Humber, Coast and Vale February 2021

 February 2021
 
 Week Commencing 15th February
 
Good evening everyone,
 
We hope you are staying safe and well.
 
“More than 6,500 people have taken part in #TalkSuicide suicide prevention training over the past 12 months, providing vital knowledge of how to identify and support those at risk of suicide in our region and beyond,” says Jo Kent, Suicide Prevention Programme Lead at Humber, Coast and Health Partnership in this week’s blog. Read more.
 

  • You can read the most recent Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership Update Report here.
     

  • You can read former blog posts from previous contributors here.
     

  • You can read the latest news on our website here.
     

  • Or find us on Twitter: @HCVPartnership, on Facebook: @HCVPartnership, or watch our videos on YouTube.

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

  • The HCV Clinical and Professional Group will meet on Friday (19th February)

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What happened last week?
 
Digital Operations Forum Catch-Up (Thursday 4th February)
 
The digital leads discussed the development of a Digital Forward Plan for Humber, Coast and Vale. Organisations within the area have been asked to share their digital aspirations for the coming years and the results will be used to formulate the plan, which will outline the future digital plans within the Humber Coast and Vale and how we can work together to achieve them. The next meeting will focus on future digital possibilities and opportunities.
 
Cancer Alliance System Board (Monday 8th February)
 
The Alliance provided the group with oversight and assurance in relation to the restoration of cancer services and Yvonne Elliot, Managing Director at HCV CA gave an update on the system wide approach to phase 4 planning. Included in the Alliance’s plans for recovery and restoration, is a clear focus on addressing health inequalities and the group discussed targeted actions that will make best use of resources, support two week wait referrals and improve diagnostic pathways that will support the timely delivery of treatment for patients across HCV.
 
The Local Maternity System Delivery Group (Tuesday 9th February)
 
The meeting began with a review of progress around the Immediate and Essential Actions that must be met following the publication of the Ockenden Report. Areas of concern within HCV were shared nationally, issues were in the main surmountable and robust plans were in place. In addition, provider Trusts would be submitting assurance reports to the regional maternity transformation team on 15 February 2021, and communications on local action to address the Ockenden recommendations, for local women and families, would be developed imminently. Routine workstream update reports, which demonstrated the breadth and quality of activity progressed, were presented for safety, perinatal mental health, the Maternity Voices Partnership, prevention/workforce, and choice/personalised care group meetings. Progress around the roll out of Continuous Glucose Monitoring for all pregnant type 1 diabetics was shared and the Board updated on the resumption and continued success of the subsidised birth pool hire scheme. Members were also sighted on developing proposals to promote and increase breastfeeding across HCV.
 
The Population Health Management and Prevention Board (Wednesday 10th February)
 
At the Board’s bi-monthly meeting, the focus of the discussion was on understanding the health inequalities challenges we have across Humber, Coast and Vale, and how we might raise awareness and build understanding across the system. This included a discussion on the eight actions that had been set for the NHS in Phase 3 planning. Also aligned to health inequalities, there was a discussion about the next steps in relation to population health and population health management (PHM) and how we ensure consistency of the approach across Humber, Coast and Vale following completion of the national PHM programme, which is due to come to an end in April 2021.
 
The Clinical and Professional Group (Friday 12th February)
 
Peter Roderick, Public Health consultant at City of York Council and Vale of York CCG delivered an overview of Prevention and Public Health England, including the organisation’s history, current priorities and future direction of travel. There followed a lively discussion around the importance of Public Health and Prevention to ICS work. The Group then discussed the recent ICS White Paper but it was noted this would be discussed in more depth in the coming weeks
 
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Vacancies
 
Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership Green Social Prescribing Project – Clinical Lead
 
The Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership has been successful in its bid to become a test and learn site for Green Social Prescribing. The Partnership is seeking an innovative and inspiring mental health professional to provide clinical oversight and direction to the design and delivery of the Humber, Coast and Vale Green Social Prescribing programme. The time commitment for the role will be the equivalent of 2 PAs/week, with time to be worked flexibly across the programme. Employment remains via existing employer, to whom remuneration backfill of 2 PAs/wk. or equivalent will be offered. Please submit a CV and covering letter to: recruitment@heysmilefoundation.org stating “Green Social Prescribing Clinical Lead” in the subject box. The closing date for expressions of interest is: 22nd February 2021. Further information is attached or to discuss the role, please contact: Andy Barber, HCV Social Prescribing Lead: ab@heysmilefoundation.org.
 
