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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

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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Happy St. Patrick's Day

New Deprivation of Liberty Module Launched

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Deprivation of Liberty Module Launched

Blue Stream Academy have launched a new Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) eLearning module.

Since the Supreme Court Judgement in the cases of P v Cheshire West and Chester Council and P & Q v Surrey County Council brought in a revised test that effectively lowered the threshold for deprivation of liberty in care, there has been a nine-fold rise in monthly referrals to councils.

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

The judgement extended key human rights safeguards to a broader group of vulnerable people meaning that many people in care homes, hospitals and supported living arrangements suddenly met the threshold to have their care arrangements assessed or reassessed to see if they were being deprived of their liberty and whether or not that was in their best interests.

The module includes information on what DoLS is, who the Safeguards apply to, responsibilities, the procedure for authorisation, the role of the IMCA and RPR. It gives a comprehensive overview for relevant members of staff and has a knowledge test of randomly selected questions for benchmarking competency.

To enquire about our eLearning suites please email or call 01773 822549.

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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 Valley Surgery in Nottingham, The New Springwells Practice in Lincolnshire, the Albrighton Medical Practice in Wolverhampton and The Stennack Surgery in St Ives; 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.

New Website Launched

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New Website

We are delighted to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website, with a modern new look and enhanced experience.

Our new website features an improved homepage design, cleaner layout of content and an intuitive and consistent site-wide navigation system.

Given the increasing use of mobile technology, we have worked hard to ensure that our site is accessible through a wide range of web browsers and devices (including mobiles/tablets), is responsive and has been designed to meet all relevant accessibility standards.

We would really appreciate your feedback, please send us an email to with any thoughts, comments, suggestions or feedback you may have in regard to our website.

Blue Stream Academy and Communities of Care

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Blue Stream Academy are proud to be featured in the new three part series, ‘Communities of Care’ created by ITN Productions and NHS Alliance which looks at how the NHS is meeting the ongoing challenge of constricted budgets, increasing costs and strained resources within the healthcare industry.

Introduced by newsreader Natasha Kaplinksy, the programme was premiered at the NHS Alliance Conference hosted by ITN Productions in central London on 8th December 2015, in celebration of Dr Michael Dixon’s work as he steps down as chair after 18 years of dedicated service.

‘Communities of Care’ illustrates the effectiveness of Blue Stream Academy eLearning Suites in easing the administrative burden encountered by GP Practices, Dental Practices and Nursing/Care Homes.

The programme contains high profile interviews with the likes of Alistair Burt MP (Minister of State for Community and Social Care), Jeremy Hunt MP (Secretary of State for Health), Rick Stern (NHS Alliance incumbent Chief Executive), Dr Michael Dixon (NHS Alliance incumbent Chair) and looks at the efforts being taken to create a responsive/responsible system, explores the renewed focus on empowering individuals to manage their health within their communities and how that’s reflected across the country. Policies affecting primary care and initiatives to support the future of a proactive and preventative system are also examined.

Shelley McCart, Chief Executive Office of Blue Stream Academy said:

“Now more than ever it is vital that healthcare organisations are able to ensure that their staff are trained to a very high standard in order to offer the best possible patient experience. The Blue Stream Academy eLearning suites offer high quality training and management of training to GP Practices, Care Homes and Dental Practices at a fraction of the usual cost thus improving skills and bench marking competency whilst offering significant savings.”

Trevor Woolley Practice Manager at West Bridgford Medical Centre said:

“I have found Blue Stream training software very helpful. Apart from being CCG financed, it has standardised our staff training plans and the admin tools available to me are helpful. The courses themselves are intuitive and achieve the learning objectives. I am really pleased we have it available.”

To view the full series please click here.

New Care Certificate eLearning and Practical Assessment Suite

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Blue Stream Academy are pleased to announce that their much anticipated Care Certificate eLearning and Practical Assessment Suite is now live and available to use!

In addition to offering online training modules covering all knowledge outcomes of the Care Certificate Standards, this end to end solution also includes a system for recording all competence outcomes as well.

The Blue Stream Academy Care Certificate eLearning and Practical Assessment Suite has a Management Information System (MIS) which:

  • Records all eLearning training completed.
  • Records all evidence of assessed performance.

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 Apple devices, including mobile phones.

The Blue Stream Academy Care Certificate eLearning and Practical Assessment Suite allows for transferring of records – should a trainee move jobs – and gives all employers a paperless option thus saving time and money. It also guards against loss of certificates or workbooks and ensures that the record is instantly accessible for inspection purposes.

Shelley McCart of Blue Stream Academy, said “As a result of feedback from many customers using our highly successful GP Practice, Dental Practice and Nursing/Care Homes eLearning suites, we have used our extensive experience of training and management of information needs to develop a complete solution that satisfies all of the requirements of the Care Certificate.”

For further information please email: or call 01773 822549.


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