Humber, Coast and Vale – December 2020

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Good evening everyone
We hope you are staying safe and well.
Key messages from leaders in the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership
COVID vaccine
You may have heard news about the approval of a Covid Vaccine (the Pfizer Biontech vaccine). This is very welcome news and we will be working with our NHS and council colleagues to get the vaccine to those eligible as soon as it is available. Patients will be contacted when the vaccine is available to them. Please do not contact your GP practice regarding the COVID vaccine.
The Partnership is working hard to deliver the Covid-19 vaccination programme. All partners are working closely and collaboratively to be ready to deploy the vaccine when it becomes available.
Progress on the vaccine programme is very welcome news, but it is absolutely essential that people don’t become complacent. We ask people to keep following the very simple actions in the national Guidance that keep you personally safe from infection – washing hands, wearing face coverings, maintaining social distancing and reducing social contact. This is still our best defence.
Additional reactive lines as required
Delivering the Pfizer vaccine is complex as it needs to be stored at very cold temperatures and moved carefully, so at first we will only deliver it from “Hospital Hubs”.
People over 80, care home staff and frontline NHS staff are a high priority but the nature of the Pfizer vaccine means that it needs it is difficult to transport and deliver. So while we will be working to vaccinate as many as possible from this group, it will likely be some time yet before we can offer roving vaccine services for those for who it wouldn’t be safe to bring to a hospital.
We are preparing and looking forward to offering the vaccine to more groups of people and in more ways, like local vaccination services, but this will be a marathon over the coming months, not a sprint. We will keep expanding the programme as we get more vaccine.
We will contact you when it’s the right time to come forward however this could be a few months away yet.
When you do receive an invitation for a vaccination please act on your invite and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them.
Decisions around prioritisation for vaccination will be made by the Government based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). JCVI has published in draft its advice on which groups should be prioritised and this can be found on the website.
Managing COVID
There are fewer COVID-positive patients in our hospitals than last week. Nevertheless, our hospitals are still under significant pressure and all partners are working together to ensure we can best meet the needs of our patients and residents in these difficult times.
Across HCV [or within local area x] we are enacting our plans to collectively ensure that we’ve got the right capacity in place (beds and staff) in good time to meet expected demands from Covid-19.
There are early signs that the rates of Covid-19 transmission in our communities are starting to decline, thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of everyone in sticking to the current restrictions. What everyone is doing is having an impact on infection rates but it is important that we don’t take our collective eye off the ball, just because rates are starting to drop.
It remains critically important that we all continue to follow the current government guidance as all our areas remain in areas of high or very high risk.
The Humber is now subject to the highest level of restrictions (tier 3), which means that significant restrictions continue to be in place. It important that we all continue to follow the guidance and respect the restrictions that are in place in the region to ensure we can continue to drive the infection rate down.
North Yorkshire and York are classed as within tier 2, which means that a number of significant restrictions continue to be in place. It is important that we all continue to follow the guidance and respect the restrictions that are in place to ensure we can continue to drive the infection rate down.
We need your help so that we can to support and care for you and your loved ones, so we would ask everyone across the region [or insert relevant local area] to:
Only use A&E for emergencies that are life or limb-threatening – keep A&E free for people who need it most such as those who are experiencing loss of consciousness, breathing difficulties or chest pain.
Consult NHS 111 first (by phone or online) if you need help urgently; if your problem is a minor, short-term illness, consider visiting your local pharmacy instead
Attend any appointments booked on your behalf
Be prepared to travel to a different location for appointments or treatment
Help family and friends to get online so they can access online services if required
It is important that people attend their planned treatments but we are asking people to attend hospital sites on their own, where possible, to limit the number of people on site and reduce the risk of infection to other patients and hospital staff.
This week’s blog comes from Amina Bristow, Perinatal Mental Health Programme Lead for the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership. In it she explores how the pandemic has affected access to mental health services and increased the risk of domestic violence.

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Many thanks and best wishes,
Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership Team
What’s happening this week?