Other information
 
HCV Partnership Director Appointments announced
 
Stephen Eames, System Lead, Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership has announced the appointment of two Partnership Directors for North Yorkshire and York, and the Humber. In a statement he said:
 
“Following on from my recent communication about the development of two Partnership Director roles, one for North Yorkshire & York and one for Humber and the process we have undertaken, I am delighted to let you all know that Amanda Bloor will be taking up the position for our geographic partnership in North Yorkshire & York and Emma Latimer will be taking up the position for our geographic partnership in Humber. Both Amanda and Emma will continue in their Accountable Officer roles.
 
“These positions are critical to the development of our work in Humber, Coast and Vale implementing the ‘ICS Next Steps’ engagement now and as we head towards our transition period from April 2021. Both roles report directly to me and will be members of the developing Executive team for the ICS.”
 
We join Stephen in congratulating Amanda and Emma on their new roles and wish them every success.
 
Over 80 clinicians attend HCV Clinical Assembly on improving physical health inequalities for people with Severe Mental Illness
 
Improving the physical health of people with Severe Mental Illness was the key topic discussed by over 80 attendees at a Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership Clinical Assembly meeting last month. The Partnership’s Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Collaborative Programme met on 21st January for the second annual Clinical Assembly, bringing together clinicians across the Partnership to work on programmes to improve physical health inequalities for those with Severe Mental Illness. The aim of the session was for clinicians to use their experience and expertise to influence and shape areas of work tackling health inequalities, a priority set out in the NHS Long Term Plan and an area of work which has been awarded additional funding within the Partnership. Read more.
 
NHS and social care reform blueprint launched
 
Health Secretary Matt Hancock, supported by NHS England and health and care system leaders, will launch new proposals setting out a more joined-up vision for health and care services, as well as embedding lessons learned during the pandemic into standard care.
Improving quality and accessibility of care, as well as tackling health inequalities, are key objectives of the NHS and health leadership, with measures expected to be introduced to help address obesity, oral health and patient choice. Read full story.
 
Legislating for Integrated Care Systems: five recommendations to Government and Parliament
 
Amanda Pritchard, Chief Operating Officer of NHS England has published a paper entitled Legislating for Integrated Care Systems: five recommendations to Government and Parliament.
 
The document makes five specific recommendations on the question of how to legislate to place Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) on a statutory footing. The recommendations seek to build on the successful integration, collaboration and partnership efforts of ICSs to date.
 
Leadership Academy invites ICS staff to take ILM 5 coaching and mentoring qualification
 
As an ICS we have been offered 25 funded places on the ILM 5 coaching and mentoring qualification via the Leadership Academy. It is hoped this opportunity will attract a diverse workforce from a wide range of partners and organisations. This specific programme is offered to all staff in leadership roles across Humber, Coast & Vale ICS, with a commitment to supporting their own leadership impact through the development of others across the health and care system. Details on deciding whether this offer is right for you, and how to apply are attached. The programme will start in mid-June. Attached is a flyer providing more information. If you have any questions please contact Emma.Marshall26@nhs.net.
 
Latest information on Covid-19
 
Covid vaccination programme numbers
 
The most recently published NHS England figures show that Humber, Coast and Vale has carried out a total of 372,140 vaccinations (counting both first and second doses). Across the North East and Yorkshire, the total number of cumulative vaccinations carried out since the programme began is 1,720,178. A full breakdown of the figures is available here.
 
