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Your weekly NHS update for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

 24 June 2022

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

Reminder for eligible people to get their spring booster in time for summer

The NHS is urging people who still need a spring booster vaccination to come forward as soon as practically possible.
 
Since March, the NHS has been offering spring booster doses to all people aged 75 years and over, people aged 12 years and over with a weakened immune system, and residents in older adult care homes. People who still need one are strongly encouraged to visit the
National Booking Service, call 119 or find a convenient local walk-in site.
 
The spring booster will give protection against Coronavirus during the summer. For those having a summer holiday in August, getting the spring booster before the end of June will give time to gain maximum protection ahead of the trip. It will also allow enough time before the next seasonal dose to extend protection over winter, and against any possible resurgence in infection levels.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommends that people with a weakened immune system receive their spring booster as close as possible to six months after their last dose for maximum protection. However, the booster can be given from three months where necessary, depending on individual circumstances.

Second dose of covid vaccine for 5-11 year olds

We have launched a new campaign to encourage families, including children aged 5 and over, to get vaccinated against Covid in time for the summer. COVID is still circulating and the message to families is that they can carry on doing all the things they love by getting everyone vaccinated at a convenient local clinic.
 
1st doses are still available for everyone, including 5-11 year olds, and this age group can now also have a 2nd dose. Most children can get a 2nd dose from 12 weeks after they had their 1st dose. Children with a health condition that means they're at high risk from Covid, or they live with someone who has a weakened immune system, can get a 2nd  dose from 8 weeks after they had their 1st dose.


Further information is available on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-for-children/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine-for-children-aged-5-to-15/

Getting your Covid-19 jab this weekend

This weekend there are pop-up vaccine clinics at:

Leicestershire County Cricket Ground, Grace Road, Leicester, LE2 8EB
 
Please note this pop-up clinic is for ticketholders to the Leicestershire and India match only
  • Thursday 23 June, Age 16+ 9am-3pm, Age 5+ 3-6.30pm
  • Friday 24 June, Age 16+ 9am-3pm, Age 5+ 3-6.30pm
  • Saturday 25 June, Age 5+ 9am-6.30pm
  • Sunday 26 June, Age 5+ 9am-6.30pm
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster doses. 2nd booster dose with invite or proof of eligibility.
McDonald’s, Red Hill Circle, Abbey Lane, Leicester LE4 2AB
  • Friday 24 June, Age 16+ 9am-3pm, Age 5+ 3pm-7pm
  • Saturday 25 June, Age 5+ 9am-7pm
  • Sunday 26 June, Age 5+ 9am-7pm
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster doses. 2nd booster dose with invite or proof of eligibility.
For the most up to date information on Covid clinics please visit https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/.

2. National award for LLR CCGs Executive Director of Integration and Transformation 

We are delighted to announce that Rachna Vyas, Executive Director of Integration and Transformation at the LLR CCGs, has been awarded the Public Service category of this year’s national Asian Women of Achievement Awards.

The Award was presented at the ceremony in London, that celebrates multicultural Britain and the contribution of diverse cultures and talents to UK society.

Rachna, pictured above, centre, said: "Those who know me, know that i do what i do because of the strong sense of purpose and justice instilled in me. This comes from having strong, positive role models and I have been so fortunate to have been surrounded by these in every area of my life.

Particularly though, in health and care services, we know that trust matters and representation matters, and diversity in thought and leadership means healthier, safer and  stronger communities and I am proud to play my small part in this, in partnership with all those who strive for the same".

On behalf of everyone at the LLR CCGs we would like to offer our congratulations to Rachna. 

3. Funding for groups to involve the public in health and care service transformation 

The East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) annual public involvement fund offers 15 awards of £2,000 to successful organisations and groups in the region.

This funding is aimed at health, social care, charities and voluntary organisations and groups. EMAHSN welcomes applications that encourage public involvement in health and care research, innovation, transformation, and improvement.

Applications to the scheme close at midnight on Thursday 30 June 2022.
 
To find out more and to apply for the scheme, visit:
www.emahsn.org.uk/publicinvolvementfund

4. Physical Activity and Wellbeing Residents’ Survey 2022

Active Together, alongside Local Authority Physical Activity Teams and other physical activity, sport and wellbeing partners across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland, would like to understand how you feel about being active, your current habits and your future intentions. This will help to identify what support and opportunities are needed in our local communities to help you and other residents lead healthy active lives.
 
The information you provide will be used by your Local Authority, Active Together and other physical activity and sport providers to shape a local physical activity and sport offer with a focus on improving residents’ health and wellbeing.

Don’t worry if you are not currently taking part in activity or not regularly attending sports sessions, your views are equally as important. If you require more information or guidance on how you can move a little more, please visit
www.active-together.org/public.
 
If opted in, all respondents will be in with a chance of winning one of 15 x £20 Amazon.co.uk Gift Cards. Please note residents must be over 18 years of age and live within Leicestershire, Leicester or Rutland to complete the survey.
 
The closing date to complete this survey is midnight on Sunday 10th July 2022.
Start the survey here:
www.active-together.org/pawellbeingsurvey

5. Invitation to nominate in the LPT Celebrating Excellence Awards 

Nominations are being sought for the Celebrating Excellence Awards, which celebrate the significant contribution of Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) staff and volunteers, sharing their achievements for the wider benefit of patients, service users and staff. 

Nominations may be made by members of the public; you do not need to work for the NHS to nominate someone you think deserves an award. 

LPT provides community and mental health services for people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, including families, young people and children's services and learning disability services. 

The award categories include Delivering Exceptional Care, Volunteer of the Year, Unsung Hero of the Year and Excellence in Partnerships.
 
Award categories, criteria and the nomination form can be found at
www.leicspart.nhs.uk/awards. Nominations are open until 9am Monday 4 July 2022.
 
The winners will be announced at a special ceremony on the evening of Thursday 13 October 2022. Nominators of the three finalists in each category will be invited to attend the ceremony and join this celebration of remarkable teams and individuals.

EXTRA: Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day on 25 June is an opportunity to thanks and celebrate the huge contribution made by past and present members of the Armed Forces.
  
This year, we are joining our colleagues at the local authorities for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland in letting people know they aren’t alone. 64% of SSAFA veterans said they had felt lonely or isolated since leaving the Armed Forces, and said they had no close friends. 

If you haven’t heard from someone in a while, or you know they’re going through something, reach out, connect and start a conversation  
www.startaconversation.co.uk .  It could make all the difference, as 3 out of 4 men won’t open up to friends about their mental health for fear of being seen as a burden.
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