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International Infection Prevention Week 2016

International Infection Prevention Week 2016

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International Infection Prevention Week 2016

International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) runs from October 16th–22th to raise awareness of the role infection prevention plays in improving patient safety and helping patients, families, and healthcare professionals better understand their role in preventing infections; the theme this year is “Break the Chain of Infection”.

Break the Chain of Infection

There are many different germs and infections inside and outside of the healthcare setting. Despite the variety of viruses and bacteria, germs spread from person to person through a common series of events. Therefore, to prevent germs from infecting more people, we must break the chain of infection. No matter the germ, there are six points at which the chain can be broken and a germ can be stopped from infecting another person. The six links include: the infectious agent, reservoir, portal of exit, mode of transmission, portal of entry, and susceptible host.

  • Infectious agent is the pathogen (germ) that causes diseases.
  • Reservoir includes places in the environment where the pathogen lives (this includes people, animals and insects, medical equipment, and soil and water).
  • Portal of exit is the way the infectious agent leaves the reservoir (through open wounds, aerosols, and splatter of body fluids including coughing, sneezing, and saliva).
  • Mode of transmission are the ways the infectious agent can be passed on (through direct or indirect contact, ingestion, or inhalation).
  • Portal of entry is the way the infectious agent can enter a new host (through broken skin, the respiratory tract, mucous membranes, and catheters and tubes).
  • Susceptible host can be any person (the most vulnerable of whom are receiving healthcare, are immunocompromised, or have invasive medical devices including lines, devices, and airways).
  • The way to stop germs from spreading is by interrupting this chain at any link.

    Healthcare professionals can break the chain by cleaning their hands frequently, staying up to date on their vaccines (including the flu shot), covering coughs and sneezes, staying home when sick, following the rules for standard and contact isolation, using personal protective equipment the right way, cleaning and disinfecting the environment, sterilizing medical instruments and equipment, following safe injection practices, and using antibiotics wisely to prevent antibiotic resistance.

    Below is an infographic detailing how to stop the spread of infection:

    Break The Chain Of Infection - International Infection Prevention Week 2016

    Healthcare consumers can break the chain of infection by speaking up for their care, cleaning their hands regularly, asking about safe injection practices, asking to have their room cleaned, asking questions about medications, asking about vaccinations, knowing about infection preventionists, and becoming familiar with healthcare-associated infections.

    Here are the top 10 things you can do to Break the Chain of Infection:

    1. Speak up for your care and ask plenty of questions when you go into any healthcare facility. Don’t be shy.
    2. Clean your hands regularly with soap and water or use hand sanitiser often.
    3. Ask about safe injection practices. Remember: One needle, one syringe, only one time.
    4. Ask to have your room and medical equipment cleaned if they look dirty.
    5. Ask questions about the medications that are prescribed to you and know the ABCs of Antibiotics. Know what they are for, how to take them, and how often you should take them. If you are prescribed antibiotics, take all of them—even if you start to feel better.
    6. Ask if you should shower with a germ killing soap before having surgery.
    7. Ask each day if you still need a catheter.
    8. Ask about vaccines you need to stay healthy.
    9. Know about infection preventionists. These “germ sleuths” work every day to protect you. They use their detective skills to find the bad germs and keep them from making you sick.
    10. Become familiar with healthcare-associated infections. HAIs are infections that patients can get while receiving treatment for medical or surgical conditions.

    For more information please visit the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) website.

World Mental Health Day 2016

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World Mental Health Day 2016

Today is World Mental Health Day, the aim of which is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing 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.

The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day is “psychological first aid”; efforts in support of the day will focus on basic pragmatic psychological support by people who find themselves in a helping role whether they be health staff, teachers, firemen, community workers, or police officers.

Despite its name, psychological first aid covers both psychological and social support. Just like general health care never consists of physical first aid alone, similarly no mental health care system should consist of psychological first aid alone. Indeed, the investment in psychological first aid is part of a longer-term effort to ensure that anyone in acute distress due to a crisis is able to receive basic support, and that those who need more than psychological first aid will receive additional advanced support from health, mental health and social services.