Regional vaccination programme hits target for top four priority groups
 
In just two months, the local NHS has opened five hospital hubs, 32 GP-led sites and two vaccination centres in Humber, Coast and Vale. In a collective effort, vaccinating services led by local doctors and nurses, hospital hubs and large vaccinating centres have delivered 372,140 doses in our region to people from priority cohorts 1-4. The latest figures published by NHS England covering the period up to 7th February 2021 show that in the Humber, Coast and Vale (HCV) region, 94.5% of over-80s, 98.3% of over-75s and 72.4% of over-70s in the region received the first dose of the vaccine. Everyone in the initial cohorts for whom the NHS has contact details has been offered a vaccination. Dr Nigel Wells, NHS Vale of York CCG’s Clinical Chair and a Selby GP has created a video address thanking staff for their efforts.
 
Ensuring all eligible people have the opportunity to be vaccinated
 
The last invites to those aged 70 and over on the Shielded Patients List who are yet to be vaccinated have now either been delivered or are due to arrive this week, meaning vaccines have been offered to everyone eligible whose contact details the NHS has. To ensure that nobody is left behind, the NHS is now asking people in this group who have not had their first dose yet to come forward now and make an appointment. A briefing document on this topic is attached.
 
The Learning Hub – Support for returning to practice – COVID-19
 
The Learning Hub provides easy digital access to a range of education and training resources for the health and care workforce. Several resources on the Learning Hub are aimed at colleagues who have returned to practice to support the COVID-19 response. These resources include HEE Supported Return to Training Intelligent Question bank, Talking to Relatives – Covid-19 Compassionate phone communication, Verification of Death Refresher and Remote Consulting: A Survival Guide. For more information about the Learning Hub visit the Learning Hub website. 
 
UK publishes new vaccine uptake plan to ensure equal access for all
 
In an effort to increase transparency over how the Government and NHS England are partnering with organisations to increase uptake of the Covid-19 vaccine, and ensure equal access for all, they have published their Covid-19 vaccination uptake plan. Full story here.
 
Training and events
 
Participation and System Transformation Webinar Schedule February 2021
 
The Participation and System Transformation webinar schedule for February 2021 is available to view here, and includes details of forthcoming webinars along with registration links.
 
IQVIA: Restoration of Clinical Services Webinar, Wednesday 17th February, 2.30pm- 3.30pm.
 
IQVIA have recently developed a fully integrated, web-based Patient Flow Management, Demand & Capacity planning system which is aimed at both STP/ICS’s and Provider Trusts to help manage the post COVID elective backlog. The IQVIA solution is operational at the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Foundation Trust. In this webinar, Richard Hammond (Medical Director of E&NH NHS FT) will share his experience of the system. To book your place, please email paul.brenchley@iqvia.com.
 
The King’s Fund Free Online Event: Patient and user engagement in the delivery of virtual care, Wednesday 10th March, midday-1pm.
 
2020 saw a huge leap in the delivery of virtual health and care, with encouraging lessons for the current crisis and beyond. But has the speed of innovation been at the expense of inclusive people and patient-centred care? More information.
 
Reports and Publications
 
COVID-19-related
 

Other
 

Latest new
 

 
 
 Week Commencing 8th February
 
Good evening everyone,
 
We hope you are staying safe and well.
 
“Over 100 men have so far signed up to Qwell, which provides emotional wellbeing services through an immediate and anonymous service provided by online, highly trained specialist counsellors,” says Jo Kent, Suicide Prevention Programme Lead, for Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership in this week’s blog. Read more.
 

  • You can read the most recent Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership Update Report here.
     

  • You can read former blog posts from previous contributors here
     

  • You can read the latest news on our website here
     

  • Or find us on Twitter: @HCVPartnership, on Facebook: @HCVPartnership, or watch our videos on YouTube

Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership Stakeholder Newsletter
 
The latest Partnership stakeholder newsletter has been published and includes:
 

  • A local update on the vaccination programme
     

  • A look at the future of Integrated Care Systems
     

  • Details of the £500K green social prescribing funding
     

  • News of a £500,000 investment to help connect communities with nature

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

  • The Humber, Coast and Vale Local Maternity System Delivery Group is due to meet on Tuesday (9th February).
     

