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This page is dedicated to providing you with the latest articles from our lymphoedema newsletter. We hope that you find the news interesting and useful. Please share this page with your colleagues.

New tool: service provision cost calculator

At the BLS event, the new BLS Tariff Project was launched to all delegates, along with a few smaller workshops throughout the event, to demonstrate how the new cost calculator tool can be used, to highlight the resources required to run an effective service.

Hosted by the BLS tariff group and supported by Essity’s Richard Maddison, Strategic Healthcare Partner, the workshops were a great success with over 80 delegates attending to find out how this tool could benefit their service.

A fantastic educational event

The 2019 BLS conference was once again a great success with a fantastic educational programme, full of interesting topics. Essity were proud to be gold sponsors of the event, helping to support a number of clinicians to attend via the BLS educational grant. If you are interested in attending next year via an educational grant, why not become a member of the BLS.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer, affecting 1 in 8 women in the UK(1). A common but relatively unknown result of cancer treatment is lymphoedema, which can be one of the most dreaded and unfortunate outcomes of cancer treatment.

The JOBST® teamis proud to be helping to raise awareness of breast cancer related lymphoedema.

Supporting your patients to understand:

  • What the lymphatic system and lymphoedema is
  • Why cancer patients are more at risk of developing lymphoedema
  • What can be done to help prevent the development of lymphoedema
  • What the signs and symptoms of lymphoedema are
  • How lymphoedema can be effectively managed

Please contact us at concierge.service@essity.com to request hard copies for your patients.

Reference
1. Cancer Research UK, breast cancer incidence. Available online at “http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/ statistics-by-cancer-type/breast-cancer” www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/breast-cancer

BLS Conference 2019

6th - 8th October

The BLS conference is fast approaching and is a great opportunity to help raise the awareness and education of lymphoedema among health care professionals.

Essity is proud to be gold sponsors of the event, helping to support clinicians to attend. This year Essity will be holding a workshop on Sunday 6th October, focusing on ‘Lymphoedema Service Provision’. If you are attending the BLS conference and would be interested in joining this workshop, please contact concierge.service@essity.com to book a space.

We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.

Lipoedema UK Ambassadors

Lipoedema UK will shortly be appealing for members and healthcare professional volunteers “ambassadors” to help with raising further awareness at key Healthcare events. Lipoedema UK are planning a series of training/workshops for all ambassadors and also planning healthcare professional training on Lipoedema management. Expressions of interest are sought from any HCPs interested in any of our planned training programmes... dates and venues TBC. Please contact Mary@lipoedema.co.uk

House of Commons lower limb care debate

Last week the House of Commons debate focused on the provision of lower limb care where it was highlighted that a staggering 2 million patients are treated for wounds every year, at a cost of more than £5 billion and rising. Currently it is felt that healing takes far too long with healing rates as low as 9% within 6 months. This has not been helped by the worrying drop in the number of District Nurses, whose role in ensuring safe and effective wound care in the community is crucial.

What’s the answer? 

The debate spoke about the need for greater training and education, enhanced support for safe self-care, improved diagnostic support and a shared management plan to be implemented regardless of care setting including the establishment of dedicated wound care clinics in the community, possibly in general practices.

It was acknowledged that better diagnosis and treatment and effective prevention of wound complications would help minimise treatment costs. During the debate, Ellie Lindsay and the fantastic work that she has done with The Leg Club Foundation was highlighted, the psychosocial model of care that the Leg Club provides is certainly something that all areas of the UK could benefit from.

To help deliver this vision for community services, the NHS are investing an extra £4.5 billion a year to spend on primary, medical and community health services by 2023-24.

To read the full debate please click here.

Lymphoedema in Children - A Parent and Patient Guide

If lymphoedema is diagnosed in children or young adolescents it can be scary not only for the child but also for the parent or guardian. 

Essity is committed to providing quality education for both healthcare professionals and patients, as greater awareness of the condition will lead to better treatment outcomes for patients. 

Providing parents with support and information when their child is diagnosed with lymphoedema is key to ensuring that their child has the right support moving forward. Educational materials will also help families come to terms with the condition and provide them with reassurance, that with the right diagnosis and prompt treatment lymphoedema can be well managed.

Introducing a new brochure to support your patients in understanding:

  • What the lymphatic system and lymphoedema is
  • Why children can develop lymphoedema
  • What can be done to support the child in everyday life
  • How lymphoedema can be effectively managed

Please contact our Concierge Service to request a copy to help support your patient’s family.Email: concierge.service@essity.com

LymphConnect BLOG!

To support your patient in managing their lymphoedema, LymphConnect is a great resource and committed to providing education and resources including BLOGSand Ask Elvy FAQ's. 

