Site volunteer FAQs
Here are answers to some FAQs site volunteers have been asking...
What locations can we use for our MMM17 screening centre?
We give you complete discretion when selecting your location and which partners — such as a pharmacy or clinic — you choose to work with.
Ideally, you should have onsite access to wifi or 4G. If there are any charges for your screening location, such as room rental or wifi access, you will need to cover these locally.
The ISH has arranged public liability insurance if you need this — the insurance certificate will be available for download soon.
You will also need to ensure that your venue meets local health and safety requirements. Ask your country leader for help if you’re not sure what’s required.
What medical equipment will we need?
You will need one or more automated electronic devices or conventional sphygmomanometers to carry out MMM measurements.
If you already have access to the equipment you need — and would prefer to use it — then please do so.
If you have no equipment, ask your country leader if your country has access to one or more of the 20,000 electronic devices that global supplier Omron Healthcare is making available free of charge or if there are any other local arrangements in place with other suppliers.
What other equipment will be needed?
You will need some tables and chairs — the number depends on the size of your venue. As a minimum, you will need 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, with 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 any of us need to be medically qualified?
It’s not essential for MMM17 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 some nurses, medical students, plus those who have retired, to want to get involved, but don’t worry if none of you is medically experienced.
What roles do we need to think about?
You will need volunteers to fulfil two roles while running your screening site…
- Liaison — this involves welcoming members of the public, looking after them while they’re waiting to be screened, and answering questions after they’ve been screened
- Clinical — this involves carrying out and recording blood pressure measurements, and providing advice.
If any of your team are from a medical background, it makes sense to put them in charge of measuring blood pressure and for the rest of your volunteers to concentrate on meeting and greeting members of the public.
How do we 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.
Please familiarise yourself with both the videos and the written instructions. Then make sure everyone on your team — including those not taking measurements — have also watched the relevant video and understands what is expected of them.
How do we record our 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. Your country leader will give you access to the app. You need internet access to use the app.
Using an Excel form — this is the right option if you do not have access to the internet but do have access to a laptop or computer. You will need to email the completed Excel files to your country leader.
Using a Word document — this is the right option if you do not have access to the internet or to a laptop or computer. You will need internet access to print out the document, but you can then collect the data manually at your screening site. You will then need to transfer the data onto the Excel form and — once you do have internet access — email the Excel form to your country leader.
Which is the easiest?
Using the specially-designed MMM17 app is our preferred choice for recording data, and it’s also the easiest. Your country leader will give you access to the app, and a guide to using the app is available here.
What if there’s no internet access at our site?
Do we need to measure anything else at MMM screening sites?
Ideally, please measure the temperature of the room where you are taking readings.
You can use a physical thermometer — which you will need to source locally — or use a phone app.
Although measuring room temperature is important, don’t let the lack of a thermometer prevent you from running a screening session.
What advice is there for members of the public?
We have created an FAQs sheet for members of the public to read while they’re waiting to be measured (you can also use this to promote MMM) and a business-card size card they can take home showing their blood pressure measurements.
Anyone found to be hypertensive should be given Ten Top Tips for making lifestyle changes to help lower their blood pressure. There is also an advice sheet you 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 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?
A leading UK public relations agency is helping publicise May Measurement Month across the world.
You’re encouraged to further raise MMM17’s profile by engaging with your local media 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 where you are.
We’d be grateful if you could also keep your country leader informed about what you’re doing locally.
Are there any materials for us to help publicise our screening sites?
You can also download the print-ready artwork for a pop-up banner that you can use to publicise MMM17 before the start of the campaign and at your screening site.
All these items can be downloaded and then printed locally — you will need to budget for this. Please contact your country leader to see if there is a budget available.
If you have more questions about setting up and running your MMM screening site that are not answered here, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.