Staff briefing roundup

Welcome – Rob Gerlis

General update – Peter Wightman

  • Vaccinations update
    • Everyone in the first four cohorts has been offered a vaccination by yesterday’s (15 February) deadline
    • Those over 70 and people who are clinically extremely vulnerable that haven’t had the vaccine for any reason are being asked to call to book one
    • Letters have started going out to people in cohort five (age 65-69) inviting them to book a vaccine
    • Second doses don’t start until 15 March
    • For March we are getting same dose that we currently have
    • From April we may get a lot more completed
    • First and second dose from middle of March onwards
    • Main challenge, plan for huge quantity of extra vaccines arriving in April
    • Herts and west Essex – has done a lot of good work early on, thank you to the people who have been involved in the vaccination work
    • Israel – has had fantastic vaccination results, but they’re still seeing COVID rates increase – just shows it is a marathon and not a sprint
    • Staff vaccinations – you can still access any that HCT are operating or Essex side, ones that EPUT are in charge of
    • Encourage everyone to get their vaccine now as health and care have preferential access – if you have any doubt talk to us
    • Jane Halpin is joining the staff briefing next Tuesday (23 February)
    • Care homes
    • David Wallace –we have cautious optimism, rate of infection is starting to settle
    • Louise Hall- staff vaccination uptake for social care staff – care homes have been positive
    • Stephen Fry – health and social care is difficult to manage, generally we are in the 80%+ range but it is hard to get the granular detail
    • PAH new site plans continue – engaging a lot of members of the public
    • Taking design decisions with the community
    • Looking at how we use community sites
  • Charlotte Mullins – population health management; national pilot starts in two weeks
  • PAH – Louise Hall
  • Trust currently on OPEL 2
  • 67 COVID positive patients
  • Across the system elsewhere, except mental health, there is a limited number of available beds for adults and children across the whole country
  • Stephen Fry – over 50+ vulnerable under 50 – target of end of April
  • East of England down
  • Our localities’ rates are still going down – Harlow still slightly high but there has been an overall reduction
  • Anne Mansfield – Trauma and orthopaedics is going to Ramsey’s, they can do some intensive care
  • Immediate pre-op is going to be done in the operation centre and any long term will go through to the community

Local update – Ian Tompkins

  • Diary invites have gone out for Alan’s bitesize mailbox archiving training sessions next week. These will show you how best to use the new archiving system and are only 30 minutes long. You can choose between 10am on Tuesday 23 February or 2pm on Thursday 25 February. You only need to book onto one session not both

Any other business

  • Save the date: Staff Easter quiz night – Thursday 25 March 2021
  • Thank you to Lisa Gosling from David Wallace/Anurita Rohilla/Louise Hall
  • Lisa is a member of the Urgent Care team. She has been playing an absolutely essential role in supporting the on-call team with all the information they need. It makes a huge positive difference; we just want to say ‘thank you’ for your hard work.
  • New starter – New member of the Nursing and Quality team – Shivon Genus, Interim Patient Experience Manager



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