EBMT NEWSLETTER | November 2016 | Volume 54 - Issue 5

Important dates
EBMT National Chairs Meeting
Transplant Procedures Update for Physicians and Nurses Operating in JACIE Accredited Transplant Centers Focus on Competency Maintenance
10th Meeting of the EBMT-Spanish Nurses Group
Autumn Meeting of the EBMT UK NAP
French EBMT National Nurses Group
EBMT Nurses Group Travel Grant
Save the date! 6th training course for Paediatricians & Paediatric Nurses on HSCT in Children and Adolescents
Nurses Group CNC - Maternity cover

EBMT National Chairs Meeting

October 13 2016 in Gothenburg, Sweden

On October 13th was held a National Chairs meeting with very interesting discussions between different groups. There were representatives from Sweden, France, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Italy and Nordic Forum with messages and updates sent by Spain, Turkey and Austria.
National achievements, adjournments, suggestions and objectives have been shared in a very prospective output. 

It was also agreed on the next International Study Day location: in 2017 the International Study Day, together with National Chairs meeting will be hosted by the UK National Group in Manchester and in 2018 the Day will be organized in conjunction with French National Groups.


Transplant Procedures Update for Physicians and Nurses Operating in JACIE Accredited Transplant Centers Focus on Competency Maintenance

September 16 2016 in Bellinzona, Switzerland


The first edition of clinical unit ‘Transplant Procedures Update for Physicians and Nurses operating in JACIE accredited transplant centers’ with focus on competency maintenance has been held in IOSI hospital, Bellinzona, Switzerland on September 16th 2016.
The conference was freely accessible for in-site participation and have seen over 60 participants both physicians and nurses. Topics were carefully selected, from indications for HSC transplantation, care of immunocompromised patients, acute and chronic complications, evaluation of donor and selection of HSC sourse. Excellent speakers have contributed to keep the high interest of participant.

The conference was a source of the video recorded e-sessions, lectures and questionnaires, that will be available shortly online at the EBMT website, free of charge and will provide access to CME and a certificate of competencies that focused on physicians, nurses and technicians working in the hematopoietic stem cell transplantation field.

Upon correct answer of questionnaires on every topic, participants will obtain a Certificate of Competence that will be validated by EBMT and JACIE and will serve as a certificate for JACIE audits. In addition, the activities will be granted with CME certification by EBMT/EBAH.

10th Meeting of the EBMT-Spanish Nurses Group

11 November 2016 in Vigo, Spain


The 10th meeting of the EBMT-Spanish Nurses Group, our annual Study Day, took place on the 11th of November in Vigo at "Álvaro Cunqueiro" Hospital.
Members of the Board of Directors of the hospital welcomed the participants, they were a perfect host for this event, and the Spanish Nurse Group appreciates the great effort of all, the organizing and scientific committee.
The Study Day was successful, with 110 participants, nurses from different hospitals of Spain and 13 speakers. The meeting provided topics that were of interest to anyone involved with care of stem cell transplant patients. The objective of the meeting is to update knowledge, identifying complications, preventive care of these complications and to provide evidence based care.

The Study Day was focused on CAR-T cells, challenges on prevention and infection control in Transplant Units, the relevance of communicating adverse events and adverse reactions and how there is a lack of these reports. Fertility preservation of our pediatric and adolescent patients, the new advances of how to preserve tissues and the actual guidelines.
We went into research, learning how to do our best writing an abstract, and exchanging advanced nursing practice roles, such as Transplant coordinator, Nurse care coordinator that goes along the whole transplant process with the patient and family. Our last issue was about well-being and quality of life, highlights on a transdisciplinary approach, integrating the best of science with the best of complementary therapies, with patient empowerment.
In all Study Days the programme includes the participation of nurses from different hospitals to share projects and new practices with short oral presentations, which is always very interesting and instructive.

It has been a great opportunity for networking for Spanish nurses.
At the end of our Study Day, we presented the Spanish nurse group website, we feel very proud and our great desire and interest, is that it will hopefully be a site for networking, communication and exchanging knowledge with the aim of promoting excellence in care for transplant patients.
The website will soon have translation to English language as well, so the website may be widely visited by our colleagues of Europe.

Visit our new WEBSITE at www.grupoeetph.com
EBMT Spanish Nurses Group (Board)

