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5 on Friday: 21st

21st January 2022 | 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. People urged to ‘grab a jab’ at walk-in clinics

People are being urged to ‘grab a jab’ at one of a range of walk-in Covid vaccination clinics across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR), including mobile clinics at new locations.

New clinic locations this week include Coalville Hospital and the Tesco stores at Shelthorpe and Hamilton. There will also be pop-up clinics at Highcross Shopping Centre and Hinckley Leisure Centre.

This week the Prime Minister lifted the Covid Plan B measures and returned to Plan A. The announcement is a major milestone and demonstrates confidence in the success of the vaccination programme so far.

We know however, that the pandemic is a marathon not a sprint – and so, we need to continue to take steps to keep the virus at bay. The best step that we can all take is to get vaccinated. The Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid, recognised in his statement: “It was the jabs that have got us this far, and the jabs can keep us here too.”

More than 2.2 million doses of the Covid vaccine have been given to people in LLR and 89 per cent of eligible people have had at least one dose of the vaccine. However, around 1 in 10 people have still not had their first vaccine dose.

UK Health Security Agency data demonstrates the great protection two doses offer. Whilst not enough to completely stop the surge of Omicron, adding an additional third dose prevents around 75 per cent of people from suffering with any Covid symptoms.

The NHS is also this week inviting eligible 16- and 17-year-olds to get their booster as well as children aged 12 to 15 if they are extremely clinically vulnerable, or if they live with an adult who is extremely clinically vulnerable. There is more information about who is eligible for the different vaccine doses at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/who-can-get-the-vaccine/

The full range of vaccine clinics locations across LLR can be found at https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/

2. Made in Chelsea stars call on nation to Get Boosted Now

Made in Chelsea stars Julius Cowdrey and Miles Nazaire have teamed up with the NHS to encourage young people to get boosted.

The video, which you can view below, calls for everyone to take part in the ultimate New Year’s workout, the ‘Booster Bootcamp’ to maintain a healthy start to the new year and protect yourself and others from this virus.

To find out more visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/made-in-chelsea-stars-call-on-nation-to-get-boosted-now.

3. Health and Care Together 

This week the Integrated Care System (ICS) in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) launched a new quarterly magazine, Health and Care Together.

The magazine is primarily aimed at the 70,000 plus health and care staff who work across LLR, as well as anyone else who might have an interest in our work.

Through it, we hope to bring to life the principles of our partnership: closer working across and between health and care organisations and the integration of services in ways that puts patients and service users first.

Click here to read the first issue of Health and Care Together.

Click here to find out more about our emerging Integrated Care System.


4. New NHS mental health campaign 

This week NHS England and NHS Improvement launched a new mental health campaign to highlight that feelings of anxiety and depression can affect us all – and the NHS is here to help. The NHS provides a range of talking therapies for common mental health issues such as anxiety and depression which are free, effective and confidential.

The ‘Help’ campaign will encourage anyone experiencing common mental health problems to seek help from these NHS services – either by referring themselves, or by contacting their GP. There are lots of different ways of accessing this support including in-person, by video consultation, telephone and interactive text.

The campaign uses lyrics from the Beatles’ song ‘Help’ to bring to life the message that anyone can experience feelings of anxiety and depression, and that it’s totally normal to ask for help.

Famous faces from across music and radio, including Craig David, Tom Grennan, Laura Mvula, Nicola Roberts, Ella Henderson, Max George, as well as an NHS therapist and real people who have benefited from the NHS mental health Talking Therapy services, are supporting the campaign in a powerful new video, featuring the lyrics of ‘Help!’, which calls on people who are struggling to reach out for support through NHS services.

Visit www.nhs.uk/help for more information.


5. Cervical Cancer Awareness Week

To mark Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (17-23 January), we’re supporting Jo’s Trust in raising awareness of cervical screening, potential results, and encouraging women and people with a cervix not to ignore their invitation.

During Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, we want to share where you can find tips and support. For example, did you know there are lots of ways to make the test more comfortable? You can:

  • Ask to book a longer or double appointment
  • Ask for a smaller speculum
  • Put the speculum in yourself

There are lots more tips you can read on the Jo’s website.

However, cervical cancer prevention doesn’t stop at screening. 220,000 women and people with a cervix every year are told they have cervical cell changes after their screening, and many more are given a HPV diagnosis. Most people don’t know anything about this before it happens to them, and it can make for a very hard time.

To find out more click on the below links:

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