  • The HCV Partnership Team will meet on Wednesday (10th February).
     

  • The HCV Population Health Management and Prevention Board will also meet on Wednesday.
     

  • The HCV Clinical and Professional Group will meet on Friday (12th February).

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What happened last week?
 
The VCSE Leadership Group (Monday, 1st February)
 
This was the first meeting with the newly appointed VCSE Programme Director Gary Sainty, who will take the lead on the programme and its operations. As expected, the Covid-19 response and vaccinations are taking up a considerable amount of time for colleagues. However, progress is being made on all of our actions and projects. Of significant note is the commencement of the Green Social Prescribing work, which is taking place to shape the future of the programme. The coming weeks will see the appointment of the programme manager and the steering group put in place to oversee the programme. In addition, the Leadership Group are progressing several smaller scale projects to map the VCSE BAME network, provide more support to work around digital and also to understand the economic value of the sector.
 
The Suicide Prevention Steering Group meeting (Tuesday, 2nd February)
 
The meeting began with a review of all current actions and key pieces of work across the partnership, including updates from the emergency services and the Public Health Leads regarding suspected suicides. The meeting then received an update regarding QWELL– the new support platform for men across the HCV area, which launched on 1st January. As part of the launch, a local marketing agency has been working with local men with lived experience of poor mental health, to generate some assets and communications (including a video) to help the service to appeal and resonate with local men. Updates were received from each of the different task of finish groups regarding their work to prevent suicides across the area. Key messages came from the Communications and Engagement Task and Finish group regarding the #TalkSuicide campaign, and on-going engagement work with local people and businesses. Since February 2020, it was reported that over 6500 people have now completed the free suicide prevention training. Business engagement is continuing, and there are meetings lined up with several industry leading organisations regarding rolling this free training out.
 
The HCV Union Partnership Forum meeting, (Thursday 4th February)
 
The monthly meeting of Staff Side and Management Side reps come together on the first Thursday of each month. This meeting is chaired by Sharon Benstead, as Staff Side Chair, and Claire Low (NL&G) as Management Side Chair. It is attended by reps from across health partners and we are in the process of extending this to Local Authorities and other sectors, as is most appropriate to a wider range of partners across the ICS. At this month’s meeting the group received updates on the vaccination of health and social care staff, the Terms of Reference, and forthcoming funding for health and wellbeing initiatives across our workforce.
 
The Clinical and Professional Group meeting (Friday, 5th February)
 
The group received a presentation from Laura Angus, Interim Pharmacy Lead, on the work of the Pharmacy Leadership Group during Covid-19 and looking ahead to the next 6 months. The group considered how pharmacy can achieve greater integration across the ICS and patient pathways, in particular in the Acute sector and also across Local Authorities. Following this the group received the latest updates relating to key messages from across the Partnership and the Covid vaccination programme.
 
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Vacancies
 
Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership Green Social Prescribing Project – Clinical Lead
 
The Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership has been successful in its bid to become a test and learn site for Green Social Prescribing. The Partnership is seeking an innovative and inspiring mental health professional to provide clinical oversight and direction to the design and delivery of the Humber, Coast and Vale Green Social Prescribing programme. The time commitment for the role will be the equivalent of 2 PAs/week, with time to be worked flexibly across the programme. Employment remains via existing employer, to whom remuneration backfill of 2 PAs/wk. or equivalent will be offered. Please submit a CV and covering letter to: recruitment@heysmilefoundation.org stating “Green Social Prescribing Clinical Lead” in the subject box. The closing date for expressions of interest is: 22nd February 2021. Further information is attached or to discuss the role, please contact: Andy Barber, HCV Social Prescribing Lead: ab@heysmilefoundation.org
 
Long Covid Co-Ordinator, City Health Care Partnership CIC (CHCP CIC), Band 4, 12-month secondment, full-time, 2 posts
 
