5 on Friday – 11 December 2020
11th December 2020 | By Communications Team | Posted in
Hello and welcome
Welcome to 5 on Friday. This is our new look stakeholder bulletin replacing Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Stakeholder Bulletin.
We will still be keeping you up to date with how the NHS in LLR is responding to COVID, but we will cover more topics to keep you informed about your local NHS.
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. Go ahead for COVID vaccines in LLR
We can now confirm that a hospital vaccination hub at Leicester General Hospital will start vaccinating from tomorrow (Saturday, 12th December).
The Leicester General Hospital vaccination hub is the first of what will be a range of sites across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland as further supplies of the vaccine become available.
Andy Williams, chief executive for the three LLR Clinical Commissioning Groups said: “This is fantastic news as we know that many people throughout our communities will be pleased we can start delivering this ground-breaking programme.
“We anticipate that vaccinations will begin this weekend, subject to final details being confirmed, and be delivered from a hospital-hub at the Leicester General Hospital.
“As per the national guidelines, priority groups, people aged 80 and over as well as care home workers will be first to receive the jab, along with NHS workers who are at higher risk. We have already begun inviting eligible people for the vaccine and all those vaccinated will need a booster jab 21 days later.”
People do not need to take any action at this stage. The NHS will contact you if you are eligible for a vaccine and are being invited to attend an appointment.
Click here to find out more.
2. Building Better Hospitals consultation: Online weekend events
There is still time to have your say on the £450 million proposals to transform acute hospital and maternity services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
The consultation, which runs until Monday 21st December, focuses on plans to improve patient care and achieve better patient outcomes. It’s based on services delivered at the three main hospitals in Leicester, run by University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) NHS Trust, as well as services delivered at the midwifery-led unit at St Mary’s Hospital, Melton Mowbray.
This weekend we are holding two online events where you can find out more about the proposals. These events are taking place on:
- Saturday 12 December – 2:00pm to 3:30pm
- Sunday 13 December – 2:00pm to 3:30pm
For more information and the full details for each event visit: https://bit.ly/3mYf9kl.
You can find out more about the public consultation and take the survey by visiting https://bit.ly/3g1PFjM/.
3. New contract announced for local IAPT service
The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups (LLR CCGs) are pleased to announce the outcome of a recent tender process for the provision of the Improving Access to Psychology Therapies (IAPT) service. This service helps people to manage their depression and anxiety through a number of evidence based psychological therapies and is available for all residents in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Following a comprehensive tender process the new contract has been awarded to Vita Health Solutions which will commence on 1 April 2021.
In the coming months we will be working closely with our current IAPT service provider Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, Vita Health Solutions and colleagues from across the health and care system in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. This is to ensure a smooth transition of services so that patients can seamlessly continue to access support during this transitional phase.
4. Accessing your GP practice animation
The way people access their GP practice has changed to ensure patients get the best possible care safely and quickly. Practices will provide an appointment to attend a GP practice when a GP or nurse need to see patients in person, to keep patients and staff safe from COVID-19.
This new animation explains how people can access their GP practice, including how to get in contact, the different ways care may be delivered, and how face-to-face appointments have changed.
GP practice staff will consider how best to help you, this could mean you receive advice via an online message, over the phone, or a video consultation, or if clinically appropriate through face to face care. If you are given an appointment at the practice, there are some changes in place to protect you and others.
Watch this video to find out how general practice has adapted to ensure patients receive the care they need safely as possible.
5. 12 days of Christmas
Colleagues across the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) and primary care in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) have been getting involved in the 12 days of Christmas initiative by entering innovative and creative ideas that will help LLR deliver any of our overarching aims.
On each of the 12 working days leading up to Christmas the CCG is announcing a winner who will receive CCG support to implement their idea.
Here are the winners so far:
Day 1: The Centre Project
The Project’s bid is to source, pack and deliver Christmas and New Year packages to vulnerable and socially isolated people in the community.
Day 2: Highgate Medical Centre, Loughborough in partnership with their Patient Participation Group
Project Boost is a project to improve people’s health and wellbeing during the pandemic and ‘Boost’ their confidence to navigate the aftermath.
Day 3: Leicester City Public Health and Hinckley & Bosworth Federation
Leicester City Public Health proposes to offer evidence based suicide mitigation training to GP’s and Primary Care Networks.
Hinckley & Bosworth Federation proposes to offer mental health first aid training to staff.
Day 4: Steve McCue on behalf of the LLR CCGs and Sport in Desford
Steve McCue on behalf of the LLR CCGs proposes to increase engagement with staff around health and wellbeing through an initiative called, “Awesome individuals training”.
Sport in Desford proposes to put on activity programmes for wheelchair users in the community.
Day 5: Integrated Respiratory Team
The breath in a bag project will provide patients with information and a bag of equipment to manage acute breathlessness episodes when they arise, which will help them to self-manage their condition.