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Blue Stream Academy Support Pancreatic Cancer Fundraiser

Blue Stream Academy Support Pancreatic Cancer Fundraiser

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Pancreatic Cancer Research Fundraising

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

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

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

Below is a short blog of his gruelling efforts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund has three main objectives:

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

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

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

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

Mick Smith Ultra Marathons

Easter Twitter Giveaway

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Easter Twitter Giveaway 2017

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

The contents of the Easter hamper include:

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

Blue Stream Acacademy Easter Twitter Giveaway 2017

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


Blue Stream Acacademy Easter Twitter Giveaway 2017 Hamper

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World Health Day 2017

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World Health Day 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Below are some statistics about depression:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mental Health Helplines and Websites

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

World Health Day 2017 Depression

London’s First Outstanding GP Practice In All CQC Categories

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Outstanding CQC Inspections

Blue Stream Academy customer Elliott Hall Medical Centre in Hatch End, Pinner, North London has been announced as the first in London to be rated as Outstanding in all areas by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The GP Practice situated in Uxbridge Road, in the London Borough of Harrow and who look after more than 11,000 patients, was rated Outstanding overall and for being safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

Elliott Hall Medical Centre Pinner

The inspection was undertaken by CQC inspectors in November, 2016 who found evidence of outstanding practice in several areas, including:

  • There was an holistic approach to assessing, planning and delivering care and treatment. The Supportive Care Register enabled patients to have choice and make decisions about their care.
  • The practice had a very proactive and engaged Patients’ Association which gave support to patients and reduced social isolation through carers’ groups, home visiting and bereavement support services.
  • A patient transport service helped patients unable to use public transport with access to the practice.

The CQC Deputy Chief Inspector of General Practice, Ursula Gallagher, commended Elliott Hall Medical Centre, saying:

“There was a strong, open and embedded culture at the practice in respect of patient safety. The partners led an innovative and committed team, and promoted a strong inclusive culture with a focus on continuous quality improvement. They encouraged effective communication within the team and demonstrated a comprehensive meeting structure which included daily clinical and non-clinical meetings to enhance their formal operational and governance frameworks. Feedback from patients about their care was consistently positive. Data from the national GP patient survey showed patients rated the practice higher than others for almost all aspects of care.”

Dr Chris Jenner, senior partner at Elliott Hall Medical Centre, said he was proud to receive an Outstanding rating:

“We welcome the report published by CQC on Tuesday and its vote of confidence in our practice. For all of the team at Elliott Hall Medical Centre, it represents an endorsement in what we do every day; serving our patients; protecting their best interests and aiming to deliver the very best care. The partners couldn’t be prouder of the team at Elliott Hall, our patients and wonderful the Patients’ Association who continue to support us in every way possible.”

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

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

Blue Stream Academy are Raising Money for Comic Relief

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Blue Stream Academy Red Nose Day 2017

Red Nose Day is only a few days away – Friday 24th March – and Blue Stream Academy are getting involved to help raise money for some incredible projects in the UK and Africa, that have found effective ways to tackle poverty and injustice.

This year on Red Nose Day there are 5 issues that Comic Relief are specifically focusing on:

  • Immunisation
  • Mental Health
  • Vulnerable Young People
  • Domestic Violence
  • Fighting Malaria

Fundraising for Red Nose Day is a fun, easy way to support a wide range of life-changing projects, both here in the UK and across Africa.

Blue Stream Academy Red Nose Day 2017 Staff Fundraising

So along with some fun activities which the staff will doing in the office, Blue Stream Academy will…

  • Donate £20 for each new customer who signs up on Red Nose Day!
  • Donate £1 for each new follower on Twitter!

So follow us on Twitter (@BlueStreamNews) or contact us to sign up if you’re not already registered this Friday and help us contribute to a very worthy cause.

