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Urgent Community Response VCSE Workshop February 10th

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We would like to remind you of this workshop aimed at healthcare services with regards to hospital care and admissions, in association with Voluntary and Community Social Enterprise organisations.

Thursday 10th February 2022 from 10am – 12pm

To secure your place, please email Sarah Garforth to confirm you would like to attend: s.garforth@nhs.net

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (‘CCG’), Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (‘CHFT’), Local Care Direct (‘LCD’) and Calderdale Council are working together to implement a new service across Calderdale, known as the ‘Urgent Community Response’ (‘UCR’) service that was launched on 6 December 21. The aim of the UCR is to reduce hospital bed occupancy, by reducing avoidable admissions and supporting early discharge. The UCR team will give those who need it, fast access to a range of qualified professionals who can address both their health and social care needs. People will be able to access a response from a team of skilled professionals within two hours, to provide the care they need to remain independent and avoid an admission to hospital. They could then be supported up to 2 days where needed. UCR is the biggest development in community services within the last decade. Initially the service will be 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, with the aim of being 24/7 next year.
Microsoft Teams Meeting Link For This Event

We are looking to link with the VCSE for their knowledge and expertise to see if there are any opportunities for organisations/communities to help enhance the UCR model and support the individuals who are in receipt of the UCR service. There also may be potential funding to support this.

 

Keeping each other safe this Christmas

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COVID

As we enter the festive period with new national COVID-19 guidelines, Calderdale Council is giving advice on how we can all make Christmas as safe and merry as possible.

With increasing cases of the Omicron variant nationally, the Government has moved to its COVID Plan B. Face coverings are required by law in most indoor public places and on public transport unless people are medically exempt; people are advised to work from home if they can; and from 15 December, the NHS Covid Pass is mandatory for entry into nightclubs and settings where large crowds gather.

To help people enjoy the festive period whilst reducing the spread of COVID-19, the Council is encouraging people to take the following steps to help protect each other, alongside the new national rules:

  • Get the vaccine (and booster) when you are invited, even if you’ve had COVID-19. Appointments and walk-in slots are available now across Calderdale for people to get boosters and first and second doses.
  • Wear a face covering when indoors in enclosed spaces.
  • Try to keep your distance and limit mixing with people you don’t live with.
  • Let plenty of fresh air in.
  • Take a lateral flow test before mixing with others indoors / attending any festive events.
  • Isolate and get a PCR test if you have symptoms that might be COVID-19.
  • Get the flu vaccine if you’re eligible.
  • Think about which festive events that involve mixing with others are the most important to you, and consider giving the others a miss this year.
  • If you’re travelling with friends or relatives in the car, think about opening the windows to let fresh air in (even if it’s just a couple of inches). Think about wearing a mask for the journey.
  • If you are going out to meet friends, why not choose a venue that isn’t too crowded and doesn’t have loud music, so people don’t have to shout in each other’s faces?
  • If you’re going to an event, the theatre or cinema where there are lots of people, consider delaying seeing elderly or vulnerable family members until 10 days afterwards, and consider giving hugs and kisses a miss when you do see them.
  • Frequent handwashing is still as important as ever, not just to prevent COVID, but other winter bugs as well.

Along with the introduction of Plan B measures, the Government also announced enhanced guidelines for care home visiting, to reduce the risk of transmission and outbreaks. This included changes to the number of people who can regularly visit, as well as enhanced testing arrangements for visitors.

The Council continues to give advice to care homes and is supporting them to implement the new guidance. Proactive work has continued throughout the pandemic to support safe visiting practices and maintain infection prevention and control measures.

For up-to-date and reliable information about COVID-19, use trusted sources such as:

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

www.calderdale.gov.uk/coronavirus

www.calderdaleccg.nhs.uk

Coronavirus Update December 2021: New restrictions and booster vaccines

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The Prime Minister has announced new rules to help protect
ourselves and others from the new COVID-19 variant Omicron.

For further information visit Public Health England Coronavirus resources
Also: Gov.UK and NHS.uk

Key messages

From December 2nd the NHS will roll out the booster vaccine for those who have had their second dose over 3 months ago.

The aim is to have all adults vaccinated by the end of January 2022.

The NHS will contact you when it is your turn to book an appointment. You can keep an eye out for drop-in clinics where you don’t need to book an appointment.

     

     

The information above was correct at the time of publication.

