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5 on Friday: 1st April 2021

8th April 2021 | By Communications Team | Posted in

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. Over half a million vaccines given across LLR   

Up to 28th March 2021 almost 560,000 doses of the vaccine have been given across LLR, with 73,982 doses given in the past week. Andy Williams, Chief Executive for the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) CCGs has praised the efforts of all those involved in the vaccination programme since the first vaccine dose in LLR was given on 12th December 2020 at Leicester General Hospital.  Since then:

  • Patients and staff in all local care homes have been offered the vaccine
  • All GP practices are offering the vaccine to patients from GP practices, council offices and community buildings such as leisure centres
  • Drop-in clinics have been held at community venues including Al Furqan mosque.
  • Five hospital hubs have been set up to administer the vaccine to staff and patients
  • Eight pharmacies are offering the vaccine.

Over the next few weeks, vaccination supplies are being prioritised for people who are due their second dose.  However, if you are over 50 and have not yet had your first vaccination, you should contact your GP practice. Currently, people aged 50 and over, anyone who has received a letter from the NHS telling them they are clinically extremely vulnerable, anyone aged 16 and over with an underlying health condition, carers and health and social care staff are eligible to be vaccinated.

To find out more visit https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/news/ccg-news/half-a-million-covid-19-vaccine-doses-given-across-leicester-leicestershire-and-rutland/ 

COVID-19 vaccines survey

We previously asked you to get involved and have your say on COVID-19 vaccines. We received 3,280 completed surveys from people living in Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland (LLR) and further 814 respondents have partly completed the survey (4094 in total).

In terms of location, we engaged with:

  • 690 respondents from Leicester City (16.9%)
  • 3,096 respondents from Leicestershire (75.4%)
  • 318 respondents from Rutland (7.8%)

315 respondents who answered the ethnicity question belong to BAME groups (10% of total sample). 168 BAME respondents who answered the ethnicity question said they live in Leicester City – that is 36.9% of all respondents that we surveyed in the city.
When looking at those who provided us with their age bands, we received surveys from the following:

  • 64 respondents who belong to 16-24 age group
  • 227 respondents who belong to 25-34 age group
  • 1388 respondents who belong to 35-59 age group
  • 1233 respondents who belong to 60-75 age group
  • 285 respondents who belong to those who are 76+ years old.

We are currently writing a full report that will be published on our website soon.


2. Easter Bank Holiday Weekend

The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups would like to wish everyone a happy Easter. Please celebrate safely and follow the current restrictions that are in place during the first bank holiday weekend of the year (April 2nd to 5th).

This week has seen the start of restrictions easing across England. The ‘stay at home’ rule has now lifted, however many restrictions will remain in place.

From Monday 29th March you can:

  • Meet outdoors either in a group of 6, or in a group of any size from up to 2 households.
  • You can take part in formally organised outdoor sports with any number of people. Outdoor sports venues and facilities are able to reopen.
  • Childcare and supervised activities are allowed outdoors for all children.
  • Formally organised parent and child groups can take place outdoors for up to 15 attendees. Children under 5 will not be counted in this number.

To find out more information on what you can and cannot do by visiting https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do#march-whats-changed.

Although GP practices will be closed this bank holiday weekend, other health services are still open for you if you need medical assistance.

There are several ways in which you can access the NHS over the long weekend:

  • If you need urgent health advice when your usual GP practice is closed, please contact NHS111 online 111.nhs.uk or by phoning 111. This service provides self-care advice on common ailments and, if necessary, they can arrange for you to see a nurse or doctor at one of the Healthcare Hubs in Leicester City or Urgent Care Centres in the County and Rutland.
  • Your local pharmacy, or chemist, isn’t just the place where you pick up your prescribed medicines. Pharmacists are qualified health professionals and are the right people to see if you need advice or over-the-counter medicines. You can view Easter opening times here http://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/find-a-service/services-over-easter/ or check on your local pharmacy website.
  • If you have an urgent mental health need, call the Central Access Point (CAP) on 0116 295 3060, 24 hours a day. The service will arrange for you to speak to someone who can assess your needs and provide advice or refer you directly to an appropriate service.
  • If it is a serious life-threatening emergency, call 999.

If you need medical help or have any health concerns over the bank holiday, the NHS is here for you, and you should still seek medical help if you need it. Please remember, if you have any symptoms of coronavirus, please do not go to any health services in person, unless an appointment has been made in advance.   For advice on what to do if you have coronavirus please see https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

For more information on health services, including pharmacies, over Easter please visit: http://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/find-a-service/services-over-easter/


3. New mental health and wellbeing provider to deliver service 

Mental health services are being strengthened for patients by making it easier to access mental health support as Vita Health Group take over the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, from today Thursday 1 April 2021.

The IAPT service, which was previously known in LLR as Let’s Talk Wellbeing, provides vital access to talking therapy for anyone 16 and over who is suffering from anxiety, depression, low moods and lack of motivation amongst other mental health issues.

Vita Health Group are a leading UK provider of mental health services and will work in partnership with the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland CCGs (LLR CCGs) to deliver a range of free psychological therapies in partnership with other key mental health services providers across the local area.

Vita Health Group will run the VitaMinds talking therapy IAPT service with three local partners: Equality Action, The Bridge and the LGBT Centre. Access is available for any person over the age of 16 who is registered with a GP practice in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland.

IAPT is a self-referral service and can be accessed online at: https://www.vitahealthgroup.co.uk/nhs-services/nhs-mental-health/leicester-leicestershire-rutland/ from Thursday 1 April, 2021 or by calling: 0333 0153 494.


4. A Letter to Loved Ones

Sir Lenny Henry has written an open letter urging Black communities to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it is offered to them. The letter has been signed by some of the most high-profile names in the UK.

Sir Lenny’s letter, supported by the NHS, has also been turned into a short film, featuring Sir Lenny Henry alongside Adrian Lester, David Harewood, Naomie Ackie, Rt Rev Rose Hudson Wilkin, Bishop of Dover and Adjoa Andoh.

To find out more about the letter visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/sir-lenny-henry-urges-black-britons-to-take-covid-19-vaccine

You can view the film below.


5. Woman’s Health Strategy

The UK Government are seeking your views to help inform the development of the government’s Women’s Health Strategy.

For more information and to complete the online survey, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/womens-health-strategy-call-for-evidence?utm_campaign=talk-womens-health&utm_medium=o&utm_source=tw&utm_content=static


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