Blue Stream Academy Red Nose Day 2017 Fundraising

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Goodies and Giveaways at Pulse LIVE London 2017

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Pulse LIVE London 2017 Goodies and Giveaway

Blue Stream Academy are heading to the Pulse LIVE Exhibition at the London Olympia on the 21st and 22nd of March to meet with GPs and Practice Managers from across the country.

We’ll be there to introduce you to our eLearning Suite which has been specifically designed with the help of relevant subject matter experts to fulfill your educational and professional requirements, as well as assisting with regulatory compliance.

By coming to this event, you can earn up to 12 CPD hours and hear from expert speakers and as a bonus we will be hiding Mr Pose somewhere in the room; if you take a snap of him and pop him on social media with the #findmrpose you can win a bottle of bubbly.

Blue Stream Academy Mr Pose Champagne

To view the full program and/or to register for this free event please visit the Pulse LIVE website here:

If you are an existing customer visiting us at this event there are benefits for you too as you get an exclusive ‘Gold Mr. Pose Goody Bag’ with fantastic executive gifts inside.

We will be on stand 63 at the event and look forward to meeting you all, please come and say hi!

Join Us At Pulse LIVE London

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Pulse Live 2017

Blue Stream Academy will be attending the Pulse LIVE Exhibition at the London Olympia on 21st-22nd March, 2017.

Designed solely to meet the education and networking needs of grassroots GPs, delivered by nationally renowned experts at the forefront of clinical practice, research and policy development, Pulse LIVE London is the’one stop shop’ for professional and clinical CPD.

Whether you are a GP trainee, sessional GP or senior partner, the extensive agenda of 7 concurrent sessions will allow you to design your own programme to meet your individual learning needs.

The programme is available to view here and includes seminars on the following themes:

Your Practice: As details emerge regarding the General Practice Forward View, STPs and developing the GP workforce, this stream will focus on your professional development and that of your practice.

Your Patients: Focusing on implications from the latest NICE guidance, new treatment options and perennially challenging conditions, this stream will feature fast paced, bite-size updates on a range of clinical areas.

Your Skills: These longer sessions will use group work, quizzes and case based learning to focus in more depth on a clinical area. With limited capacity, you will have the chance to put your questions to the experts.

Attending the event will give you access to a range of experts from across the NHS and public health sector, whilst also giving you the chance to meet with companies like us! Please visit our stand (63) to meet the team and learn more about our online training for GP Practices, Dental Practices, Hospices, Nursing/Care Homes, Carers and Urgent Care Providers; and how they can assist with CQC compliance whilst saving time and money.

Pulse Live Exhibition

New Health Navigation Module Launched

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Health Navigation eLearning Module

Blue Stream Academy have launched a new Health Navigation module to our GP Practice, Dental Practice, Urgent Care, Hospice and Nursing/Care Homes eLearning suites.

General practice is widely perceived to be in crisis and GPs’ workloads to be unsustainable. Rising demand, changing patterns of work by GPs and a fall in the proportion of funds allocated to general practice in England have fed into this picture.

Not every patient seen by a GP needs the expertise of a doctor. Many could be seen by other professionals or in other services or have their health issues resolved through high quality and timely self-care advice.

The GP Forward View supports the training of reception and clerical staff to play a greater role in navigation of patients and handling clinical paperwork to free up GP time.

The benefits for patients are: improved appointment availability, reduced low value consultations and onward referrals and shorter waiting time to get to see the most appropriate person.

The benefits for the Practice are: the freeing of GP time, more appropriate use of each team member’s skills and reduced internal referrals.

To help support this initiative Blue Stream Academy has launched Health Navigation – Level 1 which looks at; An Introduction to Health Navigation, The Role of a Health Navigator, Effective Patient Engagement, The Service Directory and Recognising Red Flags.

For further information, email us at or call 01773 822549

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Health Navigation eLearning Module

New Recruitment Module Launched

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Recruitment eLearning Module

Blue Stream Academy have launched a new Recruitment module to our GP Practice, Dental Practice, Urgent Care, Hospice and Nursing/Care Homes eLearning suites.

