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World Environment Day 2016

World Environment Day 2016

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World Environment Day 2016

World Environment Day (WED) was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 and is celebrated every year on 5th June in an effort to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth.

Through decades of WED celebrations, millions of people from all over the world and from all sectors of society have taken part in environmental action. By bundling their energy, WED has the power to generate hugely positive impacts on the planet.

World Environment Day - African Elephant

Each WED is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2016 is ‘fight against the illegal trade in wildlife’ under the slogan ‘Go Wild for Life’; whilst Angola is the host country this year.

Below is an infographic that details some of the alarming facts and statistics behind this year’s campaign; to learn more, please visit the World Environment Day website here: http://www.wed2016.com

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Join Us At Commissioning Live Birmingham

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Commissioning Live Birmingham

Blue Stream Academy will be attending the Commissioning Live Exhibition at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham on 14th June, 2016.

Commissioning Live Birmingham is the key industry event for anyone with a stake in commissioning; the programme has been specifically developed for those wanting to gain a deeper insight into how the changes to commissioning will affect their role, and how to make a difference to their local population.

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.

The exhibition is free to attend, to register please visit the website here and quote BSA16.

Please visit our stand (37) to meet the team and learn more about our online training for GP Practices, Dental Practices, Hospices, Nursing/Care Homes and Carers; and how they can assist with CQC compliance whilst saving time and money.

Blue Stream Academy Exhibition

New Fluids and Nutrition Module Launched

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Fluids and Nutrition Module Launched

Blue Stream Academy have launched a new Fluids and Nutrition module to our GP Practice and Nursing/Care Homes Suites to promote awareness of good food safety, the importance of nutrition and hydration, the signs and symptoms of poor nutrition and hydration and how to promote good practice.

“Malnutrition is common in the UK, affecting more than three million people at any one time. Around 1 in 3 patients admitted to acute care will be malnourished or at risk of becoming so, and 35 percent of individuals admitted to care homes will also be affected. In addition 93 percent of those at risk of, or suffering, from malnutrition will be living in the community.”

“The scale of dehydration in the UK is unknown but is associated with a number of known causes of harm to people.”

Guidance – Commissioning Excellent Nutrition and Hydration 2015 – 2018

“The link between nutrition and hydration and a person’s health is a fundamental part of any stage of life, but all the more so for the sick or vulnerable. Person-focused, quality compassionate care involves looking at what matters to a person as a whole, not only concentrating on their specific medical condition.”

Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England

New Privacy and Dignity Module Launched

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Privacy and Dignity Module Launched

Blue Stream Academy have launched a new Privacy and Dignity module to our GP Practice and Nursing/Care Homes Suites.

Dignity covers all aspects of daily life, including respect, privacy, autonomy and self-worth. While dignity may be difficult to define, what is clear is that people know when they have not been treated with dignity and respect. Dignity is about interpersonal behaviours as well as systems and processes.

People should be treated with respect – as individuals and human beings, they should not be labelled and their needs, preferences and aspirations should be at the centre of their care.
Part of good care and support involves building trust and confidence and having the best interests of individuals in mind.

Confidentiality is a very important right of individuals who receive care and support.

We have added a new module to our GP Practice and Nursing/Care Homes Suites which covers these areas and promotes:

  • Good communication
  • Engagement and empowerment
  • Preserving autonomy
  • Choice and control
  • A positive organisational ethos

“To be able to live each day with honour, respect and dignity is the greatest achievement of all.”

Dr Roopleen

Why Choose eLearning?

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Why Choose eLearning

Why eLearning?

There are many reasons why developing or established organisations can benefit from integrating eLearning into their existing online training programs.

Extensive studies support the argument that eLearning is a more cost effective and efficient way to deliver training; the ability to improve effectiveness at a fraction of the cost makes it an appealing alternative to traditional face-to-face methods, especially for larger organisations.

Effective

An extensive nine year survey of the research literature in training published by Fletcher and Tobias in ‘Training and Retraining’, commissioned by the American Psychological Society and published in 2000, concluded that:

“Learners learn more using computer-based instruction than they do with conventional ways of teaching, as measured by higher post-treatment test scores.”

