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Nominate a colleague to receive a BLS Award
How about nominating a colleague or even yourself to receive an award at the BLS Annual Conference gala dinner.
The categories are:
- Raising Awareness of Lymphoedema amongst Professionals
- Campaigning for Better Service Provision
- Innovation in Practice
- Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by BSN medical)
Closing date for nominations is 1st September. To find out more click here.
Ellie Lindsay honoured in Queen's Birthday list for services to nursing
Former district nurse and Leg Club model pioneer Ellie Lindsay has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday list for service to nursing with an Order of the British Empire (OBE). Ellie is pictured here with Kelli Evans, BSN medical Account Manager at the Worcester Leg Club.
Ellie has worked tirelessly to help people of all ages with lower limb conditions, such as leg ulcers, to receive the treatment and care they need in a community setting. The unique social model she pioneered relies on joint working between local health providers, Leg Club volunteers and members. Each Leg Club operates according to strict guidelines of care, monitored by the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation.
The Leg Club model has proved popular with healthcare commissioners here and abroad. There are 26 Leg Clubs in the UK with another opening in July, one Leg Club in Germany and 11 in Australia. Research shows that as well as improving healing rates, and lowering rates of recurrence, the non-medical social approach is popular with members hoping to address problems of social isolation amongst the elderly.
Chair of the Leg Club Foundation Roland Renyi said: “We are absolutely delighted that Ellie has been awarded an OBE. The honour recognises the years of hard work, commitment and dedication to the Leg Club model which is now being seen as a viable, replicable and cost-effective way to treat people with lower limb problems.”
MBE awarded to Jane Rankin
Jane Rankin, lead for the Lymphoedema Network Northern Ireland, was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to physiotherapy and lymphoedema treatment in the Queen's 2015 honours list. As the acting chair of the BLS, Jane commented that receiving the honour would help her raise the profile of lymphoedema care and promote BLS campaigns. To read more click here.
BSN medical sponsors JWC Awards 2015
This years JWC conference and awards ceremony was held back in March, at the BMA House in London.
Suppliers including BSN medical exhibited their focus products in a dedicated exhibitor zone, providing clinicians and suppliers with an opportunity to meet.
Dr Philip Hammond, GP, comedian and well respected speaker, was the guest host supporting award announcements alongside the award sponsor, at this well-attended black-tie ceremony.
Representing BSN medical were Chris George, Krishna Patel, Sue Jackson and Sarah Rushton and they were joined by award winners and clinicians at their table.
The Cost-effective Wound Management Award
The Cost-effective Wound Management 2015 Award winner was presented to Debbie Gleeson, Tissue Viability Lead Specialist from St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospital Trust. The award was presented by Chris George, BSN medical Field Sales Manager.
Debbie's implementation of a new wound care formulary tender and the cost-savings achieved, along with standardisation of products to simplify dressing selection were factors that influenced the judges decision to make this award to Debbie.
The Patient WellBeing Award
Sara Rowan, University of Modena, Italy received the Patient Wellbeing 2015 Award for her research on the experiences of patients with cancer, who are suffering from malignant fungating wounds. Chris George, BSN medical Field Sales Manager was delighted to present Sara with the award for the work she has carried out.
The study was the first to look at cultural differences in this category of patients. Sarah said "In terms of the future, I would like to use the award to create guidelines for health professionals caring for such patients, so every patient has the best possible care".
NHS All Wales Agreement for Lymphoedema and Compression Products
BSN medical are the appointed sole supplier for lower limb, flat-knit, made-to-measure compression garments on the NHS All Wales Framework Agreement. JOBST® Elvarex® is available in 6 RAL compression classes for the lower limb with a wide variety of styles and options for the management of lymphoedema and chronic oedema.
Looking at Chronic Oedema and Lymphoedema; the male perspective
Lymphoedema and chronic oedema are managed through multiple interventions forming the two key stages of lymphoedema management. In the field of lymphoedema and chronic oedema research, the male perspective has received limited attention when compared with the female equivalent.
Further research is needed within the UK and globally to address the present gap. Despite this limited focus, management options available to male patients do not differ significantly from female patients, with compression therapy being the main management option.
The success of compression therapy and other interventions such as skin care and exercise depend on the patient's acceptance of the condition and the management options made available. This requires the development of an appropriate partnership between the health professional and the patient.
To read Garry Cooper's full article click here to access BJCN.
Powerful exudate management has a new home at BSN medical
BSN medical are proud to have acquired sorbion, a specialised technology company that focuses on products that treat chronic wounds, and the makers of sorbion dressings.
Launched just over 5 years ago the sorbion range of dressings, which include sorbion sachet extra, sorbion sachet xl, sorbion sachet multistar, sorbion sachet border, sorbion contact and sorbion sana gentle, have become firm and trusted favourites in the super-absorbent wound dressings area and are amongst the market leaders.
With a myriad of exudate management products on the market it can be a challenge finding the right product to use and the news that your favourite brand has been bought by another wound care company may fill you with concerns that the product will be changing.
The sorbion dressing range will still be manufactured by the same company, the only change will be that the dressing supply will now come through BSN medical, rather than H&R Healthcare, so you can be reassured that you will still be receiving exactly the same, trusted dressings.
BSN medical is one of the world’s leading medical device companies, which operates globally in 30 international destinations. It is passionate about wound care, with a heritage going back over 100 years and is already well known in the wound care and vascular therapies field with brands like Cutimed® and JOBST®.
Under its care, the sorbion range of dressings will be able reach a wider audience to enhance healthcare professionals choice and patient care. BSN medical’s heritage and experience, combined with sorbion’s innovation potential is also very exciting for the development of future advances in wound care.
Dr Felix Dahm, Executive Vice President of Innovation and Strategic Development at BSN medical, commented: “Innovation is a core element of our strategy in wound care and vascular therapies. We will benefit substantially from the extended access to state-of-the-art superabsorbent technologies and the knowledge base that comes with the integration of sorbion. The sorbion team will become an important part of our centre of excellence for wound care and bioscience research and development.”
If you would like any further information on sorbion or BSN medical’s Wound Care portfolio please contact BSN medical’s Customer Service Team on 0845 122 3600, pressing option 1.
BSN Sponsors Lipoedema UK
Lipoedema UK is the UK’s first medical charity to support and raise awareness of lipoedema. Lipoedema is a condition that makes you accumulate fat below the waist, often giving you hips, buttocks and legs that are out of proportion with your upper body. It can also affect your arms. It is believed that 11% of the female population suffer from lipoedema.
BSN medical are now proud corporate sponsors of Lipoedema UK whose mission is to educate doctors and healthcare professionals to recognise lipoedema in the early stages and to ensure that everyone with lipoedema has access to appropriate advice and quality care.
For more information about Lipoedema UK, please click here.
Exhibitions and Conferences
For a complete list of the exhibitions and conferences we are attending in 2015, please click here.
For a list of the website links we think you may find useful, please click here.