  • Humber, Coast and Vale VCSE Steering Group met today

  • HCV Finance, Planning and Performance Board met today

  • HCV Partnership Board will meet on Wednesday

  • Humber Acute Services Executive Oversight Group will meet on Thursday

  • HCV Partnership comms and engagement leads group will meet on Friday

What happened last week?
HCV Suicide Prevention Steering Group, Tuesday 1st December
The meeting began with a review of all current actions on the action log, and key pieces of work across the partnership, including updates from the Public Health Leads on suspected suicides in their local areas. The meeting then continued with an update presentation from Lisa Smith, Head of Occupational Health at Humberside Fire and Rescue (HFRS), which included key updates and initiatives on how HFRS are continuing to support mental health at work and across the local community. For the remainder of the meeting, we had updates from each of the different task of finish groups regarding their work to prevent suicides across the area. Key updates included QWELL, and the plan to roll this new online platform for men out across the HCV area in January 2021. A local marketing agency will also be conducting primary and secondary research into the tone, messages, barriers, influencers, media, and exchange considerations to inform a campaign that encourages men to help themselves and others when it comes to mental health. The Chair of the steering group Carol Lavelle echoed the great work that the group is undertaking to prevent suicide, and passed on her thanks to all. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 12th January 2021 between 10:00 am – 12:00pm over Microsoft Teams.
HCV Clinical and Professional Group, Friday 4th December
This week the Group considered progress of the flu vaccination programme for Health Care Workers, Covid-19 wave 2 updates and the recent release from NHS England of the Next Steps for Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) document. It was noted flu jab uptake in Humber, Coast and Vale is good with 71.4% vaccinated as of 29th November. Primary care data was more difficult to gather together and more work is to be done to address this. As for Wave 2, community prevalence was decreasing though hospitals still faced significant pressures, as we are still above where we were during the summer when the first lockdown ended. The group went on to discuss the NHSE document relating to ICSs. It was agreed that this would come back again in the coming weeks for further engagement.
Latest information on Covid-19
Humber Health COVID Briefing
The latest short video from NHS leaders across the Humber region is available to view. Community transmission rates are declining but it remains critically important that we continue to follow the new Tier 3 restrictions, as Stephen Pintus, Director of Health and Wellbeing, explains in the video.
Communications materials available to support vaccination roll-out
Various print and social media resources have been released to support key public-facing communications as the Covid-19 vaccination programme begins. Social media resources are available here and printable assets are here. These printable resources include leaflets such as Covid-19 vaccination guide for healthcare workers and What to expect after my Covid-19 vaccination; they will be of specific interest to GP practices and for staff information.
Advice released on priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination
The Department for Health and Social Care’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has published a comprehensive document containing advice on priority groups for Covid-19 vaccination. Taking the prevention of mortality through Covid-19 as its starting point, the document provides a framework for refining future advice on a national Covid-19 vaccination strategy. It is available to read here.
NHS Blood and Transplant appeal for COVID plasma donations
NHS Blood and Transplant is calling for people who’ve recovered from Covid-19 to donate plasma to help other patients. You’re encouraged to share this message through your social media platforms: “The NHS needs more people who were seriously ill with Covid to donate plasma. They have higher antibody levels which could save lives. Donation is safe, easy and your body quickly replaces the antibodies.
In North East and Yorkshire, blood donor centres take plasma at Bradford, Leeds city centre, Newcastle and Sheffield. Pop-up donation centres open this month in Barnsley, Huddersfield, Scunthorpe and Stockton-On-Tees. Further information is available here.
HAPPENING THIS WEEK Digital End of Life Webinar, Thursday 10th December, 1pm to 2pm This session will be led by Dr Avinash Pillai and Tara Athanasiou from Idealts, discussing the Digital End of Life programme. Including what the end of life programme is, why the need for it, the before and after story, project challenges and how these were overcome, benefits and what’s next. Register your place here.
Last week’s Digital Inclusion Webinar available to view
Last week Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership hosted the second in a series of digital webinars sharing some of the positive impact technology has delivered to health and care services across the region. If you missed the live event, you can view the video here and read about the full series of webinarshere.
HCV Partnership Mental Health and Learning Disability Clinical Assembly Webinar – Mental Health Resilience Work and CMHT Transformation, Wednesday 16th December, 12.30pm – 1.30pm
This webinar will focus on mental health resilience work and CMHT transformation work across the ICS. There will be presentations by Lynnette Robinson, Mental Health Resilience Programme Lead and Dr Steve Wright, Consultant Psychiatrist and Mental Health Clinical Lead for HCV HCP. If you would like to join this event, please email
Inclusive communication webinar, Tuesday 8th December, 4pm to 5.30pm
For primary care network staff in any role, this webinar will look at how to support people with communication challenges. These include people with no or low literacy, those with non-typical communication styles and a wider audience that includes people who don’t have English as their first language. If you have questions about this event, please email
Other information
Have your say on proposals to strengthen integrated care
Last week, NHS England shared an engagement document – Integrating Care – The next steps to building strong and effective integrated care systems across England. This document contains proposals on how to build better integrated care systems across England to most effectively join up health and care locally around people’s needs.
NHS England is asking patients, the public, NHS staff and other partners to share their views on the proposals. You can have your say by completing this online survey, or contacting england.legislation@nhs.netNHSCC: Positive legacy of CCGs must not be lost
With the recent news that NHS England and NHS Improvement are to formalise a change in the way system working will work across the health service, spelling an end to the clinical commissioning group (CCG) in favour of integrated care system (ICS) structures, this report argues that CCGs’ positive impact must be retained.
Yorkshire & Humber Care Record wins Computing Technology Product Award 2020
The Yorkshire & Humber Care Record has this week won the title of Best Digital Transformation Product or Service (Public and Third Sector) in the Computing Technology Product Awards 2020. Lee Rickles, programme director, said “Thanks to everyone for all the hard work over the past couple of years, we are very happy to win this award for the technical development we have created and the teamwork demonstrated across the Yorkshire and Humber region.” Read the full story here.
Churchill Fellowship news – December 2020
The latest issue of Churchill Fellowship News is now available to read online. Its lead story is the announcement of £302,000 grants from the organisation’s Covid-19 Action Fund. This money will support 32 projects by Churchill Fellows combatting Covid-19 in multiple areas of society.
Better Care Fund: policy statement 2020 to 2021
The Department of Health and Social Care and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government have published a policy statement confirming how local authorities and CCGs should proceed with finalising plans and pooling agreements for funding under the Better Care Fund in 2020 to 2021, and sets out the national conditions for the Fund. Full statement here.
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