World Mental Health Day Poster 2016

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

Blue Stream Academy Customers Receive Outstanding Ratings On Their CQC Inspections

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Congratulations

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.

  • West Hallam Medical Centre in Ilkeston, Derbyshire
  • Milton Abbas Surgery in Blandford Forum, Dorset
  • Lockside Medical Centre in Stalybridge, Cheshire
  • Church Street Medical Centre in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire
  • The Pinn Medical Centre in Pinner, Middlesex

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

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

World Heart Day 2016

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World Heart Day

Today is World Heart Day! A truly global event that sees individuals, families, communities, organizations and governments around the world take part in activities to take charge of their heart health and that of others.

It has the power to unite people from all countries and backgrounds in the fight against the CVD burden, and inspires and drives international action to encourage heart-healthy living across the world.

In May 2012, world leaders committed to reducing global mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025. Cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke, is accountable for nearly half of all NCD deaths making it the world’s number one killer and claiming 17.5 million live each year.

Created by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day is the perfect platform for the CVD community to unite in the fight against CVD and reduce the global disease burden. Our aim to drive action to educate people that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided.

The aim of World Heart Day 2016 is for global governments and policy makers to answer the call to implement reliable and fit-for-purpose surveillance and monitoring systems for CVD in order to better prevent, treat and control the world’s most common cause of death.

The need for reliable data around CVD has never been greater. CVD remains the number one cause of global deaths and places a high economic burden on countries. By implementing the policy call and committing to reliable data collection, we have a real opportunity to provide the evidence that will lead to the formulation of accurate policy and legislation to tackle CVD.

Below is an infographic detailing some of the alarming facts and figures about Cardiovascular disease:

World Heart Day 2016 Infographic

For more information, please visit the World Health Day website.

Blue Stream Academy Customers Receive Outstanding Ratings On Their CQC Inspections

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Congratulations

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.

  • Macklin Street Surgery in Derby
  • Wilson Street Surgery in Derby

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

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

Join Us At Transforming Urgent Care and Emergency Care: Safer, Better, Faster

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Transforming Urgent Care and Emergency Care: Safer, Better, Faster

Blue Stream Academy will be attending the Transforming Urgent Care and Emergency Care: Safer, Better, Faster event at the Manchester Conference Centre on Thursday 29th September, 2016.

Transformation of the urgent and emergency care system has been underway since a national review was launched in 2013. Increased demand has inflicted greater pressure on a system that is tasked with providing safe and effective care for patients when they require it. Despite positive progress since the review launch, there is little sign that the pressures are abating as accident and emergency attendances and inpatient bed occupancy rates continue to rise and waiting and response time targets are regularly missed.

It is recognised that the system cannot be overhauled overnight and that it will take several years for transformational change to take place. Working in silos is not an option for the future, either operationally or in commissioning. Greater cooperation will be required across the wider health and social care to work collaboratively in an integrated system.

The Transforming Urgent and Emergency Care: Safer, Better, Faster conference provides the opportunity to take stock and analyse the progress to date and the ambitions for the forthcoming phases of the transformational programme. New models of working will be discussed and examples of best practice will be shared. With a line-up of expert speakers, the conference agenda has been designed to allow delegates to be fully briefed as to how the fundamental shift in the way urgent and emergency care services are delivered can produce quality care with patients at its centre.

For further details, please visit the Transforming Urgent and Emergency Care: Safer, Better, Faster website.

Jeans For Genes Day 2016

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This Friday (23rd September) is Jeans For Genes Day and Blue Stream Academy employees will be overdoing it in denim to raise money and awareness.

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

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.

In 2016, 22 charities and over 500,000 children will benefit from the funds raised on Jeans for Genes Day.

