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Dear <<First Name>>,
 
Just as we thought we were peeping out of hibernation and returning to some semblance of normality we are faced with a slightly different lockdown and a set of changed circumstances. Rowan, Charlie and I had returned to the office and we were beginning to plan what the new normal was going to look like. As it is, plans will change again and we will continue to operate mainly from home in Worcestershire and Gloucestershire with a very limited presence in the office. 
 
This should make no difference to you and this newsletter hopefully shows you a bit of what we are up to. For NHS trusts we are able to bulk offer blood pressure monitors and if you want one for yourself then we can now fulfil those orders for you.
 
We are also so pleased to be doing our online Experts Day, well over 100 of you have registered and because it will be via zoom we can easily welcome many more of you.
 
We are planning changes to the way we deliver online learning and professional development and will be writing to clinicians next week to help us shape what that looks like.
 
We remain committed to supporting families, research and health care professionals with anything to do with pre-eclampsia.
 
Please do keep in touch, we are a call or email away
 
Thank you for your support.  
 


 Marcus Green, CEO

 
 




 


P.S Trustee meetings look slightly different at the moment!

APEC Expert Meeting 2020
Pre-eclampsia post the pandemic

 
Excitement Chez APEC is mounting as we put the finishing touches to the preparation for the 2020 Expert Meeting. The agenda has been finalised and we have some wonderful speakers including:
 
      
 
 (L-R) Kemi Badenoch MP, Minster for Equalities, Professor Laura Magee, Professor Marian Knight and Professor Andy Shennan OBE.
 
Date: 12th November 2020
Time1-5pm
Venue: Online - details will follow after registering
 
This special online 2020 event is open and free* to all who are interested in attending.

*We ask for a small voluntary donation to support the charity if you feel able to give.
Thank you to our sponsors:
Register your attendance

Virgin Virtual London Marathon 2020

"The 40th Race" is on October 4th.


Thank you and good luck to all our wonderful APEC runners!
Warm congratulations to APEC Trustee Prof Cathy Nelson Percy on the publication of the sixth edition
 of The Handbook of Obstetric Medicine

 
The latest edition of the handbook, published in September addresses the most common and serious medical conditions encountered in pregnancy, including heart disease, thromboembolism, diabetes, skin problems, gastrointestinal disease, neurological problems, hormonal diseases, hypertension and pre-eclampsia, and more.
 
It is an essential on-the-spot guide for obstetricians, physicians, general practitioners, and midwives in both practice and training.
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Research reveals lack of support for women returning to work after a miscarriage

The Miscarriage Association is urging employers to offer better support to staff going through pregnancy loss after research showed that almost half of those affected feel forced to return to work before they are ready.

A recent survey of over 600 people affected by pregnancy loss revealed that 49 per cent were not told about or offered pregnancy-protected leave, which meant many took less time out than they felt they needed. In some cases, their sick leave record was impacted, with several subsequently facing disciplinary action.

In response to the findings they have created a free Miscarriage and the Workplace resource hub with information about rights and responsibilities, good practice, suggestions on how best to talk about miscarriage in the workplace, information for HR and a template miscarriage policy. It also includes details on how to support partners.

More information
Cradle VSA Blood Pressure monitors -  stock update

We are delighted to tell you we have stocks again of the brilliant  CRADLE VSA blood pressure monitors.

We will be will be shipping orders as normal (Covid-19 restrictions permitting). 

For more information have a look at our shop.

For detailed quotes including overseas postage and other queries contact Charlie  info@apec.org.uk

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Long-term seizure recurrence after eclampsia: A systematic review and meta-analysis has been published  by the NIH following the research completed by Zoe Barber and colleagues. Zoe, originally contacted APEC following her own eclampsia, to find out more about the long term risks after her driving licence was suspended. The full study is available to read here
 E-Learning course on Hypertensive Disorders of pregnancy
  • CPD accredited
  • FREE & available to all.
  • Ideal to refresh knowledge or for new learners 
REGISTER HERE
We have a serious message for you regarding the bereavement survey we are running in conjunction with colleagues at St Mary's University, Manchester.
Shared decision-making in pregnant women with high blood-pressure:
The CHAMPION Study

 
A team of researchers, women, partners, and professionals have come together to create a decision aid booklet and an in-consultation infographic. The researchers at King’s College London/ Guy’s and St Thomas’s have teamed up with APEC to develop and disseminate shared decision-making materials for use by pregnant women with high blood pressure.

The tools are designed to help women understand more about making decisions over medication for high blood pressure during pregnancy, with the support of their healthcare professionals, by sharing the ‘knowns’ and ‘unknowns’ in a format that is easy to understand.

We are very pleased that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have endorsed the tools and that they are now accessible through NICE’s ‘hypertension in pregnancy guideline’ as well as through the APEC website. To date these tools have been viewed over 2,500 times and they have been downloaded almost 1,500 times.

It is important to bring these tools to your attention again as we head into this uncertain winter period.

Women can view and download these tools at home for use alongside, and as part of, their usual antenatal care. This can provide additional reassurance and decision support, which may be needed over the coming months.

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