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Your weekly NHS update for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

18th March 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.
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 https://llracademy.org/project-launch-fund/ 

1. Covid-19 vaccine update 

 
Spring Boosters from next week

The successful NHS vaccination programme is due to be extending further from next week (21 March). In February, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised a spring dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for: 

  • adults aged 75 years and over
  • residents in care homes for older adults
  • individuals aged 12 years and over who have a weakened immune system


The NHS will contact those who are eligible to make a spring booster appointment, so people should wait until they hear from the NHS. The NHS will prioritise those whose clinical need is greatest, as it has throughout, starting with those who have had a bigger gap since their last dose, then working through the cohort to invite others who have waited less time. Everyone who is eligible will be offered a top up between three and six months over the Spring and early Summer. 

NHS England & Improvement are due to make an imminent announcement on the roll-out of spring boosters. Please check our website for any updates.  



 Pop-up clinics

The NHS is continuing to provide pop-up clinics at different locations each weekend. Today, tomorrow and Sunday (18-20 March), vaccines will be available outside Evington Community Centre and Wigston Fire Station. People can drop in any time between 9am and 5pm, for first, second, third and booster doses.

Today the clinics are for ages 16 plus 9am-3pm and 12 plus between 3pm-5pm and tomorrow and Sunday they are for ages 12 plus.

There are still many other locations and opportunities to get a Covid-19 vaccine this weekend if you can’t make it to one of our pop-up clinics.

The drive-through vaccination clinic continues at County Hall (Leicester Road, Glenfield, LE3 8RA) and is open every Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 7pm.  First, second, third and 1st booster doses are available to the following:
  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday:  Age 16+ between 11am-3pm and Age 12+ between 3pm-7pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: Age 12+
Further walk-in clinics will be taking place at the following locations:
 

Saturday 19th March

  • Evington Community Centre, 2 Hollington Road, LE5 5HS, 9am-5pm Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose.
  • Wigston Fire Station, Bull Head St, LE18 1PB 9am-5pm, Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose.
  • Oakham Enterprise Park, 10am-5.30pm.Age 12+ 9.30am-1.30pm,  1st  2nd or 3rd dose. 1st Boosters.
  • Vision Pharmacy, 1 Spinney Hill Rd,  LE5 3GH. (9am-3pm Age 12+)  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st Boosters.
  • Leicester General Hospital, 8.30am-3.30pm. Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose.
  • Saffron Pharmacy. 9am-12pm Age 16+  1st, 2nd or 1st booster dose
  • Oakwood Pharmacy, 2A Main St, Woodhouse Eaves, Loughborough LE12 8RZ.  Age 12+ 9am-1pm,  1st, 2nd, or 1st booster dose
  • Charnwood Borough Council, 9.30am-4.30pm. Age 16+  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st Boosters.
  • Melton Road Vaccination Centre (Age 12+ 10am-6pm)  1st, 2nd or 1st booster dose
  • Loughborough Hospital, 8.15am-3.15pm Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose. Quiet time  8.15-10.15am, suitable for clinically vulnerable 12-15 year olds.
  • Peepul Centre, 8.15am-3.15pm. Age 12+  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st Boosters. Pre-booked appointments also available, click these links: Age 12-15 & Age 16+
  • Coalville Hospital, 10am-5pm. Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose.
  • Jalaram Community Centre, 2a Westcotes Dr, Leicester LE3 0QR. 9.15am-2.45pm Age 12+ 1st, 2nd or 1st booster dose.
  • St Hilda’s Vaccination Centre, Ling Dl, East Goscote, Leicester LE7 3XW, 9.30am-1.30pm Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose.

Sunday 20th March

  • Evington Community Centre, 2 Hollington Road, LE5 5HS, 9am-5pm Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose.
  • Wigston Fire Station, Bull Head St, LE18 1PB 9am-5pm, Age 12+ 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose.
  • Leicester Royal Infirmary, 8.30am-5.30pm. Age 12+ 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose. Walk in or pre-book online.
  • Vision Pharmacy, 1 Spinney Hill Rd,  LE5 3GH. (10am-4pm Age 12+)  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st Boosters.
  • Melton Sports Village, Burton Rd, Melton Mowbray LE13 1DR 9am-4pm, Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose
  • Glenfield Hospital, 8.30am-7.30pm. Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose
  • Melton Road Vaccination Centre (Age 12+ 10am-6pm)  1st, 2nd or 1st booster dose
  • Peepul Centre, 12.15pm-7.15pm. Age 12+  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st Boosters. Quiet time  12.15-2.15pm, suitable for clinically vulnerable 12-15 year olds. Pre-booked appointments also available, click these links: Age 12-15 & Age 16+
  • Coalville Hospital, 10am-5pm. Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose.

