Society welcomes new GP Professional Development App

Attendees at the Pernicious Anaemia Society’s Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 31 October were the first to learn of the launch a new App, designed to raise GPs awareness and understanding of new guidelines on B12 and Folate that were issued by the BCSH in June 2014.

The PA Society worked with Professor Jo Martin, National Clinical Director of Pathology NHS England, Professor of Pathology, Queen Mary University of London and the Director of Academic Health Sciences, Barts Health NHS Trust who developed the training App.

The compact test addresses the key points of the BCSH guidelines and doctors who complete the test receive a credit that can contribute to their Continuous Professional Development (CPD) portfolio. The eCPD App is available to download on the App Store and on the Google Store.

“The launch of the new BCSH guidelines last year was a big step forward in starting to address current poor diagnosis and treatment of B12 deficiency and Pernicious Anaemia in the UK, but they are only useful if doctors are aware of them. The guide is very comprehensive and we appreciate that GPs are inundated with new guidelines all year round and were concerned how quickly they would be adopted.” said Martyn Hooper, Chair of the Pernicious Anaemia Society.

“This App is easy to use, comprehensive and in completing it doctors will be rewarded for getting up to date with the best treatment guidelines with CPD points. The real winners, however, will be those with Pernicious Anaemia and B12 deficiency who will hopefully now have an improved chance of getting a prompt diagnosis and effective treatment to prevent serious health problems – preventing all the negative effects that causes on their home and work lives,“ he added.

Recent research carried out by the Pernicious Anaemia Society1 showed that 59 per cent of their members reported suffering for over two years before being diagnosed and 14 per cent waited over 10 years – many are living with the long term health challenges as a result.

Earlier this year, the society presented to a reception of Members of Parliament in the House of Commons to raise awareness of the poor diagnosis and treatment of the condition.

Notes to editors
1 Hooper M, Hudson P, Porter F, McCaddon A; Patients Journeys: Diagnosis and Treatment of Pernicious Anaemia; British Journal of Nursing, 2014, Vol 23, No 7
2 Hooper M: Pernicious Anaemia: the forgotten disease; Hammersmith Health Books, London, 2012

The Pernicious Anaemia Society is a registered charity (1147839) that exists to provide information, help and support to sufferers of Pernicious Anaemia (PA) and B12 deficiency, including their families and friends. They strive to improve the current and future diagnosis and treatment of Pernicious Anaemia and B12 deficiency. They have nearly ten thousand member from around the world; the youngest member is just eighteen months old and the oldest ninety nine.

Dr Chris Steele MBE, resident doctor on ITV�s This Morning programme for over 25 years, is the new ambassador for the Pernicious Anaemia Society

To get an understanding of what it is like living with Pernicious Anaemia watch this video.

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