Country leader FAQs
Here are answers to some FAQs country leaders have been asking...
What locations can be used for MMM17 screening centres?
We give you complete discretion when selecting locations for your screening sites and which partners — such as pharmacies or clinics — you choose to work with.
Ideally, there should be onsite access to wifi or 4G and if there are any charges for your screening locations, such as room rental or wifi access, these need to be covered locally.
The ISH has arranged public liability insurance if this is required — the insurance certificate will be available to download soon.
You will also need to ensure that all your venues meet local health and safety requirements.
What medical equipment will be needed?
Every site will of course need one or more automated electronic devices or conventional sphygmomanometers to carry out blood pressure measurements.
Some of your volunteers may already have easy access to the equipment they need — and prefer to use — or it may already be on site and available.
Global supplier Omron Healthcare has made 20,000 electronic devices available free of charge — you will have been informed by us if your country is included.
Some country leaders have made local arrangements with other suppliers — please let us know by emailing us at email@example.com if you have.
What other equipment will be needed?
You will need some tables and chairs — the number depends on the size of the location. As a minimum, every site needs somewhere for members of the public to sit while they’re waiting, and a table and two chairs for recording measurements.
The screening table needs to be large enough to accommodate the measuring equipment, and a laptop/tablet and/or phone, and have space for the person being screened to rest their forearm. The chair for the person being screened needs to support their back and be of the right height to allow their feet to rest on the floor. The volunteer carrying out the screening also needs a chair.
Do the volunteers need to be medically qualified?
It’s not essential for the volunteers to be medically qualified or to have worked as a healthcare provider, but we anticipate that many will come from this type of background.
We would expect nurses, medical students, pharmacists, plus those who have retired, to get involved, but it is perfectly acceptable to include people without any medical experience.
What are the roles for volunteers?
Your local volunteers will need to fulfill two roles while running their screening sites…
- Liaison — this involves welcoming members of the public, looking after them while they’re waiting to be screened, and answering questions
- Clinical — this involves carrying out and recording blood pressure measurements, and providing advice.
It makes sense to put volunteers from a medical background in charge of measuring blood pressure and for the rest of the volunteers to concentrate on liaising with members of the public.
How do the volunteers take blood pressure readings?
May Measurement Month is a global initiative and the data recorded will be used for research purposes, so it’s essential everyone works in the same way.
There are two videos for volunteers — one covers taking automated measurements, and the other taking manual measurements.There are also accompanying PDF guides you can download — one for automated measurements, and one for manual measurements.
As country leader, first please familiarise yourself with both the videos and the written instructions. Then make sure all local volunteers — including those meeting and greeting members of the public — have also watched the video relevant to their location and understand what is expected of them.
How do volunteers record their data?
There are three ways…
Using the MMM app — this is web-based and the online form for each participant can be completed on any phone, tablet or laptop. Once saved, the data is automatically and securely stored. We will give you access to the app which you can then share with your community volunteers.
Using an Excel form — this option is for sites that do not have access to the internet but do have access to a laptop or computer. Your volunteers will need to email the Excel files to you for you to send on to us.
Using a Word document — this option is for sites that do not have access to the internet or to a laptop or computer. Your volunteers will need internet access to print out the document, but they can then collect the data manually at their screening sites. They will next need to transfer the data onto the Excel form and — once they do have internet access — email the Excel form to you. You can then forward the form to us.
Which is the easiest?
Using the specially-designed MMM17 app is our preferred choice for recording data, and it’s also by far the easiest. A guide to using the app is available here.
What if there’s no internet access at the screening site?
Do the volunteers need to measure anything else?
Ideally, we would ask that your volunteers measure the temperature of the rooms where they are working with members of the public.
They can use a physical thermometer — which they will need to source locally — or use a phone app.
Measuring room temperature is an important MMM17 statistic, but don’t let the lack of a thermometer prevent anyone from running a screening session.
What advice is there for members of the public?
Anyone found to be hypertensive can be given Ten Top Tips for making lifestyle changes to help lower their blood pressure. There is also an advice sheet your volunteers can use to further help people understand what their high blood pressure reading means. Both these documents reflect practice in the UK and are therefore available as Word files to allow you and your site volunteers to make local modifications. There is also an MMM branded version of the Ten Top Tips in English only.
Please remember that all printing costs need to be met locally and cannot be reimbursed by ISH.
What’s happening with the media and social media?
Leading UK public relations agency East of Eden is helping publicise May Measurement Month across the world.
You’re encouraged to further raise MMM17’s profile by engaging with the media in your country and we have created a media toolkit to help you do this.
There are dedicated social media accounts for…
You can join the conversation on any or all of these platforms to help spread the word about how you are delivering MMM17 in your country.
We’d be grateful if you could also keep us informed about what you’re doing.
Are there any materials for local volunteers to publicise their screening sites?
You can also download the print-ready artwork for a pop-up banner that you and your volunteers can use to promote MMM17 and at screening sites.
All these items can be downloaded and then printed locally — you will need to budget for this.
If you have questions about setting up and running MMM screening sites that aren’t answered here, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.