Celebrity supporters this year include, Kate Moss, Nicola Roberts, Lorraine Kelly, Coleen Rooney, Frankie Bridge, Warwick Davis, Louise Thompson, Katie Price, Kimberley Garner, Tallia Storm, among many others.

For further information and/or to order a free fundraising kit please select the image below:

Jeans for Genes Day Warwick Davis

Join Us At Pulse LIVE In Liverpool

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Pulse LIVE in Liverpool

Blue Stream Academy will be attending the Pulse LIVE event at the Britannia Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool on Thursday 29th September, 2016.

Pulse LIVE Liverpool is the must-attend event for GPs at any stage of their career and we think it will be of great value to you. The programme has been developed to tackle clinical, regulatory, practice business and personal development subjects specifically for GPs; led by prominent specialists from primary and secondary care.

Attending the event will give you the best access to experts in your field, and provide you with the latest insights into new technologies and services.

Please visit our stand (No.25) to meet the team and learn more about our online training for GP Practices and how we can assist with CQC compliance whilst saving time and money.

To book your place please contact the Pulse LIVE events team on 0207 214 0555 or email them at events@cogora.com quoting BLUE16

To learn more, click on the image below:

Blue Stream Academy at Pulse LIVE in Liverpool

New Urgent Care eLearning Suite

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New eLearning Suite

“Patients accessing urgent and emergency care are often doing so when they are at their most frightened and vulnerable, and it is vital that health and social care professionals work together to ensure that they receive the right care, in the right place, and at the right time.”

“However, too often different parts of our urgent and emergency care system are fragmented and don’t link up with each other to the benefit of patients. The system as a whole – from GPs to A&E doctors, ambulance services and social care – is also under increasing pressure as the health needs of our ageing population become more complicated.”

Royal College of General Practitioners

Blue Stream Academy are pleased to announce the launch of our Urgent Care eLearning Suite. It is specifically designed for organisations with a high staff level and makes the monthly reports on completed training to the CCG easy to produce.

Key benefits of the suite are:

  • Comprehensive Management of Information System.
  • Easy to produce reports.
  • Training modules written by experienced professionals.
  • Access to download/modify and use generic policies.
  • Role specific training profiles.
  • Creation of organisation specific training profiles.
  • Policies linked to training modules.
  • Evidence that staff have read and agreed to comply with linked policies.
  • Storage of external training.
  • Uploading of certificates.
  • Training matrix to show completed/incomplete training.

For a full list of modules included in the Urgent Care Suite and prices, please select the relevant link below:

For further information please email: uc@bluestreamacademy.com or call 01773 822549.

New Hospice eLearning Suite

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New eLearning Suite

Blue Stream Academy are pleased to announce the launch of their much anticipated Hospice eLearning Suite.

It is tailored to suit hospice needs and has been specifically designed to train all hospice staff to a high standard and to provide all necessary training via one provider. The Hospice Suite includes a comprehensive Management of Information System, ensuring that managers have full control and can track all training, with the ability to readily demonstrate for CQC compliance.

Key benefits of the suite are:

  • Comprehensive Management of Information System.
  • Training modules written by experienced professionals.
  • Access to download and use generic policies.
  • Role specific training profiles.
  • Policies linked to training modules.
  • Evidence that staff have read and agreed to comply with linked policies.
  • Storage of external training.
  • Uploading of certificates.
  • Training matrix to show completed/incomplete training.

For a full list of modules included in the Hospice Suite and prices, please select the relevant link below:

The suite is available nationally and can be used wherever there is an internet connection. No additional software is needed, it is compatible with all browsers and can be used on Android and iOS devices, including mobile phones.

We are also delighted to say that Blue Stream Academy are now a Hospice Quality Partnership (HQP) supplier and as such offer a 20% discount on list prices for all HQP partners.To take advantage of this deal, or to find out more please go to: http://www.hospicequalitypartnership.co.uk/buy/suppliers/supplier/13

For further information please email: hospice@bluestreamacademy.com or call 01773 822549.