Employing the right person for your organisation is a very important task as an effective recruitment and selection process reduces turnover. These processes match up the right person with the right job skills. Interviews and background checks ensure that you employ a candidate who is reliable and carries out the objectives you planned for providing quality services and goods to your customers.

When an organisation effectively recruits and selects the right employee, there is a domino effect:

  • the new employee will do his/her job well
  • existing employees will see that wise decisions are made
  • the employer will gain respect from the workforce
  • higher productivity will follow as a result of that respect.

This effect will positively affect the quality of services and patient experience.

Blue Stream Academy Ltd are pleased to announce the inclusion of their Recruitment eLearning module into the eLearning suite to help ensure that those recruiting make good decisions and build a strong team to benefit their organisation and those who depend on it.

For further information, email us at or call 01773 822549

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New Performance Management Module Launched

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Performance Management

Blue Stream Academy have launched a new Performance Management module to our GP Practice, Dental Practice, Urgent Care, Hospice and Nursing/Care Homes eLearning suites.

Many organisations are guilty of treating performance management as a yearly event. A talented and skilled workforce are their lifeblood and research shows that those with an ongoing focus on performance management have better results. Organisations where employees revise or review their goals quarterly or more frequently are more likely to retain staff, improve job satisfaction and thus improve patient experience and keep costs down.

Performance appraisals and assessments are just one piece of the talent management puzzle. In order to build an empowered and skilled workforce, you need do more than audit employee achievements. Working towards a management cycle where judgement isn’t the sole focus and ongoing support and improvement are as, if not more important will give great benefit.

Blue Stream Academy Ltd are pleased to announce the inclusion of their Performance Management eLearning module to help ensure that the valuable asset of staff is nurtured and encouraged to the benefit of all.

For further information, email us at or call 01773 822549

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Join Us At Commissioning LIVE London

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Commissioning Live London

Blue Stream Academy will be attending the Commissioning Live Exhibition at the London Olympia on 2nd March, 2017.

Brought to you by The Commissioning Review, Pulse, Management in Practice and Nursing in Practice, Commissioning LIVE is a highly informative event that discusses commissioning in primary care.

Whether you work in finance, general practice, pharmacy, contract management or IT, keeping up to date with the latest guidance and best practice within commissioning is critical to ensure that you continue to push the boundaries and find new, innovative ways to address the changing needs of patients.

Commissioning LIVE London 2017 will bring together healthcare professionals from across the country to share case studies on how taking a novel approach to particular pathways has improved outcomes for their population. As the government continues to unveil more and more of their vision for the health economy, the event will look at how you can keep up with your obligations, improve working processes and develop productive relationships in order to open new avenues for funding, service transformation and clinical leadership.

Commissioning LIVE is the event to attend if you are a commissioner, GP, medicines management professional, nurse, community practitioner, pharmacist, secondary care staff or practice manager wishing to understand how the work of commissioning groups will affect your work and how you can make a difference to your local population. The programme has been developed with each of you in mind, ensuring you will leave with ideas, and your questions answered to enhance you in your own work.

Why should you attend?

  • You are certain to find the answer to some of your burning questions in the six specific seminar streams.
  • You will leave with a better understanding of the recent developments being made in CCGs that directly affect you.
  • You can listen to case studies highlighting how small changes and better working between different teams can make a huge different to the outcomes for your local population.
  • You will have the chance to hear from and question expert speakers who face the same challenges you do.
  • You can gain a better understanding of how to get involved in commissioning and driving standards in your area.
  • You will be able to share experiences with peers, colleagues, providers and innovators from across the UK on improving standards of care and efficiency.
  • You can earn between 5 and 6 hours towards your CPD subject to the event specific programme you register for.

