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs in deciding on any action.

We all have a part to play in securing this for the adults in our care, particularly for those who are at risk.

Safeguarding training is vital when working with adults who may be at risk, it helps to ensure that employees, managers and volunteers can carry out their duties knowledgeably and safely.

Our ‘Safeguarding Adults Level 3’ module covers topics including:

  • understanding the importance of safeguarding adults, who may be an adult with safeguarding needs and the types and possible indicators of abuse and neglect
  • recognising safeguarding is a shared responsibility, with a need for effective joint working between professionals, healthcare staff, agencies and organisations
  • the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • raising concerns if abuse is suspected or disclosed
  • risk assessment and management, record keeping, information sharing
  • collecting and preserving evidence
  • the purpose of strategy discussions and meetings, including who will be present and their individual responsibilities
    the investigation process and Safeguard Planning
  • the role and responsibilities of the chair for multidisciplinary meetings and the aims of the meeting.

For any further information or if you require any help, please contact us via email info@bluestreamacademy.com or telephone 01773 822549.

Flash Sale: 40% Discount!

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Flash Sale

We are excited to announce that for one day only, all new customers who sign up will receive 40% off their first years subscription!

Yes, you heard right! 40% discount for all new customers only available for today only – 29th April 2019!

Whether you are a GP Practice, Nursing and Care Home, Hospice or an Urgent Care site, your 12 months subscriptions will include:

  • Over 75 mandatory and non mandatory modules for clinical and non-clinical staff.
  • Comprehensive Management of Information System (MIS).
  • 15 different reports to show completed training, incomplete training, your organisations policies, % compliance, external training.
  • The ability to add your organisations policies onto the system which users must electronically sign.
  • Customisable job roles, departments and sites.
  • Multiple management access levels.
  • The ability to add face to face courses/workshops onto the system for users to book into.
  • Automated module resets for eLearning and external training which emails the users directly.

For a personalised quote with your 40% discount, please get in touch today via email at info@bluestreamacademy.com or call 01773 822549.

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New Lone Working Module Launched

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Lone Working

Blue Stream Academy Ltd. are pleased to announce the release of our new ‘Lone Working’ module. This module will be added to our GP, Dental, Hospice, Nursing and Care Home and Urgent Care eLearning suites.

Lone workers are those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision in any environment where there are no other workers.

Lone workers can be vulnerable and at increased risk of physical or verbal abuse and harassment, accidents, theft, manual handling incidents etc. simply because they don’t have the immediate support of colleagues or security staff.

It is therefore important that staff members understand how they can keep themselves safe whilst working alone on site, off site, after hours or whilst travelling.

Employers should also be aware of their responsibilities for their employees and must ensure that policies, procedures and risk assessments are implemented to ensure staff members are safe whilst working alone.

Our ‘Lone Working’ module covers topics including:

  • what a lone worker is
  • employer’s and employees’ responsibilities
  • the hazards and risks associated with lone working
  • the use of risks assessments
  • how to stay safe whilst working alone
  • the procedures to take in an emergency.

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

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Easter Giveaway

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The Easter bunny has arrived early at Blue Stream Academy HQ, and he’s left two eggs-tra special hampers for us to give away to two egg-ceptional healthcare organisations! We’ve got two of the finest Hotel Chocolat hampers worth £100 each up for grabs, alongside a little treat of our own – one years free usage on any of our eLearning suites; the give away is open to GP Practices, Nursing/Care Homes, Hospices, Urgent Care Centres and Prison Healthcare Providers!

To be in for a chance of winning all you have to do is:

1. Like and share this post on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

2. Sign up to our mailing list here.

3. Email the following details over to abi@bluestreamacademy.com

  • Your name.
  • Job title.
  • Organisation name.
  • Telephone number.

Hotel Chocolat Easter Hamper

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Cytology Module Updated and Renamed as Cervical Screening

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Cervical Screening

Our ‘Cytology’ module has now been updated and renamed as ‘Cervical Screening’.