Hospice eLearning Suite

World Lymphoma Awareness Day 2016

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World Lymphoma Awareness Day 2016

Today is World Lymphoma Awareness Day (WLAD), an event held every year on September 15th every year that is dedicated to raising awareness of lymphoma, an increasingly common form of cancer.

It is a global initiative hosted by the Lymphoma Coalition (LC), a non-profit network organisation of 63 lymphoma patient groups from 44 countries around the world. WLAD was initiated in 2004 to raise public awareness of both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in terms of symptom recognition, early diagnosis and treatment.

Lymphoma is increasing in incidence and is a potentially life-threatening disease. One million people worldwide live with lymphoma and nearly 1,000 people are diagnosed with the disease every day; but there continues to be very little awareness of the signs and symptoms of lymphoma.

New international survey results show that:

  • When asked if they know their nodes, only half (49 percent) of people said they know what nodes do.
  • Although most respondents have heard of lymphoma, 52 percent of people know very little or nothing about it.
  • Two-thirds (67 percent) of respondents did not know lymphoma is a type of cancer and that it has one of the fastest growing incidence rates worldwide.
  • 90 percent of people do not think enough is being done to fund lymphoma research.

This year on World Lymphoma Awareness Day, the Lymphoma Coalition are encouraging patients, caregivers, the healthcare community and the general public to insist on subtype-specific identification when talking about lymphoma.

More than 1,000,000 people around the world live with lymphoma and 1,000 are diagnosed every day yet many patient organisations report patients are not told their subtype when they are first diagnosed.

This year, Lymphoma Coalition launched the Know Your Subtype campaign to:

  • Empower Patients: So they can receive the best treatment and specific support services.
  • Encourage Subtype Reporting: For better understanding of the unmet needs of the patient.
  • Bring About Global Impact: By initiating systemic change for naming and listing lymphomas.

How To Get Involved

  • Talk about the importance of knowing your subtype on social media on September 15th using the hashtags #knowyoursubtype, #WLAD, and tweeting @knowyournodes.
  • Visit Lymphoma Coalition’s Facebook and Twitter pages to share and retweet the posts!
  • If you’re a patient, caregiver or healthcare provider, share a picture of yourself with your subtype (or subtype specialty) and your country and use the hashtags #knowyoursubtype and #WLAD and thye’ll share it with their followers around the world!
  • Contact your local patient organisation to get involved in WLAD activities in your community.

To learn more, please visit the Lymphoma Coalition and Know Your SubType websites.

World Sepsis Day 2016

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World Sepsis Day 2016

Today is World Sepsis Day! The purpose of the day is to not only 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.

Sepsis is one of the most common, least-recognized illnesses in both the developed and developing world. Globally, 20 to 30 million patients are estimated to be afflicted every year, with over
6 million cases of neonatal/early childhood sepsis and over 100,000 cases of maternal sepsis.

In the developed world, sepsis is dramatically increasing by an annual rate of between 8-13 % over the last decade and now claims more lives than bowel and breast cancer combined. Reasons
are diverse, but include the aging population, increasing use of high-risk interventions in all age groups and the development of drug-resistant and more virulent varieties of infections. In the developing world malnutrition, poverty, lack of access to vaccines and timely treatment all contribute to death.

Despite its remarkable incidence, sepsis is practically unknown to the public and is often misunderstood as blood poisoning. Sepsis arises when the body’s response to an infection injures
its own tissues and organs. It may lead to shock, multiple organ failure and death, especially if not recognized early and treated promptly.

Sepsis remains the primary cause of death from infection despite advances in modern medicine, including vaccines, antibiotics and acute care with hospital mortality rates between 30 and 60%.

Below are a couple of infographics detailing what sepsis and the impact it has:

What Is Sepsis

Sepsis Burden

World Sepsis Day is a great opportunity to remind the public, media, national, and international health care authorities, health care providers, and health care 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 hare the link for signing the World Sepsis Declaration with your colleagues, families, friends and all you think should be informed about sepsis.

