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22nd March 2021 | By Communications Team | Posted in
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1. Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland gets go-ahead to become Integrated Care System
We are pleased to inform you that NHS England has today confirmed that Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Sustainability and Transformation Partnership’s (STP) application to become an Integrated Care System (ICS) has been approved.
The announcement means that the system will formally be designated as an ICS from 1st April 2021 – enabling it to move forward at pace to deliver its full ambitions.
An ICS is a new, closer form of collaboration which builds on existing STPs.
In it all parts of the NHS, as well as other partners such as local authorities and the voluntary and community sector, take on greater responsibility for working together and collectively managing resources. They aim to improve the health of residents by preventing illness, tackling inequalities and unwarranted variation in care, whilst delivering seamless services.
They do this by joining up care for those with multiple conditions and breaking down current barriers that people experience to accessing health and social care holistically. They will also improve support for people with lifelong illness and help people to lead healthy lives.
The commitment to form ICS’ was set out in the NHS Long Term Plan, published in January 2019. Last month the Government set out plans for a parliamentary Bill to put ICSs on a statutory footing, ideally by April 2022.
For more information about ICSs including a short explainer animation visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/integratedcare/
2. More locations for over 50s to book Covid vaccine
People aged 50 and above are now being invited to book for their COVID-19 vaccine and the NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland has made available a choice of locations where they can book. This includes Loughborough Hospital which opened as a vaccination centre this week.
Those who are eligible can book a vaccine at one of the following hospital hubs:
- Glenfield Hospital
- Leicester General Hospital
- Leicester Royal Infirmary
- Loughborough Hospital
- Feilding Palmer Hospital (Lutterworth)
To book through the national booking service you can do this online or by calling 119, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. Through this system you can book at the Peepul Centre in Leicester or a pharmacy site. You may also be able to book at a vaccination centre outside Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland if you live within a 45 minute drive.
All other patients will be contacted to book your vaccination when their turn comes. Please do not contact your GP practice or the hospital enquiring about the vaccine.
To read more about the COVID-19 vaccine booking process by visiting:
3. Memorial of Lament | Live-streamed Service from Leicester Cathedral
Leicester Cathedral is creating a Memorial of Lament to be live-streamed on 23 March at 7.00pm. This marks the one year anniversary of the first lockdown. We will remember the impact of the pandemic not least the loss of life here in this city and county. Over 2,000 candles will be lit – one for each COVID-19 death here.
Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, along with the Directors of Public Health from our City and County, GP Dr Anu Rao, other leaders, and a bereaved family representing all the families who are now without loved ones as a result of Covid-19 will take part. The Lord Mayor and the Chairman of the County Council will light the first candles of more than 2,000; each one representing a COVID-19 death from our city and county.
This is freely available for everyone to watch. We invite donations which can be given via our Eventbrite page, where you can also register to be sent the link to allow you to watch the service live online. Please click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/memorial-of-lament-covid-19-a-year-on-tickets-146611369553
4. Covid vaccine video from Chetan Amlani
Chetan Amlani the President of Ram Mandir, Shree Lohana Mahajan Leicester has recorded a video in Gujarati encouraging people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
This video is the latest in our series from local faith leaders who are encouraging their communities to get vaccinated.
We would like to thank Chetan for supporting our vaccination campaign. Please share this video within your networks.
5. Building Better Hospitals update
We received in excess of 5,500 responses both online and offline. Everything that people have shared with us, whether at events or through completed hard copy and online questionnaires and correspondence, is now being independently analysed and evaluated by Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit. Given the amount of insights and information that people shared, the process of producing a Report of Findings will take until the end of March 2021.
The final Consultation Report of Findings will be received by the CCG and University Hospitals of Leicester. It is important that both organisations take time to consider and understand the findings prior to final decisions being made on the proposals.
The three CCG governing bodies will discuss the Report of Findings in a public meeting. We will announce the date of the meeting as soon as practically possible. The papers for this meeting will be publicly available and the meeting date will be promoted so people have an opportunity to attend and hear the discussions. All decisions taken will also be made public after the governing board meetings.
Some key themes are already emerging from everything that people told us during the consultation, which we know are important to people. They include:
- Access, particularly for rural communities and out-of-city residents. Adequate parking facilities and ease of access in and around Leicester Royal Infirmary and accessibility by public transport to all sites.
- Cost and efficiency – consideration of better utilisation of buildings.
- Equality of access and concerns around centralisation of care.
- Estates and facilities and the need for modernisation of existing services and hospitals. Also consideration of environmental issues and concerns around the sale of land making it hard to future proof estates for the future.
- Integration – greater integration of services so that services speak to one another.
- Maternity – concern that moving the Birthing Centre from St. Mary’s Birth Centre will reduce access to services for the women of Melton Mowbray.
- The importance of high quality of maternity service provided in a large hospital and access to postnatal and breastfeeding support.
- Quality of care – quality is more important than cost and safety should be a priority
- The need for adequate staffing levels.
- Consider the impact of proposal on vulnerable groups including blind, hard of hearing/deaf, elderly and those with dementia.
- Service provision and future proofing to ensure an adequate number of acute beds.
Once again we would like to thank everyone who was involved in the consultation and we will provide a further update in April 2021.