These updates were essential to ensure that our training is in line with the recent updates to the NHS Cervical Screening Programme.

The NHS Cervical Screening Programme is used to check whether women have any abnormal cervical cell changes that could develop into cervical cancer, by testing a sample of cells (cytology) that are taken from the cervix.

In recent years, controlled trials have considered the use of hrHPV (high risk human papillomavirus) testing as a primary screening test. Compared with cytology, HPV testing has been shown to reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer through increased sensitivity for underlying disease.

In 2016 it was announced that HPV primary screening will be implemented into the NHS Cervical Screening Programme, with full geographical coverage achieved across the whole of England by 2020.

As the information within this module has significantly changed, we recommend that users retake this training to ensure they are up to date with the new guidelines.

For more information on how this can be accessed, email us on info@bluestreamacademy.com, or speak to a member of the team on 01773 822549.

New Pressure Ulcer Management and Pressure Ulcer Awareness Modules Launched

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Pressure Ulcers

Blue Stream Academy Ltd. are pleased to announce the release of two brand new modules, Pressure Ulcer Management and Pressure Ulcer Awareness; these modules will be added to our GP, Nursing and Care Home, Hospice and Urgent Care eLearning suites.

The development of a pressure ulcer can be painful and debilitating, which can have a major impact on an individual’s overall wellbeing.

The development of many pressure ulcers can be avoided by putting preventative steps in place. However, in some cases, it is not always possible to prevent a pressure ulcer from developing and staff need to be aware of how they can be treated and managed, to ensure the best quality of patient care possible.

These modules provide staff with guidance on how pressure ulcers can be prevented, managed and treated, in the hope that the number of individuals who develop a pressure ulcer is reduced.

Our Pressure Ulcer Management module covers topics including:

  • How pressure ulcers are caused and how they develop.
  • How to categorise a pressure ulcer.
  • How to differentiate a pressure ulcer from other types of skin damage.
  • How to prevent pressure ulcers from developing.
  • How to treat and manage pressure ulcers.

Our Pressure Ulcer Awareness module covers topics including:

  • What pressure ulcers are and how they are caused.
  • How to categorise a pressure ulcer.
  • How to differentiate a pressure ulcer from other types of skin damage.

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

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BSA Today Sign Up Offer

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BSA Today Sign Up Offer

Claim your FREE bottle of Champagne when you join Blue Stream Academy Ltd.

To celebrate the launch of our brand new magazine BSAToday, we are giving away a free bottle of Champagne to all new organisations who sign up to use any of our eLearning Suites.

To be eligible, simply contact us via phone – 01773 822549, or email – info@bluestreamacademy.com quoting ‘BSATODAY’; once your registration has been completed, you will then be invited to join Management of Information System (MIS) Training Session. This training session will provide you with the advise and guidance to ensure you and your organisation are able to use our eLearning platform to its maximum potential. Upon completion of this training session, we will send your bottle of Champagne.

BSA Today is the magazine of Blue Stream Academy. If you would like to comment on any item or suggest ideas for future editions, please contact Brady Braddock (Editor) on 01773 822549, email bsatoday@bluestreamacademy.com

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Dementia, Care and Nursing Expo 2019

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Dementia Care Nursing Home Expo 2019

Blue Stream Academy will be attending the Dementia, Care and Nursing Expo on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th March, 2019 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

The Dementia, Care and Nursing Home Expo will attract 5,500 care home, nursing home and domiciliary care business owners over two days, providing an interactive hub for social care business owners to obtain free training and expertise. This event will help reinvent the social care industry by helping businesses to grow, become more time and cost efficient and most importantly, improve the level of care available.

Visit our team on Stand D1020 for more information on our Nursing and Care Home eLearning Suite, alongside a complimentary glass of bubbly.

To register for the Dementia, Care and Nursing Home Expo or for further information, please visit their website here.