Commissioning LIVE London will this year be tackling the topic of Sustainability Transformation Plans (STPs) and what these initiatives will mean for you and the future of your health economy. The speaker panel will be discussing the why, how, when and who of STPs using case studies, panel discussions, and debates to provide you with clarity, professional insight and reassurance.
Attending the event will give you the best access to a range of experts from across the NHS and public health sector, whilst also giving you the chance to meet with companies like us! Please visit our stand (35) to meet the team and learn more about our online training for GP Practices, Dental Practices, Hospices, Nursing/Care Homes, Carers and Urgent Care Providers; and how they can assist with CQC compliance whilst saving time and money.

To book your complimentary ticket contact the Commissioning LIVE events team on 0207 214 0555 or email quoting “BLUE17”.

Blue Stream Academy Exhibition

Safer Internet Day 2017

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Safer Internet Day 2017

Today is Safer Internet Day 2017! A day that offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community.

Young people across the UK are joining Government ministers, celebrities, industry figures, schools and police services to inspire people to ‘Be the Change’ and unite for a better internet today. A new study commissioned by official organisers of the day, the UK Safer Internet Centre, explores the power and influence of images and videos in digital youth culture, highlighting the positives and potential risks, as well as identifying the key skills young people need to navigate today’s online world.

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Over 1,600 organisations are supporting the day, including former Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle, the BBC, BT, Sky, O2, Vodafone, Lloyds Banking Group, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Google, NSPCC, Premier League football clubs and the UK Government, as well as police services, charities and schools across the UK, who are all coming together to deliver a range of inspiring activities. They’ll be joining hundreds of individuals supporting the #SID2017 social media campaign to inspire positive action, which is set to reach over 7.5 million with a mass tweet at 8.30am today.

Power of Image

New research launched to mark Safer Internet Day reveals that images and video play a central role in young people’s digital lives and are powerful tools of communication, self-expression and creativity. The majority (84%) of 8-17-year-olds have shared a photo online, rising from 73% of 8-12-year-olds to 95% of 13-17-year-olds. In the last hour, 1 in 8 young people (12%) surveyed said they had shared a selfie, almost 1 in 3 had used YouTube (31%), 1 in 4 had used Snapchat (25%), and more than 1 in 5 had used Instagram (22%).

Encouragingly, young people are using the power of image to make a difference: 4 in 5 young people (80%) said that in the last year they have felt inspired by an image or video online to do something positive. Furthermore, two thirds (67%) have posted an image or video on the internet for a variety of positive reasons, including to support friends (40%); to share something interesting with others (31%); and to encourage others to do something positive (17%).

However, while many of their experiences were positive, many young people are having negative experiences online:

  • Almost 2 in 5 (38%) have received negative comments on a photo they have posted; this can have a real impact on young people’s expression, as 2 in 5 (40%) said that they sometimes don’t post images because of worries about mean comments.
  • More than 1 in 5 (22%) of 8-17s said that someone has posted an image or video to bully them.
  • 70% of 8-17s said they have seen images and videos not suitable for their age in the last year.
  • Almost half (45%) of 13-17-year-olds have seen nude or nearly nude photos of someone they know being shared around their school or local community.

Magnified pressures

Our image-focused digital culture can mean young people face pressures, including body image concerns. According to the study, on average young people take 12 selfies before they are happy to post one online and 43% said they worry about how attractive they look when they share photos online. Furthermore, 45% have used a filter in the last year to make themselves look better. In particular, the study identified these trends mostly amongst 13-17 year old girls: almost two-thirds (61%) of them worry about how attractive they look when sharing photos online and nearly half (47%) of them have felt sad about their appearance after seeing a particular image or video online.

Risky behaviour

The study also highlighted the need for young people to better understand privacy controls when sharing images and videos. Over half (56%) of young people aged 8-17 years said they have shared images or videos on a public social media profile, with almost a third (31%) saying that most of the photos they share are on a public profile that can be seen by anyone.

Whilst just over half (51%) said they always think about what personal information they could be sharing before they post a photo or video online, nearly a third (30%) of 8-17 year olds have shared a photo they wouldn’t want their parents or carers to see. Almost a quarter (23%) said they don’t know how to control who can see what they post on social media sites.