EBMT UK Nurses & Allied health professionals (EBMT UK NAP): Autumn Meeting

October 21 2016 in Southampton, UK

Southampton, home to ‘the Saints’, Caribbean cruise liners and birthplace of Craig David, was the venue for our 43rd EBMT UK NAP meeting. 
After reluctantly closing registrations at this, our first ever ‘sell out’ meeting, we were keen to ensure that all those who did get a seat were not disappointed. With a fantastically varied programme, a number of top speakers and our EBMT travel grant award winners, there was a great sense of anticipation. 
The meeting highlights were many but of particular interest was our one-sided debate ‘Auto vs Allo in Myeloma’. Unfortunately, our Allograft speaker was unable to join us at short notice, but Dr Rachel Hall (Royal Bournemouth County Hospital) delivered a very convincing talk in support of the humble Autograft underlining her argument with some very poignant cases.
Dr Jacqui Stringer, head of complementary therapies and tissue viability at the Christie, Manchester gave us a wonderful insight into her approach to skin GvHD. There was much scribbling in the room as we tried to capture some of her ‘tricks’ and felt very much in awe of the incredible results she demonstrated throughout her presentation.
The room fell silent as we were transfixed by committee member, Suzanne Allman's (University Hospitals Bristol) whistle stop tour through 'Schwartz Rounds' complete with videos to perfectly highlight how these multidisciplinary groups of reflection and support empower us all to have a greater understanding of those around us. 
Our travel grant award winners Nicole Gimberiene and Sarah Ware presented their work before lunch. One of our grant winners, Sarah, who had submitted her abstract while on 12 month secondment to cover maternity leave, ended up winning the best Oral Abstract award in Valencia 2016. Good luck to all those who have submitted abstracts for Marseille!
After a superb lunch and a wander round our charity and pharmaceutical stands we gathered again, this time to listen to Dr Reuben Benjamin (King’s College Hospital, London) and his presentation ‘CarT cells: Licensed to kill!’ The room was still as we took in the details of this ground breaking treatment. There is more to come and he will be presenting further work in this area at EBMT 2017, Marseille.
Aileen Nield (Sheffield University Hospital) stepped into the breach to take us through the ‘Interpretation of the Full Blood Count’. Always a popular session at EBMT and Aileen certainly did not disappoint. 
Finally, Nikki McKeag (University Hospital Southampton)  provided us with everything you need to know about ‘Organ toxicity and late effects’. Leaving nothing out, her comprehensive session was illuminating - there really is always more to learn.
On behalf of the committee, I’d like to thank our sponsors, speakers and all those who attended. 
Next year we are planning a combined meeting in Manchester with the EBMT International Study Day. Keep an eye on our website (ebmt.co.uk) for details, to access the presentations from our meeting or to find out more about our group.

John Murray
Chair of the EBMT UK NAP

French EBMT National Nurses Group

The French EBMT Nurses Group organized, in May 2016, an Educational Day titled “GVH Day”. This day was held, in Paris, at Saint-Louis hospital.  For our 3rd edition, in 2017, we are thinking of moving through the main towns in France so we will be able to reach more nurses. This day cannot exist without sponsorship and we are glad to the support from Jazz Parmaceuticals, MacoPharma and Sanofi. 

We had planned to have around 60 nurses and 92 nurses came, thanks to this attractive program, well-known speakers as Dr Sicre de Fontbrune and Dr Vexiau and thanks to our physicians-nurses sessions in order to have an holistic vision.
With our satisfaction survey, we know that the most appreciated sessions were: new grading of GvHD, genital GvHD and nursing care of cutaneous GvHD. Those sessions were followed by a great debate, which allows everyone to give their point of view. The subjects had been chosen in order to enable HSCT nurses to deliver optimal care to patients.

Our website is working very well now and we put all the educational materials on-line, allowing to all attendees to look at it again at their leisure. More information: http://www.infirmiereetcoordinationdegreffedemoelle.com/

We are still working on the organization of 2 other nurses’ day for 2016; one of them will be a specific day for transplant coordinators.

By our activities, we are trying to follow our main goal: to spread our practices, share our experiences and promote better communication and networking among nurses.

The objective is to facilitate and improve the training of French HSCT nurses, optimizing the spreading and use of training materials, organizing training sessions for nurses and other health care providers (dietician, social worker, psychologists, etc).

EBMT Nurses Group Travel Grant

The EBMT NG provides funding of 1000 Euros for members in order to enable them to attend the EBMT 2017 Annual Meeting in Marseille. Successful applicants are required to present their experiences at the EBMT Annual Meeting and/or by providing an article for the EBMT Newsletter.

In order to apply please send a short motivation letter (maximum 250 words) to michelle.kenyon@nhs.net along with a CV.

Save the date! The 6th training course for Paediatricians & Paediatric Nurses on HSCT in Children and Adolescents 

8-10 June 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark

This training course will offer two days of modern type education involving the participants via cases and group discussions on key subjects. The aim of this course is to communicate current consensus, state of the art strategies, research on care and last but not least networking paediatric nurses.

The course should be addressed for Junior transplant doctors, experienced doctors from multi-disciplinary fields, academic students and nurses. Toxicity, individualized treatment and cellular therapy are major headlines.

Copenhagen is a beautiful and modern city located in Northern Europe with a fantastic gastronomy and easy reach by flights!

Please remember to save the dates and spread the word to colleagues, doctors, nurses and researchers.

Communication and Networking Committee of the Nurses Group - Maternity cover

If you are interested in this great opportunity to join our dynamic team, please send a copy of your CV and a statement of support outlining your relevant experience working in the field of Haematology and HSCT and why you wish to be considered for this role.
To: Michelle Kenyon, EBMT Nurses Group Secretary: Michelle.kenyon@nhs.net
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