Event: Dementia, Care and Nursing Expo 2019
Date(s) and Time(s): Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th March, 2019 (10:00-17:00)
Venue: The NEC, Hall 8, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham, West Midlands B40 1NT
Stand: D1020

Complementary eLearning Resources

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Complementary eLearning Resources

Here at Blue Stream Academy, we realise the challenges you are presented with regarding care workers time, training and compliance. We have been working hard with care home managers to produce a tailor made online solution for care and nursing service managers and their staff.

We have developed a suite of interactive training modules which are easy to use, inline with CQC outcomes and have full CPD accreditation. Blue Stream Academy Ltd. are the supplier of choice and have been awarded a contract for all GP services in your area.

With this in mind, Health Education England (HEE), in conjunction with Cornwall, Devon and Somerset Community Education Provider Networks (CEPN), are implementing a CLiP (Collaborative Learning in Practice) project:

Nursing homes and nursing beds in residential homes are closing in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset due to the inability to recruit qualified nurses to these settings. The lack of qualified nurses also means mentors are not available to support learners. CLiP will aim to alleviate this by introducing a model of education to potentially change the scenario.

Typically, on any particular shift, one coach will be responsible for a group of patients, the care of whom is primarily delivered by the learners. Multiple learners will experience complex care needs in the community supported by an expert clinician. Again this fits with the newly proposed Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses (NMC, 2017).

The result will be an excellent placement experience and the Nursing Home setting will be marketed as a valued place of employment. In addition the model can be replicated across other STP footprints. This 12 month project will result in the presentation of recommended practice to achieve implementation of a process that will ensure enhanced access to placement learning in Primary and Community Care Settings.

As part of this, Blue Stream Academy has offered care services in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset the chance to access their mandatory training system for free for a whole year. Your staff will have access to modules such as Safeguarding, GDPR and Principles of Health and Safety (please see here for a full list).

If you would like to take up this offer then please do not hesitate to contact nch@bluestreamacademy.com or call Adele, our Nursing and Care Home Suite Manager on 01773 822549.

New Cancer Awareness Module Launched

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New Cancer Awareness Module Launched

We are pleased to announce the release of our Cancer Awareness module which has been added to all of our eLearning suites.

Breast Cancer Awareness month is here and Blue Stream Academy Ltd. are dedicated to helping everyone become more aware of not only breast cancer but all cancers through our brand new module – Cancer Awareness.

Cancer Awareness is an effort to raise understanding and reduce the stigma of cancer through education on symptoms and treatment. There are more than 200 different types of cancer that affect 1 in 2 people within the UK in their lifetime. With a multitude of different symptoms that cancer creates, early detection signs will help reduce the number of lives it takes.

Information found within this module covers:

  • The nature of cancer.
  • Prevention and early detection.
  • Staging and investigations.
  • Cancer and treatments.

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

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MediWales Connects (North Wales) 2018

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Mediwales Connects

Blue Stream Academy will be attending MediWales Connects (North Wales) Conference at the Catrin Finch Centre in Wrexham on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th October, 2018.

With support from Andrew Goodall, Chief Executive of NHS Wales, the conference programme highlights the importance of transformation within the NHS to ensure a sustainable future.

The free to attend event will also actively encourage engagement with industry as an important partner to drive the NHS forward.

Alongside the conference, join the Bevan Commission for the Welsh Health Gadget Hack and develop tech solutions to vital NHS challenges.

Visit our team and learn more about our online training for nursing and care homes.

To register for the MediWales Connects (North Wales) Conference or for further information, please visit their website here.

The Care Show 2018

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The Care Show 2018

Blue Stream Academy will be attending The Care Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th October, 2018.

The Care Show is the largest and busiest care event in the UK dedicated to bringing you new products, services, inspiration and innovation to support you in improving the lives of those in your care and assist you in running your care business. By bringing together the key thought leaders and suppliers in the care sector you will have access to our comprehensive programme for 2 days of free content, giving you the tools and information you need to protect the future of your organisation.

The Care Show provides expert-led CPD accredited conference sessions, hands-on training, latest solutions and networking opportunities to support those connected to and responsible for providing excellent care for others.

Access 1000’s of the latest products and services from over 230 leading care suppliers, network with over 3,500 professionals within the care sector, share your experiences and learn from theirs.

