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

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!

Sunday, 16 October 2016

TravelHealthPro eBook

NaTHNaC have launched an e book which contains the full range of factsheets from their website in a book format.  As the NaTHNaC site is for travel health professionals and travellers alike, this new tool is designed as a resource for those advising in travel medicine, to guide them and answer a number of the frequently asked questions and for travellers, NaTHNaC hope it will assist them in planning and preparing for their travel abroad.

For ease, the articles are arranged into four themes; infectious diseases, preparing for healthy travel, special risk travel/traveller and clinic resources.  When you enter the book, these four sections are featured on the front inside cover, so click on the relevant topic to find the list of resources and content for that individual section.

You can also subscribe to updates for the book so that when any content is updated you'll be aware that's it's happening.  To launch the book and also to subscribe to the updates click HERE or click on the image below.

I think this is a new neat helpful resource from NaTHNaC and that the more you look and access the features, the more you'll appreciate just how useful it is.