Monday 21st March

  • Oakham Enterprise Park, 10am-5.30pm.(Age 16+ 10am-3pm & Age 12+ 3pm-5.30pm)  1st  2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters. 
  • Merridale Medical Centre, 5 Fullhurst Ave, Leicester LE3 1BL (2pm-3pm Age 16+ & 3pm-6pm Age 12+)  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose
  • Glenfield Hospital, 8.30am-3pm. Age 16+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose
  • Glenfield Hospital, 3pm-5.30pm. Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose
  • Countesthorpe Chemist, 16 Central St, Countesthorpe, Leicester LE8 5QJ. 9am-6pm Age 16+  1st, 2nd or 1st booster dose
  • Saffron Pharmacy. 9am-6pm Age 16+  1st, 2nd or 1st booster dose
  • Oakwood Pharmacy, 2A Main St, Woodhouse Eaves, Loughborough LE12 8RZ. (Age 16+ 9am-3pm & Age 12+ 3pm-6pm)  1st, 2nd, or 1st booster dose
  • Melton Road Vaccination Centre (Age 16+ 10am-3pm & Age 12+ 3pm-6pm)  1st, 2nd or 1st booster dose
  • Coalville Hospital, 3.15pm-7.15pm. Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose.
  • Jalaram Community Centre, 2a Westcotes Dr, Leicester LE3 0QR. (Age 16+  9.15am-3pm &  Age 12+ 3pm-4.45pm) 1st, 2nd or 1st booster dose.
  • Peepul Centre, 8.15pm-1.15pm. Age 16+  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st Boosters.
  • Delivery Pharmacy, Jacknell Rd, Alan Bray Cl, Hinckley LE10 3BP. 9am-5.25pm, Age 16+  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st Boosters.
  • Village Pharmacy, Main Street, Cosby. (Age 16+ 9am-3pm  & Age 12+ 3pm-6pm) 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st Boosters.
 
For the full list of walk-in clinics and for more details visit: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/

2. VIP visits innovative partnership scheme  

People across Leicestershire with minor illnesses have been referred to local pharmacies relieving pressure on wider NHS services in the region, following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NHS community pharmacist consultation service (CPCS) allows patients to be seen more quickly and makes better use of clinical expertise closer to home by referring patients to the most appropriate healthcare setting, such as a community pharmacy, freeing-up clinical practice staff to see more patients who need their help.

The North West Leicestershire Primary Care Network started using the scheme last year to improve access to its doctors.

Since using the service, the network, consisting of 12 GP practices covering 109,000 patients in Castle Donington, Ashby de la Zouch, Coalville, Measham, Ibstock and Markfield, has sent 747 referrals into the CPCS potentially freeing up 124 hours of general practice time.

Community pharmacies now play a bigger clinical role than ever within the urgent care system by delivering a swift, convenient, and effective minor illness service to meet patient needs.

Today, in a visit to the North West Leicestershire PCN, David Webb, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer at NHS England and NHS Improvement, saw the scheme first-hand and thanked colleagues for their hard work. He said:

“Community pharmacists are highly qualified clinical professionals who use their expertise to play a key role in the NHS’s recovery by making thousands of safe, convenient minor illness consultations available every day across England as part of an integrated service in primary care.

“Working closely with their GP team colleagues they are helping people to safely access the right clinical help fast and get the treatment they need.

“Pharmacies are at the heart of their local communities and really know their patients well. I’m delighted to see this working so well in North West Leicestershire.”

As well as referrals from general practices, the CPCS service takes referrals to community pharmacy from NHS 111 and NHS 111 online, Integrated Urgent Care Clinical Assessment Services and in some cases via the 999 service.

Making the best use of the clinical skills of pharmacists is an important part of the NHS Long Term Plan as the health service works to reduce elective backlogs caused by the pandemic.

To find out more visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/midlands/2022/03/17/gp-practices-across-leicestershire-are-working-closely-with-community-pharmacies-to-improve-access-to-nhs-services-following-the-covid-19-pandemic/ 

3. Roll-out begins for the local Care Record programme

A number of pilot sites are due to launch this month (March 2022) for the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) Care Record.

