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5 on Friday: 3rd December 2021

6th December 2021 | By Communications Team | Posted in

3rd December 2021

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. COVID-19 vaccine update

Vaccine clinics

Local health leaders are reminding people that it’s not too late to get vaccinated against Covid-19 in time for the festive period.

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups (LLR CCGs) have a number of walk-in clinics available this weekend, making getting vaxxed quick and simple.

Following a successful Covid vaccination clinic at the Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester last weekend which saw 1,500 people getting jabbed at this clinic alone, the vaccination team will be returning to the same venue this weekend (Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December) to offer the jab to as many people as possible.

The weekend clinic is for walk-ins only and will be located on the lower ground floor, opposite the former Debenhams store.

Further clinics will be taking place at the following locations:
Friday 3rd December

  • St Hilda’s Vaccination Centre, Ling Dale, East Goscote, LE7 3XW, 9.30am-5.30pm, Age 16+, 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. No boosters.
  • Jalaram Community Centre, 2a Westcotes Dr, Leicester LE3 0QR. 9.15am-5.25pm, Age 16+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Vision Pharmacy, Spinney Hill, 10am-6pm.Age 16+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Oakham Enterprise Park, 9.30am-6pm, Age 16+  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. No boosters.
  • Fosse Medical Centre, 3pm-6.30pm, Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.

Saturday 4th December

  • Highcross Shopping Centre, 9am-7pm, Age 12+,  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Jalaram Community Centre, 9.15am-5.25pm,  Age 16+ 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Merridale Medical Centre, 5 Fullhurst Ave, Leicester, LE3 1BL. 11am-6pm Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Oakham Enterprise Park, 9.30am-6pm, Age 16+  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. No boosters.
  • Vision Pharmacy, Spinney Hill, 9am – 1pm, Age 16+ 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.

Sunday 5th December

  • Highcross Shopping Centre, 11am-5pm, Age 12+,  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Vision Pharmacy, Spinney Hill, 11am – 5pm, Age 16+ 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.

For the full list of clinics and for more details visit: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/

Boost Day
Yesterday, (Thursday 2nd December), marked a year since the UK became the first country in the world to approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine and marked the occasion with a “Boost Day” call.

The event saw a series of adverts across national TV and radio stations alongside support from companies such as Uber who encouraged eligible people to get their booster jabs to protect themselves and their loved ones ahead of the festive season.

To find out more about Boost Day, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-marks-one-year-since-approving-covid-19-vaccine-with-boost-day

Omicron variant
On Tuesday 30th November new measures were reintroduced in England in response to UK cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

This includes:

  • Face coverings compulsory in shops, including hairdressers, and on public transport, unless individuals are exempt from doing so.
  • All international arrivals to take a Day 2 PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative test.
  • All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate, regardless of their age or vaccination status.

The new measures have been introduced as a temporary precaution while research takes place to understand the variant’s transmissibility and any possible effect on vaccines.

In addition to this, the NHS is currently working to accelerate the vaccine programme.

Vaccine programme update following the latest government guidence

The JCVI has advised the booster programme is available to everyone aged 18 and over and the gap between the second dose and booster is reduced to three months.

All those aged 12 to 15 years have now been advised to receive a second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, 12 weeks after the first dose.

Severely immunosuppressed individuals who have received three primary doses, will now also be offered a booster dose.

Please note that this is not yet available, you will be contacted by the NHS once you’re eligable for a vaccine.

For more information on the Omicron variant visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/measures-against-omicron-variant-come-into-effect-30-november-2021


2. Think NHS 111 first

Did you know that the majority of people who visit Leicester Royal Infirmary’s accident and emergency department without contacting NHS111 first, who go on to require no medical attention, live within five kilometres of the site?

That’s why tens of thousands of leaflets are being delivered to homes closest to the site this week to encourage people to ‘think 111 first’ and either call 111 or visit NHS 111 online when they think they need urgent medical attention and it’s not an emergency.

The initiative is one of a number of ways that are being explored as part of a national ‘NHS 111 first’ campaign to help ease accident and emergency department pressures, which includes TV advertising, media activity and a social media campaign.

The leaflets are due to be delivered to tens of thousands of homes between Monday 29 November and Saturday 4 December.

People can use NHS 111 for a range of issues, including to check their symptoms and, if an injury or illness requires further investigation, to get information on mental health support services available or to seek advice on how to take a medication.

NHS 111 online – which is available by searching ‘NHS 111’ or visiting 111.nhs.uk  – can also advise whether a patient should contact their GP, visit a pharmacist, call 999 and arrange for a call from a healthcare professional if needed.

You can access the leaflet designs that are being delivered to thousands of homes by clicking here. Please can help spread the word about this initiative by sharing these materials within your local communities and networks.


3. LLR crisis response service gets national recognition 

Last week health and social care colleagues across Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland (LLR) had the privilege of hosting a visit from Amanda Pritchard, Chief Executive Officer at NHS England, last week on Tuesday (23 November).

Amanda’s visit took her across the city and county where she met with a range of colleagues who work across several of our busiest services starting with a visit to the Neville Centre where the Leicester City two hour crisis response service is based.

The crisis response service helps patients with a range of urgent needs including those who have suffered from falls in their home or those that require urgent pain relief, ultimately helping them to receive care at home, quickly and often avoiding hospital admission.

LLR was chosen as one of seven accelerator sites to trial this model of care to develop crisis response standards, which will soon rolled out across the country, and has supported approximately 11,689 patients on our two hour pathway between February and September 2021.

To find out more watch the video from Amanda below


4. Step-up to Great Mental Health Report of Findings published

Between Monday 24 May and Sunday 15 August, the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, in partnership with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust ran the Step-up to Great Mental Health public consultation.

