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Your weekly NHS update for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

 10 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.
LLR CCGs Annual General Meeting

The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups’ (LLR CCGs) Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Tuesday 28 June 2022 between 2.30pm and 4pm at the King Power Stadium.

You should have received your invitation by email yesterday (June 9) with booking details, which are also given below.
 
At the meeting, as we
ll as reviewing our progress during 2021/22, we will  provide an update on our transition to an Integrated Care System (ICS) from July this year and celebrate some of our key successes and achievements as CCGs.

As we are keen to answer as many questions as we can, we are requesting that you submit any questions you may have by Thursday 23 June, so that we can plan for responses to be provided on the day.
 
If you would like to submit a question please email our Communications team by Thursday 23 June at CorporateCommsLLRCCGs@nhs.net
 
Confirm your attendance for our AGM before 12pm on Thursday 23 June 2022 by emailing: CorporateCommsLLRCCGs@nhs.uk

1. Local NHS pays tribute to Chair of local patient group for Jubilee honours award

The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland CCGs have paid tribute to the Chair of the Patient Participation Group (PPG) at Charnwood Community Medical Group in Loughborough, for being recognised in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Honours List.
 
Mick Gregory, PPG member since 2011 following 40 years working for the Ambulance Service, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to health and to the community in the East Midlands.
 
He joins dozens of NHS staff, including GPs, nurses and midwives, who have also been honoured in the landmark awards, celebrating 70 years of the Queen’s service.
 
Mick’s involvement with the NHS began in 1971 when he joined the Leicestershire Ambulance Service, where he was one of the first paramedics in the organisation, before eventually becoming Head of Clinical Services for the East Midlands Ambulance Service.
 
In 2011, shortly before he retired, Mick joined the PPG at Charnwood Community Medical Group, his local GP practice in Loughborough, where he has been Chair since 2018. During the covid pandemic, he also volunteered as a marshall at the Charnwood vaccination centre and helped to recruit other volunteers.

Read the full story at: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/news/ccg-news/local-nhs-pays-tribute-to-chair-of-local-patient-group-for-jubilee-honours-award/ 


Pictured above: Mick Gregory (centre) with Paul Hanlon (left) and Dr Geoff Hanlon (right) from Charnwood Community Medical Group.

2. Covid-19 vaccine update


Reminder for people who have weakened immune systems to get covid jab 

NHS England, charity and community leaders are urging people with a weakened immune system to make sure they are up to date with their covid vaccinations. 
 

Anyone aged 12 years and over who is immunosuppressed is advised to receive a Spring booster dose (the second booster) of the vaccine.

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.

COVID-19 is still out there and the vaccine offers the best defence against becoming seriously unwell, staying out of hospital 

Getting your Covid-19 jab this weekend

The NHS is continuing to provide pop-up clinics at different locations each weekend. This weekend vaccines will be available at Tesco Extra in Ashby-De-La- Zouch and Loughborough Market on the following days:


 Tesco Extra, Ashby-De-La- Zouch
  • Saturday 11 June, 9am-6pm, Age 5+
  • Sunday 12 June, 9am-4pm, Age 5+
Loughborough Market
  • Saturday 11 June, 10am-4pm, Age 5+
The mobile vaccination unit will also be attending the Download Festival at Castle Donington this weekend, however this will be for event ticket holders only.

There are many other opportunities to get a COVID-19 vaccine this weekend. Further walk-in clinics will be taking place at the following locations and booked appointments are offered in some cases as indicated:

Saturday 11th June

  • Mistry Pharmacy, 14 High St, Market Harborough LE16 7NJ. Age 5+ 9.30am-4.30pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Vision Pharmacy Spinney Hill, 1 Spinney Hill Rd, Leicester LE5 3GH. Age 5+ 9am-3pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Highcross Shopping Centre, Age 5+10am-6pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters
  • Hinckley Leisure Centre, Age 5+ 10am-3.45pm. 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Jalaram Community Centre, 2a Westcotes Dr, Leicester LE3 0QR. Age 5+ 9.15am-2.45pm. 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Leicester General Hospital. Age 12+ 8.30am-3.30pm. 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Melton Road Vaccination Centre, 221 Melton Road, Leicester. LE4 7AN. Age 5+ 9am-6pm. 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Loughborough Market. Age 5+ 10am-4pm. 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters. 
  • St Luke’s Hospital Car Park, Market Harborough, LE16 7BN. Age 5+ 10am-5pm. 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Oakham Enterprise Park. Age 5+ 9.30am-5.30pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Coalville Hospital. Age 18+ (Moderna) 9am-1pm 1st, 2nd & 3rd dose. 1st Boosters.
  • Coalville Hospital. Age 5-11 yrs & age 12-15 yrs 1.15pm-5pm 1st, 2nd & 3rd dose. 1st Boosters.
  • Saffron Pharmacy, 501 Saffron Ln, Leicester LE2 6UL. Age 12+ 9am-12pm. 1st & 2nd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Download Festival, Donington Park, Castle Donington, DE74 2RP. 10am-9pm. Age 5+ 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Loughborough Hospital, Age 12+ 8.15am-1.15 pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Tesco Extra Ashby. Age 5+ 9am-4pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Peepul Centre, Orchardson Ave, Leicester LE4 6DP,  Age 5-11 yrs 8.15am-11.15am  1st & 2nd dose. 1st Boosters. 

