Update from the Incident Response Team

Issue time: 9.30am, 23 March 2021

Well done to ....
Emily Ward, one of our Erewash-based health visitors, who received this lovely letter of thanks acknowledging her friendly and open approach to a first time mum.
“I’ve just had my antenatal health visitor appointment over the phone with a lovely lady called Emily Ward. Being pregnant during the crazy times we all find ourselves in can be a little lonely and you worry that you might not be ready or prepared for your little baby’s arrival. However, Emily has totally put me at ease by going through everything I’d like to know before baby arrives and where I can find things to help and inform me.
“Emily had a calm, friendly and open approach and we built up a good rapport. I felt like I could ask her anything – nothing would be a silly question – which is exactly what you need as a first time mum. I just wanted to take the time to thank her and say what a credit to the team Emily is.”
Well done Emily!
Key updates:

Covid-19 one year on – a day to reflect
Today marks the anniversary of the first UK lockdown – 23 March 2020. The Church of England has partnered with Marie Curie as part of a national day of reflection and everyone is encouraged to participate in ‘a minute’s silent reflection’ at 12 noon today. Tracy shared her reflections in a very poignant message to us all this morning, encouraging everyone to come together virtually with each other, and with the nation to reflect on our collective loss, support those who’ve been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future.

A reminder – information and guidance
With so much information and guidance being shared and updated regularly over the past 12 months, it’s not always easy to keep up. That’s why we’ve pulled together this handy list below...  
Women’s safety and domestic abuse during Covid-19: a reminder of advice available
In the last few weeks, many women are rightly coming forward to speak about the experiences they face of harassment, intimidation, assault and abuse. We are writing to you to remind you of the key signs of domestic abuse and the services that are available for women. Although these services are not exclusively there for or just needed by women, they are essential in supporting women who are in these distressing and sometimes dangerous situations. Our message is simple – the NHS is here for you. Download this letter for a huge range of helpful information on the signs of domestic abuse and associated public information; the ‘You Are Not Alone’ campaign; how to access help; sexual assault referral centres; plus resources for NHS staff and managers.

Launching the DCHS staff transfer scheme 
Do you have itchy feet and want to try something new? Are you moving to a new town and would like to work a bit closer to home? Maybe you had a taster of a new role during the pandemic as part of the redeployment scheme and fancy going back? There are lots of reasons why this optional staff transfer scheme could work for you. For a quick overview just read this poster, and for full details check out this guidance document.

Vaccination update
The NHS remains ahead of schedule to offer a first dose to all people aged over 50 by 15 April. Although as we’ve described in previous updates, we’re expecting a national reduction in vaccine supply for four weeks from 31 March. This means the beginning of phase two, which is set to follow the 50+ cohort, will be delayed. It also means the DCHS-led major vaccination centre at Derby Arena will temporarily close for two weeks from next week, reopening on 12 April. The vaccination centre is co-located with the GP-led local vaccination service, which is set to continue operating from the Arena.
Our focus will instead shift to pushing uptake among all people over 50 and delivering second doses, which will be unaffected. We’ll need to use our vaccine programme teams in new ways to increase the 50+ penetration. Some colleagues may simply move across the hall to help the GP-led operation, while others may be asked to work in different settings. We continue to work closely with system partners to develop a plan and maintain our strong momentum.
The latest report on our local vaccination programme performance is here. Those eligible for the vaccine can book online via the national booking service or wait to receive a letter from their GP.

Staff vaccinations – all staff are now eligible
A reminder that we’ve now opened up vaccinations for all remaining DCHS staff. This includes colleagues under the age of 50. Appointments are available at Derby Arena this week – book your vaccination here. Please remember to bring your proof of I.D. with you when you attend your appointment. If accessing Derby Arena is a problem for you then please email Jo Hunter to request alternate arrangements: jo.hunter1@nhs.net 

Your second dose appointment
Second dose appointments for staff are unaffected by the temporary reduction in supply. 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. This should happen automatically. If for any reason you haven’t been contacted by week 11 then please get in touch with jo.hunter1@nhs.net.