According to Brandon Hall (2001) online training can reduce learning time by 35%-45% in comparison to face-to-face training. This report noted that learning gains have been found in:

  • Learners’ attitudes toward the eLearning format and training in general.
  • Learners’ scores on tests, certifications or other evaluations.
  • The number of learners who achieve ‘mastery’ level and/or ‘pass’ exams.
  • Learners’ ability to apply new knowledge or processes on the job.
  • Long-term retention of information.

Due to its adaptability, lack of restriction and the capacity to make instant, across the board changes, eLearning enables organisations to ensure that all their staff, regardless of location can access consistent content; thus ensuring common methodology and ideals are followed, reinforcing corporate identity.

This is of particular benefit to large organisations that may be dispersed over wide geographical locations or even different countries.

A study by Training Magazine (2006) reported that eLearning has proven to have a 50%-60% better consistency of learning than traditional classroom learning.

Whilst eLearning is a relatively new method of delivering training, it is becoming increasingly popular and as a result of this and ongoing technological advances, it continues to be developed and improved upon increasing the amount of interaction and engagement experienced by trainees.

Increased participation via interactivity with well-designed eLearning programmes leads to higher levels of cognitive engagement resulting in higher levels of retaining information.

Trainees also benefit from being able to work at their own pace rather than that of the trainer, with the ability to digest and analyse the content having a significant impact on the amount of information retained.

Hairsten (2007) noted in a study that eLearning retention rates were at least 12% higher than traditional methods. This was further supported in a study by KPMG Consulting in 2004 which concluded that knowledge retention from eLearning was 25%-60% higher than with classroom based training.

Online training isn’t restricted by the need to fulfil the requirements of the majority, as it can be undertaken at a pace to suite the trainee, they are able to dedicate their time to absorbing the training they need rather than spend time needlessly focusing on areas that they’re already competent in.

Faster, Mobile and More Flexible

The limitations of face-to-face training are largely obvious, particularly in that the capacity to deliver it efficiently is restricted by the availability of trainers, appropriate locations and trainees. Whether it is undertaken externally or internally it usually requires significant periods of time to be dedicated to it, these aren’t necessarily practical for all staff and may even necessitate the scheduling of additional training sessions for those who aren’t able to attend the original session.

In comparison eLearning can be scheduled to suit the availability of individual members of staff and is not required to be completed in a single session; trainees can undertake the training according to their availability and at their own convenience.

eLearning can be carried out on desktop PCs, laptops, tablets and mobile phones allowing training to completed wherever and whenever trainees have access to these devices, this can even be done when travelling making the world a classroom and leading to much more productive use of time.

Rosenberg (2001) argues that eLearning “can take anywhere from 25%-60% less time to convey the same amount of instruction or information as in a classroom” and Taylor (2002) states that British Telecom delivered e-business training to 23,000 employees in three months at a cost of £5.9m, compared to £17.8 million and a five-year time span for classroom training.

Value for Money

The single largest cost relating to training that an organisation absorbs is that of staff attending the course. In addition the absence of a trainer, lack of requirement for a dedicated location or equipment and avoidance of travel mean that eLearning is usual a much cheaper alternative to face-to-face training; it can also be much easier to budget.

This is particularly true when the organisation already has the devices required to access the training; in such cases the savings can be considerable especially for large organisations.

A study based on a Midlands CCG suggested the return on investment for an eLearning solution was 80% higher than traditional training.

The report took 35 practices into consideration, with an average of 25 staff per practice who each had a training profile covering from eight to thirty subjects.

The options for completing the required training were:

  1. Bringing in a subject matter expert to the Practice during Protected Learning Time (PLT).
  2. Booking the trainees on external courses.
  3. Offering eLearning which can be completed either in PLT, their own free time or when they have the opportunity in between other duties.

Option 1 included the cost of a trainer per subject session (approximately £250.00 + VAT).

Option 2 included the cost of enrolment of the trainee on each training course, travel and subsistence costs and the cost of backfill for the trainee’s role in the practice (approximately £100.00 per trainee if the training is provided FOC by the CCG or equivalent, approximately £200.00 per trainee if it is a chargeable course.

Option 3 included the cost of using the eLearning module £2.00 per course (for those completing 9 subjects only and the cost of using the eLearning module £0.60 per course (for those completing 30 subjects). Overall cost per person is £18.00 + VAT.