An exciting opportunity for two enthusiastic and motivated people to play a key part in the co-ordination of newly established Post Covid Syndrome Assessment clinics for the Humber region. Some patients experience ongoing health effects following Covid-19 infection and, where symptoms continue for more than 12 weeks, they may be referred to Long Covid assessment clinics which will review and manage individuals with complex symptoms. The Long Covid Co-ordinators will be a key part of the project. In this role, you will receive referrals, co-ordinate and track patients through pathways, arrange and attend meetings with healthcare professionals. The role will continue to evolve so offers a good opportunity for development, working with multi-disciplinary teams across the Humber. Due to the urgency for this provision to be fully operational there is a drive to fill these positions at the earliest opportunity. Closing date: 14th February, interviews to take place 22nd February. Full job description here.
 
Other information
 
NAViGO recognised by Royal College of Psychiatry
 
Leading NHS services provider NAViGO’s Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) has received national recognition for their dedicated work and high-quality care by gaining accreditation from the Royal College of Psychiatry. The team provides support within the community to working age adults living with severe mental illness across North East Lincolnshire.
 
The accreditation assures the quality of community mental health services for people with mental health problems as well as their carers recognising the good practice, work and care provided by NAViGO. Eight of NAViGO’s services are now accredited including the specialist eating disorder unit and dedicated older people’s suite, a hugely successful feat, NAViGO chief executive Jane Lewington is especially proud of: “Gaining accreditation not only recognises the hard work and dedication of our staff but the process itself allows us to step back and, alongside service users, really take a look at our services.”
 
The accreditation comes in a year that has proven to be the most challenging for the NHS with the effects of the pandemic due to impact on mental health services for months to come. Full story here.
 
CHCP seeking members of BAME communities for important engagement project
 
City Health Care Partnership CIC is looking at ways to improve access and experiences to service users from BAME communities. They have commissioned an external organisation ‘SMSR’ to carry out a research exercise on their behalf therefore are looking at volunteers who have used any of CHCP services within the last year to come forward and take part in a discussion. Respondents will be given the opportunity to do this over the telephone or virtually face to face using a Microsoft Teams link. The discussions, which would be recorded, would last between 30 – 45 minutes.
 
The discussions will take place in February 2021. If you would like to take part in these discussions, please contact chcp.engagement@nhs.net or alternatively call Miriam Sykes on 01482 976815 (this will be transferred to a mobile number).
 
Invitation for expressions of interest to become a trustee for the Older People’s Partnership Hull and East Riding
 
The Older People’s Partnership was established in 2014 and became a charity in 2017. The charity brings together 50 organisations that deliver services to older people in Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire. They are now seeking expressions of interest to join their Board of Trustees, and are particularly looking for support from people with any of the following skills; Strategic planning, Project management, Marketing, social media and PR, Health, social care and VCS for Older People Services including lived experience, and Grant and funding applications. Please click here for more information.
 
Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Networks, Dementia and Older People’s Mental Health bulletin
 
The latest edition of this e-bulletin is available here. The bulletin includes a reminder from Rod Kersh, Consultant Geriatrician and one of the Network’s Clinical Advisors about the importance of Thinking Delirium during Covid. The Network has worked in conjunction with West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership to develop a range of resources to increase awareness and understanding of delirium and its management. The Network are running their next Conversations about Covid session, on Thursday 11th February, 11-12 which focuses on Physical Activity, Dementia and Older People’s Mental Health: Covid and Beyond. All are welcome; the MSTeams link to join on the day is here.
 
Latest information on Covid-19
 
Covid vaccination programme numbers
 
The most recently published NHS England figures show that Humber, Coast and Vale has carried out a total of 295,369 vaccinations (counting both first and second doses). Across the North East and Yorkshire, the total number of cumulative vaccinations carried out since the programme began is 1,352,946. A full breakdown of the figures is available here.
 
GPs receive funding boost to vaccinate housebound in NHS drive to protect most vulnerable
 
The NHS will pay GPs an additional £10 for every COVID vaccination they deliver to someone who is housebound as part of the drive to protect the most vulnerable people as swiftly as possible. Read full story.
 