The public consultation asked people their views on proposals to invest in and improve adult mental health services for people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, when their need is urgent, or they need planned care and treatment.

A total of 6,650 people participated in the public consultation using a variety of digital and non-digital ways to tell us what matters most to them.

People told us so much about their experiences and those of their family and friends. Everything that people told us has been independently analysed, by Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit and today (Tuesday 23 November 2021) we have published a detailed Report of Findings and a Summary Report of Findings.

All of the experiences and real insights that we captured have been used to develop a document called a Decision-Making Business Case.  This document outlines how we have considered the public feedback and used it to shape how we propose to implement the improvements.

The Report of Findings will now be discussed by the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in a Governing Body meeting along with the Decision-Making Business Case and a final decision made about implementing the proposals.

Although the Governing Body meeting is not a public meeting, it will be held in public session.  Depending on any Covid-19 restrictions applicable at the time of the meeting, it may be held virtually or face-to-face.  We will ensure that this meeting, which will be in December, is promoted widely across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

When the CCGs Governing Body make a decision, we will make this public. Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust would then undertake further work with service users, their families and carers, and staff to co-produce the improvements.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed the public consultation, as well as everyone who helped promote it.


5. NHS Respect campaign

The 2020 NHS Staff Survey for England found that 14.5% of all staff responding experienced at least one incident of physical violence from patients, service users, their relatives or other members of the public in the last 12 months.  Recent external surveys suggest that abuse of GP practice staff from patients is  rising, and abuse and violence has been widely cited as a contributing factor to reduced morale amongst GP practice and other NHS staff.

The NHS will not tolerate abuse or violence directed at NHS staff, in whatever setting they work. The Government is taking action to protect and support all staff through the NHS Violence Prevention and Reduction Standard, complementing action taken already by individual employers.

The government is also now legislating for the maximum prison sentence for common assault to be doubled to two years if the victim is an NHS worker, through the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021.

In the recent Our Plan For Improving Access For Patients Supporting General Practice, we also set out that the NHS would work with stakeholders to take further action, including a public campaign to reduce abuse and violence against GPs and practice staff.  This week the campaign launched with materials for GP practices.  The messaging emphasises respectful relationships and promoting and reinforcing positive behaviours. We will be promoting the Respect campaign through our usual channels


Extra: Caring for a poorly child webinar

Parents and carers are invited to a free webinar next Thursday, where local child health experts will be giving advice and answering questions on what to do when your child has a fever.

The webinar “What is fever and what to do” is taking place online on Thursday December 9th 2021, from 4pm until 5pm and is open to everyone who would like to join. The session will be hosted by The Willows Medical Practice on behalf of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Anyone who would like to join the webinar should first register online at: https://bit.ly/ChildhoodIlnessWebinarReg. They will receive a confirmation email with a link which will enable them to join the webinar at 4pm next Thursday.

For more information visit https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/news/ccg-news/caring-for-a-poorly-child-advice-from-local-health-experts-in-a-public-webinar/


Extra, extra: Discussing plans and strategies in LLR – Get involved

In the individual geographic areas of a Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council and Rutland County Council key strategic documents have been drafted that set out priorities for improving health outcomes for people.  Each areas is keen to have feedback from people.

Each document is explained below.  There is also a link where you will find further information and details of how to get involved depending on where you live and the document that interests you.  If you are an organisation working across all geographic areas you may wish to get involved in all the discussions.

Have your say on the Leicester City Council’s Health, Care and Wellbeing Delivery Plan 2022-2027

The Leicester health, care and wellbeing delivery plan has been designed to improve future health outcomes of the people of Leicester. It sets out high-level priorities that local health and care organisations will work together on over the coming years.

To give your views on which sections of the plan should be given priority over the next few years visit the website and fill in the online survey.

The survey closes on 9 January 2022.

For any queries contact: llrccgs.strategyandplanningteam@nhs.net

Have your say on Leicestershire County Council’s Strategic Plan 2022-2026

Have your say on Leicestershire County Council’s proposed Strategic Plan 2022-2026, which sets out our ambitions and priorities for the years ahead. It outlines what the Council want to achieve and how they intend to do it. It is based on five strategic outcomes which are aspirational. They outline the end results the Council want to see for Leicestershire.

Have your say on the draft Plan by filling in the online survey. For paper copies of the survey or any other questions, please email policy@leics.gov.uk or call 0116 3050527.

The consultation closes on 21 January 2022.

The Council would also welcome the opportunity during this consultation to present and discuss the draft Plan with community groups and partner organisations. If your group or organisation would be interested, please email policy@leics.gov.uk, or call 0116 3050527, to arrange a meeting date.

Rutland Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2022-2025

The draft Rutland strategy aims to improve health and wellbeing for everyone in Rutland, but particularly those facing disadvantages or already living with ill health. Some areas of Rutland and even groups of people – such as those with special educational needs, the Armed Forces community, and the prison population – can have poorer health than most local residents, or a lower take-up of health and wellbeing services.

A draft version of the new Health and Well-being Strategy has been published online for everyone to read by visiting: www.rutland.gov.uk/healthandwellbeingstrategy.

Residents and local groups with a particular interest in health and wellbeing are being invited to review the priorities set out in the draft strategy document before completing a short online survey to share their views.

The consultation on Rutland’s Draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy runs for six weeks and will close on Friday 7 January 2022. Full details can be found online at:
www.rutland.gov.uk/healthandwellbeingstrategy. You can also email: enquiries@rutland.gov.uk. Anyone who would like to take part in the consultation but does not have access to the internet can call Rutland County Council on: 01572 722 577.

The feedback gathered through this consultation will be evaluated by Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG), after which a report detailing the findings will be published. This will help to shape a final version of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy, which will be then be considered by Rutland’s Health and Wellbeing Board in the New Year.

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