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5 on Friday: 10th December 2021

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10th December 2021

Hello and welcome

Welcome to 5 on Friday, our stakeholder bulletin for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.The bulletin will help you to keep up to speed with what is happening in the local NHS.  Please do share with your networks to help us reach as many people as possible.

Please give us feedback and tell us what you want to know more about. If you have any questions or would like to ask about a topic please email us at: PressOfficeLLRCCGs@leicestershire.nhs.uk.

1. Getting your Covid-19 booster jab this weekend

Local people are being urged to get vaccinated when they are eligible and with more clinics across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland being available over the next week, now is a great opportunity.

As “Plan B” restrictions come into force nationally to help slow the spread of Covid, the best way we can fight Covid is by being vaccinated alongside other measures on social distancing and mask wearing.

Local health leaders are urging people to get vaccinated for any dose they are eligible for and reminding those aged 40 or over that they can now get their booster three months after their second dose.

There will be a number of walk-in clinics available this weekend and next week, making getting vaxxed quick and simple.

There will once again be a Covid vaccination clinic at the Highcross Shopping Centre this weekend:

  • Saturday 11th December 9am-6pm
  • Sunday 12th December 11am-5pm

These clinics will be offering pre-booked appointments as well as the option to walk-in. People wishing to book a timed appointment can do so online:  https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/pre_timescreen.php?id=$2y$10$/EUqktlaJhVf1ioHjMFr0eQmZilpMAPM2eZdvXtvYEF3wclJgvOKG.

The Highcross Shopping Centre clinic is located on the lower ground floor, opposite the former Debenhams store. It is open to anyone aged 12 or over and first, second, third and booster jabs are available.

There will be further clinics at the Highcross Shopping Centre on the following dates:

  • Saturday 18th December 9am-6pm
  • Sunday 19th December 11am-5pm
  • Monday 20th to Thursday 23rd December 1pm-9pm

A number of additional COVID-19 vaccine clinics are available at various locations this weekend and next week, with many operating as walk-ins, so you don’t even need to make an appointment – just check the opening times and your eligibility and go along.

Walk-in clinic locations over the coming week include: Merridale Medical Centre, Vision Pharmacy in Spinney Hill, Jalaram Community Centre, the Peepul Centre, Fosse Medical Centre, the Prajapati Centre, Oakham Enterprise Park and St Hilda’s Vaccination Centre in East Goscote. Full details of local walk-in clinics are available at: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/.

There are more clinic locations available for pre-booked appointments, details are online: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/. Appointments can also be booked by calling 119.

2. COVID-19 booster vaccine update

Eligible people, who had their second Covid jab at least three months ago, are now being invited for a top up vaccination to boost their protection for the festive period.

Those who are currently eligible include:
those living in residential care homes for older adults
all adults aged 40 years or over
frontline health and social care workers
all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 (as set out in the green book), and adult carers
adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals
People who are pregnant and in one of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

The National Booking System is now allowing people to pre-book a booster dose of the vaccine if it’s been 2 months (61 days) since your 2nd dose and you’re in an eligible group.

Following the emergence of the new Omicron variant and following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), the government is accelerating the booster programme to ensure all adults are offered a booster vaccine by the end of January.

To find out more about the booster vaccine visit https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/llr-booster-vaccine/.

The latest information on who can have the different Covid vaccines and how to book can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/who-can-get-the-vaccine/


3. COVID vaccine plea for 12 to 15-year-olds as new variant hits

Parents are being urged to get their children vaccinated against Covid-19 and to protect them ahead of the festive period, amid concerns about the new Omicron variant.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised that second doses of the vaccine will be offered to 12 to 15-year-olds, with at least 12 weeks between doses, to ensure they have maximum protection against this virus. Details about when these second vaccinations will start are expected this month.

Whilst the vaccine programme for 12 to 15-year-olds was initially administered in schools, young people are now able to get their vaccine by booking via the National Booking System, calling 119 or by attending a local drop-in clinic. You can view these clinics by visiting https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/.

For more information visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/midlands/2021/12/03/nhs-issues-covid-vaccine-plea-for-12-to-15-year-olds-in-east-midlands-as-new-variant-hits/.


4. Decision imminent on proposals for mental health services 

A decision is due to be made next week on plans to invest in and improve the way adult mental health care is delivered across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR).

The plans will be discussed at the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) joint Governing Body meeting next Tuesday (14th December) and members of the public will be able to observe the meeting online.

The decision follows the Step Up to Great Mental Health public consultation earlier in the year, which was carried out by the LLR CCGs together with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.

People were also consulted through a series of conversations, meetings and workshops with service users, public, staff, and voluntary organisations about their experiences of services. A total of 6,650 people took part in the public consultation and the feedback has helped the local NHS to develop proposals that will improve care provided when it is urgent and to deliver care closer to where people live.

At the meeting, the Governing Body will discuss the Decision-Making Business Case along with the Report of Findings from the consultation and the Equality Impact Assessment. A final decision will be made about implementing the proposals, and this decision will be made public.

Anyone who would like to observe the Governing Body meeting on 14 December should email: llrccgs.enquiries@nhs.net by Monday 13 December 12pm.

More information about the meeting and the documents that will be discussed can be found at: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/about-us/future-governing-body-meetings/2021-governing-body-meetings/llr-ccgs-governing-body-meeting-december-2021/


5. Leicester’s Hospitals dominate at regional research awards

Research staff at Leicester’s Hospitals were celebrating following the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) East Midlands Research Awards.

Individuals and teams from University Hospitals Leicester – together with their University of Leicester clinical research colleagues who work in the NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre – were nominated and shortlisted in all six categories, and were declared the winner in five.

The sixth award (Rising Star award) was won by Dr Sam Tromans, Associate Professor in Psychiatry, at Leicestershire Partnership Trust, and was shortlisted for becoming one of the leading national figures in the development of autism research, including adapting his work during the pandemic.

The awards, which took place in Nottingham on Thursday 25 November, were to celebrate inspiring achievements from the health research world in the East Midlands. This year’s awards focused on the impact of research over the last 18 months in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

To find out more visit https://www.leicestershospitals.nhs.uk/aboutus/our-news/press-release-centre/2021/leicesters-hospitals-dominate-at-regional-research-awards/


Extra: Special milestone for LLR is days away

A special milestone for the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is just days away! Look out for more in the next issue.

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