Visit our stand (F38) to meet the team and learn more about our online training for nursing and care homes.

To register for The Care Show or for further information, please visit their website here.

World Mental Health Day 2018

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Today is World Mental Health Day, the aim of which is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

World Mental Health Day was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries.

Our mental health is just like our physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.

Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year. They range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day is ‘Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World’.

The best path to lifelong wellness is one that starts with good mental health. Young people that grow up with additional stressors due to the effects of trauma, transgender discrimination, major mental illness, bullying and suicide are far more likely to have mental health issues throughout the rest of their lives.

World Mental Health Day 2018 will show the importance of creating more services and better care for our young people, and the issues they are experiencing the most these days. The acts of prevention, early interventions, resilience, available information and services are the key factors in creating a healthy future for our young people.

“Every 10 minutes, somewhere in the world, an adolescent girl dies as a result of violence.”

UNICEF

“83% of young people say bullying has a negative impact on their self-esteem.”

ditchthelabel.org

“Among nearly 100 transgender youth, ages 12 to 24, 51% reported ever thinking about suicide, while 30% had attempted it at least once in their lives.”

Center for Transyouth Health at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

“Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15–29-year-olds.”

World Health Organization

“1 in 5 young people suffer from a mental illness, that’s 20% of our population but yet only about 4% of the total health care budget is spent on our mental health.”

teenmentalhealth.org

“More than 1 in 10 children (11%) aged between 10 and 15 say they have no one to talk to or wouldn’t talk to anyone in school if they feel worried or sad.”

The Mental Health Foundation

World Mental Health Day 2018

For more information, please visit the MentalHealth.org.uk website.

New Anticholinergic Burden in the Elderly Module Launched

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Anticholinergic Burden in the Elderly

We are pleased to announce the release of our Anticholinergic Burden in the Elderly module which has been be added to all of our eLearning suites.

As an ever-increasing number of drugs prescribed to the elderly have anticholinergic properties, there is no better time to review the subject than now.

Anticholinergics are used to block nerve impulses responsible for involuntary muscle movements and can be used to treat a variety of conditions such as; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (such as abnormal involuntary muscle movement).

Although there can be risks and adverse effects associated with these anticholinergics, when reviewed and prescribed correctly, the associated properties can effectively treat a range of conditions.

Our Anticholinergic Burden in the Elderly module covers the following topics:

  • What Anticholinergic Burden is.
  • Adverse effects/risks associated with Anticholinergic drugs.
  • Anticholinergic Burden scores.
  • Anticholinergic Burden medication review tools.
  • Evidence associated with anticholinergic drug risks.
  • Impact of Frailty and Dementia.
  • Recommendations for prescribing and reviewing anticholinergic drugs.

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

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Jeans for Genes Day 2018

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Jeans for Genes Day 2018

This Friday (21st September) is Jeans For Genes Day and Blue Stream Academy employees will be overdoing it in denim to raise money and awareness.

Blue Stream Academy - Jeans for Genes Day 2018

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 2018

The Emergency Services Show 2018

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The Emergency Service Show 2018

Blue Stream Academy will be attending the Emergency Services Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th September, 2018.

The Emergency Services Show is the UK’s largest event for the emergency services with over 450 exhibitors, live demonstrations, unique learning opportunities and unrivalled networking; it offers ALL emergency workers a great place to network and learn.

The two-day event brings together all disciplines from the emergency services sector to discover innovative technology and operational solutions, share their experiences and unite in their collaborative approach to public safety.

