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MSc in Human Resources for Global Health

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1st February 2013

Global Health Workforce Planning
(11 - 22 February 2013)

Managing and Developing the Health Workforce
(08 - 19 April 2013)

Emerging Challenges in the Global Health Workforce
(October - November 2013 – dates tbc)

The Institute for International Health and Development, based at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland, offers multidisciplinary postgraduate education, research and technical assistance to development agencies, non-government organisations and government.

Through its Institute for International Health and Development QMU is one of the few global health training institutions with a specific focus on Human Resources in Health (HRH).  Now in its 3rd year, the MSc degree in Human Resources for Global Health has attracted strong candidates from a range of countries working on HR issues in public sector, government and NGO settings.

Geared towards health professionals as well as experienced graduates, the HRH modules aim to provide an understanding of the key factors shaping skills, motivation, and capacity of the health workforce, as well as practical skills for workforce planning, management, and productivity in the broader context of health systems strengthening.

Please find details of the professional short courses and how to apply here.

Infectious Diseases Symposium

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1st February 2013

29 May 2013 @ Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Since the days of Hippocrates physicians have been stimulated by the dual challenges of treating infections and controlling transmission. The symposium celebrates the dramatic progress in areas such as HIV and Hepatitis C treatment but also highlights the ever changing challenges of managing infections in a Global community. Practical management dilemmas in patients with bacterial infections where first line treatment fails and the difficulties caring for a growing population of immunosuppressed oncology patients will also be addressed.  Speakers from Edinburgh will share important skills in managing an outbreak and lessons learned from their experience with Legionnaires in 2012.

An update on immunisation will provide a UK perspective on protecting populations with a final session reminding us of the many remaining challenges as people and bugs travel further and at greater speed.

This symposium will appeal to Hippocrates and other physicians including those who have diversified into medical or nursing roles within Infectious Diseases, Microbiology or Public Health

Full programme details and on-line registration (early bird discount ends 30 April) at: http://events.rcpe.ac.uk/events/209/infectious-diseases

Margaret Farquhar
Education Co-ordinator
0131 247 3636

Basic Thoracic Ultrasound Skills for Chest Physicians

24th January 2013

Friday 8 March 2013, 8.30 am to 5.00 pm
University Hospital Ayr, Dalmellington Road, Ayr, KA6 6DX

Thoracic Ultrasound is an important and often requested clinical investigation in the work-up of patients with pleural diseases. In the majority of hospitals, these tests are performed in the radiology departments, where time and resource constraints often lead to delays, with resultant cost and safety implications. There is increasing recognition that Chest Physicians armed with basic thoracic ultrasound skills could offer a more efficient and safe service to their patients with pleural diseases.

This hands-on practical course offers the requisite initial training and preparation towards acquiring Basic (Level 1) Thoracic Ultrasound skills.

This course is the first course of its kind in the UK. Since 2005, when it was first set up, the course organiser, Dr Anur Guhan and his faculty have run 14 courses, training more than 300 delegates over 7 years.

The course has previously been nominated for the finals of the National Training Awards 2010, under the auspices of the Department of Business, Skills and Innovation. In 2012, Dr Anur Guhan and the course were awarded First Prize in the NHS Innovations Awards for innovation in Training and Education.

The course will continue to run from Ayr, Scotland, starting March 2013.

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European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

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22nd January 2013

If you’ve ever been on holiday in Europe, you may have had an E111 form to entitle you to free or reduced-cost health care, if you get ill or have an accident. The E111 form was replaced with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in 2005.  You can apply :

  • by completing the online form (your card will be delivered in seven days),
  • by calling 0845 606 2030
  • by completing a form in the post office

Every family member needs their own card. You can apply for an EHIC for your spouse/partner and any children up to the age of 16 (or 19 if they are in full-time education) at the same time as applying for your own. Before you apply, you need to have the name, date of birth and NHS or national insurance (NI) number of everyone you are applying for.

The EHIC lasts for 3-5 years and allows UK nationals, resident in the UK, to receive free or reduced-cost emergency healthcare when visiting European Economic Area (EEA) countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The Department of Health website explains where the EHIC is valid. The treatment will be free or at a reduced cost, but private treatment is not usually covered.

If you do have to pay, it is a good idea to claim for a refund from the relevant authority in the country where you have been staying. Should  you need to make a claim once you return to the UK call the Overseas Healthcare Team (Newcastle), 0191 218 1999 (Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm).

If you're going to a European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland, it's also important to make sure you have private health insurance. This is because the EHIC may not cover all the costs of your treatment, and never covers the cost of getting you home (repatriation) if you are seriously ill. 

For more information on the EHIC see the Department of Health's advice for travellers or call the EHIC Enquiries Line on 0845 605 0707

AVIATION MEDICINE – from intracellular to interplanetary

Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh

30th November 2012

Friday 1 March 2013 at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Today, air travel is common-place; perhaps in the near future there will also be tourist trips into Space.  Both, however, pose challenges for doctors; from assessing the fitness for long haul flight of elderly and infirmed patients in the community or out-patients clinics to considering if “a trip of a life-time” is compatible with the continuation of that life time.

This symposium will introduce aerospace medicine and physiology to clinicians practicing as physicians, anaesthetists and GPs.  It will also provide a stimulus for those already working as aviation medical examiners or in aeromedical transportation.  It is aimed to address topics ranging from the intracellular aspects of hypoxia through fitness for flight of pilots and passengers to the medical and physiological challenges of spaceflight.  The speakers are well-recognised authorities in their areas and will seek to stimulate discussion on the topics presented.

Full conference details available from: http://events.rcpe.ac.uk/events/206/aviation-medicine

Contact:  Margaret Farquhar, Education, Training & Standards Department, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ
Email: m.farquhar@rcpe.ac.uk
Tel: 0131 247 3636

Acute Kidney Injury UK Consensus Conference: “Management of acute kidney injury: the role of fluids, e-alerts and biomarkers” Friday, 16 & Saturday, 17 November 2012 at Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

8th October 2012

  • What is the role of fluid therapy in AKI?
  • What is the role of E-Alerts in AKI?
  • What is the role of Biomarkers in AKI?

Knowledge of the adverse implications of acute kidney injury (AKI) has changed perceptions within the medical profession.  Small changes in serum creatinine used to be thought of as almost inconsequential; there is now recognition of the increased patient risk associated with such changes. Despite this there is still evidence that patients at risk of AKI and those who have evidence of it are not managed optimally. Evidence has emerged of changes in clinical practice that can improve patient outcomes and specific aspects of this care including, fluid resuscitation and replacement, biomarkers and e-alerts.
This conference should appeal to all involved in the care of patients with AKI, including acute physicians, nephrologists, radiologists, general practitioners, intensivists, clinical biochemists, pharmacists, acute care nurses and renal nurses.

Do come along and take up the opportunity of hearing the latest evidence from the invited international experts about AKI management and participate in discussions on the future care of patients with AKI.  Additional education sessions on the patient journey and challenges in managing AKI will also be offered on the second day of the conference.

Full details on conference and registration: http://events.rcpe.ac.uk
Contact:       Margaret Farquhar, RCPE
Email:           m.farquhar@rcpe.ac.uk
Tel:               0131 247 3636

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