Friday Letter 21/08/2020

Friday 21st August 2020

August 2020 Price Concessions – 1st Update

The 1st Update list of Price concessions for August 2020 has been granted.

Click here to view on the PSNC website

NEL Pharmacy Bank Holiday Rota – Monday 31st August 2020

Please see the following link for the opening times for NEL pharmacies on the upcoming bank holiday, Monday 31st August.

Secretary of State Message to the NHS on the coronavirus response

The Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, has published a message praising the efforts and dedication of NHS Staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this message, Mr Hancock has also launched an open call for evidence, inviting views from health and social care workers.

Click here to read in full and for links to submit your contributions

Mental Health and COVID-19

The Coronavirus pandemic continues to impact mental health service providers and those they support.

The NHS reset campaign have published a report on preparing for an increase in demand for mental health services as a result of the pandemic.

Click here to view

NIHP to take over from Public Health

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced its intention to establish a new healthcare organisation responsible for infectious diseases management and public health initiatives.

This will be a new organisation whose primary focus is public health protection and infectious disease capability.

The National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP) has begun by taking over from Public Health England (PHE) and NHS Test and Trace on the COVID-19 pandemic response. In addition, they will lead on protecting the nation’s health, from Spring 2021

Click here for more information on the GOV.UK website

CoPE-HCP: COVID19 disease and the Physical and Emotional wellbeing of Healthcare Professionals

Please see the following message from Newham Together regarding a current study on the impact of COVID-19 on the wellbeing of health care professionals.

Please take a few moments to read through the following information and submit your contributions, which will support improvements to the well-being of healthcare staff.

Thank you in advance for your time.

Dear Colleagues,

I am involved in a study looking at the impact of COVID-19 on healthcare professionals. I am very keen for our Pharmacy colleagues to be well represented in the study and would be grateful of you could complete this survey and circulate to colleagues. Your views are very valuable. Please see the link to survey and further details below.

Thank you

Dr Imrana Siddiqui

(Newham Wellbeing Hub Lead and GP Clinical Lead for Mental Health, WEL CCGs)

CoPE-HCP: COVID19 disease and the Physical and Emotional wellbeing of Healthcare Professionals

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented strain to healthcare systems, worldwide, and posed unique challenges to the healthcare professionals and the general public. We anticipate that these changes may have a physical and emotional impact on the healthcare professionals, more than the other professionals.

We would like to invite you to share your insights and experience with us in the CoPE-HCP study. This study involves collection of anonymised data in form of survey (of approximately 15 minute) exploring the physical, psychological and social effects of the current pandemic on healthcare professionals and compare that with the other non-healthcare professionals.

We hope to improve the support provided to healthcare professionals/ NHS staff members in such challenging times. The information collected from this study will be pivotal in helping us do so.

You have been invited because you are one of the following:

(i) A healthcare professional in direct patient contact , or

(ii) Healthcare/Hospital administrative staff not in direct patient contact, or

(iii) Non-healthcare / Non-hospital staff: academic, university staff or other professional

Please contribute to improving the well-being of healthcare staff.

For further information about the study please visit our website
If you would like to participateplease click on this link to access the survey:

We thank you in advance for your time.
The CoPE-HCP study team

PHE Flu Campaign Materials for Health and Social Care workers

New resources have been released by Public Health England for Health and Social Care Workers to utilise throughout this year’s Flu vaccination campaign, ‘I’ve had my flu jab’.

Please see their message below, with links to the Campaign Resource Centre to access campaign support materials:

Thank you for supporting this year’s Health and Social Care Worker Flu Vaccination campaign, “I’ve had my flu jab.”
New social media, digital and open art work assets are now available to download from the PHE Campaign Resource Centre. Open artwork assets can be edited and localised for your specific organisation. Please ensure you read the brand guidelines (details below) before editing the materials. 

The new social and digital assets include: 

  • Digital Screens
  • Email Signatures
  • Social Media assets 

Open artwork assets include:

  • A4 Posters
  • A5 information sheet for peer vaccinators
  • Leaflet
  • Social Media assets
  • Digital screens
  • Shield motif
  • Email signatures

Coming soon:

  • Campaign toolkit – it highlights how to localise campaign assets, campaign brand guidelines and suggestions for how you can use the assets to engage your colleagues.
  • More social media and digital assets – website banners and social media frames.

PR toolkit – including long and short copy, key messages to accompany national PR activity. More details to come. 

Download resources

Reviewing children and young people on the shielded patients list – NHS Networks

Most children and young people considered clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) can be removed from the shielded patients list following consultation with their specialist clinician or GP.

Click here for the news item from NHS Networks

Coronavirus Update: GCSE results, health survey and coronavirus mobile testing unit

Please see the following coronavirus update bulletin from the local authority in Waltham Forest.

Click here to view

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