Update from the Incident Response Team

Issue time: 3.30pm, 30 March 2021

Well done to ....
Lisa Brentnall from our dementia palliative care team for her fantastic patient-centred and partnership approach to find solutions that worked for a patient near the end of life with complex needs.
Lisa was nominated by Derbyshire Healthcare nurse Sarah Amers, based at Killamarsh Clinic, who had previously struggled to find the right support for her patient. Sarah said: “Lisa has remained involved and offered support to me, the patient and the patient's family. The response time, communication (even out of hours and on her days off), as well as visits to assess the patient have been remarkable. The patient is now comfortable, surrounded by what they want with the appropriate care and services. Without Lisa, I believe the outcome may not have been the same. This was definitely patient-centred care at its best!” Well done and thank you Lisa.
Key updates:

Shielding paused from Thursday 1 April
Please read here for updated guidance about supporting our shielding colleagues following the government announcement that shielding will be paused from this Thursday (1 April). The guidance covers what will happen next if you have been shielding and measures we are putting in place for you. We are not expecting a return to work on 1 April, but to first create an individual plan with your manager in light of the guidance.  

Easing of lockdown restrictions
Yesterday (29 March) marked the first easing of lockdown restrictions in England. Many of us have been waiting eagerly to be able to spend time with friends and family again, but please remember to follow the 'Hands, Face, Space… and Fresh Air’ guidance while the rule of six or two households permission applies only to outdoor settings at the moment. We must all continue to be patient, however hard it is, and follow the rules put in place in order to stop Covid-19 cases rising. You can read about the different steps in the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown here: COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 (Summary) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Fertility and Covid-19 vaccines – Q&A session on 6 April
On Tuesday 6 April at 5pm you’re invited to join a Q&A 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. Please email robertsteel1@nhs.net if you intend to join the discussion so we have some idea of numbers or if you’d like to receive a calendar invitation.

Covid vaccination update
It’s been widely reported that there’s a national reduction in Covid vaccine supplies for the next four weeks. Our JUCD community is still able to concentrate 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 site remains open now for the GP-led local vaccination service.
Collectively, we have now administered over half a million doses of the vaccine in Derby and Derbyshire – a momentous achievement. Well done to everyone involved who has helped us to reach so many people since December. The latest report on the Derbyshire vaccination programme performance is here. The Midlands is the first NHS region in the country to have delivered five million vaccine doses, which you can read about here.

Staff vaccinations
For the past couple of weeks we’ve been able to offer vaccinations to all DCHS staff, regardless of age or whether patient-facing or not. We are pleased that many of you took up the offer and booked your appointments before last Sunday. As you’ll have read above, we don’t have such plentiful vaccine supplies for the next few weeks and our Arena vaccination centre is temporarily paused so we are unable to book you in for any further first-time appointments just yet. However, if you missed out on taking up the offer of a first jab because you were waiting to be Covid-free, or for other specific clinical reasons, please contact jo.hunter1@nhs.net to see what can be arranged for you.

Second doses unaffected
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.

Celebrity endorsement to overcome vaccine hesitancy
Sir Lenny Henry has today written an open letter and released a video urging BAME Britons to take the Covid-19 vaccine. The letter has been signed by high-profile figures such as actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, YouTube star KSI, actress Thandie Newton, DJ Trevor Nelson and historian David Olusoga.

Guidance for visits to inpatient wards
We continue to follow our designated visitor guidance at this time which facilitates compassionate visiting. As an organisation we will continue to follow the protocols we have in place supporting designated visiting to patients using IP&C guidance, supporting relatives with hand hygiene, use of masks etc. 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 as our preference is to support relatives to manage these visits in a dignified, compassionate and IP&C friendly manner.

RCN and HSJ awards open for entries: what are you waiting for!
With 24 categories in the newly announced HSJ awards and 15 categories in the RCN nursing awards there’s plenty of scope to nominate all those fabulous DCHS teams and individuals who really stood out during the past 12 months of the pandemic response.
The RCN awards are open to nurses, midwives, health visitors, nursing students and nursing support workers. You don’t need to be an RCN member to enter and there is no limit on the number of awards which can be submitted, free. Visit rcn-nursing-awards.co.uk for more information. You have until 30 April to apply.
The HSJ awards opened for entries this week with a commitment to “help boost morale by recognising as many NHS teams as possible for their amazing efforts, going above and beyond to preserve thousands of lives” during the pandemic year.” Details here: Award Categories 2021 | HSJ Awards. Entries close on 4 June.
Patient facing colleagues:
  • Aspirant BAME nursing leaders initiative – closing date 6 April: This new initiative supports aspiring nursing leaders from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background. Download the information pack here. Closing date for applications is 9am Tuesday 6 April.
  • District nursing team leaders: The Queen’s Nursing Institute is requesting your help with a 10-min survey to identify workforce readiness to manage acute illnesses at home. Survey closing date is 9 May. Details here.
  • 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 currently do. If you need support with LFT just contact the employee relations helpline on 07785 414129 or email: dchst.twiceweeklystafftesting@nhs.net. Full guidance is here.
  • Lateral flow testing protocol: 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
  • PPE deliveries after Easter: Service stock takes will not be required for the week commencing 5 April. Normal deliveries will resume on 6 April.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Women’s safety and domestic abuse during Covid-19
    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, including the ‘You Are Not Alone’ campaign; how to access help; sexual assault referral centres and resources for NHS staff.

  • Pre-election guidance
    National guidance for NHS organisations for the pre-election period is available here to cover the run up to the local elections on Thursday 6 May. If you need advice about any communications or engagement activity that you are planning before 6 May, contact: dchst.communications@nhs.net
  • Spirituality and faith workshop: this workshop is part of our multi-day virtual equality, diversity, and inclusion equalities conference themed 'Delivering on Inclusion @DCHS'. It is intended to be a practical and interactive workshop that we hope will enhance wellbeing by focusing on our own spiritual needs and those of others in our lives/work. It takes place on Friday 16 April from 2-3:30pm. If you’d like to register please click on the link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spirituality-and-faith-tickets- 145569924563
  • Our next Schwartz Round: 'When you can’t make the work day stop', on Tuesday 27 April at 1.00pm, Read more here, and for more information and the link to join please contact Ruth Bailey, staff wellbeing officer, at Ruth.Bailey8@nhs.net
  • Yoga with Ruth: 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.
  • 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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