Below are just a few of the reasons why anyone working in the emergency services should attend:

  • Over 90 groups who work with the blue light services in The Collaboration Zone
  • Free CPD accredited seminars covering Lessons Learnt, Technology, Collaboration and Health & Wellbeing
  • Over 90 new exhibitors to see
  • Free CPD workshops with The College of Paramedics
  • WMFS Extrication Challenge and First Aid & Trauma Challenge
  • A huge range of new products to see at the Show
  • Competitions and events to get involved with at the Show
  • Take part in the ZOLL EMS Challenge
  • Free seminars with the National Fire Chiefs Council NFCC
  • Connected Vehicle Strategy Sessions with Excelerate and Northamptonshire Joint Operations Team
  • Free training with CIPHER Medical

We’ll be holding a ‘Win a Gadget Competition’ where you could be in with a chance to win an Apple iPad, Amazon Echo or FitBit Charge 2 just by correctly answering a single question relating to emergency services in the UK.

Win a Gadget Competition

Please visit our stand (R18) to meet the team and learn more about our online training for Urgent Care/Emergency Services.

To register or for further information, please select the banner below:

The Emergency Services Show Birmingham

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World Sepsis Day 2018

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World Sepsis Day 2018

Today is World Sepsis Day 2018!

Held on September 13th every year, World Sepsis Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against sepsis. Sepsis accounts for at least 8 million deaths worldwide annually. Yet, depending on country and education, sepsis is known only to 7–50 % of the people. Likewise, it is poorly known that sepsis can be prevented by vaccination and clean care and that early recognition and treatment reduces sepsis mortality by 50 %. This lack of knowledge makes sepsis the number one preventable cause of death worldwide.

This year’s campaign the biggest to date, with countless events taking place all over the world.

There are events for medical professionals, sport activities, photo exhibitions, pink picnics, gala events, dinners, public events such as open houses in hospitals and healthcare facilities, and online events such as the ‘2nd World Sepsis Congress’. Additionally there are campaigns on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Periscope, Snapchat and many more social networks.

World Sepsis Day is a great opportunity to increase public awareness for this poorly acknowledged health care disaster, but also to show support and solidarity with the millions of people who lost their loved ones, or, as sepsis survivors, suffer from long-term consequences of sepsis. It’s also provide a timely reminder to the public, media, national, and international healthcare authorities, healthcare providers, and healthcare workers, policy makers, and the governments that there is an urgent need to increase and improve education on the facility, regional, national, and international level. The easiest way to support World Sepsis Day is to sign the World Sepsis Declaration with your colleagues, families, friends, and everyone that should be informed about sepsis.

World Sepsis Day - Global Health Crisis

Deadly Sepsis a Global Priority but Dismissed by Majority of Health Systems Worldwide

The Global Sepsis Alliance says not nearly enough is being done to curb sepsis, one of the most prevalent but misdiagnosed, deadly diseases, and designated a global priority by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2017.

In spite of the unanimous resolution in May 2017 by the Executive Board of the WHO and the World Health Assembly to improve, prevent, diagnose, and manage sepsis through a series of actions directed at developed and developing countries around the world, the majority of countries still have not implemented comprehensive educational programs on sepsis prevention, recognition, and care.

“We are appealing to the United Nation Member States and the WHO to take immediate action on their commitment to prioritize the devastation caused by sepsis worldwide, to issue a report on the prevalence and consequences of sepsis, and to support its member nations globally in the prevention, diagnosis, and management of this preventable global health issue.”

Said Professor Dr. Konrad Reinhart, Chair of the Global Sepsis Alliance and Senior Professor at the Center for Sepsis Control and Care at Jena University Hospital and Charité Berlin, Germany.

Sepsis, commonly referred to as ‘blood poisoning’, is the life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to infection results in organ dysfunction or failure. Sepsis is often confused with other conditions in its early stages, with delayed recognition of the signs and symptoms quickly leading to multi-system organ failure, and, ultimately, death. Sepsis needs to be treated as an emergency because every delay in administration of antimicrobials and other appropriate measures increases mortality rate on an hourly basis.

“The WHO shares our goal to have the incidence of sepsis, the leading cause of preventable deaths, decrease by at least 20 per cent by the year 2020.”

Added Professor Reinhart.

“Together, all nations can achieve this by actively promoting good hygiene and hand washing, clean obstetric care, and improvements in sanitation, nutrition, and delivery of clean water. It is also vital that nutrition and vaccination programs be stepped up immediately for at-risk patient populations in resource-poor areas.”

