Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Travel Medicine - the Big Picture

Excellence in Healthcare 2017 is a large conference from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.  This particular event is held every 3 years and this is the 4th such occasion.  The travel medicine strand is to be held on Thursday 8th June at 200 St Vincent Street, Glasgow which is a short walk up the hill from the Central Station.  This time we have a number of high profile speakers covering topics such as Zika virus, malaria prospects for the future, humanitarian aid work post Ebola, hepatitis C, the threat of anti-microbial resistance in the tropics and its impact on travel medicine, and the latest on anti-venom research.  Added to this we also have plenary sessions which are related to travel medicine  including entomologist Dr James Logan speaking at the end of the day asking are we ‘Bug Body Ready’?  The event costs £90 to attend for a full day of high quality education, refreshments, exhibition, poster section plus excellent networking.   To look at the website and also to book a place look here or click on the image below.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Malaria Matters

Malaria Matters is an e learning course taking the learner through Guidelines for malaria prevention in travellers from the UK.  I have recently updated the course to the 2016 version of the guidelines. The course takes around 6 hours to complete and now has seven sections to it.  Content contains many different forms of learning including videos, animation, case studies and a certificate of completion at the end of the learning on passing a short assessment.  As I have made this course available free of charge, I would ask you to only undertake it if you're serious in completing the learning.  This is because places on the E-learning platform are limited and will deprive others from using it otherwise.  To enrol click here or the image below.  More information is also available here

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Travel Health from A to Zika - a video opportunity

In October last year I presented an advanced workshop at the Best Practice in Nursing Conference at the NEC in Birmingham.  The organisers filmed the session (as they did all of them) and have kindly allowed me to make it available so that if you weren't at the event you could have access on this one occasion.  I've put it into a programme with additional pages to take you to resources relevant to the session and where appropriate added in any updated news.  For example, since I gave it there have been further developments in Zika management advice if you work in the UK.  Why not come along to this year's BPiN conference on 18th and 19th October 2017 - it's a great event.   To see the workshop presentation chaired by Tina Bishop, Editor in Chief of Practice Nurse Journal, CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW.  Please note, the video is almost an hour long so it may take some time to load, depending on your internet speed.  You'll also find access on a page on my website here

Friday, 9 December 2016

A Christmas holiday

I've worked with Practice Nurse Journal since February 2010 writing a regular travel health update article - these days it's mostly every month.  For the last few years, Editor Mandy Galloway has set me a challenge to write something on the Christmas theme, which can be testing but fun as well.  So have a look at this year's contribution by clicking here or on the image below.   On this blog, I've provided the direct links to the references for ease of access - see below the article image.  The piece is light hearted but I hope will also remind you of some key issues and essential considerations!

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

RCN Travel Health Library resource

The RCN have a great new library subject guide for travel health which if you're a member, will take you to key resources, books (some available online) and journal articles - a very useful selection available, especially if you're studying right now - check it out HERE   This link takes you to Resources, but beside this are also the headings 'Books' and 'Journals' which would be useful to explore.  

Yellow Fever Certificate tips

I've had lots of enquiries regarding certificates for yellow fever vaccine. Can I remind you that NaTHNaC posted a very helpful video on YouTube which is well worth a watch and helps you to understand how to complete it correctly - see HERE

The International Certificate for Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) issued following vaccination is now for the 'life of person vaccinated' (see the example here) but previous certificates that might have expired should still be accepted by the receiving country.  The WHO guidance on this is found here I know a lot of people are under pressure from travellers for a further vaccine to be given to enable them to have a new ICVP because they've heard stories of receiving countries not accepting the expired certificate under the new guidance.   Evidence of this practice happening within receiving countries needs to be collected.  I would suggest if travellers obtain concrete evidence then you could e mail NaTHNaC about it at NaTHNaC@uclh.nhs.uk

The World Health Organization make it clear that existing certificates should be accepted by a receiving country.  It may be useful for the traveller to carry the evidence  (Annex 7 and Q&A) which is in the public domain obtained directly HERE (as already detailed above).

If a new certificate needs to be re-issued because for example the original has been lost, the detail from the previous record (where YF vaccine was given before 11 July 2016), should match the detail on the re-issued ICVP.  The exception would be, in some circumstances, the UKYFVC centre number and the health professional detail.  An ICVP written before July 2016 was 'valid' for 10 years and that detail should be replicated on a reissued certificate.  You cannot put 'life of person vaccinated' on any ICVP where the vaccine was administered prior to 11th July 2016.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

From A to Zika

I'm speaking at the Best Practice in Nursing conference at the NEC in Birmingham today.  The topic for the one hour session is from A to Zika which is a lot to pack in in just 60 minutes!  So I can't claim to address travel health issues on every letter of the alphabet but I'll be giving it a go!  The presentation will focus on the backpacker, yellow fever and then Zika.  I use pages on my website quite a lot these days to create resources pertinent to the talk given, so it you'd like to see some of the items covered click on the image below!