More worryingly, the majority of young people have shared an image or video with a stranger: 65% of 8-17-year-olds have shared images or videos directly with people they only know online, with more than a quarter (27%) saying they have done so in the last day. Despite this, nearly 2 in 5 (38%) say they worry about losing control of an image they have shared online.

The research also emphasised the importance of developing young people’s critical thinking skills when using the internet. Although the findings revealed nearly three quarters (70%) of young people surveyed agree that images and videos can be misleading and don’t always tell the full story, 48% said they are more likely to trust something has happened if they see an image or video of it.

Will Gardner, a Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre and CEO of Childnet, said about the day:

“It is fair to say that in 2017 the internet is powered by images and videos. This can magnify the risks and pressures that young people face, while also offering fun new opportunities for self-expression and creativity. Today’s findings remind us that with an ever-changing landscape, it is more important than ever to equip young people with the skills, knowledge, confidence and resilience to communicate using images and videos responsibly and positively. This Safer Internet Day young people around the UK are uniting to inspire a better internet. We need to harness this enthusiasm and empower them to ‘Be the Change’ and use the power of image to help create a better internet.”

Minister for Online Safety, Tracey Crouch, said:

“The internet has provided young people with some amazing opportunities, but one of our top priorities is protecting them from risks they might face online. The UK is a world leader in internet safety, and measures in our Digital Economy Bill will be instrumental in better protecting children from harmful content. But there is still more to do, and Safer Internet Day is a fantastic reminder that we all have a part to play in making the online world a safer place for our children to discover, explore and enjoy.”

Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families, Edward Timpson, said:

“The internet is a powerful tool that gives children and young people many fantastic opportunities – but protecting them from the risks they might face online or on their phones remains absolutely vital. That’s why I’m pleased to be able to support Safer Internet Day again this year, and look forward to hearing how schools and pupils take part. At the Department for Education, we’re continuing to work hard to make sure that young people, parents and teachers, are actively involved in promoting safe online practice, and we’ve been providing training and resources to support teachers in delivering the new curriculum, which includes e-safety.”

Below is an infographic which highlights the power images have:

Safer Internet Day 2017 Infographic

To learn more, including how you can show your support, please visit the campaign website here:

Children’s Mental Health Week 2017

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Children's Mental Health Week 2017

This year’s Children’s Mental Health Week takes place between the 6th and 12th February.

Hosted by children’s mental health charity Place2Be, in 2017 the aim of the campaign is to encourage everyone, adults and children alike, to spread a little kindness.

Everyone knows somebody who is going through a difficult time and it can be hard to know what to do to help; especially where children are involved. It may sound simple but in these moments, a small gesture whether it’s lending a listening ear, offering a helping hand, or just telling someone how much you appreciate them, can make all the difference.

To learn more, including how you can show your support, please visit the campaign website here:

Children's Mental Health Week 2017 Stephen Fry

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation 2017

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International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

Today is the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, a UN-sponsored awareness day that is dedicated to the intolerance of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

FGM comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls. The practice also violates their rights to health, security and physical integrity, their right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and their right to life when the procedure results in death.

To promote the abandonment of FGM, coordinated and systematic efforts are needed, and they must engage whole communities and focus on human rights and gender equality. These efforts should emphasize societal dialogue and the empowerment of communities to act collectively to end the practice. They must also address the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls who suffer from its consequences.

Key Facts:

  • Globally, it is estimated that at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM.
  • Girls 14 and younger represent 44 million of those who have been cut, with the highest prevalence of FGM among this age in Gambia at 56 per cent, Mauritania 54 per cent and Indonesia where around half of girls aged 11 and younger have undergone the practice.
  • Countries with the highest prevalence among girls and women aged 15 to 49 are Somalia 98 per cent, Guinea 97 per cent and Djibouti 93 per cent.
  • FGM is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15.
  • FGM cause severe bleeding and health issues including cysts, infections, infertility as well as complications in childbirth increased risk of newborn deaths.
  • FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
  • The Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 calls for an end to FGM by 2030 under Goal 5 on Gender Equality, Target 5.3 Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
  • The elimination of FGM has been called for by numerous inter-governmental organizations, including the African Union, the European Union and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, as well as in three resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly.