Option 1 would have cost £2250.00 + VAT per practice for 9 subjects and £7500.00 + VAT per practice for 30 subjects. This is also assuming that all trainees within a Practice attended the course.

Option 2 would have cost £22,500 + VAT per practice for 9 subjects (if course was FOC), £75,000.00 for 30 subjects (if the course was FOC). These figures would be double if the training course was chargeable.

Option 3 cost £18.00 + VAT per person whether the trainee completed 9, 30 or all 44 modules, an approximate cost of £450.00 + VAT per practice or £15,750.00 for all practices in the CCG.

The overall saving for the CCG by using the eLearning (based on the lowest cost of Option 1) was 80%.

Monitoring and Evaluating

The monitoring and evaluating of training is becoming increasingly important due to regulatory requirements and changes in legislation.

Many organisations have significant amounts of mandatory compliance training relating to health and safety, data protection, equality and diversity etc.

eLearning programmes that incorporate Management of Information Systems benefit from the ability to automatically track and report on the training undertaken by the organisations employees; this is much simpler, more efficient and easier to access than the methods used to track training via traditional methods.

Environmentally Friendly

Online training is a good way in which organisations can make reductions to their carbon footprint.

As well as obviously saving trees by reducing the amount of paper used, environmental benefits also arise as a result of reduction in travel.

This is supported by the ‘Towards Sustainable Higher Education: Environmental Impacts of Campus-Based and Distance Higher Education Systems’ study by the Open University which found that “on average, the production and provision of distance learning courses consumed nearly 90 percent less energy and produced 85 percent fewer CO2 emissions per student than conventional campus-based university courses.”

Dementia Awareness Week 2016

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Dementia Awareness Week 2016

Dementia Awareness Week runs from 15th-21st May and supported by the Alzheimer’s Society, a charity who provides support and research for those affected by dementia.

Dementia affects over 800,000 people in the UK. It is not a disease in its own right and it is not a natural part of ageing. It is an umbrella term that describes a group of symptoms that are caused by many diseases that affect the brain for example, Alzheimer’s disease.

It causes a long term and often gradual decrease in the ability to think and remember that is great enough to affect a person’s daily functioning. Other common symptoms include emotional problems, problems with language, and a decrease in motivation. A person’s consciousness is usually not affected. A dementia diagnosis requires a change from a person’s usual mental functioning and a greater decline than one would expect due to ageing. These diseases also have a significant effect on a person’s caregivers.

Welsh Comedian, Rhod Gilbert would like you to share your message to dementia for Dementia Awareness Week 2016.

Below is our message:

Dementia Awareness Week 2016 - Message To Dementia

To find out more about the Week, or for help and support, visit http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/daw

Blue Stream Academy’s Care Certificate Suite Receives RCGP Accreditation

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We are proud to announce that our Care Certificate eLearning and Practical Assessment Suite has been accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

The assessor panel stated that “they were of the view that this eLearning portfolio is useful and relevant to General Practice Staff, Healthcare Assistants, Carers, Reception and Administrative staff”.

About The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)

The RCGP is the membership, education and examining body that sets out the educational standards that all UK GPs must meet in order to practise. Our medical education is respected the world over as exemplifying the highest standards. We now apply these same, rigorous standards to other providers’ educational provision for primary care.

RCGP Educational Accreditation is a badge of distinction and a guarantee of quality. Only those educational services that meet RCGP standards are entitled to display the RCGP Accreditation mark.

International Nurses Day 2016

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International Nurses Day 2016 - A Force For Change

On 12th May every year (the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth) International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world.

The theme for 2016 is – Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving health systems’ resilience.

Blue Stream Academy would like to thank all nurses for everything that they do for us in our times of need!

Please select the image below for further information about International Nurses Day:

International Nurses Day 2016 - A Force For Change: Improving Health Systems' Resilience

World Day For Safety And Health At Work

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World Day For Safety And Health At Work

Today is the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, an international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work; held annually on 28th April, it has been observed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003.

Each year around two million people die as a result of accidents and diseases linked to the employment; additionally there are 270 million occupational accidents and 160 million instances of occupational diseases each year, incurring £1,950,000,000,000 (1.95 trillion) in costs for loss of working time and expenses for treatment, compensation and rehabilitation. Fatalities, accidents and illness at work are highly preventable and we have an obligation to act.

