Staff briefing roundup

Welcome – Rob Gerlis

General update – Peter Wightman

    • All three districts (Harlow, Uttlesford and Epping) are showing a reduction in rates
    • There are critical care transfers out of the area
    • Care homes – residents and staff positive cases increasing
    • Vaccination programme – positive position, national news to vaccine over 70s, over 80s still priority and focusing on these before moving on to over 70s
    • Harlow Leisurezone vaccination centre – issues around equipment being delivered, all being well it will go-live next week
    • PAH staff vaccination – well on their way to vaccinating their own staff
    • Annual leave – we encourage you to take time off to refresh and recover
    • You can carry over 10 days into the next financial year and in extreme circumstances 15 days
    • Covid statistics to come
    • Naomi Money – we encourage you all to allocate 25/50 minute meetings rather than the full 30/60 minute meetings to allow people to have a break in between other meetings

Dr Jane Halpin – Vaccination programme continued

  • Delivery rates across Herts and west Essex best in east of England
  • Community pharmacy sites going live this week
  • A logistically challenging national programme being delivered locally
  • Hospital hubs predominately encouraged to vaccinate their own staff and providers
  • There is less clarity about what frontline healthcare workers are
  • What we are trying to do is support the hospital hubs to vaccinate
  • The cohorts we have been offering vaccines to have universally accepted it, the did not attend (DNA) rates have been negligible
  • However, as we work down the cohorts to the lower ages, we should expect this acceptance won’t be at the same scale and DNA rates are to increase
  • There is a lot of vaccine scepticism and rumours
  • We want everyone who works in the CCG to be an advocate for the vaccine
  • We need to be part of a really strong communication strategy, not just within the NHS but when we speak to our friends and family about it
  • If you do have reservations about it and feel you are not able to champion it, please speak to us so we can give you the right information/support to ease any worries
  • Vaccine and fertility rumours – no vaccine ever that can affect fertility, this is just an urban myth and completely inaccurate
  • Vaccinations for volunteers at the vaccination centres
  • Will they be considered as a priority group – by taking part in the programme they have effectively made themselves patient-facing, not particularly high risk by doing so but this should not be a reason to volunteer
  • Clare Cowdery – We have sent comms to clinical directors if they have spare vaccine to vaccinate volunteers

Agnes Annan – HR

  • Redeployment – if you have any capacity to do so, please speak to your line manager and ask them to contact me

Local update – Ian Tompkins

  • PAH email clarification – if you have booked an appointment already, please cancel it.
  • You will be contacted directly as and when bookings become available
  • New starter – we would like to welcome Iolanda Cuomo who started this week as Cancer Campaign Manager. She will be working on early diagnosis and screening
  • Reminder about risk assessments – review this with your line manager as soon as possible. If you’re a line manager, you have until Friday 12 February to submit your team’s risk assessment forms to HR


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