On the occasion of World Sepsis Day on September 13th, the Global Sepsis Alliance is urging all nations, with active support of the WHO, to coordinate and align practices in infection control and prevention, as well as reduce the incidence of antimicrobial resistance. While anyone can get sepsis, newborn babies and children are especially at risk.

“Neonates and children are disproportionately affected by sepsis.”

Said Professor Dr. Niranjan ‘Tex’ Kissoon, Vice Chair of the Global Sepsis Alliance, and Vice President Medical Affairs at BC Children’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children.

“Simple measures such as perinatal care for mothers, sanitary birth practices, early breast feeding, and immunizations are so effective and easily delivered, if a priority is placed on the prevention, diagnosis, and management of sepsis.”

The Global Sepsis Alliance is hosting the 2nd World Sepsis Congress on September 5th and 6th. It is accessible to all countries and clinicians through a simple internet connection by clicking on www.worldsepsiscongress.org. Over 15,000 organizations and individuals, mainly medical professionals from around the world are expected to take part in the free online conference, which precedes World Sepsis Day on September 13th.

In resource-rich countries with strong health systems, sepsis inflicts between 500-700 per 100,000 population, according to new data from the United States and Europe, higher than the annual incidence of new cases of cancer. The majority of deaths from sepsis are preventable and can be reduced by 50 per cent with appropriate measures.

“There are very few countries that have implemented effective national programs in sepsis management.”

Said Professor Reinhart.

“But in these countries, death from sepsis has decreased from over 40 per cent to below 20, whereas in high-income countries without programs, sepsis mortality is still above 40 per cent. In low and middle income countries, sepsis mortality ranges between 50 and 70 per cent.”

In the USA alone, sepsis causes or contributes to 35% of all deaths in hospitals and is the leading cause of annual hospitals costs, at over 24 billion USD per year. The Global Sepsis Alliance is calling on the WHO to allocate more resources to member states to implement their sepsis resolution. Sepsis, in spite of the lives it claims every year, is mostly unknown and poorly understood by the public, no matter where you live.

Below is a video that answers the question, ‘What is Sepsis?’:

Organ Donation Week 2018

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Organ Donation Week takes place between 3rd-9th September, 2018. This year people are being encouraged to share their organ donation decision with their families.

Do your family know whether you want to be an organ donor? Have you ever talked about organ donation with them?

If the answer is no, then you’re not alone; sadly, many donation opportunities are lost every year because families don’t know if their loved one wanted to be a donor or not. Family support is crucial to enable donations to take place.
We need more people to talk about organ donation to increase the number of transplants that happen.

There’s no time like the present, talk about it today. Talking about your organ donation decisions makes it easier for your family to support your decision and for you to support theirs.

You could help someone waiting for that vital call, by joining the NHS Organ Donor Register and by telling your family.

Jo Adamou, whose daughter Cissy has had a heart and a kidney transplant says:

“You don’t realise the impact having a child or anyone you love waiting for a transplant can have on you and the difference an organ donation can make. It’s incredible that people donate, words cannot describe how grateful you feel.”

Below is a video where people discuss what they talk about with their families:

For advice on how to discuss your decision, please click here.

Millions of people are on the NHS Organ Donor Register already but only one in every hundred will die in circumstances where they could donate, so every donor is precious.

Below are a number of ways in which you can help support this campaign:

  • Talk about organ donation with your family. Do you know their donation decision?
  • Learn more about organ donation and find out what it’s like to wait for a transplant, the impact transplants have and how families of donors feel.
  • Don’t let yourself be swayed by misinformation; there are many myths about organ donation.
  • Like, retweet and favourite the NHS Organ Donor Register’a videos, or share them yourselves to help to spread their message. You will find them @NHSOrganDonor

Three people die every day in need of a transplant. We can change things, though we need your support to get people talking.

Words Save Lives. Let’s get talking about organ donation.

For further information about Organ Donation Week 2018, click here; to add your name to the NHS Organ Donor Register, click here.

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