Update from the Incident Response Team

Issue time: 3:30pm, 6 April 2021

Well done to .....
Newholme Hospital’s vaccination team who inspired this wonderful letter from a grateful Edale resident, signed Terry D, who describes getting a lift in a neighbouring farmer’s Land Rover, sitting amongst the winter feed, to make it through snow and ice for his first vaccination in January. That first trip out of Edale in nearly a year made a big impression on Terry because of the kindness he felt from everyone involved in his care. “I didn’t realise it would be such an important day and that people could still be so nice.” Terry has now received his second vaccination and shared his evocative account to thank all the staff and volunteers delivering the vaccination programme for the warm welcome, care and empathy everyone bestowed on him.
Key updates:
> Fertility and Covid-19 vaccines – Q&A session today!
Final reminder about today’s Q&A session, starting at 5pm, with an external specialist on fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding in relation to the Covid-19 vaccine. Here’s the Microsoft Teams link to join the meeting: https://bit.ly/3rqa7Pk.
 
> Downing Street briefing summary
At yesterday’s Downing Street briefing, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed non-essential retail can reopen and restaurants will be allowed to serve outdoors from next Monday, 12 April. Gyms and spas, as well as zoos and theme parks, can also reopen on the same date.

He said the public's patience was "paying off", but warned against complacency in the face of rising cases in mainland Europe. He was "hopeful" international travel could resume from 17 May, but warned about difficulties around "importing" virus variants. People are advised not to book overseas holidays yet. Further details on a risk-based "traffic light" system for foreign travel will be published later this week.
 
Other key messages from the briefing include:
  • Covid status certification "is likely to become a feature of our lives until the threat from the pandemic recedes", according to a government review update
  • Everyone in England is to be given access to two rapid coronavirus tests a week from Friday. 
You can read about the different steps in the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown here
 
> Easing restrictions
Many of us will have enjoyed seeing family and friends again since restrictions began to be eased on 29 March, allowing up to six people, or two households, to meet outside or in private gardens with social distancing. The “hands, face, space and fresh air” rule.
 
This latest bulletin from Derby and Derbyshire CCG describes the position we are now in, with the gradual relaxation in restrictions, including the reopening of outdoor sports facilities. It says the number of cases of Covid-19 has now reduced to the levels we were experiencing around September and after a week where no excess deaths were recorded in England and Wales. “Despite this, it is important to remember that the vaccination programme has not started to reach the age groups that are most likely to spread the virus and so caution is still being urged so as not to risk the progress that has been made to date.”
 
Latest figures, from just before the Easter break, showed that over 30 million first doses of the vaccination have been given across the UK and the total number of fully vaccinated adults stands at well over 4 million.


> Local vaccination update
While we are experiencing temporary limitations on vaccine supplies, our Joined Up Care Derbyshire (JUCD) community is concentrating on vaccinating anyone over-50 who has not yet booked their jab, and to begin to give second doses to the high priority groups from mid-April. While vaccine supplies are temporarily more limited, we won’t be opening our DCHS-led vaccination centre at Derby Arena again until 12 April and that will be for second doses only; however the GP-led local vaccination service remains open on the same site. 
 
If you missed the opportunity last month to have a first jab because you were waiting to be Covid-free, or for another specific clinical reason, please contact jo.hunter1@nhs.net to see what can be arranged for you.

> Please stick to your second dose appointment
Second dose appointments for staff are unaffected by the temporary reduction in supply and it's really important that you do all you can to stick to your planned booking and avoid rearranging it. This is particularly the case if you were given the Pfizer vaccine in order to minimise waste. If you haven’t already got a date for the second dose of your vaccination then please wait to be contacted by the site where you received your first dose. If for any reason you haven’t been contacted by week 11 then please get in touch with jo.hunter1@nhs.net.
Patient facing colleagues:
  • RCNi Midlands nursing careers and jobs fair: Taking place on Thursday 15 April, an opportunity to join the UK’s largest free nursing development event. Details and registration at: www.careersandjobsfair.com
  • LFT testing protocol: You must provide evidence of a negative lateral flow test (LFT) result undertaken within the last 72 hours when visiting a care home, or you will be refused access. Full guidance is here along with our local protocol here
     
  • Guidance for visits to inpatient wards: We continue to follow our designated visitor guidance which facilitates compassionate visiting. We will not, at this time, be initiating lateral flow testing for those visiting end-of-life patients in the last few days of life.  
     
  • Learning from outbreaks: This poster and guide has been developed to help us learn the lessons from Covid-19 outbreaks in our services. It covers tips on break times, car sharing and ventilation. 
     
  • SOPs: Our standard operating procedure (SOP) for inpatients, outpatients and urgent treatment centres was last updated on 11 March. Click here to download that and all other available SOPs.
Reminders:
  • Shielding paused from 1 April: Please read here for updated guidance on supporting colleagues who were shielding until the government's announcement that shielding was being paused from 1 April.
     
  • Staff transfer scheme:  This optional staff transfer scheme makes it easier to move jobs within DCHS if you are looking for a change. For a quick overview just read this poster, and for full details check out this guidance.
     
  • Women’s safety and domestic abuse during Covid-19: Download this letter for helpful information on the signs of domestic abuse, associated public information and how to access help.
     
  • Pre-election guidance: Guidance is available here to cover what NHS organisations are allowed to publicise from now until local elections on Thursday 6 May. For advice about any activities you have planned before 6 May, contact: dchst.communications@nhs.net
     
  • RCN and HSJ awards open for entries: Please check out these awards and think about who you can nominate from DCHS. The RCN awards are open to nurses, health visitors, nursing students and nursing support workers. Visit rcn-nursing-awards.co.uk for more information. Closing date: 30 April. The HSJ award details are here: Award Categories 2021 | HSJ Awards. Closing date: 4 June.
Wellbeing:
  • Spirituality and faith workshop – 2pm on Friday 16 April: a practical and interactive workshop designed to enhance wellbeing by focusing on our own spiritual needs and those of others in our lives/work. To register please click here. It’s part of our ‘Delivering on Inclusion @DCHS'.
     
  • Financial wellbeing:  listen again to this workshop from Chris Hughes on how to make the most of your money, with practical steps and tips by tuning in here.

    You can also get free, confidential financial support (phone, text or web chat) and video resources via our partnership with Money Advice Service for this financial wellbeing offer.

     
  • Our next Schwartz Round: 'When you can’t make the work day stop', on Tuesday 27 April at 1pm, Read more here. For more information and the link to join please contact Ruth Bailey, staff wellbeing officer, at: Ruth.Bailey8@nhs.net
     
  • Wellbeing calendar of events and opportunities: You can find all sorts of wellbeing events, development sessions and more on this page, including personal power and beating burnout.
If you want us to cover any specific topics please let us know. It’s important we continue to work collectively to shape our comms so we get the most from it. Tell us more here: dchst.communications@nhs.net

Many thanks

 
Issued on behalf of
William Jones
Chief Operating Officer & Accountable Emergency Officer

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS FT
 
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