Humber, Coast and Vale – January 2021

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[expandsub1 title=” Week Commencing 18th January“]
Good evening everyone
We hope you are staying safe and well.
“We are proud to be playing our part in the national effort to protect people from coronavirus though the vaccine programme, but while we are moving fast, this is a marathon, not a sprint,” says Beverley Geary, Senior Responsible Officer for Humber, Coast and Vale coronavirus vaccination programme 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
What’s happening this week?

  • The HCV Scarborough Acute Services Review will take place on Wednesday 20th January

  • The Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership Working group will meet on Thursday 21st January

  • The HCV ICS Testing Co-ordination Group will meet on Friday 22nd January

  • The HCV Clinical and Professional Group will meet on Friday 22nd January

What happened last week?
The Digital Operations Forum Thursday 7th January
The digital leads received an update on funding received for the coming year. Plans for a Central Digital Hub were discussed. A Digital Forward Plan is being drafted for the coming year to include all the region’s digital organisations, bringing together ideas and how they can impact patients. The plan will be used to create an overarching Digital Delivery plan for HCV.
The VCSE Leaders Group Monday 11th January
The meeting began with updates on actions from the 7th December meeting. Some discussion took place around the remaining programme budget and possible work streams, and an update was given on the new Programme Director, who is due to begin on 1st February. The Group considered the recent Green Social Prescribing bid, which had been successful and next steps to implement this. Updates on Covid-19 vaccination programme and volunteering were shared.
Other information
Programme Manager, Green Social Prescribing, Smile Foundation
An exciting new position of Programme Manager has been created following the successful national bidding process to become a test and learn site for Green Social Prescribing. The post-holder will be part of a dynamic team, delivering the Humber, Coast and Vale Green Social Prescribing Programme. A natural collaborator, the successful candidate will have strong project management experience, an understanding of and experience working with the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, ideally in the context of improving health and wellbeing outcomes, and an understanding and knowledge of the workings of the NHS, the challenges it faces and of the reform agenda. Further post details are attached and information about the national Green Social Prescribing programme is available here. The closing date is midnight on Sunday 14th February.
12-month secondment opportunities – Long Covid Co-ordinator x2, City Health Care Partnership CIC (CHCP CIC)
Two people are sought 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 may be referred to Long Covid assessment clinics.
Co-ordinators 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. These band 4 posts are full-time and based at the Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre, Hull. Further information is available here, or by contacting Stacey Knight, Integration & Delivery Manager, or Tracey Woodrow, Operations Manager, The closing date is 20th January.
Transformation Manager x2 – Humber Acute Services (8B)
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals are seeking to appoint two Transformation Managers for Humber Acute Services. These are key roles to enable the delivery of a collaborative approach to hospital service provision. The successful candidates will establish understanding of the needs of the populations covered and will work to develop and design services to meet these needs in collaboration with a range of stakeholders. The roles will contribute to the development of effective supportive relationships and partnership working, and will promote a learning culture to encourage initiative and innovation. Further information is available here or by contacting or The closing date is 24th January.
Welcome to… Michelle Carrington, Director of Nursing-Humber Coast and Vale Partnerships
Michelle Carrington joins us this week as Director of Nursing-Humber Coast and Vale Partnerships
for two days a week. Michelle commenced work at the start of the month and will be a member of the partnership senior leadership team. She has held the post of Executive Director of Nursing and Quality at the Vale of York CCG since September 2015 and will continue in that role as well as leading nursing across the partnership.
Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership YHCR webinar Thursday, 21st January, 1pm to 2pm
This webinar will look at the progress of the YHCR since it was awarded the NHS England/X’s Local Health and Care Record Exemplar status in July 2018 and discuss how it’s enabling organisations across the health and care partnership to respond to key challenges, including COVID-19. The webinar will address how clinical engagement and leadership is key and the real benefits that a more localised arrangement can deliver to patients and staff. Please click here for agenda and to register.
University of Leeds trials remote monitoring system for cancer patients
The University of Leeds has developed and trialled a remote monitoring system for cancer patients.
The system, called eRAPID, allows early-stage cancer patients with colorectal, breast or gynaecological cancers to report their symptoms from home. Patients then receive instant advice on whether to seek medical attention or self-manage.
It’s believed that that this is the first trial of its kind to offer automated advice and one of only a few to focus on early-stage cancer patients. Read full story.
Every Mind Matters – new mental health campaign launches today
COVID-19 has impacted the whole country; for almost everyone, life has had to change fundamentally. Research shows that since the start of the pandemic there has been an increase in a range of mental health conditions for adults, from low wellbeing, sleep problems and anxiety to depression. Today, Public Health England launches the Better Health – Every Mind Matters campaign to support the nation’s mental wellbeing. Aimed at adults, but weighted towards those most at risk of mental health problems, the campaign will run across PR, radio, social and digital. The key message will be to encourage people to create a free NHS-approved ‘Mind Plan’. The partner resources will include a range of materials that will direct to the Mind Plan tool and drive to Every Mind Matters content on NHS.UK.
North East and Yorkshire Health & Wellbeing Update
The January 2021 issue of the Health & Wellbeing Update has been released and is attached. This month, the bulletin includes a focus on financial wellbeing specifically for healthcare workers; tips on balancing home schooling and work; a Degree Apprenticeship opportunity in Health and Social Care, and news of a webinar – ‘Occupational Stress and Injury in the Covid-19 era and beyond’.
Latest information on Covid-19
York is home to one of 10 new mass vaccination centres
A further 10 mass vaccination centres have opened across England today, taking the total in the country to 17. The York site is located at the Park-and-ride at Askham Bar. It comes as people aged 70 and over and those listed as clinically extremely vulnerable will begin being offered the coronavirus vaccine this week. These two groups formed the next rung of the priority groups structure the NHS is working to with its national vaccine rollout. The priority groups were decided on and recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Read full story.
High street pharmacies deliver NHS Covid jabs
Life-saving coronavirus jabs are now being delivered at High Street pharmacies as the NHS accelerates the biggest vaccination programme in its history.
Boots, Superdrug and several independent stores will be the first of hundreds of community pharmacies to offer vaccinations protecting against COVID-19. Two hundred community pharmacies are due to come online over the next fortnight as more vaccine supplies come on stream by the end of the month. Read full story.
Asymptomatic community testing to be rolled out across the country
In order to help break down chains of transmission in the community, local authorities are being encouraged to target testing to people who cannot work from home during lockdown, including those without symptoms. Increasing asymptomatic testing is particularly significant in reducing Covid-19 infections as some of the most recent data shows that around 1 in 3 people have coronavirus without displaying any symptoms. Read more.
UK approves third Covid-19 vaccine for use
UK regulators have approved the use of a third Covid-19 vaccine, developed by US pharmaceutical firm Moderna, for use in the country outside of clinical trials. The Government had already secured seven million doses of the Moderna vaccine pre-emptively, with an additional 10 million doses having now been ordered since its approval. Read more.