For more information, please visit the World Sepsis Day website.

National Dementia Carers’ Day 2016

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National Dementia Carers’ Day 2016

Today is National Dementia Carers’ Day which is now in its third year; the purpose of which is to highlight the huge number of informal and family carers who provide innovative and compassionate support for relatives with dementia every day.

The aims of National Dementia Carers’ Day are to:

  • Give recognition for carers
  • Increase dementia awareness
  • Encourage dementia friendly communities
  • Support the dementia challenge
  • Create positive press
  • Empower people living with dementia
  • Improve transparency of care
  • Encourage joint working and information sharing

National Dementia Carers’ Day has been founded by a coalition of partners including Dementia UK, Alzheimer’’s Society and SweetTree Home Care Services. Each of the foundering organisations are dedicated to improving quality of life for people living with dementia and the quality of life of those caring for a loved one living with the condition.

Caring for a loved one with dementia poses many challenges for families and caregivers. Living with dementia requires having the right care, and it’s time to recognise and share what it means to be a carer.

Share

National Dementia Carers’ Day want to hear about the unique ways in which you, or a carer you know, supports someone living with dementia. All of the submissions that they receive will be read by representatives from SweetTree Home Care Services and may be shared as part of the National Dementia Carers’ Day campaign.

Recognise

Are you planning on sending someone flowers? Cooking someone their favourite meal? Holding a dementia awareness event? National Dementia Carers’ Day want to hear how you plan to recognise a dementia carer/s you know.

Support

Display the National Dementia Carers’ Day logo on your company website, notice board or event invitations. Email them using info@nationaldementiacarersday.org.uk if you’d like the logo. Or simply use the hashtag #‎NDCD2016 when posting your messages of support on Facebook or Twitter.

For further information, please visit the National Dementia Carers’ Day website.

World Suicide Prevention Day 2016

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World Suicide Prevention Day 2016

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, the theme for this year is ‘Connect, communicate, care’; these three words are at the heart of suicide prevention.

The World Health Organization estimates that suicide is the cause of more than 800,000 deaths each year; that’s one person every 40 seconds. Each year, a staggering 20 million people make a suicide attempt.

The tragic ripple effect means that there are many, many more people who have been bereaved by suicide or have been close to someone who has tried to take his or her own life and this is happening in spite of the fact that suicide is preventable.

World Suicide Prevention Day is an opportunity for all sectors of the community – the public, charitable organizations, communities, researchers, clinicians, practitioners, politicians and policy makers, volunteers, those bereaved by suicide, other interested groups and individuals – to join with the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) to focus public attention on the unacceptable burden and costs of suicidal behaviours with diverse activities to promote understanding about suicide and highlight effective prevention activities.

Those activities may call attention to the global burden of suicidal behaviour, and discuss local, regional and national strategies for suicide prevention, highlighting cultural initiatives and emphasizing how specific prevention initiatives are shaped to address local cultural conditions.

Initiatives which actively educate and involve people are likely to be most effective in helping people learn new information about suicide and suicide prevention. Examples of activities which can support World Suicide Prevention Day include:

