New Cancer Awareness Module Launched

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.

Organ Donation Week 2018

New Sepsis and Sepsis Awareness Modules Launched

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Sepsis and Sepsis Awareness

Blue Stream Academy Ltd. are pleased to announce the release of two brand new modules, Sepsis and Sepsis Awareness; these modules will be added to all of our eLearning suites.

Sepsis is the bodies often a life-threatening response to infection that can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. Usually when the body has an infection, it will fight it on its own or with the aid of medicines, however sepsis occurs when the body begins to fight itself, rather than the infection.

Sepsis, previously known as septicaemia or blood poisoning, is responsible for an estimated 44,000 deaths per year in the UK. It is a time-critical condition that can change from a mild illness to a serious one in a very short space of time.

Although potentially life-threatening, if caught early it can be easily treated, so it is important that all staff members are able to spot the signs of sepsis.

Our Sepsis module covers topics including:

  • Who is at risk?
  • Assessing symptoms for potential sepsis.
  • Identifying people with suspected sepsis.
  • Diagnosis and early management.

Our Sepsis Awareness module covers topics including:

  • Who is at risk?
  • Assessing symptoms for potential sepsis.
  • Symptoms of sepsis.

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

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Blue Stream Academy and PraNam Academy Create New Partnership

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Blue Stream Academy and PraNam Academy Partnership

We are delighted to announce their most recent partnership with an innovative international training provider, PraNam Academy.

Who are PraNam Academy?

PraNam Academy provide a training platform with an aim to bring the Indian healthcare sector up to speed with global standards, striving to be the most effective eLearning provider in India.

This platform will host 80+ eLearning modules, with relevant topics developed inline with the Indian National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) guidelines; each of the individual modules are also accredited by the CPD Certification Service.

Quality Improvement Portal (QIP)

PraNam Academy’s Quality Improvement Portal (QIP) helps to support Healthcare Organisations (HCO) in improving the quality of services they deliver and the care they provide to patients. QIP will enable organisations to take a systematic and consistent approach in bringing positive changes, this ensures that they are well-led, safe and effective, which are key areas for NABH and quality control in India.

What’s next?

PraNam Academy are now pleased to announce the online training platform will be ready to launch shortly and available to trial for Indian healthcare organisations. For further information on this, please contact info@pranamacademy.com or visit www.pranamacademy.com.

International Partnership

We Are Currently Hiring Software Developers

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Join Our Team

We are currently seeking to recruit graduate developers or those looking for internships. The role would involve working within our Development Team to help further our expansion via the development of new and innovative features to be utilised by our customers.

As a Blue Stream Academy Ltd. employee, in addition to a generous salary you will receive many additional benefits including private healthcare, pension contribution, corporate discount schemes, performance related bonuses and much more.

Please select the option below to view the job description for the role. If you are interested in applying, have any questions or require further information; please email your CV to us at info@bluestreamacademy.com or call 01773 822549.

Job Description

As a Software Developer at Blue Stream Academy Ltd., you’ll be playing a key role in the design, development, testing and maintenance of our industry leading eLearning platforms. You will be working with a small team of experienced designers and developers to continuously improve and expand on our eLearning platform. You will need to be dynamic, flexible and have the ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team.

The role will involve conversion of legacy applications to the latest standards and development of new, industry leading applications/services within an ASP.NET/C# environment.

Responsibilities

  • Development and implementation of new software programs utilising a full software development life cycle (SDLC).
  • Maintain and improve the performance of existing software.
  • Clearly and regularly communicate with management and provide technical support to colleagues.
  • Maintenance and updating of databases.
  • Testing, troubleshooting and maintaining software products to ensure strong functionality and optimization.
  • Creation and implementation of quality assurance procedures.
  • Recommend improvements to existing software programs as necessary.
  • Production of supporting documentation, guidelines, processes and procedures.
  • Keeping up to date with emerging technologies.

Desired Skills

The ideal candidate will have knowledge and experience in some or all of the following areas:

  • .NET
  • C#
  • MVC
  • SQL Server
  • Razor
  • HTML
  • JavaScript
  • CSS
  • Restful API Development
  • CMS Development
  • VB.net
  • eLearning Development
  • Virtual Reality or Games Development

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New Falls Prevention Module Launched

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Falls Prevention

Blue Stream Academy Ltd. are excited to announce the launch of of our new Falls Prevention module which has been added to our Nursing and Care Homes eLearning Suite.

Older people living in Care Homes are three times more likely to fall than older people living in their own homes and more often than not, the results of a fall are more serious. Falls can result in long term suffering, disability, loss of independence and a decline in quality of life.

Nursing and Care Homes play a vital role in falls prevention and they need the knowledge and understanding to help their residents.