Leading surgeon tackles vaccine hesitancy among minority groups
 
Leading surgeon Martin Griffiths, who is known for his work in tackling knife violence, has turned his attention to battling ‘vaccine hesitancy’ among black and other minority ethnic groups. Read full story.
 
New guide available to support international nurses during COVID-19
 
NHS England and NHS Improvement have worked with NHS Providers and unions to create a new guide to support international nurses during COVID-19. It can be shared with all international nurses whether they have just started with your organisation or are a long-term member of staff, to support them in accessing the resources they may need. Download the guide here.
 
Partnership struck to speed up response to new virus variants
 
The UK Government has entered a new partnership aimed at further bolstering the country’s ability to respond to and tackle new future variants of Covid-19. Working with a vaccine manufacturer, the UK Government will be able to rapidly develop new vaccines in response to Covid-19 variants, should the need to do so arise. Read full story.
 
Training and events
 
Participation and System Transformation Webinar Schedule February 2021
 
The Participation and System Transformation webinar schedule for February 2021 is available to view here, and includes details of forthcoming webinars along with registration links.
 
Maternity Voices Partnership Service User Voice Celebration: Thursday 11th March, 10am – 12noon
 
This will be a celebration of the engagement and coproduction which has occurred at local, regional and national level over the past year. All welcome, especially service users involved with the local MVP, staff or commissioners of NHS maternity or neonatal services, or leaders in maternity and neonatal transformation. Register here
 
Webinar: How can the voluntary care sector support hospitals to discharge patients? 9th February, 12pm – 1pm
 
Hosted by the Care and Health Improvement Programme at the Local Government Association and the British Red Cross, in partnership with the Better Care Fund Team, this webinar brings together health and social care commissioners and voluntary care sector organisations to consider how they can collaborate to support effective hospital discharge and enable more people to recover safely at home. Register.
 
South Asian Heritage Month Presents: Covid 19 Vaccines Ask the Experts, Saturday 13th February, 11am
 
Hear from a range of experts from different South Asian backgrounds who have been at the forefront of the COVID19 pandemic for the last 12 months, including hospital consultants, GPs and those with other expertise in the field including spread of disease and immune responses. Register for the event and submit your questions in advance here.
 
Europe Economics and Look Ahead: Report launch webinar – Saving the NHS £1bn through integrated mental health services, 23rd February, 12:15pm – 1:15pm
 
This virtual event will launch a new report by Europe Economics and Look Ahead, which looks at how mental health services can be delivered in a community setting, whilst offering the potential to save the NHS nearly £1bn a year through integrated services. Register.
 
Health and care explained: King’s Fund virtual conference, Monday 22nd – Thursday 25th February
 
Now in its ninth run, the Health and care explained virtual conference provides the opportunity to interact with King’s Fund policy experts, who will guide you through the latest health and social care data and explain how the system in England really works. Find out more and book.
 
King’s Fund event: Trust and transparency in health care: how can we ensure the public supports data sharing? Wednesday 24th February, 1pm
 
The importance of health care data and good data practices continues to grow as the Covid-19 pandemic drives further digitalisation and creates new data streams. This free online event explores the importance of patients trusting that their health and care data will be safely and responsibly used by the NHS. Register here
 
Samaritans training for staff providing NHS mental health telephone support, free training opportunity
 
Health Education England, in collaboration with NHSE/I, have been working with Samaritans to develop a course for staff (both clinical and non-clinical) supporting clients in mental health crisis over the telephone. A series of virtual workshops will take place, led by Samaritans’ trainers, to promote listening skills and emotional health on the telephone.
 
Please see here for a list of training dates available and how to register. The workshops are free at the point of access, for NHS employed staff providing telephone support and triage for clients in mental health crisis. Only a small number of sessions have been commissioned (17 sessions for x12 delegates per session) and with some sessions already fully booked we would suggest registering your interest asap.
 
Reports and Publications
 
COVID-19-related
 

Other
 

Latest news