Staff briefing roundup

Here’s a summary of what was covered in the staff briefing…

Welcome – Rob Gerlis

General update – Peter Wightman

  • Introducing Frances Shattock, Director of Performance and Delivery for the ICS
  • Frances said she was looking forward to working with everyone
  • Interviews are due to take place soon for a digital director and the director of people role is about to be advertised
  • Also welcoming Assistant Director for Nursing and Quality Hayley Mounsey
  • The question of what it will take to be an ICS will now start to be addressed
  • The Mental Health All Age partnership board has met this week
  • An increase in demand for mental health services is expected as we come out of the pandemic, particularly as things like employment continue to be affected
  • The procurement process for children and young people’s mental health services has now been signed off
  • Met with Dr Fay Gilder, Medical Director at PAH this week to talk about future plans as she establishes her team there

Vaccination update

Stephen Fry

  • Figures show 85 per cent of the clinically vulnerable have now been vaccinated
  • Cohort 5 (people aged 65 to 69) is also now at 85 per cent
  • More vaccine due next week
  • All things considered things are on course for hitting targets set for 6 April

Peter Wightman

  • In Herts and west Essex the amount of vaccine is expected to go from 45,000 to more than 90,000 a week from mid-March
  • This will really help with the start of second doses
  • Now vaccinating those aged 60 to 64 and letters due to go out to those aged 55 to 59
  • Now looking at data in order to get to those areas where there is low uptake
  • Possibility of taking a vaccine van out to particular postcodes
  • The Murray Hall Community Centre at Loughton has now opened and St Albans will follow next week
  • COVID incidents continue to be low across Epping, Harlow and Uttlesford
  • Re-opening of schools may affect this

PAH update – Louise Hall

  • There are currently 20 patients being treated for COVID
  • A lack of beds was causing a problem with flow and a backlog in the Emergency Department
  • Mental health continues to be a concern with a shortage of beds being experienced across the country
  • These are non COVID pressures but the weekends continue to be busier than weekdays

Local update – Ian Tompkins

  • Diary invites have been sent out to all staff for the COVID vaccination Q&A event on Thursday. Please do join if you have any questions about getting the vaccine. It’s open to staff from all three CCGs
  • Easter quiz – email the Comms team to sign your team up for the event on 25 March at 7.30pm. Easter outfits optional!
  • Debbie Griggs – congratulations to Olivia Rate on the birth of her baby boy this morning, weighing 6Ib 9oz
  • David Wallace – congratulations also to Elizabeth Hall on the birth of her 7Ib 12oz baby girl on Friday

Beverly Hayward – the Staff Partnership Group needs you: your voice matters

  • This friendly group, consisting of staff members, meets once a month
  • Anyone can join in and everyone is welcome
  • Each meeting has an agenda and action log and the group discusses a number of issues as well as ways to make the experience of working at the CCG the best it can be
  • Since being introduced in 2019 its successes have included:
    • Introducing the Time to Change agenda
    • Recruiting and training Mental Health First Aiders
    • The hugely popular staff and family quiz nights
    • Implementing Freedom to Speak Up Champions
  • The next meeting, on 23 March at 10am, is a bring a buddy event, so do come along if invited
  • New members are always welcome
  • View Bev’s full presentation on the Staff Partnership Group

David Wallace – Freedom to Speak Up Champion

  • Could you be a Freedom to Speak Up Champion?
  • We are hoping to build a team of people to train in the role
  • We are a very diverse workforce and need to make sure everyone is represented
  • Training is offered
  • Anyone interested in getting involved can email David Wallace

David Wallace – Thank you

  • A big shout out to Shivon Genus, Melanie Mavers, Carrie Gleaves and Steve Gale who have stepped up to help out with the PALS enquiries lately – there has been a big increase in these surrounding the vaccine and people’s concerns
  • Thank you also to Lucy O’Shea, Dawn Bollingbroke and Cathy Saunders for all their hard work and support

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