  • Launching new initiatives, policies and strategies on World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th.
    Learning about connecting, communicating, caring and suicide prevention and mental health from materials found in IASP’s Web resource directory goo.gl/ok8R6m
  • Using the WSPD Press Preparation Package that offers media guides in the planning of an event or activity. goo.gl/aUqQfq
  • Downloading the World Suicide Prevention Day Toolkit that contains links to World Suicide Prevention Day resources and related Web pages goo.gl/dDqlrR
  • Holding conferences, open days, educational seminars or public lectures and panels
  • Writing articles for national, regional and community newspapers, blogs and magazines
  • Holding press conferences
  • Placing information on your website and using the IASP World Suicide Prevention Day Web banner, promoting suicide prevention in one’s native tongue. goo.gl/OJquho
  • Securing interviews and speaking spots on radio and television
  • Organizing memorial services, events, candlelight ceremonies or walks to remember those who have died by suicide
  • Asking national politicians with responsibility for health, public health, mental health or suicide prevention to make relevant announcements, release policies or make supportive statements or press releases on WSPD
  • Holding depression awareness events in public places and offering screening for depression
  • Organizing cultural or spiritual events, fairs or exhibitions
  • Organizing walks to political or public places to highlight suicide prevention
  • Holding book launches, or launches for new booklets, guides or pamphlets
  • Distributing leaflets, posters and other written information
  • Organizing concerts, BBQs, breakfasts, luncheons, contests, fairs in public places
  • Writing editorials for scientific, medical, education, nursing, law and other relevant journals
  • Disseminating research findings
  • Producing press releases for new research papers
  • Holding training courses in suicide and depression awareness
  • Joining us on the official World Suicide Prevention Day Facebook Event Page goo.gl/1x8lVK
  • Supporting suicide prevention 365 days a year by becoming a Facebook Fan of the IASP goo.gl/S7zalS
  • Following the IASP on Twitter (www.twitter.com/IASPinfo), tweeting #WSPD or #suicide or #suicideprevention
  • Creating a video about suicide prevention goo.gl/I6Jrmg
  • Lighting a candle a candle, near a window at 8 PM in support of: World Suicide Prevention Day, suicide prevention and awareness, survivors of suicide and for the memory of loved lost ones. Find “Light a Candle Near a Window at 8 PM” postcards in various languages at: goo.gl/9Ic1en
  • Participating in the World Suicide Prevention Day – Cycle Around the Globe goo.gl/csdyvG

Below is an infographic detailing some the startling statistics about suicide:

World Suicide Prevention Day Infographic

For more information please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) website.

Join Us At Management In Practice Birmingham

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Management in Practice

Blue Stream Academy will be attending the Management in Practice event at the National Conference Centre at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham on Thursday 13th September, 2016.

This a completely free event for all Practice Managers, GPs, administrative staff, commissioners and all others involved in primary care business management.

The Management In Practice Birmingham conference is designed to deliver the latest policy/practical insights and CPD; the conference is accompanied by an exhibition of suppliers, manufacturers, charities and education organisations relevant to General Practice. It will cover all the issues that impact on the management of primary care practices, including: commissioning, legislation, IT, HR, finance, motivating staff and more.

The event will evaluate how successful Practice Managers are improving the efficiency of their practices through first-hand, peer-led case studies and it will include expert advice from industry leaders on how to address the biggest challenges facing Practice Managers today and explore the exciting opportunities on the horizon.

To book your place please contact the Management in Practice events team on 020 7214 0555 or email them at events@cogora.com quoting BLUE16.

Please visit our stand (No.13) to meet the team and learn more about our online training for GP Practices and how we can assist with CQC compliance whilst saving time and money.

To learn more, click on the image below:

Management in Practice Birmingham

World Alzheimer’s Month

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World Alzheimer's Month

September is World Alzheimer’s Month™, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge dementia stigma; the theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Remember Me’.

People all around the world are encouraged to learn to not only spot the signs of dementia, but also not to forget about loved ones who are living with dementia, or who may have passed away.

The impact of September’s campaign is growing, but the stigmatisation and misinformation that surrounds dementia remains a global problem.

What is dementia?

Dementia is a term used to describe any condition that causes deterioration over time of a variety of different brain functions such as memory, thinking, recognition, language, planning and personality. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 50–60% of cases of dementia; other types of dementia include vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and fronto-temporal dementia.

Most kinds of dementia have similar symptoms including:

  • Loss of memory
  • Problems with thinking and planning
  • Difficulties with language
  • Failure to recognise people or objects
  • A change of personality

The Global Impact of Dementia

Every 3 seconds, someone in the world develops dementia. By 2050, the number of people living with dementia around the world will have more than trebled, making the disease one of the most significant health crises of the 21st century.

Select the image below to enlarge.