Sunday 12th June

  • Highcross Shopping Centre, Age 5+11am-5pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters
  • Melton Road Vaccination Centre, 221 Melton Road, Leicester. LE4 7AN. Age 5+ 9am-6pm. 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Coalville Hospital. Age 18+ (Moderna) 1.15pm-5pm 1st, 2nd & 3rd dose. 1st Boosters.
  • Coalville Hospital.  Age 5-11 yrs & age 12-15 yrs 9am-1pm 1st, 2nd & 3rd dose. 1st Boosters.
  • Download Festival, Donington Park, Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2RP. 10am-9pm. Age 5+ 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Feilding Palmer Hospital, Age 5-17 yrs 10.15am-1.15 pm 1st, 2nd & 3rd dose. 2nd Boosters.
  • Loughborough Hospital, Age 5-11 yrs 8.15am-1.15 pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st Boosters.
  • Tesco Extra Ashby. Age 5+ 9am-4pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Peepul Centre, Orchardson Ave, Leicester LE4 6DP, UK Age 18+ 8.15am-11.15am. 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Melton Sports Village 11am-4pm Age 5+ 11am-4pm  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
For the most up to date information on Covid clinics please visit https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/.

3. Carers Week: Have your say on the proposed Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Carers Strategy 

People are being urged to share their views on plans to support carers across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland over the next three years. 

A consultation has been launched to coincide with Carers Week, on the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) Carers Strategy 2022-2025. It is estimated there are around 100,000 carers in Leicestershire.

The strategy has been developed jointly by Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, Rutland Council and the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups (LLR CCGs) and is a refreshed version of the LLR Joint Carers Strategy 2018–2021: Recognising, Valuing and Supporting Carers. 

The refresh aims to make the strategy clearer and more accessible.

The consultation, which will run for six weeks, is seeking the views of the public, carers themselves and the people they look after, as well as organisations that work with carers, and council staff.

You can read more information about the consultation and how to take part here:
 Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) draft Joint Carers Strategy 2022 - 2025 | Leicestershire County Council

4. Funding awarded to LLR to tackle health inequalities

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland has been successful in securing £72k from NHS England and Improvement for a programme to reduce health inequalities in our communities.

The Core20Plus Connectors Programme is part of the NHSs Core20Plus5 approach to reducing health and care inequalities and we were one of only 8 systems from 28 applications across the country to be awarded the funding, as part of wave 2 of this programme.
 
The CCGs are collaborating with three delivery partners from the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector on this programme:

  • South Asian Health Action
  • Shama Womens Centre
  • Equality Action Charnwood
Our focus will be on equitable access to services, improved experience and optimal outcomes for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. Initially, the delivery partners will be focusing on three areas:
  • Identifying more people with hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Respiratory – improving take-up of the vaccines for covid, flu and pneumonia 
  • Cancer – improved screening and earlier diagnosis

Steve McCue, Senior Strategic Development Manager for the LLR CCGs said: “We are delighted to have secured this funding and excited to be collaborating with three fantastic delivery partners. The VCSE sector are key partners and have the ability to engage with communities in a way that we can’t. Together, and through the Core20Plus Connectors Programme, we have a wonderful  opportunity to really tackle health inequities in our communities."

5. World Clean Air Day: Thursday 16 June 


Every year in the UK air pollution causes 36,000 deaths, that’s why this year's Clean Air Day (Thursday 16th June) the UK Government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) are supporting the campaign to raise awareness about the significant health risks caused by air pollution. The focus for this year’s Clean Air Day is about highlighting how air pollution can impact every organ in everybody – not just those who are vulnerable. Even though we can’t see it, air pollution impacts our health from our first breath to our last.  
 
Air pollution is the biggest environmental threat to our health and could shorten our lives. It can also contribute towards chronic illness and put us more at risk from COVID-19.  Breathing polluted air can inflame the lining of our lungs and move into our bloodstream ending up in the heart and brain, causing lung disease, heart disease, dementia, and strokes.
 
This Clean Air Day there are some simple steps we can all take to help us cut down on the pollution we cause. Any reductions in air pollution that we make will lead to health improvements for us and our local communities. You can support Clean Air Day in three key ways:
To learn more about air pollution - visit CleanAirHub.org.uk where you will find everything you need to know about air pollution in one place.
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