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Beds and Support Surfaces & Seating and Positioning Section – 9th September 2020

Beds and Support Surfaces & Seating and Positioning Section – 9th September 2020

Everyone at the NWCSP (National Wound Care Strategy Programme) has been very busy during the COVID-19 pandemic, working on ways to standardise wound care, maximise positive outcomes and support healthcare colleagues.
As the summer of 2020 draws to a close, they would like to share their progress:


Published: 9th September 2020

Source: NWCSP

Hearing Care Section – 12th August 2020

Hearing Care Section – 12th August 2020

Audiology & Otology Guidance during COVID-19 Pandemic

A letter from BIHIMA Chairman, Paul Surridge, applauding the hearing care industry for its response to the pandemic.


“As we leave lockdown, we at BIHIMA are delighted that audiologists can offer their services once more, giving patients
safe access to the care they provide.

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all of us in varying ways and our industry is responding admirably, pulling together
to balance the need for provision with patient safety, while keeping infection risk as low as possible for audiologists and
other clinical practitioners.

Lockdown prevented non-urgent medical assessment and treatment and, as it is easing, services are restarting and
patients, who may have been waiting for months to see a practitioner, can now make appointments.

Assessing and treating problems with the senses is a particularly difficult area in terms of viral contamination, with
audiology, dentistry and ophthalmology, amongst others, requiring stringent preventative measures to enable these
industries to return to ‘normal’ service safely. Clear guidance on procedure is critical for practitioners, to prevent the
spread of coronavirus and assure their safety and that of their patients.

BIHIMA welcome the document, Audiology and Otology Guidance during Covid-19, published by AIHHP, BAA, BSA and
BSHAA and appreciate the strength in their collaboration. This comprehensive document provides clear guidance on
giving audiological support during this challenging period: it gives coherent advice on infection-prevention measures
for different procedures and includes a check-list for assessing readiness of face-to-face clinical services.

We applaud the way these four organisations have pulled together at this difficult time to produce such vital guidance
and keep it updated, allowing audiologists to return to work safely and, most importantly, allowing patients to access
the essential care they provide.”

“It has been a struggle for some industries to find a way to offer safe provision, but the hearing loss industry has
triumphed in coming together to develop guidance swiftly.

We would like to thank our fellow associations: AIHHP, BAA, BSA and BSHAA for producing this guidance, and thank all
BIHIMA members, who are working hard to ensure that users of hearing instruments still have access to vital hearing
technology and audiological services.”

Paul Surridge
BIHIMA Chairman


Published: 12th August 2020

Source: BIHIMA (The British Irish Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association) Newsletter

Orthotics and Prosthetics Section – 3rd July 2020

Orthotics and Prosthetics Section – 3rd July 2020

BAPO Clinical Guidance during Covid-19 Pandemic


Published: 3rd July 2020

Source: https://www.bapo.com/

Decontamination and Infection Prevention Section – 2nd July 2020

Decontamination and Infection Prevention Section – 2nd July 2020

Hand Hygiene for All calls on all of society to achieve universal hand hygiene. It proposes a framework for coordination and collaboration among global and regional partners to support country-led efforts and investments and calls for countries to lay out comprehensive roadmaps to ensure hand hygiene is a mainstay beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Full details can be found here – https://www.unicef.org/sites/default/files/2020-06/Hand-hygiene-for-all-2020_0.pdf

Our Decontamination and Infection Prevention paper can be found here – http://www.bhta.com/section-papers/

BHTA Get wise to Hand Hand Hygiene can be found here – http://www.bhta.com/get-wise/


Published: 2nd July 2020

Source: UNICEF

Page URL: https://www.unicef.org/reports/hand-hygiene-for-all-2020

First Aid Medical Equipment Section – 22nd May 2020

First Aid Medical Equipment Section – 22nd May 2020

First Aid Cover and Qualifications During the Coronavirus Outbreak

If first aid cover for your business is reduced because of coronavirus or you can’t get the first aid training you need, there are some things you can do so that you still comply with the law.

You should review your first aid needs assessment and decide if you can still provide the cover needed for the workers that are present and the activities that they are doing.

Keep enough first aid cover

If fewer people are coming into your workplace it may still be safe to operate with reduced first aid cover. You could also stop higher-risk activities.