According to a study by Plan International UK, a case of FGM is either discovered or treated at a medical appointment in England every hour; statistics showed there were 8,656 times when a girl or woman was assessed at a doctor’s surgery or hospital.

The NHS figures analysed were between April 2015 and March 2016. They show a patient was assessed on average every 61 minutes. Among those who attended, a case of FGM is newly recorded every 92 minutes on average; this means a woman or girl has their case recorded by the NHS for the first time, although in many cases they will have been cut some years before but it has not come to the attention of doctors sooner, the charity said.

It has been illegal to carry out FGM in the UK since 1985, but there has not been a single successful prosecution. This failure has been branded a “national scandal” by the Home Affairs Select Committee.

To learn more, including how you can show your support, please visit the campaign website here: International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation 2017

World Cancer Day 2017

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World Cancer Day 2017

Today is World Cancer Day, a global event that unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer.

The aim is to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action. World Cancer Day is the ideal opportunity to spread the word and raise the profile of cancer in people’s minds and in the world’s media

World Cancer Day was established by the Paris Charter adopted at the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millenium in Paris on 4th February, 2000. This Charter aimed at the promotion of the research for curing as well as preventing the disease, upgrading the provided services to the patients, the sensitisation of the common opinion and the mobilisation of the global community against cancer.

The theme ‘We can. I can.’ applies to World Cancer Day campaigns between 2016-2018 and will explore how everyone, as a collective or as individuals, can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. To view the key messages of this campaign, please click here: World Cancer Day 2016-2018 Key Messages

Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities.

Below is an infographic detailing the impact which cancer has:

World Cancer Day 2017 - Infographic

World Cancer Day is a truly global event. In order to achieve the objective of reaching as much of the world’s population as possible, your help is needed. Whether you do something as large as running your own World Cancer Day campaign, or as simple as sharing posts via social media, every action has an impact. Show the world that we can, I can …get involved in the fight against cancer!

For further details about World Cancer Day 2017, including how you can get involved, please visit the World Cancer Day website.

Time to Talk Day 2017

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Today is Time to Talk Day 2017! The aim of which is to bring the country together to get talking and break the silence surrounding mental health problems.

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.

Mental health problems affect one in four of us yet people are still afraid to talk about it. For people with mental health problems not being able to talk about it can be one of the worst parts of the illness. So by getting people talking about mental health we can break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all.

There are lots of myths about mental health. Knowing a few facts can help us to challenge any negative thoughts and actions.

Here are some to think about…

Myth: Mental health problems are very rare.
Fact: 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year.

Myth: People with mental illness aren’t able to work.
Fact: We probably all work with someone experiencing a mental health problem.

Myth: Young people just go through ups and downs as part of puberty, it’s nothing.
Fact: 1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem.

Myth: People with mental health illnesses are usually violent and unpredictable.
Fact: People with a mental illness are more likely to be a victim of violence.

Myth: People with mental health problems don’t experience discrimination
Fact: 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination.

Myth: It’s easy for young people to talk to friends about their feelings.
Fact: Nearly three in four young people fear the reactions of friends when they talk about their mental health problems.

For more information on Time To Talk Day visit the Time To Change website or make your voice heard using the #timetotalk hashtag on Twitter.

Time to Talk Day 2017 Poster

Young Carers Awareness Day 2017

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Young Carers Awareness Day 2017

Today is Young Carers Awareness Day 2017, a day of recognition for the 700,000 young carers in the UK; this year the theme is ‘When I grow up’ and it’s all about helping young carers to achieve their dream jobs or career.

A new survey by Carers Trust has revealed that young carers across the UK are struggling to get the most out of their education and are in danger of not fulfilling their ambitions due to their caring role.

