| Welcome to the July 2021 edition of Involve – a stakeholder update from NHS Vale of York CCG.|
In this edition we have a number of key updates about COVID-19 and the vaccination roll out. Please share messages with your networks, friends, families and colleagues.
CCG’s Annual General Meeting
Members of the public are invited to watch the live stream of our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 16 September 2020 at 2-3pm.
The AGM will provide members of the local community with an overview of the local health and care system’s operational and financial performance during 2020-21. If you wish to ask a question or raise a matter at the 16 September AGM, you must submit your enquiry by no later than 12pm on Monday 13 September. The committee will answer your question as part of the meeting.
You can do this by email to email@example.com calling 01904 555870 or in writing to
NHS Vale of York CCG,
To watch the live stream of the event, please go to our website. https://www.valeofyorkccg.nhs.uk/VOYAGM
Drop-in vaccine clinics pop up across York
Patients living in York who have not yet received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose are being encouraged to ‘grab a jab’ – drop-in clinics will be popping up across the city allowing people aged 18 and over to easily access the vaccine without needing to book an appointment in advance, but appointments can be booked through GPs if needed. The clinics are being held at selected venues across the city over the weekend and throughout next week. A full list of times and locations is available on the NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group website.
After a patient gets their first vaccine dose at a drop-in clinic, they can book their second dose through the national booking service, online or by phoning 119, from 24 hours afterwards. Find out more www.valeofyorkccg.nhs.uk/GrabAJab
| COVID-19 guidance to continue in GP practices |
GP practices in North Yorkshire and York are set to keep COVID-secure arrangements in place when restrictions elsewhere are eased on Monday 19 July. All staff and patients are being asked to continue to wear a suitable face covering and comply with social distancing and hand hygiene guidance as before. Practices will continue to offer a blended mix of face-to-face, telephone and virtual appointments – with face-to-face appointments prioritised for those who need to be seen in person. Hospital trusts in North Yorkshire and York have also confirmed there will be no changes to their COVID-secure arrangements.
Dr Nigel Wells, NHS Vale of York CCG Clinical Chair, said: “Lockdown restrictions may be being lifted, but the pandemic is not over. “Infection control and staff and patient safety are paramount, especially at a time when coronavirus infections are increasing so quickly in the local area.”
Dr Sally Tyrer, Chair of the North Yorkshire and York branch of YorLMC, added: “GP practices are under extraordinary pressure at the moment. “Demand for appointments is exceptionally high and at the same we are beginning to see more staff absences because they are unwell or have been asked to isolate because they’re deemed to have had contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID. “The measures in place to keep patients safe will also help protect staff and ensure we can continue to care for people when they need us.” Patients visiting their GP surgery are being asked: Wear a face covering at all times (unless you are medically exempt) and adhere to social distancing guidelines Wash or sanitise your hands before entering the building and use the hand sanitiser provided where it’s available Do not visit if you have COVID-19 symptoms, have been instructed to self-isolate or have received a positive COVID-19 test
Vale of York approaches 500,000 vaccine doses milestone
Leading healthcare professionals in York and North Yorkshire are urging people to remain cautious despite the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in England, saying “the pandemic is not over”. The call comes as the Vale of York closes in on a significant landmark in the vaccine rollout, with residents already having received almost 480,000 doses since the programme began in December 2020. With most people having had at least their first dose, everyone is encouraged to keep up with their appointments as second doses are brought forward to eight weeks after the first so they have the best possible protection against the virus. As cases rise across the region, it is important to stay alert to the danger of the virus, with around 1 in 3 not showing symptoms and spreading it without knowing. Those who have had both jabs can still catch coronavirus and suffer from long COVID which can take several weeks to recover from, but can last longer.
Dr Nigel Wells, Clinical Chair of NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Hundreds of thousands of residents in the Vale of York have had a vaccine which is very positive. However, everyone needs to remember that the pandemic is not over. “This virus will be with us for the foreseeable future, meaning that it is important that we all continue to act carefully and remain cautious to prevent its spread. Please continue to regularly wash your hands, wear face coverings in crowded spaces and stay home if you have symptoms.”
Professor Mike Holmes, Chair of Nimbuscare, said: “Thank you to everyone who has been involved in the rollout and helped us get us to this point. We are so close to reaching the 500,000 doses milestone, but we don’t want to stop there. “Now is the right time to keep pushing forward and ensure our communities are protected against this virus. If you have not had your vaccine yet, make sure you book online or attend a drop-in clinic as soon as you can.” Restrictions in England were eased on Monday 19 July; however, using the NHS COVID-19 App to check in to venues is strongly advised to help stop the spread of the virus. People can keep themselves and each other safe by regularly testing and booking a PCR test if they develop symptoms.
Learning Disabilities Red Flag Roadshow
We would like to let you know about a series of events that are taking place the week of the 13 September 2021 across York and North Yorkshire for people with Learning Disabilities.
The event is called the ‘Red Flag Roadshow’. It is training to raise awareness of: the signs and symptoms that could lead to cancer, and how to have good lung health The roadshow is fun, interactive and free! It has been designed by and is run by people who have learning disabilities. It will be hosted by People First Merseyside.
Please view the posters of the York, Priory St Centre event (17 September at 9.30am) and the Selby Town Hall event (17 September at 1.30pm)
To book your place contact: Phone: 07864 968132 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org For more information about the dates and times visit https://www.valeofyorkccg.nhs.uk/redflagroadshow
Carers online open day – 9am-3pm, 19 August 2021
Join other local carers online. The event is for all carers of people in Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust’s care. The event has been organised by carers and will be hosted by carers too.
Who is the carers’ online open day for?
We welcome everyone who cares for someone who is in the trust’s services. We also welcome people who have been trust carers in the past. In addition if you work alongside carers you would be welcome to join us. There will be opportunities for you to get involved and share your views.
About the carers’ online open day
You can expect a programme of talks and information. In addition, there will be opportunities to share your views and discuss topics with fellow carers. The event will include information for carers, including: Where we are now as a Trust and what we want for carers – an introduction from Brent Killmurray, Chief executive About our Carers Charter About co-creation and our carers working group Information about running a carer support group Wellbeing hub information Why support for unpaid family carers is important Group sessions More information is available here https://www.tewv.nhs.uk/events/carers-online-open-day-2021/