These days, it seems like there’s an awareness day for everything under the sun, and they can be difficult to keep track of. When it comes to healthcare, however, these events can have a very positive impact by raising awareness of medical conditions, increasing public knowledge about the symptoms to look out for, and helping to drive fundraising and support for good causes.
Here at Care Shop, we know just how important it is for issues in the healthcare sector to get the attention they deserve, so we’ve put together this healthcare events calendar to help you get organised. Scroll down to see what’s coming up in the next few months.
- Know Your Numbers Week (18th-24th September) – Organised by Blood Pressure UK, this week is all about the importance of monitoring blood pressure, and helps to raise awareness of the problems which can occur from high blood pressure.
- National Eye Health Week (18th-24th September) – This event is held each year to promote the importance of eye health, as well as encouraging regular sight tests.
- World Alzheimer’s Month (1st-30th September) – World Alzheimer’s Month is an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia.
- Vascular Disease Awareness Month (1st-30th September) – This annual event is aimed at raising awareness of vascular disease, as well as the charitable work of the Circulation Foundation.
- Urology Awareness Month (1st-30th September) – Now in its third year, Urology Awareness Month is dedicated to raising knowledge about urological disorders, as well as breaking down the stigma which can be associated with these conditions.
- Blood Cancer Awareness Month (1st-30th September) – September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month, aimed at raising the profile of blood cancer and its symptoms.
- Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (1st-30th September) – Every week in the UK, more than 30 children are diagnosed with cancer. September is dedicated to raising awareness of childhood cancer and leukaemia, and raising funds to support vital work to combat these diseases.
- World Mental Health Day (10th October) – World Mental Health Day is an annual event which aims to raise awareness of mental health issues right across the globe.
- Global Handwashing Day (15th October) – Good hand hygiene is a simple, yet crucial, way to prevent the spread of illness. Global Handwashing Day has been set up to raise awareness of just how important this is.
- International Infection Prevention Week (15th-21st October) - This awareness week takes place in the third week of October each year, with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of infection prevention for patient safety.
- National Cholesterol Month (1st-30th October) – National Cholesterol Month is an event devoted to raising awareness of the dangers of high cholesterol, as well as raising funds to help Heart UK implement vital life-saving work.
- Breast Cancer Awareness Month (1st-30th October) – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this year Breast Cancer Care are celebrating 25 years of the pink ribbon symbol which has been used to raise awareness of the disease.
- Lupus Awareness Month – Each October, Lupus Awareness Month takes place to help improve understanding of this little known disease, and the symptoms to look out for.
- National Stress Awareness Day (1st November) – These days, stress appears to be an ever-increasing problem, and it can have a big impact on our health. For individuals working in care, getting a good work-life balance can be particularly difficult, so it’s important for managers to ensure their staff can get help when they need it. For more guidance, take a look at our blog post from National Stress Awareness Day 2016, all about how to recognise stress and ensure your staff are well supported.
- World Diabetes Day (14th November) – World Diabetes Day is marked each year, with the aim of raising awareness of diabetes and what it’s like to live with the condition.
- Movember (1st-30th November) – This annual event has been running since 2003, with people up and down the country donning moustaches to raise awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate cancer and testicular cancer, as well as raising money for charities.
- Lung Cancer Awareness Month (1st-30th November) – November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, aimed at raising awareness of the cancer which takes the most lives in the UK.
- Mouth Cancer Action Month (1st-30th November) – Mouth cancer isn’t one of the more well-known types of cancer, so this event is aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of the disease, and the signs to look out for.
- Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month (1st-30th November) – November is also Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, aimed at improving knowledge and raising funds.
- World AIDS Day (1st December) – World AIDS day is held on the first day of December every year, with the aim of raising awareness and support for those living with HIV, as well as fighting prejudices and commemorating the victims of this devastating illness.
- International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3rd December) – The United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities has been celebrated on 3rd December each year since 1992, with the aim of raising awareness of issues affecting people with all kinds of disability.
- Decembeard (1st-31st December) – Like Movember, Decembeard is a month-long event whereby individuals are encouraged to wear a beard to raise awareness of bowel cancer.