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Blue Stream Academy Attain ISO27001 Certification

Blue Stream Academy Attain ISO27001 Certification

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ISO27001 Certification

We are delighted to announce that Blue Stream Academy Ltd., the UK’s leading provider of online training to the healthcare industry, has achieved ISO27001:2013 certification.

The certification and audit were undertaken by the British Standards Institution (BSI), the UK’s national standards body.

ISO27001:2013 is a comprehensive internationally recognised framework defined by the International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) which establishes best practices and controls with regards to Information Security Management Systems (ISMS). This ensures that risks are identified, and measures put it in place, enabling management and/or reduction of risks to the information held.

“Quality and integrity are part of our core values; given the importance of data within the healthcare industry, information security is naturally a major area of focus for the Company and a responsibility that we take very seriously. It is great that the significant effort and involvement from every Blue Stream Academy Ltd. employee to achieve the ISO27001 certification has been recognised, and is further evidence that we are constantly challenging ourselves to improve our service to meet, or where possible, exceed the needs and expectations of our customers.”

Stuart Walsh – Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Blue Stream Academy Ltd.

To view a copy of our certificate, please click here. For further information about the ISO27001 standard, please visit the ICO website.

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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 between 12:00 (midday) on 25th April, 2019 and 12:00 (midday) on 26th 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 Root Cause Analysis Toolkit Launched

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Root Cause Analysis

Blue Stream Academy Ltd. are pleased to announce the release of our new Root Cause Analysis Toolkit. This toolkit will be added to our GP, Dental, Nursing and Care Home, Hospice and Urgent Care eLearning suites.

Root Cause Analysis is a set of tools and approaches that can be used to investigate problems or incidents that may occur within organisations.

Root Cause Analysis is not about apportioning blame but should be used as a learning and development tool, that allows organisations to investigate how and why an incident happened.

The Root Cause Analysis Toolkit can be used to guide these investigations, to ensure that solutions are found and implemented to stop the incident from occurring again.

Our Root Cause Analysis Toolkit covers topics including:

  • why Root Cause Analysis is used
  • how Root Cause Analysis is used
  • how to use the 5 Whys
  • how to use Fishbone Diagrams.

For any further information or if you require any help, please email info@bluestreamacademy.com or call 01773 822549.

BSA Today Sunshine Sale

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Sunshine Summer Sale

We are excited to announce that all new customers who sign up between 18th June and 18th July, 2019 will receive 25% off their first years subscription!

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 25% discount, please get in touch today via email at info@bluestreamacademy.com or call 01773 822549.

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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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World Mental Health Day 2016

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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