Why not take a look at the latest BLOGS :
Buying shoes!
Shoes treatment
Before you travel...

Visit LymphConnect today. Provide your patients with support outside of clinic times. www.LymphConnect.co.uk

Enjoy the benefits of the NEW JOBST® Farrow® Toe Cap and Glove

Essity are pleased to announce the new ready-to-wear JOBST® Farrow® Toe Cap and Glove will be available on Drug Tariff from 1st July 2019. This ready-to-wear range can be trimmed to fit each individual patient and is available in two compression levels: 15-20mmHg and 20-30mmHg. 

The features and benefits

Simplicity

  • A new ready-to-wear range
  • Fine seams with ultra-thin and smooth compression fabric

Self-Care

  • Trimmable
  • Can be worn together with JOBST® FarrowWrap® footpiece / gauntlet 

Choice

  • Can be used on either hand
  • Range of compression levels
  • Wide range of sizes available
  • Available in tan and black 

Legs Matter Week

Essity is proud to be a platinum sponsor of Legs Matter, a coalition of healthcare organisations working together to increase awareness and understanding of lower limb conditions. In support of Legs Matter Week, the Essity team is involved in lots of activities, including educational events, to stress the importance of checking legs and feet.

Cellulitis is a complication of lymphoedema and Will Potts, an Essity Account Manager, shares his harrowing experience with cellulitis in the hope that it creates more awareness. To read his full story, published by the Manchester Evening News, click here to read the full article.

This week we hope you are taking the pledge to check your legs and also nominate another person to do the same! Let's get everyone checking for these 8 signs, Click here.

June - lipoedema awareness month

June is lipoedema awareness month and an opportunity to learn more about this greatly misdiagnosed condition. Lipoedema is a chronic condition that causes the build-up of adipose (fatty) tissue and in the UK effects approximately 1 in 72,000 people (predominately women). 

The ‘2017 Best Practice Guidelines in the Management of Lipoedema' will help you to identify symptoms, assessment techniques and methods of treatment. Read the Best Practice Guidelines here.

Prevalence and risk factors for chronic oedema in UK community nursing services

In the UK, chronic oedema is presenting a significant clinical problem for community nursing services. This study looks at the number of people with chronic oedema and how this chronic condition impacts the health service. Read more here.

A study to explore the professional conceptualisation and challenges of self-management in children and adolescents with lymphoedema

This study looks at the experiences of health care professionals when caring for children and adolescents with lymphoedema. This paper highlights the challenges of self-management and the impact on family quality of life within this patient group. Read more here.

ILF Conference 2019 13th - 15th June

This month, the 9th International Lymphoedema Framework Conference is being held in Chicago, with guest speakers including Christine Moffatt and  Keith Harding. This three-day conference has a packed agenda: a patient summit and Physician workshops. To learn more here.

Facebook Live education

The JOBST® team is very proud to announce we have joined forces with the Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) again for another exciting Facebook Live event. This year we have delivered three events already, with some great guest speakers delivering fabulous and valuable education. With seven more events being delivered this year, covering a range of therapy and clinical needs.

Join us
Join us on 15th May 2019 at 7pm for our next exciting live training, via Facebook Live: "Promoting self-care in the management of leg ulceration" broadcast straight to your device, in the comfort of your own home or workplace, presented by Alison Schofield, Tissue Viability Team, Clinical Nurse Specialist MSc, BSc (Hons) RN.

What if I don’t use Facebook?
If you don’t use Facebook and really don’t want to, then all is not lost. We will be making a recording of the live event available to view at www.jcn.co.uk, 1-2 days after the event. If you want to be notified when it’s ready for you to view, then please email website@jcn.co.uk.
 

Flat-knit hosiery: purpose, selection and application in chronic oedema and lipoedema

Abstract: 
Although chronic oedema and Lipoedema are long-term conditions that cannot be cured, symptoms can effectively be improved by several treatment techniques, one of the main options in the management is compression therapy. This article focuses on the benefits of flat-knit compression in the management of chronic oedema and lipoedema. 

To read the full article click here

MLD Conference 2019

On the 11th and 12th May, at the Mercure Daventry Court Hotel and Spa, the MLD UK Conference is delivering speaker sessions and workshops supporting manual lymphatic drainage developments.

The JOBST® team will be on hand to talk about our JOBST® compression garment range including JOBST® FarrowWrap®, JOBST® Elvarex® and JOBST® Relax. Visit our stand to learn more. 

CASE for Chronic Oedema

We have a new educational tool – CASE for Chronic Oedema, and a wide range of JOBST® compression therapy solutions that can help you manage your patients with chronic oedema. 

Click here to view CASE. 