The subject of this year’s campaign is ‘Workplace Stress: A Collective Challenge’. The report will draw attention to current global trends on work-related stress and its impact.

Today, many employees face increasing pressure to meet the demands of modern working life. Psychosocial risks such as increased competition, higher expectations on performance and longer working hours are contributing to the workplace becoming an ever more stressful environment. With the pace of work dictated by instant communications and high levels of global competition, the lines separating work from life are becoming more and more difficult to identify. In addition, due to the significant changes in labour relations and the current economic recession, workers are experiencing organisational changes and restructuring, reduced work opportunities, increasingly precarious work, the fear of losing their jobs, massive lay-offs/unemployment and decreased financial stability, with serious consequences to their mental health and well-being.

Below is an infographic detailing some of the alarming statistics of the impact of ‘Stress in the Workplace’:

Stress In The Workplace

In recent years, there has been growing attention to the impact of psychosocial risks and work-related stress among researchers, practitioners and policy makers. Work-related stress is now generally acknowledged as global issue affecting all countries, all professions and all workers both in developed and developing countries. In this complex context, the workplace is at the same time an important source of psychosocial risks and the ideal venue to address them in order to protect the health and well-being of workers.

To read the report or view the presentation, please select the relevant links below:

Workplace Stress: A Collective Challenge – Report
Workplace Stress: A Collective Challenge – Presentation

Select the image below for more information about the ‘Workplace Stress: A Collective Challenge’ campaign:

Workplace Stress - A Collective Challenge

Join Us At Naidex 2016

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Blue Stream Academy will be attending the Naidex 2016 Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham on 26th, 27th and 28th April.

Naidex 2016 is the UK’s largest disability, rehabilitation and homecare event with more than 9,000 visitors expected.

The exhibition is free to attend, to register please visit the Naidex website here.

Please visit our stand (E12) to meet the team and learn more about our online training for Nursing/Care Homes and Carers; and how they can assist with CQC compliance whilst saving time and money.

Blue Stream Academy Customers Receive Outstanding Ratings On Their CQC Inspections

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Outstanding CQC Inspections

Congratulations to the Cleveleys Group Practice in Lancashire, users of Blue Stream Academy’s GP Practice eLearning Suites who attained a rating of Outstanding from their recent CQC inspection.

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

World Health Day 2016: Beat Diabetes

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World Health Day

Today is World Health Day and this year the World Health Organization (WHO) is focusing on diabetes, a non-communicable disease that is largely treatable and preventable.

Diabetes is dramatically increasing in prevalence throughout the world, most significantly in low and middle income countries. Simple changes in lifestyle have proven to be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes; such changes include maintaining normal body weight, engaging in regular physical activity and eating a healthy diet. Diabetes can also be controlled and managed to prevent complications through diagnosis, self-management education and affordable treatment.

World Health Day 2016 - Beat Diabetes

The WHO estimates that over 400 million people around the world have diabetes with that figure likely to more than double over the next 20 years. In the UK alone, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes has increased from around 1.4 million to 3.5 million since 1996 whilst is estimated that over half a million people go undiagnosed.

The disease is a direct cause of around 1.5 million deaths per year worldwide making it the fifth most common cause of death in the world. The cost of diabetes to the NHS estimated at around £14 billion each year, which is over £1,500,000 per hour or 10% of the total NHS budget for England and Wales. This equates to over £25,000 being spent on diabetes every minute.

In total, an estimated £14 billion pounds is spent a year on treating diabetes and its complications, with the cost of treating complications representing the much higher cost.

The goals of WHD 2016 are:

  1. Scale up prevention.
  2. Strengthen care.
  3. Enhance surveillance.

For further information about World Health Day 2016 click here and/or watch the video below:

Bevan House Medical Practice in Bradford Praised As Being One Of The Best That The CQC Has Inspected

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Bevan House Medical PracticeBlue Stream Academy customer, Bevan House Medical Practice in Bradford, who were recently rated as outstanding following their CQC inspection have been commended by Chief Inspector of General Practice Steve Field, as being one of the best practices that they have inspected.

He said, “This is one of the best practices CQC has inspected. Bevan House was outstanding in each of the categories we inspect against and outstanding in every one of the six population groups – a remarkable achievement.”