Over 700,000 young carers across the UK are caring for their sick or disabled mum, dad, brother or sister and this is having a significant impact upon their lives. Most care for a parent or other close family member, day in, day out, and shockingly, at least 13,000 young carers are providing care for over 50 hours a week on top of their studies.

Of the young adult carers surveyed over half (53%) were having problems in coping with schoolwork with nearly 60% struggling to meet deadlines. A startling number (73%) said that they have to take time out of school or learning specifically to care for a family member; whilst a third admitted that they have to skip school most weeks. With 82% of young adult carers also reporting stress, a worrying picture is emerging, revealing the extent to which their caring role is severely affecting their future choices.

Below is an infographic detailing more facts about the difficulties young carers face:

Young Carers Awareness Day 2017 Infographic

Gail Scott-Spicer, Chief Executive of Carers Trust, said:

“Our new survey data paints a very worrying picture for the hundreds of thousands of young carers across the UK, if the right support and guidance isn’t in place. Being a young carer should not mean that a child’s future hopes, dreams, and ambitions are shattered.

“We know young carers miss or cut short on average 10 weeks of school a year as a direct result of their caring role, and those aged between 16 and 18 years are twice as likely to be not in education, employment or training (NEET). We must make sure young carers get the support they need so they can enjoy their childhoods like any other young person and achieve their ambitions.”

“On Young Carers Awareness Day, Carers Trust wants to reach hidden young carers up and down the UK, who desperately need our help.”

Below is a short film that was made by members of Young Carers Voice in partnership with Boomsatsumato which aims to raise awareness of young carers; their aspirations, how being a young carer helps or hinders reaching their goals and how support can enable them to achieve their goals.

To Donate: Text YCAD17 £3 to 70070 or to learn more, visit

Young Carers Awareness Day 2017 - I Want To Be A Nurse

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2017 – Smear For Smear

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Cervical Cancer Awareness Day 2017

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2017, a campaign organised by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, takes place from 22nd-28th January.

Cervical cancer is the most common cancer amongst women 35 and under; each day, nine women are diagnosed and three lose their lives from the disease.

Cervical screening (smear test) is one the best ways a woman can reduce her risk of cervical cancer, preventing 75%. It’s free on the NHS and yet in the UK, one out of five women do not attend their cervical screening (almost half a million young women aged 25-29 didn’t attend last year), so raising public awareness of ways to prevent cervical cancer really is important.

With cervical screening attendance falling for younger and older women it is even more important to keep finding opportunities to raise awareness among different ages and groups of women.

This year’s campaign is entitled #SmearForSmear and the message is simple – attend your smear, reduce your risk of cervical cancer.

The image below details how to get involved with the #SmearForSmear viral campaign on social media:

Smear for Smear - Cervical Cancer

For more information please visit

Smear Test

Blue Stream Academy Customers Receive Outstanding Ratings On Their CQC Inspections

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

  • Mythe Medical Practice in Tewkesbury
  • Woodbury Surgery in Devon
  • Jessop Medical Practice in Alfreton
  • St Ann Street Medical Practice in Salisbury
  • Bradford on Avon and Melksham Health Partnership in Wiltshire

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

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Blue Stream Academy Customers Receive Outstanding Ratings On Their CQC Inspections

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Outstanding CQC Inspections

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

  • Peartree Medical Centre in Derbyshire
  • Leyburn Medical Practice in Yorkshire
  • Newport Pagnell Medical Centre in Milton Keynes
  • Park View Surgery in Milnthorpe, Cumbria
  • Jubilee Street Practice in London
  • Court Thorn Surgery in Cumbria
  • Brinsley Avenue Practice in Stoke-on-Trent
  • Nutwood Medical Practice in Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria
  • Whitstable Medical Practice in Kent
  • The Olive Family Practice in Bolton
  • Hollinwood Medical Practice in Oldham
  • Rock Healthcare in Bury
  • Bow Medical Practice in Devon

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

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