For up to date, current information, visit

Public Health England Coronavirus resources, Gov.UK, NHS.uk

Urgent Community Response VCSE Workshop

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Thursday 10th February 2022 from 10am – 12pm

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (‘CCG’), Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (‘CHFT’), Local Care Direct (‘LCD’) and Calderdale Council are working together to implement a new service across Calderdale, known as the ‘Urgent Community Response’ (‘UCR’) service, and is being launched from 6 December 21.

The aim of the UCR is to reduce hospital bed occupancy, by reducing avoidable admissions and supporting early discharge.  The UCR team will give those who need it, fast access to a range of qualified professionals who can address both their health and social care needs. People will be able to access a response from a team of skilled professionals within two hours, to provide the care they need to remain independent and avoid an admission to hospital. They could then be supported up to 2 days where needed.

UCR is the biggest development in community services within the last decade. Initially the service will be 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, with the aim of being 24/7 next year.

We are looking to link with the VCSE for their knowledge and expertise to see if there are any opportunities for organisations/communities to help enhance the UCR model and support the individuals who are in receipt of the UCR service. There also may be potential funding to support this.

 

Winter Vaccination Walk-in Clinic at the Piece Hall Nov 20-21

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There is a unique opportunity to receive your Covid-19 jab and the NHS flu jab this weekend at the Piece Hall. No appointment needed and all three doses (1st, 2nd and booster) will be available!

Saturday 20th November, 10am-2pm
Sunday 21st November, 10am-4pm

Vaccinations will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Covid first and second doses available for anyone 16+.
Please note, you need to wait at least 8 weeks from your first dose to receive the second dose.

Booster jabs available for those who had their second dose on or before the 22nd May 2021.

Please note that people who are severely immunosuppressed should bring a letter from their specialist or GP confirming the need for a third primary dose to receive this additional vaccination.

Open letter from WYPartnership regarding Covid19 this winter

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Health and care services across West Yorkshire, which include hospitals, GPs, the ambulance service, councils, mental health, community services and social care providers have come together to ask for your support as we head into what is likely to be the busiest and most challenging winter the sector has faced.

At the current time we are seeing pressures across the entire system and this is only likely to increase as we move further into the winter period.

All our health and care services are seeing unprecedented increases in the number of people needing help. This means most of our services are dealing with a huge increase in the numbers of people accessing care whilst operating with significant staff shortages.

With restrictions eased and young people back in schools, anyone can be forgiven for thinking the worst of the pandemic is behind us. The reality is very different, and the months ahead are going to be very challenging.

COVID-19 infection rates across our area remain high with significant numbers of people requiring hospital treatment. This winter, flu and respiratory illness are back with us and are likely to be extremely infectious after last year’s lockdown as our immunity will be much lower.

Here are seven simple steps we can take together so we can face and overcome a winter like no other.

  1. Health and care services are here to help. You can save time by booking appointments and seeking medical advice online by downloading the NHS App or contacting your GP using the online form available on each practice website. There is a Health A-Z at www.nhs.uk/conditions/ with useful information and advice on common conditions. You can also visit your local council website to find out more about how you can receive the early help or care you need.
  2. Talk before you walk by going online to www.111.nhs.uk or calling NHS 111 if you do not have internet access.  Sometimes you know something doesn’t feel right, but you know it’s not life-threatening and you can’t get to your GP practice or your local pharmacy is closed,
  3. Health needs that are not a life-threatening emergency but are urgent include severe pain, suspected broken limbs and stomach pains. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, the friendly team at NHS 111 will be able to advise you on the best way of getting the help you need.
  4. Jabs + testing = our way out. Life-saving vaccines and regular testing are the best way to protect everyone from COVID-19. It’s not too late to receive a vaccine. Please have your second dose as two doses are needed for full protection, get a booster and flu jab when offered.
  5. Get a COVID-19 test if you have symptoms. Please don’t visit a healthcare setting (GP practices, pharmacies, accident, and emergency) if you have symptoms.
  6. If you are concerned about your or someone else’s mental health you can get help through 0800 183 0558 in Leeds, Wakefield, Calderdale, and Kirklees and 0800 952 1181 in Bradford, or contact our NightOWLS service for children and young people on 0300 2003900. People who are Deaf can text the NightOWLS service on 07984 392700.  If you are worried about a vulnerable child or adult, you should contact your local council.
  7. Continue to be kind to our staff and each other. This includes helping us by socially distancing where possible and wearing a face mask in healthcare settings.

We want to thank our colleagues, volunteers who continue to work hard during the busiest time on record and to everyone living across West Yorkshire for your patience and kindness.