This module includes information on:

  • risk factors
  • bone health
  • risks and prevention
  • what to do in the event of a fall.

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

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

This week, between 14th and 20th May, is Mental Health Awareness Week 2018.

Now in its 18th year, Mental Health Awareness Week have previously focused on how mindfulness, anxiety, sleep deprivation, exercise can impact our mental health. The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Stress’. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this. By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide. We will look at how we can tackle stress and help improve our mental health.

While stress isn’t a mental health problem in itself, it often leads to depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide. It can also lead to physical health problems such as cardiovascular disease and joint and muscle problems.

Information on how many people in the UK population as a whole are affected by stress is very limited. However, a recent survey found that over the past year, almost three quarters (74%) of people have at some point felt so stressed that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. The survey, commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation and undertaken by YouGov, polled 4,169 adults in the UK in 2018.

Here are some some other startling statistics found by the survey which was the largest known study of stress levels in the UK:

  • 30% of older people reported never feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope in the past year, compared to 7% of young adults.
  • 46% reported that they ate too much or ate unhealthily due to stress. 29% reported that they started drinking or increased their drinking, and 16% reported that they started smoking or increased their smoking.
  • 51% of adults who felt stressed reported feeling depressed, and 61% reported feeling anxious.
  • Of the people who said they had felt stress at some point in their lives, 16% had self harmed and 32% said they had had suicidal thoughts and feelings.
  • 37% of adults who reported feeling stressed reported feeling lonely as a result.
  • 36% of all adults who reported stress in the previous year cited either their own or a friend/relative’s long-term health condition as a factor. This rose to 44% of adults over 55.
  • Of those who reported feeling stressed in the past year, 22% cited debt as a stressor.
  • For people who reported high levels of stress, 12% said that feeling like they need to respond to messages instantly was a stressor.
  • 49% of 18-24 year olds who have experienced high levels of stress, felt that comparing themselves to others was a source of stress, which was higher than in any of the older age groups.
  • 36% of women who felt high levels of stress related this to their comfort with their appearance and body image, compared to 23% of men.
  • Housing worries are a key source of stress for younger people (32% of 18-24 year olds cited it as a source of stress in the past year). This is less so for older people (22% for 45-54 year olds and just 7% for over 55s).
  • Younger people have higher stress related to the pressure to succeed. 60% of 18-24 year olds and 41% of 25-34 year olds cited this, compared to 17% of 45-54s and 6% of over 55s).

Below are the Mental Health Foundation recommendations for a less stressed nation:

  1. Health and social care professionals should assess and address the psychological and other stressors experienced by people living with long-term physical health conditions.
  2. People presenting to a ‘first point of contact’ service in distress should receive a compassionate and trauma-informed response, regardless of where they live in the country.
  3. Government and the Health & Safety Executive must ensure that employers treat physical and psychological hazards in the workplace equally and help employers recognise and address psychological hazards in the workplace under existing legislation.
  4. Governments across the UK should introduce a minimum of two mental health days for every public sector worker.
  5. Mental health literacy should be a core competency in teacher training. This should be combined with rolling out mental health literacy support for pupils in schools across the UK to embed a ‘whole-school approach’ to mental health and wellbeing.
  6. The government should conduct an impact assessment of welfare reform and austerity programmes on mental health.
  7. More research is needed on the prevalence of stress in the population, and on how the experience of stress can be reduced at the community and societal level.

To explore the recommendations in more depth, download the full report here.

Below is a short video which explains what stress is, how it affects people and what can be done to reduce it:

See how stressed you are by taking the Mental Health Foundation’s short stress test, which uses the evidence-based perceived stress scale (PSS) – click here.

What can you do for Mental Health Awareness Week 2018?

This year the Mental Health Foundation is encouraging people to run a Curry & Chaat event for Mental Health Awareness Week. The aim is simple: get together with friends, enjoy a delicious curry and raise money for the Mental Health Foundation and our vision of a world with good mental health for all. For further details of how you can get involved please click here.

For further information about Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, please click here.

New Basic Oral Care Module Launched

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Basic Oral Care

Blue Stream Academy Ltd. are excited to announce the launch of of our new Basic Oral Care module which has been added to our Nursing and Care Homes eLearning Suite.

Poor oral care can have some serious effects on an individual, including limiting their ability to eat, speak and socialise normally. Those living in Nursing and Care Homes are at a greater risk of oral health problems for a number of reasons, including existing long term health conditions, the effects of medicines and an inability to maintain their own oral care.

This is why its essential that those providing care are fully aware and capable of providing oral care to these individuals when needed.