Parliamentary launch of the ‘Commissioning Guidance for Lymphoedema Services for Adults in the UK

The Parliamentary launch of the ‘Commissioning Guidance for Lymphoedema Services for Adults in the UK’ held on the 5th March was a success. A number of MP’s attended the event enabling them to understand how they can support those constituents who are not able to access appropriate lymphoedema care. Dr Kristiana Gordon delivered a presentation about the lack of current equity, and why it needs to change. This was supported by Ellen Collard, a lymphoedema sufferer who gave an inspiring account of her difficult lymphoedema journey due to lack of resources, and how, once she was old enough to attend an adult clinic, successfully managed her condition and is now training to be a doctor.

The new commissioning document also includes new, revised National Lymphoedema Tariff Guidelines, co-ordinated by a British Lymphology Society (BLS) sub-group committee. This document will be invaluable to those wishing to commission a new service as well as those reviewing current contracts. Both documents are available from the documents library within the ‘resources’ area of the BLS website: www.thebls.com

Wednesday 6th March - World Lymphoedema Day

Lymphoedema needs to become a top priority on the world health agenda and this Wednesday Essity will continue to support this mission by raising awareness of lymphoedema in many countries; with some informative articles and videos being shared, and some emotive patient stories.

Click here to visit Essity WLD2019. 
 

Friday 8th March - International Womens Day

As partner to the United Nations Foundation, Essity will open the UN 2019 International Women’s Day Luncheon, Friday 8th March in Washington D.C. Joséphine Edwall Björklund, SVP Communications Essity, will give an opening speech addressing gender equality and economic empowerment of women. The theme of the lunch is: “Think equal. Act now.”

Click here to visit Essity IWD2019

BLS Position Paper For Ankle Brachial Pressure Index (ABPI)

There are many tools available, helping to support your clinical decision when deciding on correct compression therapy and what to do if you can't get an accurate ABPI reading.

This document may help you with these types of clinical decision making. Click on the picture to read this paper.

Facebook Live Education

The JOBST® team is very proud to announce we have joined forces with the Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) again for another exciting Facebook Live event. This year we have a full programme of 10 events being delivered throughout 2019, covering a wide range of therapy areas and clinical needs.
 
Join us
Join us on 5th March 2019 at 7pm for our next exciting live training, via Facebook Live: "Dispelling the myth of chronic oedema / lymphoedema" broadcast straight to your device, in the comfort of your own home or workplace, presented by Rachel Drago, Advanced Nurse Practitioner in primary care.
 
What if I don’t use Facebook?
If you don’t use Facebook and really don’t want to, then all is not lost. We will be making a recording of the live event available to view at www.jcn.co.uk, 1-2 days after the event. If you want to be notified when it’s ready for you to view, then please email website@jcn.co.uk.

Register now at https://www.facebook.com/journalofcommunitynursing/

BLS Lymphoedema Awareness Week (LAW)3rd – 9th March 2019

Get your odd socks ready for the Sock It Challenge!

Email us and tell us what activities you are doing to support #LAW2019 jobst.uk@bsnmedical.com.

The BLS LAW week, is a great opportunity to help raise awareness of lymphoedema among health care professionals. Raising awareness of this chronic condition can make a huge difference, helping to reducing the prevalence, severity, and impact of lymphoedema by early recognition and intervention.

Be part of it! https://thebls.com/pages/law

Launching in Parliament Next Month ‘Commissioning Guidance for Lymphoedema Services for Adults in the UK’

On the 5th March, at a Parliamentary reception hosted by Tonia Antoniazzi MP, a great read and a must for all lymphoedema practitioners will be officially launched - 'Commissioning Guidance for Lymphoedema Services for Adults in the UK'. All MPs are being invited to support, with the launch being timely during Lymphoedema Awareness Week.

Learn more https://www.thebls.com/news-details/call-to-action-get-your-mp-involved

JOBST® Elvarex®: new Drug Tariff options

The JOBST® team are pleased to announce the newest option NOW available on Drug Tariff, JOBST® Elvarex® knee and elbow functional zones.

Knee Functional Zone

  • Available in RAL compression classes CCL2 - CCL4 Super
  • Drug Tariff code: L-A015

Elbow Functional Zone

  • Available in (C-G measuring points) in RAL compression classes CCL2 - CCL2 Forte
  • Drug Tariff code: U-A008

If you would like further information please send us an email to compression.uk@bsnmedical.com

Join this Exciting New Lymphoedema Community

Introducing a brand new patient and healthcare professional platform, helping to support awareness, education and living with lymphoedema.

Visit www.LymphConnect.co.uk and register today to become part of this exciting new lymphoedema community.

