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5 on Friday – 15 February 2021

15th February 2021 | By Communications Team | Posted in

Hello and welcome

Welcome to 5 on Friday, our stakeholder bulletin for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.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.  Over 70s urged to book their COVID-19 vaccination now

People aged 70 and over living in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland, who have not yet had their first vaccine dose, are being urged to book their vaccine. They do not need to wait to be invited, but should contact the NHS and make their booking now.There are currently two options available. They can choose whether to be vaccinated at one of three local hospital sites or at their vaccination centre which, for Leicestershire, is the Peepul Centre in Leicester city.

The three hospital sites – Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester General Hospital and Glenfield Hospital – are also offering vaccines to people aged 18 and over who are classed as extremely clinically vulnerable and who hold a shielding letter as evidence.

NHS leaders are very keen to ensure that all eligible people who have not yet had a vaccine have a chance to book. People are also encouraged to share this information with eligible people who may not yet have been vaccinated.

For people aged 70 or over, vaccinations can be booked at a vaccination centre, such as The Peepul Centre, through the national booking service online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. The system allows patients to choose a time slot and location that suits them.

Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.

If a suitable and convenient slot is not available people can also call their GP practice.

Alternatively, vaccinations can be booked at one of three hospital sites for people who are 70 years of age and over and for people aged 18 and over who are clinically extremely vulnerable. A definition of clinically extremely vulnerable is available here.

To make your hospital appointment, please use one of the following links:

Glenfield Hospital: https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/pre_timescreen.php?id=$2y$10$HlW0kV1IHh6ounq2UtnyLOY879dx3y4ydAwT0Nd8L/mJgsmQsdOxq

Leicester General Hospital: https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/pre_timescreen.php?id=$2y$10$MyYLuoqzBISYQgyU04tDX.BELprxQL7Dms6e9m9EPb51qOzF6Da2m

Leicester Royal Infirmary: https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/pre_timescreen.php?id=$2y$10$mpAPkkRQVI9g77$fkl6t4OhYN777adOarr349CU.ZJ0uAfJtCOlu1

To find out more visit: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/news/ccg-news/over-70s-urged-to-book-their-covid-vaccination-now/

2. A thank you to the NHS from Together In Hope 

This week our Together In Hope partners released a video thanking all NHS and social care colleagues across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland for their hard work and dedication throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can view the video below.

3. LLR CCGs online Annual General Meeting 2019/20

On Tuesday 9 February the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group’s (LLR CCGs) Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held online.

The AGM was an opportunity to look back at progress during 2019/20, and to find out about the financial position and priorities moving forward.

Andy Williams, Chief Executive of LLR CCGs welcomed more than 80 delegates and provided an overview of local progress as well as an update on the transition to an Integrated Care System.

Caroline Trevithick, Executive Director of Nursing, Quality and Performance provided an update on the local COVID-19 vaccination programme.

The Chairs of LLR CCGs provided an overview of work in their regions and answered questions during the Q&A session.

The AGM was a great success, with more than 80 people joining.

You can watch a recording of the AGM below.

4. Centre for Primary Care Research

Next week sees the launch of the Centre for Primary Care Research, an exciting partnership between Willows Health and De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

The event takes place on Thursday 18 February, between 1pm to 2pm.

The DMU-Willows Centre for Primary Care Research will bring together academics and expert primary care clinicians to drive innovation that will improve patient care.

The primary care sector has seen unprecedented changes as a result of COVID-19, as technology is increasingly used to manage appointments, diagnoses and medicine delivery.

Research into how this trend will affect patients, particularly the elderly and those without easy access to digital devices, has never been more necessary.

The Centre for Primary Care Research will put the patient at the heart of the discussion and use the tremendous diversity in Leicester’s communities to improve people’s lives through impactful research.

It will provide a platform for collaboration and partnership between expert primary care clinicians, expert academics in health and social care and a team of experts in research design.

At this one-hour launch, you can meet the people behind the centre, find out about research projects already under way and find out how you can be part of this cutting-edge work, which aims to help patients across the city.

Among keynote speakers will be Professor Mayur Lakhani CBE, GP and Clinical Chair, West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group,Eric Khilstrom, Chairman of Older and Professor Bertha Ochieng, Professor of Integrated Health and Social Care at De Montfort University.

If you’d like to join the event please email eventsoffice@dmu.ac.uk and a link to the online event will be sent to you.

5. COVID-19 communications highlights

Local Authorities, Emergency Responders, universities and the local NHS are working together to support local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a brief overview of some of the communications work across the partnership over the last week.Targeted advertising

We’ve continued to focus our communications programme on encouraging compliance with the national lockdown.

This week, we continued community radio and outdoor advertising – with more visible banners appearing in areas with higher rates.

Supporting employers

A pack of information has been produced for local businesses. This contains useful reminders of an employer’s responsibilities.

There are also posters which promote safer car sharing, which have been translated into several languages.


Our targeted social media continues, with a focus on asymptomatic carriers of the virus and pushing people towards the lateral flow test sites.

This has included a powerful video message from Ivan Browne, the Director of Public Health for Leicester, which you can view below.

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