The programme will see people across LLR receiving better, safer care and treatment, thanks to the introduction of joined-up health and care records.

The LLR Care Record (LLRCR), part of the national Shared Care Records (ShCR) programme, will bring together a person’s separate LLR records into a structured, easy-to-read format. This will give health and care professionals directly involved in an individual’s care a more complete view of the care and treatment that they have received across all services.

The LLR Care Record is being progressed by the three local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL), Leicestershire Partnership Trust (LPT), the three upper tier local authorities and is working toward connecting other local partners including DHU111, care homes and hospices.

Pilot sites are being established with Ibstock and Barlestone GP surgery in Ibstock, Forest House GP practice in Leicester Forest East, LPT’s mental health services for older people, UHL’s nephrology team and the Rutland County Council discharge team. Training support will be provided to staff utilising the new system.

The LLR Care Record will mean information recorded about someone’s health and care such as illnesses, treatments and hospital admissions can be accessed by different people who are directly involved in their care. 

Previously, different hospitals, GPs and other health and care workers have recorded separate pieces of information, which was not easily shared. This has caused care and treatment delays, with organisations having to forward important facts by phone, email or paper. Shared care records will now enable the most up-to-date information to be available, 24/7.

It will ultimately mean, for instance, a doctor in a hospital will be able to access the same crucial information as a GP, such as details of allergies and current medications – bringing potentially life-saving benefits. It will mean people being able to leave hospital with staff confident that the right social care package is in place for them at home. It will mean information can be shared between mental health and social care colleagues to better support someone in crisis.

Professionals involved in an individual’s care will be able to see the ‘bigger picture’ in someone’s care records – easing an individual’s transition of care as they move between different health services or between NHS and social care services. 

Ease of access to this information will help prevent people having to repeat themselves each time they receive care at a different organisation.

Shared care records will make this information available at the touch of a button to the health and care professionals providing direct care for an individual. Professionals will be able to make better-informed decisions that will improve outcomes for those receiving care across LLR.

The information is available via a secure and safe IT system and can be accessed by different care providers regardless of the computer software programmes they use. The Care Record pulls together data from different systems (getting the systems talking to each other) – it does not store any data itself.

All records are strictly confidential and can only be accessed by clinical and care staff who are directly involved in an individual’s care.

4. Pharmacy across LLR consultation

The three local Health and Wellbeing Boards are asking people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) for their views on pharmacy services and usage.

This survey will help the NHS to plan for the future and ensure that local pharmacies offer high quality and accessible services to all. We are also interested in views on how local pharmacy services can be improved.

Every three years, pharmaceutical needs assessments (PNAs) are carried out around the country to ensure that local community pharmacies are meeting the needs of local people. There will be a formal consultation in summer 2022.

To complete the survey click here: https://bit.ly/3hWX9pY

5. NHS seeks views on proposed new standards for cancer 


The NHS has launched a consultation on proposed new standards that will help diagnose more cancers earlier and save more lives.

A report setting out the changes has been published and patients, clinicians and the public are being asked to share their views by 6th April 2022.

The new plan proposes ensuring patients have the same opportunity for faster diagnosis and treatment, including:
  • The 28-day faster diagnosis standard, which would see patients who have been urgently referred, have breast symptoms, or have been picked up through screening, have cancer ruled out or receive a diagnosis within 28 days.
  • A 62-day referral to treatment standard, meaning patients who receive a cancer diagnosis will start treatment within nine weeks from the date of referral.
  • A 31-day decision to treat to treatment standard, so that cancer patients receive their first treatment within a month of a decision to treat following diagnosis.
To view the consultation document and to share your views visit: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2022/03/nhs-seeks-views-on-proposed-new-standards-for-cancer/
 

5. Extra…World Sleep Day


Today is World Sleep Day and the theme is Quality Sleep, Sound Mind, Happy World. 
 
Quality sleep is essential not only for our mood and concentration, but also our physical health too. Regular poor sleep puts you at risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, coronary heart disease and diabetes – and it disrupts your immune system and shortens your life expectancy too. Most of us need around eight hours of good-quality sleep a night to function properly – but some need more and some less.
 
You can find more sleep advice on the NHS website – or this sleep top tips sheet put together by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s Mental Health Support Teams in Schools service.

 
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