Prescription medicines for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) people
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, community pharmacies throughout Humber are working to ensure everyone gets the medicines they need, when they need them. Clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) patients in England have been advised to recommence shielding, which includes avoiding visiting pharmacies in person. The NHS has confirmed that the Pandemic Delivery Service will now cover CEV patients anywhere in England until the 21st February 2021. Those advised to shield who need prescription medicines collecting, should follow this advice from the Humber Local Pharmaceutical Committee and the UK Government: Ask someone else to collect the medicine; If you don’t have anyone to collect your medicine, you can ask for support from a national volunteer network (volunteers will be ID-checked); Finally, a Medicines Delivery Service will be available to those patients who cannot get their medicines using either of the above options.
Emergency measures set to allow hospitals to discharge patients early
Emergency measures are expected to be utilised by health chiefs in the coming weeks to begin discharging early thousands of hospital patients, for who it is deemed safe enough to do so, to either their own homes, or in some circumstances hotels which have been commissioned out by the health service.
NICE issues new guidelines on Long Covid
A guideline on managing the long-term effects of COVID-19, or ‘long COVID’, has been published by leading health bodies. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) jointly developed the guideline, which was published on 18 December. Read full story.
COVID-19 vaccine uptake
In addition to the NHSE published data, PHE will now also publish COVID-19 vaccination data reports, including weekly counts and denominators. Available every Thursday at round 2pm. PHE data here.
NHS Facilities and Estates Virtual Conference: Building, Maintaining and Innovating, 4th February, 10.30am
This conference will open the debate surrounding the current NHS estates maintenance backlog and the new hospital building programme. Speakers will be on hand to discuss key NHS estate priorities including: Compliance, Urgent repair priorities, Minimising Clinical disruption, Patients’ experience of care, Engineering & Facilities Management and Planning, Design & Construction. The conference will include live speaker sessions, interactive Q&As, peer-to-peer networking and downloadable content. Full details are available here.
HUTH Improvement Team – Outpatient Services virtual feedback session, Wednesday 24th February, 2pm-4pm
Hull University Teaching Hospitals are inviting patients that have used their Outpatient Services to give feedback about their experiences. If you are interested in giving your feedback please register via the Eventbrite link.
The King’s Fund – Integrated care systems and place-based partnerships (virtual conference), Monday 26th – Thursday 29th April
With April 2021 marking the deadline for all areas in England to be part of an integrated care system (ICS), this virtual conference looks at the future of place and how to enhance place-based partnerships that support the continuous development of ICSs. A key feature of ICSs is the emergence of ‘systems within systems’ to focus on different aspects of their objectives. This includes three important levels at which decisions are made: system, place and neighbourhood. This conference will explore how functions are allocated between the three, and the interface between each level. More details here.
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Good afternoon everyone
Happy New Year
We hope you are staying safe and well.
“I’m pleased to say that our region is one of the first areas in England to launch this programme to help people who are overweight and living with type 2 diabetes improve their health,” says Dr Satpal Shekhawat, Humber, Coast and Vale Clinical Lead for NHS Low Calorie Diet Programme in this week’s blog. Read more.
You can read former blog posts from previous contributors here
You can read the latest news on our website
Or find us on Twitter: @HCVPartnership, on Facebook: @HCVPartnership, or watch our videos on YouTube
The latest system-wide key messages are attached.
Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership Team
What’s happening this week?