Share first aid cover with another business

You could share the first aiders of another business, but be sure that they have the knowledge, experience and availability to cover the first aid needs of your business. 

Shared first aiders must:

  • be aware of the type of injuries or illnesses that you identified in your first aid needs assessment and have the training and skills to address them
  • know enough about your work environment and its first aid facilities
  • be able to get to the workplace in good time if needed

Whoever provides the temporary cover must make sure they do not adversely affect their own first aid cover. 

First aid certificate extensions

If you hold a first aid certificate that expires on or after 16 March 2020 and cannot access requalification training because of coronavirus, you may qualify for an extension. This applies to:

  • Offshore Medic (OM)
  • Offshore First Aid (OFA)
  • First Aid at Work (FAW)
  • Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)
How you qualify for the extension

To qualify for the extension, you must be able to:

  • explain why you haven’t been able to requalify
  • demonstrate what steps you have taken to access the training, if asked to do so
Requalification training in England

The first aid training industry in England is confident that enough courses will now be available for all required requalification training to take place. HSE has therefore agreed a final deadline for requalification for these qualifications of 30 September 2020.

Requalification training in Scotland and Wales

It is accepted that training capacity in Scotland and Wales, and for some parts of the emergency services across Great Britain, might take longer to build.

The deadline for completing requalification training in Scotland and Wales (and in relevant GB emergency services), will therefore be reviewed by HSE over the coming months. Employers or certificate holders should still try to arrange requalification training at the earliest opportunity.

Annual refresher training

If first aiders are unable to access annual refresher training face to face during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, HSE supports the use of online refresher training to keep their skills up to date.  

HSE still strongly recommends that the practical elements of actual FAW, EFAW and requalification courses are delivered face to face, so that competency of the student can be properly assessed.

Interrupted first aid training

If because of coronavirus you cannot complete training for your first aid qualification within the usual timeframe, training can restart at a later date as long as:

  • a full recap of training delivered before the interruption is done before moving onto undelivered modules
  • the awarding body is content that you can show:
    • a full understanding of all aspects of the course content
    • the knowledge required and competencies at the end of the training


Published: 22nd May 2020

Source: Health and Safety Executive

Page URL: https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/first-aid-certificate-coronavirus.htm?utm_source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=coronavirus&utm_term=other-1&utm_content=sme-0505

Stairlifts & Access Section – 3rd April 2020

Stairlifts & Access Section – 3rd April 2020

Video Link – Assessments & Consultancy


Do you require a domestic lift but don’t have the time or inclination for a technical consultant to visit your home?

Anglia Stairlifts offers a ‘virtual’ preliminary visit to your home to assess your requirements and can accurately
quote you without ever initially setting foot through your door.

Anglia Stairlifts can use several different technologies to achieve this service so you can choose from the following: –

  • FaceTime
  • Facebook Messenger Video
  • WhatsApp Video
  • Skype
  • Zoom

To book your ‘virtual preliminary visit’ please use the following options to book in your time slot. 
Call on:0800 2761565 or 01733 857421
Email at: enquiries@anglia-stairlifts.co.uk

Or click here to use the form on the Anglia Stairlifts website.


Published: 3rd April 2020

Source: Anglia Stairlifts

Page URL: https://www.anglia-stairlifts.co.uk/video-consultancy

Scotland Section – 31st March 2020

Scotland Section – 31st March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): School and Early Learning Closures – Guidance About Key Workers and Vulnerable Children.

Guidance setting out the childcare and learning provision is expected for key workers and vulnerable children during closures
of school and early learning and childcare (ELC) settings to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Overview

This sets out what critical childcare and learning provision we expect to be made available to the children of key workers and
vulnerable children during closures of school and day care of children services (including early learning and childcare
settings (ELC), to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

Closure of school and day care of children services is an important part of the efforts to protect public health – if we all do
the right things now, we will reduce the impact of the virus and save lives.

Local authorities have been asked to keep opening of physical settings to the minimum required. If we don’t, we face many
more people than would otherwise be the case becoming ill and dying, and we risk our NHS being overwhelmed.

Click Below to read more on:


Click Here to view and download Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance documents from the Scottish Government website.


