Although international travel is still affected by the ongoing pandemic, there are those that continue to travel. Many of the these travellers are at higher risk for a number of reasons and is a reminder that for those of us advising travellers, we should be all be providing a minimum and consistent standard of care. The Faculty of Travel Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow have produced Good Practice Guidance for Providing a Travel Health Service. The guidance sets out the standards of care every practitioner should achieve in their practice of travel medicine and is intended for all those providing or planning to provide travel health services, thereby improving standards of care to international travellers.
We have released new dates for our 2 day course (for those of you that are new to travel health) and for our popular update day (for those of you that have already undertaken previous travel health training). We know that the next couple of months can be busy for many of you with the initial flurry of flu vaccines so we have pushed back our next 2 day course until December.
These courses will be run over Zoom. We really do miss our lovely venues and being in the same room with everyone but the sudden increase in case numbers and people needing to isolate in the week before our last course reinforced to us why we don’t feel able to return to face to face just yet. The TREC team, and TRECers we have asked, are reluctant to return to face to face training. If we were to do so, we would want to socially distance in venues which restricts the numbers we can have attending. There is also the possibility of localised restrictions and the ongoing worry of those of you booked to attend having to isolate and being unable to attend (or the TREC team delivering the training – out of everything, this is the bit that really sends our Director Clare’s BP up). Although it will never replace face to face, using Zoom means that we can still deliver the full course content, display the presentations and still be able to allow those of you attending, the opportunity to interrupt and ask questions.