Follow these steps for registration:

  • Click ‘register as a healthcare professional’
  • Create a username (this will be seen by other users)
  • Enter your email address
  • Review the consent information
  • Click ‘register’
  • An email with a registration link will be sent to the email address provided
  • Click on the link within the email to complete the registration process
  • Important! You must click on the link to complete your registration. If you cannot find the email, check your ‘junk’ or ‘spam’
  • Any problems in registering, please email support@lymphconnect.co.uk

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer, affecting 1 in 8 women in the UK and this month raises awareness with 'Wear it Pink' on the 19th October, a campaign to support life-saving breast cancer research.

Lymphoedema can be one of the most dreaded and unfortunate outcomes of cancer treatment. The JOBST® team are helping to raise awareness of breast cancer related lymphoedema, supporting your patient’s to understand:

  • The lymphatic system and lymphoedema
  • Why cancer patients are more at risk of developing lymphoedema?
  • What can be done to help prevent the development of lymphoedema?
  • The signs and symptoms of lymphoedema
  • How lymphoedema can be effectively managed

Please contact your BSN medical Account Manager to request hard copies for your patients.

Prompt and Hassle-free Delivery

We know that ease of ordering and quick delivery of compression garments is extremely important to you and to your patients. With this in mind, we are now able to offer you the choice of sending your JOBST® Drug Tariff orders to JOBST Delivered. With our specialist Customer Service Team able to offer support and guidance every step of the way, we are confident you will not be disappointed. Why not give JOBST Delivered a try? Click here for more information or email jobstdelivered@bsnmedical.com.

PROCESS YOUR JOBST® DRUG TARIFF ORDERS THROUGH JOBST® ONLINE FROM 4 OCTOBER 2018!

We are excited to announce that JOBST ONLINE has now expanded to allow your JOBST Drug Tariff orders to be processed, as well as your invoice orders via an account. The majority of the functionality remains the same, however, at check-out a new payment option is now available, ‘prescription’. If this option is selected, the prescription must be obtained and sent to JOBST Delivered1. On receipt of the prescription form, your JOBST order will be processed. Our free and prompt delivery service, JOBST Delivered, will then dispense the product(s) to the delivery address you requested.

In addition, the layout of the ‘invoice’ and ‘approver’ function has been improved to prompt for the approver to be selected, if it is an invoice order, and to allow addresses to be more easily managed.

These exciting developments will be live from Thursday 4th October. Contact your Key Account Manager or our Customer Service team on 0845 122 3600 if you have any queries or need support.

Thank you for continuing to use JOBST ONLINE.

Twitter @JOBSTUK

We are excited to announce that JOBST twitter account ‘@JOBSTUK’ is now LIVE!

Twitter gives us the opportunity to provide you with the very latest news! Our posts will support events, education and raising awareness about lymphoedema to name just a few. Be sure to #JOBST if you are debating, discussing, talking about us or our products!

Thank you for supporting JOBST and we hope you enjoy being part of our Twitter community.

New additions to the JOBST® FarrowWrap® family - NOW on Drug Tariff

JOBST® FarrowWrap® 4000 (30-40mmHg) is for the treatment of leg ulceration, venous and lymphatic conditions. This new compression wrap system has been developed with:

  • An integrated donning aid for those patients with limited strength and dexterity
  • Four simple bands for ease of application
  • Choice of colours; black and beige
  • Choose from a wide range of sizes
  • A JOBST® FarrowHybrid sock (20-30mmHg) is supplied with JOBST FarrowWrap 4000

JOBST FarrowHybrid are discrete and provide compression from the foot to the ankle; available in 20-30mmHg and 30-40mmHg. Looking just like a normal sock, the JOBST FarrowHybrid is designed to be worn instead of a compression wrap footpiece and supports the wearing of normal shoes.

If you would like further information please click here to send us an email.

Cancer Related Lymphoedema - A Patient's Guide

Lymphoedema can be one of the most dreaded and unfortunate outcomes of cancer treatment. BSN medical are committed to provide quality education for both healthcare professionals and patients, as greater awareness of the condition will lead to better treatment outcomes for the patient. 

Education for patients at greater risk of developing lymphoedema is key in gaining early diagnosis and treatment. Educational materials will also help patients come to terms with their condition and provide them with reassurance, that with the right diagnosis and prompt treatment lymphoedema can be well managed.
Introducing new patient materials to support patients in understanding:

  • What the lymphatic system is
  • What lymphoedema is
  • Why cancer patients are more at risk of developing lymphoedema
  • What can be done to help prevent the development of lymphoedema
  • What the signs and symptoms of lymphoedema are
  • How lymphoedema can be effectively managed

To view the Cancer Related Lymphoedema Patient Booklet click here, or contact your BSN medical Account Manager to request hard copies for your patients.

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