“The work that this practice was doing in the wider community is exemplary and deserves recognition. It is very clear the practice is providing outstanding, personalised, patient-centred care very often connecting with traditionally difficult-to-reach patient groups.”

“This practice benefits hugely from high staff morale. Staff are motivated and the practice had a clear pro-active vision which had quality and safety as its top priority.”

“I had the benefit of being part of the inspection team and I can vouch personally for Bevan House. If there is a better practice in England I look forward to visiting it.”

“The day that I spent with the Bevan House team really inspired me. There are so many aspects to this practice deserving of recognition and I urge other practices to read this report. This is an utterly outstanding practice and just shows what can be achieved with excellent leadership and teamwork which includes the team and the patients that this practice serves.”

Under CQC’s programme of inspections, all England’s GP practices are being given a rating according to whether they are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led.

The report on Bevan House highlights many areas of outstanding practice including:

  • The Bradford Respite and Intermediate Care Support Service (BRICSS) is a respite service that has been developed, where the Bevan team work with a social housing provider to offer respite accommodation for homeless patients who require medical care after they are discharged from hospital. These initiatives led to an increase in the number of homeless people registering with the practice, a reduction in the use of acute healthcare, A&E admissions and days spent in hospital.
  • The Street Medicine Team held mobile outreach clinics in city centre locations to enhance access for vulnerable patients and also offered advice and healthcare to people who were not registered with the practice.
  • Dedicated teams within the practice worked closely with other organisations in ensuring bespoke services were provided to meet patients’ needs. For example, the Bevan Pathway Team attended regular meetings at the local hospital to review its patient group and improve patient discharge and the provision of care and support. These initiatives led to an increase in the number of homeless people registering with the practice, a reduction in the use of acute healthcare, A&E admissions and days spent in hospital. The intervention of these teams with homeless patients has shown significant cost savings in acute care of 62%.
  • Feedback from the Patient Participation Group called the Experts by Experience (ExE), was integral to the running of the practice. Their views were actively sought and valued. The practice held numerous patient focus groups to find out their views on topics such as diabetes care. The group had been involved in the design, build and decoration of the new premises – it hosted services and helped provide an integrated set of services around the needs of the vulnerable people who are users of the building and practice.
  • The practice had recruited a mental health nurse and a vulnerable migrants nurse, to work alongside a practice nurse, to effectively support patients. This had enabled the practice to be prepared to meet the needs of new patients, conduct structured assessments and refer as necessary to relevant services, prior to the persons arrival in the country.
  • Staff were clearly motivated and inspired to offer kind and compassionate care and worked to overcome obstacles to achieving this. Clothing, food, oral and personal hygiene packs and ‘cold weather packs’ (consisting of gloves, socks, a hat, scarf, water and a bar of chocolate) were offered to those patients who were in urgent need.
  • The practice had moved to new premises that allowed it to host other services and provide a “one stop shop” for patients. The teams located in the practice included the homeless team, benefits services, refugee support workers, rape crisis, legal, housing, midwifery and health visiting teams.

Source: Bradford medical practice rated as Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission – one of the best practices CQC has ever inspected

World Autism Awareness Week

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World Autism Awareness Week 2016

Today is World Autism Awareness Day and marks the start of World Autism Awareness Week 2016!

Around 700,000 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum. Together with their families they make up around 2.8 million people whose lives are touched by autism every single day.

We hope that you will join us in showing your support and raising awareness about autism.

The National Autistic Society have organised a number of events and fundraising activities as well as having recently their biggest ever campain, ‘Too Much Information’ (select the image below for details).

Too Much Information - The National Autistic Society

Visit the National Autistic Society for further information – click here.

Blue Stream Academy Customer Commended By CQC Chief Inspector For Supporting Public Wellbeing

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Stennack Surgery - Saint Ives

Blue Stream Academy would like to congratulate one of our longstanding customers, Stennack Surgery in Saint Ives, on being commended by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) Chief Inspector Steve Field for supporting public wellbeing.

In his latest column on the CQC website Steve Field said “We are all aware of the importance that supporting better lifestyle choices has as part of the prevention agenda, a prominent part of the NHS Five Year Forward View. General practice has a key role to play in this, the relationship that we build as practices with our communities is vital to prompting ongoing dialogues with the public about all of the areas in this campaign and more.”