Blue Stream Academy’s Basic Oral Care Module includes information on:

  • poor oral health
  • principles and procedures of oral care
  • additional oral care.

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

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New General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Module Launched

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Blue Stream Academy are very pleased to announce that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) module is now live in all eLearning suites.

Our comprehensive module can help your staff understand the essential background information for GDPR, alongside why these changes are being introduced on 25th May 2018. 

The module is suitable for all staff members, however it is predominantly aimed at those who will be implementing the changes within the organisation.

Topics include:

  • GDPR description
  • background behind GDPR
  • reason for the GDPR introduction
  • difference between Data Controller and Data Processor
  • different types of data the GDPR applies to.

To access this module, system administrators will simply have to add the module to their staff profiles. If you would like any assistance with this, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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

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Blue Stream Academy Ltd. and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25th May, 2018 and we have been working with expert GDPR compliance consultants in order to make the relevant preparations which will ensure that our training, policies, procedures and processes reflect these changes. We will be making further announcements regarding these changes over the coming weeks.

Additionally, we are working towards attaining ISO:27001 Certification to provide our customers with further reassurance of how seriously we take the security and privacy of their data.

We have also contacted all of our 3rd party suppliers and strategic partners to ensure that they are compliant with GDPR or are working towards it.

We have undertaken Legitimate Interests Assessments (LIA) and Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIA), which we believe provides us with lawful grounds for personal data processing; all of our terms, conditions and policies will be updated accordingly prior to GDPR’s implementation and users prompted to accept or decline them before being able to proceed to use our online training.

Obviously, given the nature of the services which we provide, those who opt not to agree to these terms and conditions will be unable to use our eLearning platforms.

Below are some frequently asked questions about Blue Stream Academy Ltd. and GDPR:

What information does Blue Stream Academy Ltd. collect?
  • Name and job title.
  • Contact information including email address and telephone number.
  • Demographic information such as place of work.
  • Training records.
  • Profile pictures.
  • Membership details of registered regulatory organisations.
  • Network/device information and data relating to use of our website, applications, products and services.
Why do Blue Stream Academy Ltd. need to collect this information?
We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

  • To provide organisations and their employees with training records.
  • To administer accounts.
  • Internal record keeping.
  • To verify accounts/activities.
  • To promote safety and security inside and outside of our products/services, such as by investigation suspicious activity or violation of our terms, conditions and policies.
  • To obtain feedback to improve our products and services.
  • To send marketing communications about our products/services.
  • To let users know about any changes to our terms, conditions, policies or procedures.
  • To respond to users when they contact us.
  • To test features in development.
  • To customise the website according to user requirements.
Do Blue Stream Academy Ltd. require consent from users?
We do not require signed consent from Users (Data Subjects) for the transfer of their records. Once the Organisation (Data Controller) has registered with Blue Stream Academy Ltd. (Data Processor), they (the Organisation) have consented to the Users data being processed as part of their agreement with us.
Do organisations who use Blue Stream Academy Ltd.'s services require consent from their employees before allowing the data to be processed?
Whilst it is ultimately the responsibility of the Organisation to ascertain their own requirements/obligations under GDPR; generally speaking, given the terms of the User’s employment, it would reasonably be expected that their data would be used for such purposes as the recording of training etc. negating any need for consent in this instance.
Where is our data stored?
Our data is stored at a secure UK based data centre and backed to a secure cloud based service.
How long do Blue Stream Academy Ltd. store data for?
After an organisation ceases to be a Blue Stream Academy Ltd. customer, their data and that of their users is retained for a period of five years; unless a direct and authorised request for deletion has been made.
Following the implementation of GDPR, what is the process for users who want to transfer their training records?
Users wanting to transfer their training records to a new Organisation must initially request this from the Organisation currently holding their data, who will in turn provide us with the request. We will then contact the user to confirm the request before proceeding with the transfer of data.
Following the implementation of GDPR, what is the process for users who want to delete their training records?
Users wanting to delete their training records must request this from the Organisation currently holding their data, who will in turn provide us with the request. We will then contact the user to confirm the request before proceeding with the deletion of data. IMPORTANT: It is the responsibility of the Organisation to ensure that they do not have legal obligations/requirements requiring them to retain the data, or reasonable grounds for doing so. Once data has been deleted in cannot reinstated.
How can I find out want information Blue Stream Academy Ltd. holds about me?
If you would like a copy of the information held about you please write to Blue Stream Academy Ltd., Suites 11 and 12 – Riverside Business Centre, Milford, Derbyshire, DE56 0RN.

Should you have any further queries or questions relating to this or any other matter, please don’t hesitate to contact our Support Department via email to info@bluestreamacademy.com or telephone 01773 822549.