Dementia Infographic

World Alzheimer’s Month is coordinated by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), the international federation of 85 Alzheimer associations throughout the world. Their key role is to build and strengthen Alzheimer associations throughout the world, so they are better able to meet the needs of people with dementia and their families.

Join the campaign!

Visit www.worldalzmonth.org for more information on how you can get involved and to access promotional materials for social media, information on dementia, videos, toolkits and more. You can also follow @AlzDisInt and #WAM2016 on Twitter for all the updates on the campaign.

Blood Cancer Awareness Month

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Blood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month, the aim is to raise awareness of what blood cancers are, who they affect and how people can help.

Blood cancer is an umbrella term for cancers that affect the blood, bone marrow and lymphatic system.

Over 14,000 people lose their lives to blood cancer and related disorders every year in the UK alone; every 20 minutes, someone in the UK is told they have a blood cancer like leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma.

Understanding of blood cancer is low; 96% of people don’t know that blood cancer is one of the biggest cancer killers, claiming more lives than breast cancer and prostate cancer; 91% don’t know it’s one of the most common cancers.

Blood cancers don’t discriminate and can affect anyone at anytime, whilst most people who are diagnosed are over 50, it’s also the most common type of cancer in children and young adults.

Symptoms of these diseases can often be put down to something else; early diagnosis can make all the difference when it comes to treatment.

Blood cancers can be extremely complex; some patients will require a bone marrow/stem cell transplant as part of their treatment, for others, a transplant will be their only chance of a cure.

Patients undergoing treatment for blood cancer often require blood or platelet transfusions. With cancer diagnosis rates on the increase there’s a huge demand on blood donors and yet only 4% of the able population donate blood.

Below is an infographic featuring some facts about blood cancer:

Blood Cancer Awareness Month Infographic

For further details about blood cancers and how you can donate, please select the banner below…

Bloodwise

Blue Stream Academy Customers Receive Outstanding Ratings On Their CQC Inspections

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Outstanding CQC Inspections

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

  • Shay Lane Medical Centre
  • Baslow Health Centre

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

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

New Accessible Information Standard Module Launched

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New Accessible Information Standard Module Launched

Blue Stream Academy have launched a new Accessible Information Standard module to our GP Practice, Dental Practice and Nursing/Care Homes Suites.

The Accessible Information Standard sets out what health and social care providers in England need to do to make sure they provide information in accessible formats and communication support for appointments. By 31st July, 2016 all organisations that provide NHS or publicly funded adult social care must have fully implemented and conform to the Accessible Information Standard.

It exists to make sure that people who need services to be made accessible get the right information and communication support.

Many people with learning disabilities and/or sensory impairment, Autism or other disabilities face barriers when accessing health and social care, including missing appointments, and taking medication that they don’t understand. Some people with learning disabilities can die earlier when medical conditions should have been spotted sooner.

The Accessible Information Standard should mean that medical and social care professionals spend more time getting to know their patients and how they prefer to communicate, and how they would like to receive information.

This will mean that people have more choice and control over their care.

“28% of people with hearing loss had left their GP unclear about a diagnosis and 19% had been unclear about their medication. 14% of people with hearing loss had missed an appointment due to not hearing their name being called in the waiting room.”

Access all Areas? – Action on Hearing Loss 2013

“British Sign Language (BSL) users had worse health outcomes than the general population. They estimated that missed diagnosis and poor treatment for BSL users was costing the NHS £30 million per year.”

Sick of it – SignHealth 2014

The Standard isn’t optional, is must be followed!

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

Blue Stream Academy Customers Receive Outstanding Ratings On Their CQC Inspections

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Outstanding CQC Inspections

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

  • The Alverton Practice in Penzance
  • Budleigh Salterton Medical Centre in Devon
  • Rolle Medical Partnership in Devon
  • The Mill Medical Practice in Godalming, Surrey
  • The Olive Family Practice in Bolton
  • Cartmel Surgery in Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria
  • Helston Medical Centre in Cornwall

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

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

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