“It’s not easy to have these, sometimes difficult, conversations when pressure on appointments is high, but they are nonetheless vital for helping support public wellbeing first and foremost, and reducing the pressure placed across all health and social care services. Our inspectors have had the privilege of visiting some fantastic practices in recent weeks which have gone the extra mile to support the wellbeing of people using their service and to support the prevention drive in their community.”

Commenting on Stennack Surgery who recently received an outstanding rating from their CQC inspection, he said “At the Stennack Surgery in St Ives, a specialist nurse closely monitored patients who were frail or had chronic conditions and could be at risk. Personalised care plans were made, outlining the patient’s support network and what to do if their health started to deteriorate. Home visits were carried out by the nurse to pro-actively support and manage the needs of these patients to reduce the risk of unplanned hospital admissions.”

To read the full column please click here.

Blue Stream Academy Customers Receive Outstanding Ratings On Their CQC Inspections

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Outstanding CQC Inspections

Congratulations to Binscombe Medical Centre in Surrey, Stonefield Street Surgery in Rochdale, The Oaks Medical Centre in Nottingham, Bevan Healthcare CIC in Bradford and Norwood Medical Practice in Barrow-In-Furness; all users of Blue Stream Academy’s GP Practice eLearning Suites who have attained ratings of Outstanding from their recent CQC inspections.

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

Pulse LIVE London 2016

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Pulse Live London 2016

Blue Stream Academy will be attending the Pulse Live London Exhibition on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd March, 2016 at the London Olympia Conference Centre in London where GPs from all over the country will join in clinical, professional and regulatory seminars and discussions led by prominent specialists from primary and secondary care.

There are also a number of key debates, presentations and interviews aimed at addressing the wider issues within healthcare provision involving senior figures from the NHS, Government and other healthcare bodies.

Please visit our stand (No.53) to meet the team and learn more about our online training for GP Practices and how they can assist with CQC compliance whilst saving time and money.

New Prevent Module Launched

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Prevent Module Launched

Blue Stream Academy have launched a new Prevent eLearning module.

The NHS is a key government funded service. With over 1 million contacts with patients every 36 hours, the NHS has an important contribution to make to the support and delivery of H.M. Government’s counter-terrorism strategy ‘Contest’.

The Contest strategy is organised around four key principles; the health section is a key strategic partner in one of those principles – Prevent; since February 2015, all NHS staff are required to undergo basic Prevent awareness training.

This module shows the objectives of Prevent and how they are relevant to the health sector. It emphasises the importance of a multi-agency approach, how to raise a concern and be confident that any concerns raised will be handled in the appropriate manner.

World Down Syndrome Day

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World Down Syndrome Day 2016

Monday 21st March 2016 marks the 11th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder.

People with Down syndrome, on an equal basis with other people, must be able to enjoy full and equal rights, both as children and adults. This includes the opportunity to participate fully in their communities.

The reality for many is that prevailing negative attitudes result in low expectations, discrimination and exclusion, creating communities where children and adults with Down syndrome cannot integrate successfully with their peers.

But where children with Down syndrome and other disabilities are given opportunities to participate, all children benefit from this and environments of friendship, acceptance, respect for everyone and high expectations are created.

Not only this, but these environments prepare all today’s children for life as tomorrow’s adults, enabling adults with Down syndrome to live, work and participate, with confidence and individual autonomy, fully included in society alongside their friends and peers.

On World Down Syndrome Day, Monday 21 March 2016, join us to encourage children and adults with Down syndrome to say “My Friends, My Community” and get the world talking about the benefits for everyone of inclusive environments.

Call To Action

#MyFriendsMyCommunity – The benefits of inclusive environments for today’s children and tomorrow’s adults

Encouraging persons with Down syndrome to say #MyFriendsMyCommunity, we ask everyone to respond to our call by sharing it and show the world how persons with Down syndrome live and participate in the community alongside family, friends, peers and the public. You can show this simply by sharing details of WDSD activities or by photos, messages, quotes from friends or in any way you choose. Please make sure you use the hash tag #MyFriendsMyCommunity as well as #WDSD16.

For further information please visit www.worlddownsyndromeday.org.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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Happy St. Patrick's Day

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