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Blue Stream Academy and Clarity Informatics Create New Strategic Partnership

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Blue Stream Academy and Clarity Informatics Partnership

Blue Stream Academy are delighted to announce their most recent partnership with one of the UK’s leading health informatics and technology firms, Clarity Informatics.

Used by over 85% of GPs in England, Clarity Informatics provides an appraisal toolkit for GPs, Hospital Doctors and Nurses, alongside a dynamic sharing and compliance platform for GP practices and practice groups.

How will this affect you?

Thanks to the new partnership, whenever you complete a training course through Blue Stream Academy, you will now be able to instantly export your CPD credits, certificate and evidence of learning directly to your Appraisal Toolkit for GPs account. A new icon displaying ‘Add to Clarity’ will appear when you have completed your training, creating a quick and easy link to populate your appraisal and portfolio with any Blue Stream Academy CPD credits.

GPTeamNet – COMING SOON

Alongside the GP Appraisal Toolkit, existing users of Blue Stream Academy will also soon be able to benefit from Clarity Informatic’s sharing and compliance web-based platform, developed in line with the GP Forward View. GPTeamNet serves as a powerful practice intranet, providing Practice Managers with the tools required to help effectively manage their practice and compliance. Alongside this, GPTeamNet encourages sharing between groups, perfect for Blue Stream Academy’s group collaborations. GPTeamnet is used by over 1,200 practices across England. To find out more about, go to www.clarity.co.uk/gpteamnet.

Further details will be released soon.

Time to Talk Day 2018

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Time to Talk Day 2018

Today is Time to Talk Day 2018! The aim of which is to bring the country together to get talking and break the silence surrounding mental health problems.

Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, worthless and ashamed; one in four of us will experience a mental health problem and 9 in 10 say they have faced negative treatment from others as a result.

Time to Talk Day is a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health; to talk, to listen, to change lives. Wherever you are; at home, at work or up the top of a mountain! Have your conversation about mental health today. By choosing to be open about mental health, we are all part of a movement that’s changing the conversation around mental health.

Time to Talk Day first began in 2014 and has instigated millions of conversations in schools, homes, workplaces, in the media and online. People have felt able to share their experiences without shame for the first time, and have started supporting those around them. After that first conversation, people feel more comfortable talking about mental health and more likely to talk about it again; that one chat can have a huge impact. Since it’s launch, Time to Talk Day has sparked millions of conversations in schools, homes, workplaces, in the media and online, and attracted support from celebrities such as Freddie Flintoff, Stephen Fry and Frankie Bridge.

The campaign is run by Time to Change to help spread the word that anywhere can be the right place to talk about mental health; including at work. Time to Change is England’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination and is run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. To find out more about the day, visit: www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/time-talk-day-2018

Below is a short video supporting the campaign:

If you are experiencing mental health problems or need urgent support, there are lots of places you can go to for help. Time to Change is focusing on changing how we all think and act about mental health. There are lots of people who can; some are listed here:

Samaritans
Telephone: 116 123 (Free 24 hours a day)
Email: jo@samaritans.org
Website: www.samaritans.org

Provides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.

Mind Infoline
Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday)
Email: info@mind.org.uk
Website: www.mind.org.uk/help/advice_lines

Mind provides confidential mental health information services. With support and understanding, Mind enables people to make informed choices. The Infoline gives information on types of mental distress, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind also has a network of nearly 200 local Mind associations providing local services.

Elefriends
Website: www.elefriends.org.uk

Elefriends is a supportive online communitywhere you can be yourself. Elefriends is run by Mind.

Rethink Mental Illness
Telephone: 0300 5000 927 (10am-2pm Monday to Friday)
Email: info@rethink.org
Website: www.rethink.org/about-us/ourmental-health-advice

Provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, as well as giving help to health professionals, employers and staff. Rethink also runs Rethink services and groups across England and Northern Ireland.

Saneline
Telephone: 0845 767 8000 (6pm-11pm)
Website: www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support/helpline

Saneline is a national mental health helpline providing information and support to people with mental health problems and those who support them. If you’re a carer needing support you can contact all of the above as well as Carers Direct and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, both of whom are able to provide support and advice on any issues affecting you.

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New Management of Information System (MIS)

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New Management of Information System (MIS)

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new look Management of Information System (MIS) which incorporate lots of exciting features and capabilities. The new system improves on several features, such as the training matrix and reporting system; serving to enhance usability and performance.

We have also introduced many new features, like the ability to create Site and Department Managers, view CQC statistics and link directly to an eLearning module from within the dashboard. We will soon be adding a HR system to the MIS which will provide the ability to create staff rotas, track holiday requests and view staff calendars.

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

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