Fertility and Covid-19 vaccines – webinar with the experts
Experts from NHS England and Birmingham Women’s Hospital are hosting a free webinar tomorrow (24 March) from 2-3pm, which will answer questions around pregnancy and fertility in relation to the Covid-19 vaccine. Head here for more details.  You can also find a range of information here from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), including FAQs, an information leaflet/decision aid tool and more.

Still have questions?
If you have any unanswered questions, please feel free to contact our People Services team or Jo Hunter, deputy chief nurse, who can also refer any questions as required to a number of our medical experts.

Pre-election guidance
National guidance for the pre-election period previously known as ‘purdah’ has now been published for all NHS organisations, with the guidance available here.
The document outlines which activities or announcements can and cannot take place in the lead up to the local elections on Thursday 6 May. Most local authority areas have already entered the pre-election period, which is generally declared six weeks before an election. The very latest that the pre-election period can commence is Thursday 25 March 2021. If you have any queries, concerns or need any advice about communications and engagement activity that you are planning before the local elections in May, please contact: robertsteel1@nhs.net.  
Patient facing colleagues:
  • Aspirant nursing leaders programme for colleagues from a BAME background: We’re delighted to announce a new initiative to support aspiring nursing leaders from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background. If you would like to register to hear about other development opportunities please read the information pack here. Closing date for applications is 9am Tuesday 6 April.
  • Calling all district nursing team leaders: The Queen’s Nursing Institute needs your help with a 10-min survey to identify workforce readiness to manage acute illnesses at home. Let us know what you think here.
  • Important LFT update for community teams: You must now 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. We recognise this may mean undertaking more regular LFTs than you are currently expected to do. If you need support with LFT you can contact the employee relations helpline on 07785 414129 or email: dchst.twiceweeklystafftesting@nhs.net. Full guidance is here.
  • Lateral flow testing protocol – your questions answered: Some of you have asked why schools are using a throat swab in addition to the nasal swab that we routinely use, as we’re all being given same testing kit? You’ve asked whether we should do the same? The answer is no – NHS staff must continue with the nasal-only swab, as agreed with the MHRA and the manufacturers. You will be given a simple guide for healthcare staff when you accept the testing kit, covering how to undertake the test, how to interpret the results, how to dispose of waste, etc. Download the latest lateral flow testing protocol here. Or get help from the employee relations helpline on 07785 414129 or email: dchst.twiceweeklystafftesting@nhs.net
  • Easter PPE deliveries: There will be no PPE deliveries on either Good Friday or Easter Monday. If this is your normal delivery day then please make sure you have ordered sufficient stock beforehand.
  • Vaccination patient journey – more languages published: This video which helps to describe the patient vaccination journey in Derbyshire is helping to improve vaccination confidence. The materials are now available in a number of new languages and you can access everything here
  • SOPs: Our standard operating procedure (SOP) for inpatients, outpatients and urgent treatment centres was updated on 11 March. Click here to download that and all other available SOPs.
  • Facebook Live catch up: Our director of people services and organisational effectiveness, Darren Tidmarsh, joined William Jones for Friday’s Facebook Live session to reflect on this year’s NHS Staff Survey results and discuss our next steps. You can catch up on that here.
  • Individual Covid-19 risk assessments: You can find the new and improved version of the process here.
  • Yoga with Ruth – on demand: By popular demand, we’ve uploaded the first bunch of ‘yoga with Ruth’ videos so you can have a go at a time to suit you. Whether it’s a spot of yoga to help you wake up, or a quick ‘power yoga’ break, we’ve got you covered…
  • Wellbeing calendar of events and opportunities: We’ve got a host of brilliant events, development sessions and more on this page, including personal power, beating burnout and financial wellbeing.
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

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