World Hand Hygiene Day 2021

Seconds save lives - clean your hands!

5th May is the designated World Health Organisation (WHO) Hand Hygiene Day.  Cleaning hands regularly is one of the most effective ways of stopping the spread of COVID-19 as well as many other common infections.  Bacteria and micro-organisms are on all surfaces with the exception of very recently decontaminated surfaces in clinical areas.  Regular, correct hand hygiene is one of the most important and simple things that we can do to protect our health, the health of the people we support and the health of our colleagues.

Good hygiene practices are paramount throughout our services to keep the people we support safe.  Click here  to read our latest research: Swab Mob! Using Adenosine Triphosphate screening to improve environmental cleaning practice in residential care settings during Covid-19

"Celebrating Excellence in Leadership"

In a series of features celebrating winners of the Markel 3rd Sector Awards, CMM - Care Management Matters - spoke to Paul Bott, SJOG's chief executive, who won the Leadership Award 2020.

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Proud to achieve ISO 27001 certification

SJOG have been awarded the internationally recognised ISO 27001 certification for the way we protect the data and information of the people we support, our colleagues and donors.

We’ll now be audited annually to ensure that our robust Information Security System (ISMS) continues to develop, and that our colleagues remain up to date on how to protect information, ensure confidentiality and prevent unauthorised access to the information we hold.

Marking World TB Day - 24 March 2021

Today, 24 March, is World Tuberculosis (TB) Day – marking the date in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB, which opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this disease.  

To mark the day and raise awareness of TB which remains one of the world’s deadliest infectious killers, SJOG’s Olallo House in London is welcoming a special guest to its service – Professor Onn Min Kon who is head of the tuberculosis service at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, as well as professor of respiratory medicine at the National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College London, and chair of the UK National Multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis (MDRTB) clinical advice service.  

Professor Kon is going to be ‘volunteering’ in the service and at the same time giving us an insight into the world of TB treatment. (Follow our social media for more information!)

London is infamously known as the TB capital of Western Europe and accounts for around 36% of cases nationally.  Rates of TB are highest among people with social risk factors including homelessness and especially among rough sleepers, who are more likely to be infectious and less likely to complete TB treatment.  (Standard TB treatment lasts a minimum of 6 months and for multi-drug resistant TB, treatment takes a minimum of 2 years.)

The Department of Health recognised homelessness as a major barrier to completing TB treatment.  To address this and meet this unmet need, Olallo House has, since 2011, been providing specialist medical, social and psychological support enabling homeless patients to complete their full course of TB treatment and address other issues that have contributed to their homelessness.

Please support Olallo's work:

As we mark World TB day and celebrate our work at Olallo House supporting some of the most vulnerable TB patients through their treatment and with the other complexities of their lives, we continue to seek funding to complement their TB treatment package.  Please donate and help us to help vulnerable homeless people rebuild their lives: 


Celebrating Saint John of God Day - 8th March

Our inspiration to ‘do good’.

On 8th March, we celebrate the life of João Cidade, better known as Saint John of God, the charity’s founder.  As a charity we follow his example to do good and continue to add new stories to his 500 year legacy.

Born in 1495 John dedicated his adult life to the care of the poor and the sick. Having experienced treatment for his own mental illness, he fought to change the practices of the day so that people were treated with love and compassion. He looked after people no-one else would and people soon followed his way - the Hospitaller way. This following grew into a worldwide movement and today health and social care services exist in over 50 countries.

SJOG is inspired by this drive to do good and every day we follow his example in our services throughout the country. 

Happy Saint John of God Day to all!

Leadership Award Winner: SJOG’s Chief Executive, Paul Bott

The Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards celebrate the work of the not-for-profit sector.  Finalists were short-listed in the autumn of 2020 and at a virtual ceremony on 12 February, Paul was named winner in the Leadership category.

The winner was announced by Liz Jones, Policy Director for the National Care Forum, who described Paul as ‘a determined leader, phenomenal and driven.  And despite being faced with an enormous challenge, his relentless approach paved the way forward for change whilst also being a sensitive decision maker’.

A conversation with Esther Rantzen followed, where Paul talked about the work of the charity meeting need where we can, and in particular the growing area of need in modern day slavery; SJOG now being the largest provider of safe-houses in the country.

Paul paid tribute to the great people within the organisation who have contributed to ensuring its continued success. An inclusive approach embracing the genius of our colleagues is what makes the difference. 

Esther concluded: “Congratulations on the extraordinary work you are doing and best wishes to your genius team.”

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