Published: 31st March 2020

Source: gov.scot

Page URL: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-guide-schools-early-learning-closures/

Hearing Care Section – 23rd March 2020

Hearing Care Section – 23rd March 2020

The British Irish Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (BIHIMA) represents in Britain and Ireland the world’s leading hearing instrument manufacturers. They work in partnership with other professional, trade, regulatory and consumer organisations within the health care and charitable sectors. Their goal is to raise consumer awareness of hearing solutions, making available the very latest in hearing technology.

They also work on behalf of their members to advance an agenda for change with government and policy makers, to improve the lives of people with hearing difficulties.

BIHIMA Q4 data shows strong performance in the private market to end of 2019.

Click Here to visit BIHIMA online to view & download BIHIMA Market Statistics.


Published: 23rd March 2020

Source: BIHIMA

Page URL: https://www.bihima.com/resources/statistics/

Dispensing Appliance Contractor Section – 4th March 2020

Dispensing Appliance Contractor Section – 4th March 2020

The following information was published by NHSE for various NHS providers including pharmacy but unfortunately DACs were not included.

On reading through the section leader decided some of the guidance is relevant to you as DACs particularly with any patient that may visit your premises.


Published: 4th March 2020

Source: NHS England

Hearing Care Section – 10th February 2020

Hearing Care Section – 10th February 2020


World hearing day 2020: Hearing for life


Don’t let hearing loss limit you

On World Hearing Day 2020, WHO will highlight that timely and effective interventions can ensure that people with hearing loss are able to achieve their full potential. It will draw attention to the options available in this respect.

Key messages for World Hearing Day 2020:

  • At all life stages, communication and good hearing health connect us to each other, our communities, and the world.
  • For those who have hearing loss, appropriate and timely interventions can facilitate access to education, employment and communication.
  • Globally, there is lack of access to interventions to address hearing loss, such as hearing aids.
  • Early intervention should be made available through the health systems

Register your event


Click the following links to download tools and resources to promote World Hearing Day 2020 (or read the PDF previews provided):


Published: 10th February 2020

Source: World Health Organisation

Story URL: https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2020/03/03/default-calendar/world-hearing-day-2020-hearing-for-life

Orthotics and Prosthetics Section – 5th February 2020

Orthotics and Prosthetics Section – 5th February 2020


Information Day

The Orthotics and Prosthetics section are holding an information day on Thursday 6th of February with speakers from NHS Counter Fraud, PB Consulting, MHRA, Strategic Intervention in Health Education Disciplines (SIHED) and Foot Drop Society.

Course Agenda:


Published: 5th February 2020

Source: BHTA

Scotland Section – 28th January 2020

Scotland Section – 28th January 2020

Following the successful Scottish Conference on Tuesday 21st January 2020,  Angie Perrin Vice Chair, of the Association of Stoma Care Nurses (ASCN) gave an overview of the Association of Stoma Care Nurses including the support services delivered by ASCN Nurses to enhance patients quality of life. At the conference Angie introduced two new documents to the conference to support the work of ASCN.

Excellence in Stoma Care The Value of Stoma Care Nurse Specialists – Practical guide for commissioners and leaders in health and social care. 

Stoma Care Nurse Specialist – The hidden value of this expert nursing role and service.

To find out more about the work of Stoma Care Nurses visit their website at:  https://ascnuk.com/

Published: 28th January 2020

Source: BHTA / ASCN

PDF Link (Excellence in Stoma Care): https://www.coloplast.co.uk/Global/UK/Stoma/HCP/Excellence_in_Stoma_Care_Final.pdf

PDF Link (Stoma Care Nurse Specialist): https://www.coloplast.co.uk/Global/UK/Stoma/HCP/SCNS_The_hidden_value_of_this_expert_nursing_role.pdf

Resource URL: https://www.coloplast.co.uk/Stoma/professional/professional-resources/

Decontamination and Infection Prevention Section – 4th February 2020

Decontamination and Infection Prevention Section – 4th February 2020


Information Day

The Decontamination and Infection prevention section are holding an information day on Tuesday 4th of February with speakers from NHS Scotland, European Tissue Symposium(ETS), Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and NHS Wales.


Course Agenda:


Published: 4th February 2020

Source: BHTA