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5 on Friday:7th January 2022

10th 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. Getting your Covid-19 booster jab this weekend

The local Covid-19 vaccination programme in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) has plenty of opportunities for you to get the booster vaccine this weekend.

Start the new year by giving yourself the best possible protection against the virus by dropping into one of our local walk-in clinics. You may also be able to book an appointment in advance if more convenient.

Everyone aged 18+ who received their second jab at least three months ago can get their booster jab. Booster appointments can also be pre-booked if it’s been 2 months (61 days) since the 2nd dose via the national booking service or by calling 119.

Evington Community Centre is amongst a number of locations offering Covid-19 vaccines this weekend (Saturday 8th January, 11am-7pm and Sunday 9th January, 11am-7pm). The clinic which will be offering pre-booked appointments as well as the option to walk-in will also have a separate entrance for men and women.

People wishing to book a timed appointment can do so online:

To help promote the clinic at Evington Community Centre, please share the below videos from Irfan Motala, Director, Vision Pharmacy Group, within your Gujarati and Urdu speaking networks and communities.

Further walk-in clinics will be taking place at the following locations this weekend. Booked appointments are offered in some cases as indicated:
Friday 7th January

  • Oakham Enterprise Park, 9.30am-6pm, Age 16+ 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Vision Pharmacy, Spinney Hill, 10am – 6pm, Age 12+ 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters. Open to 12+ from 3pm
  • Fosse Medical Centre, 3pm-6pm, Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose. Walk-in or book in advance via: https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/pre_timescreen.php?id=$2y$10$pFKjaTE2jGD7RWxAWiQpxOgzAXMlkLU5EolECCq9T1Bhx.t2GaVR2 
  • Jalaram Community Centre, 2a Westcotes Dr, Leicester LE3 0QR. 9am-5.35pm, Age 16+  1st, 2nd or booster dose.
  • Merridale Medical Centre, 5 Fullhurst Ave, Leicester LE3 1BL. 10am-6pm, Age 12+  1st, 2nd or booster dose. 
  • Leicester Royal Infirmary, 8.30am-5.30pm. Age 16+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Saffron Lane Pharmacy 9am-6pm. Age 16+ 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Countesthorpe Chemist, 16 Central St, Countesthorpe, Leicester LE8 5QJ. 9am-6pm. Age 16+ 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Delivery Pharmacy, Jacknell Rd, Alan Bray Cl, Hinckley LE10 3BP. 11am-5.30pm, Age 18+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Croft Medical Centre, 2 Glen Rd, Oadby, Leicester LE2 4PE. 2.30pm-6.30pm, Age 12+  1st, 2nd or booster dose. 

Saturday 8th January

Sunday 9th January

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

2. Local diabetes professor awarded CBE

The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland CCGs would like to congratulate Professor Kamlesh Khunti after being awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year’s Honours List.

Professor Khunti is a local doctor who has risen to number one in the world in his academic field and helped establish an international centre of excellence in diabetes research in Leicester.

During his career Professor Khunti has been responsible for major advances in type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases and receives the award having published more than 1,000 academic papers – helping to build an evidence base to improve clinical practice.

He has also contributed significantly to improving the health of the Ethnic Minority community and has led a body of research throughout the pandemic, becoming a member of Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), Chair of the SAGE Ethnic Sub-panel and being one of the very first to spot the disproportional impact of COVID-19 on people from ethnic minorities.

Professor Khunti, who still practices part-time as a GP, worked alongside Professor Melanie Davies CBE, to establish the Leicester Diabetes Centre team with more than 170 people currently carrying out studies designed to improve the lives of people with diabetes. The Leicester Diabetes Centre (LDC) is recognised across the world for its leading research, education and innovation.

Professor Azhar Farooqi OBE, Chair of Leicester City CCG, said: “We are delighted and proud that Kamlesh has been awarded a CBE in the New Year’s honours list. This is extremely well deserved for Kamlesh’s outstanding contributions to medical research, in particular in the fight against the Covid pandemic and in highlighting the importance of reducing health inequalities.”


3. Better Health campaign

This week the Better Health campaign launched encouraging the nation to work towards a healthier lifestyle and help people prevent risks of developing serious illness and help reduce the risk of being hospitalised with Covid-19.

The new campaign offers free evidence-based support and guidance to those working towards a healthier weight. There are a variety of NHS endorsed apps which will help people to introduce changes that will help them eat better and get active this new year, including the newly updated NHS Weight Loss Plan app.

This is followed by the launch of the Better Health Smoke Free campaign which encourages adult smokers to quit – not only for themselves but also to reduce the chances of their children becoming future smokers. Experts have found that adults who smoke increase the likelihood of their kids taking up smoking, and children whose caregivers smoke, are four times as likely to take up smoking themselves.

There’s a whole host of free support for those looking to quit, including free expert help from local Stop Smoking Services, the NHS Quit Smoking app, Facebook messenger bot, Stoptober Facebook online communities, daily emails and SMS, and an online Personal Quit Plan.

Visit www.nhs.uk/betterhealth for free tools and support with programmes to start leading a healthier lifestyle today.


4. New Stay Well Guide to support parents 

“Focus on your child’s behaviour when they’re poorly, not their symptoms”, that’s the message from our Children’s Emergency Department doctor Damian Roland, who has helped produce a new guide to help families stay safe and well.

The new guide addresses some of the most common reasons children attend the Emergency Department at Leicester Royal Infirmary:

  • Coughs
  • Minor head injuries
  • Vomiting/diarrhoea
  • Fever

It provides practical advice on how to treat them and when you should seek medical attention, potentially helping you avoid unnecessary waits in a busy GP’s surgery or Emergency Department.

The guide can be downloaded here: https://www.leicestershospitals.nhs.uk/parents-stay-well-guide


5. Last chance to get involved – Discussing plans and strategies in LLR

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 area 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.

1. 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

2. 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.

3. 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 Sunday 16th 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.

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