  • The VCSE Leaders Group will meet on Monday 11th January

  • The HCV Finance, Planning and Performance Board will meet on Monday 11th January

  • The Partnership Board will meet on Wednesday 13th January

What happened last week?
The Clinical and Professionals Group, Friday 8th January
In its first meeting since the Christmas break, the Group considered the latest Covid position, including statistics, figures and impact across the system. Workforce and staffing continue to be key challenges. However, we are confident we can meet the Government ambitions around vaccination targets by mid-February. It is believed that the system is two weeks behind what is happening in the South / London but the situation is changing every day. Mutual aid is underway between HUTH and NL&G.
Other information
Online service launched to help men with their mental health across HCV
A free online mental health and emotional wellbeing support service has been launched to help men living across the Humber, Coast and Vale area. Men aged 18 and over living in North Yorkshire, York, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire can now register to use Qwell for Men – a free, anonymous online counselling and emotional wellbeing service which can be accessed anywhere by visiting – you can also find local support near you at Full story here.
Humber, Coast and Vale Staff Resilience Hub
Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership is launching a new Resilience Hub that will be open to all health and care staff across the Humber, Coast and Vale area struggling with the impact of Covid-19. The pandemic has been particularly challenging for health and care workers, who are experiencing unprecedented strain from the impact of the virus. It’s important that, like the general public they also look after themselves during this time and seek support if needed. For more information
Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership YHCR webinar Thursday, 21st January, 1pm to 2pm
This webinar will look at the progress of the YHCR since it was awarded the NHS England/X’s Local Health and Care Record Exemplar status in July 2018 and discuss how it’s enabling organisations across the health and care partnership to respond to key challenges, including COVID-19. The webinar will address how clinical engagement and leadership is key and the real benefits that a more localised arrangement can deliver to patients and staff. Please click here for agenda and to register.
GP Patient Survey
The GP Patient Survey launched last week across practices in England and is open for responses until the end of March. The NHS is keen to raise awareness this year in order to hear from as many people as possible about their experiences of using local GP and health services, which have had to adapt during COVID-19. The questionnaire has been updated to include some COVID-specific questions. Please help promote the survey via social media channels using the attached tweets and social media assets.
Cancer Champions reach new milestone
The Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Champions Programme has reached a new 2020 milestone thanks to the introduction of virtual training sessions. The sessions, which went live in August 2020, have allowed the team to achieve its ambition of having 2,020 Cancer Champions in 2020. You can read more about this and catch up with other news in the Cancer Alliance
North East and North Cumbria ICS releases new digital strategy
The new Digital Strategy was published in December 2020 and reflects the changes across the health and care sector as the ICS responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its vision is ‘to enable the delivery of high quality, easily accessible and efficient health and care services, to people of the North East and North Cumbria through digital solutions.’ More detail and the document in full are available here.
Latest information on Covid-19
National Lockdown Update to Guidance
The Prime Minister announced the introduction of new national restrictions, which came into force in all of England today Wednesday 6 January. As a result, DHSC has published National Lockdown: Stay at Home Guidance.
New NHS vaccination centres open their doors today
Seven new NHS Vaccination Centres to vaccinate people aged 80 and over, along with health and care staff, open today. The sites are capable of delivering thousands of the life-saving jabs each week, and will be followed by dozens more. Hundreds more GP-led and hospital services are also due to open this week along with the first pharmacy-led pilot sites, taking the total to around 1,200. Full story here.
PHE vaccination leaflets guide
Please find attached for information an updated guide from Public Health England with details of the revisions and new product codes for vaccination leaflets. Leaflets should be ordered directly from the Health Publication website, manually added to the order, or can printed locally (details in the guide). Please note, the guide is frequently updated as new leaflet versions become available.
NHS organisations instructed to rapidly vaccinate staff
NHS England has written to Trusts across the UK to outline plans to vaccinate all frontline staff against COVID-19 following the rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. From mid-January, all NHS Trusts will be able to provide vaccinations for local healthcare and social care workers, which will be critical in keeping both them and patients safe. Full story here.
New Oxford vaccine rolled out to general practice services
The new Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine was rolled out to General Practice led services last week making it easier to protect care home residents and other vulnerable people against COVID-19. The vaccine was trialled at selected hospitals for surveillance purposes before being sent out to hundreds of community-based local vaccination services. Unlike the Pfizer vaccine, the first to be approved, the Oxford vaccine does not need to be stored at ultra-low temperatures and is much easier to move, making it easier to use in care homes and to vaccinate the housebound. Full story here.
COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca e-learning sessions now available
Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has worked in partnership with Public Health England and NHS England and NHS Improvement to develop the COVID-19 Vaccination e-learning programme. The programme is designed to provide the health and care workforce involved in the national COVID-19 vaccination programme with the knowledge they need to confidently promote high uptake of the vaccine and deliver the vaccine programme effectively. The programme consists of a core knowledge session, the COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 Pfizer-BioNTech session, the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca session and accompanying assessment sessions for each. Anyone undertaking this e-learning should initially complete the core knowledge session before completing both vaccine specific sessions. For more information about the COVID-19 Vaccination programme, including details on how to access, visit the e-LfH website.
NHS begins delivering newly-approved Oxford vaccine jabs
The NHS is set to begin administering the new Oxford vaccine from today, with 82-year-old Brian Pinker from Oxford being the first person outside clinical trials to receive the newly-approved coronavirus jab. Full story
Learning from the first wave of COVID-19: Partnership working to overcome challenges
A new research-led report by South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System and Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network details how health and care partners across the region were able to continue delivering non-essential patient services during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through digital innovation, reconfiguring services and enhanced partnership collaboration, outcomes from the co-produced Rapid Insights report include the continued use of digital communication platforms and upholding the enhanced workforce mobility that has supported the NHS during the pandemic.
Free Easy Read and Audio COVID-19 Information Resources
Keep Safe is a free service providing communications about Covid-19, specifically for people with a learning disability. Please find use this link to access free, easy read posters covering a number of areas including Lockdown, Vaccines, and some associated issues relating to the Pandemic like domestic abuse and foodbanks. There are also audio versions of the information that can be accessed for free too.
HTN NOW Monday 18th – Tuesday 22nd January
Health Tech Newspaper’s annual conference brings together the health tech community to share, discuss and collaborate on a variety of topics focused around health tech. Through live webcast sessions, content, a digital awards programme, interviews and video, HTN Now will focus on digital projects, innovations and technologies from across health and care. More details and event registration here.
Priorities for the National Institute for Health Protection and public health in England post-COVID; Westminster Health Forum policy conference, Thursday 25th March, 9am-1pm
Stakeholders and key policymakers will come together to discuss the role of public health in meeting challenges posed by the pandemic; priorities for the National Institute for Health Protection; and changing policy approaches to tackling obesity and health inequalities. Book here.
National learning event on the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Pathway, Thursday 21st January, 2pm – 5pm
Over the past three years Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services have undergone seismic changes, which have been accelerated by the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This national learning event brings together experts-by-experience, clinical experts, the System Improvement Team, and local services to talk through their own pathways and will also present practical tools that you can use to assess your own pathways’ maturity. The webinar can be joined via Microsoft Teams by clicking here.
Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Collaborative Programme Clinical Assembly, Thursday 21st January, midday – 1pm
This Clinical Assembly will focus on the important work that needs to take place to improve the physical health of people with severe mental illness. Dr Dan Burningham, a GP and Mental Health Programme Director with NHS City and Hackney CCG, will be talking about his organisations’ innovative work, which has resulted in very high rates of concordance with the six physical health checks for people with SMI. If you would like to join this Clinical Assembly, please email
Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Collaborative Programme Clinical Assembly, Friday 5th February, midday – 1.30pm
This Clinical Assembly will focus on mental health at a primary care level and we have three speakers: Dr Dan Roper, Chair of Hull CCG; Geoff Day, Head of Primary Care (North Yorkshire and Humber) NHS England and NHS Improvement and Director of Primary Care (NHS North Lincolnshire CCG) and Anna Morgan, Business Manager at NAViGO, who will be talking about mental health initiatives at a PCN level in North East Lincolnshire. If you would like to join this Clinical Assembly, please email
Senior Clinical Lead – Primary Care (Mental Health), Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership (Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Collaborative Programme)
This is a fixed term post initially for 6 months (up to 1 day/week). Further information can be found on the attached advert and job description. Interested applicants should contact Dr Stella Morris, Mental Health Clinical Lead, Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership, Mental Health and Learning Disability (HCV HCP MH and LD) Collaborative Programme at
To apply please email an expression of interest, together with your CV, to Rachel Clannachan, Senior Administration Officer at by: Monday, 18th January.
Project Manager Secondment, Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership (Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Collaborative Programme)
Expressions of interest are sought from all our partners to identify a Project Manager on a secondment. The time commitment is 5 days per week for an initial period of 3 months, with the potential for extension. Applicants are asked to submit an expression of interest, together with their CV to Rachel Clannachan at by Tuesday, 12th January. The advert, job description and person specification are attached.
Business Manager, Humber, Coast and Vale Collaborative Commissioning Team
For more information, please click Business Manager ( The closing date for applications is 17th January 2021. For further information regarding the post, please contact Melanie Bradbury,
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