Thank you

West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership

Background information

  • West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (an integrated care system) focuses on the health and care needs of local people across Bradford District and Craven, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield. The Partnership is made up of a number of organisations who work together to help 2.4 million people in the area including the NHS, councils, community services, care providers, hospices, Healthwatch, the voluntary community social enterprise sector. You can find out more at www.wypartnership.co.uk
  • There are different ways to get tested for COVID depending on if you have symptoms or not. To find out how to get tested, go to nhs.uk/get-tested. Please do not go to a GP practice or your nearest emergency department asking for a COVID test.
  • People can get their COVID or booster vaccine at a centre near them by using the NHS national booking service online www.nhs.uk/coronavirus-vaccination or by calling 119.
  • GP practices have continued to remain open throughout the pandemic and see people face to face when it is clinically appropriate to do so. General practice is here for you. Face-to-face appointments are available to patients where there is a clinical need. If you have a strong preference that your consultation is carried out face-to-face then please talk to your practice. You will be asked to first discuss your conditions over the phone or online with a member of the healthcare team to assess what would be most appropriate for you and which practice member would best provide it. You can find out more about ‘Why your GP practice is working differently’ at https://bit.ly/3o3i0uh
  • Many adults, most children and all pregnant women are eligible for a free flu vaccine, so for more details and to book your appointment visit https://bit.ly/3pR1FeW
  • People can feedback to any of the health and care services in West Yorkshire direct. You can also contact the NHS Friends and Family Test to improve patient experience by https://www.england.nhs.uk/fft/. To find out more about how to give your feedback on NHS services please visit https://www.nhs.uk/contact-us/give-feedback-or-make-complaint/  It’s very important people feedback on any concerns they may have or on any compliments they would like to share.
  • A phone call or text could mean the world to someone right now. Darker days can be tough especially for those who may be feeling lonely, or isolated. We can all play a role and ‘do our bit’ by looking out for our neighbours. Check in and help those that need it most. #OurNeighbours ourneighbours.org.uk

Walk-in Vaccination clinic at the Piece Hall Sat 14 – Sun 15

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A vaccination clinic will be running at the Piece Hall this weekend with an extra session on the afternoon of Friday 13th.

The clinic is open to anyone aged 16+ and offers the first and second dose of the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine.

 

No appointment necessary, just turn up.

Vaccines are offered subject to availability on a first come, first served basis.

To receive the second dose, you need to have received the first 6-8 weeks before that.

 

Sessions:

Friday 13th August : 16:00 – 17:30

Saturday 14th August : 10:00 – 17:00

Sunday 15th August : 10:00 – 16:00

 

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For more walk-in clinics, visit www.calderdaleccg.nhs.uk/grabajab

 

The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE

Type 2 Diabetes – Know your risk

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Type 2 diabetes can lead to serious health complications if left untreated.

Anyone can develop Type 2 diabetes but the older you are, the more at risk you are of developing the condition.

People from Black and South Asian backgrounds are more at risk of Type 2 diabetes and from an even younger age.

You’re two to six times more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if you have a parent, brother, sister or child with the condition.

Finding out your risk only takes a few minutes using the Diabetes UK risk tool — it could be the most important thing you do today. 

Check your risk: riskscore.diabetes.org.uk

 

Diabetes Prevention Week 10-16 May

Vaccination information for front line VCS workers & volunteers supporting health, social care and the most disadvantaged clients

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VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

 

 

The Local NHS across Calderdale and Kirklees is working with Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust Hospital and their respective Councils, and we are now able to offer vaccinations to frontline VCS paid workers and volunteers who support individuals with their health, social care or those who are most disadvantaged or vulnerable.

Priorities have been identified in accordance with Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and Green Book guidance – see https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/948757/Greenbook_chapter_14a_v4.pdf

If you have not already heard directly from the vaccination team, but think members of your team who deliver face to face work with clients (or will return to delivering front line services after lockdown) should receive the vaccination, in the first instance please contact;  Catherine Bann, Emergency Covid-19 Coordinator, Catherine.bann@vsialliance.org.uk

 

 

About VSI Alliance: All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact info@vsialliance.org.uk.  

The Covid-19 vaccination from the NHS

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The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

The vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and, from this week, hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs.

It’s being given to:

  • some people aged 80 and over who already have a hospital appointment in the next few weeks
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health care workers at high risk

The vaccine will be offered more widely, and at other locations, as soon as possible.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

More Coronavirus Vaccination Information

The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the COVID-19 vaccine. Please remember not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then. This will help get the vaccines to the people who need it most, first.