Health Challenges and Living with Disability beyond Covid-19

Parasol Disability Group are hosting a community research event at Todmorden College on
Thursday 22nd September 2022 from 1.30 – 3.30pm
to publicise research about Disability and Health as we move beyond the Shadow of Covid and make positive recommendations for the future.

The event may be held in Todmorden but we will be promoting our research across Calderdale – by including community groups and other potential allies who are based in Todmorden, Hebden Royd, Halifax and other areas of Calderdale.

Register here : Community research event:
Health challenges and disability beyond Covid-19 Tickets

Download Flyer here (PDF)

In the first half of the meeting we will be going through the 7 headings of our research findings about Disability and Health – as we did previously with our on-line meeting in April.  This includes Professional Support, Voluntary Sector Support, Friends and Family, Personal Care, Family Carers, Getting Out and about, Friends and Community, Disability Rights and Access.

In the second half of the meeting, we will be discussing our recommendations in an open forum.  These themes include Listening to and involving local citizens more in local decision-making, tackling inequalities and upholding the rights of disabled people.  We welcome your ideas or suggestions on how we can follow-up our initial research in practical ways.

Register at Community research event: Health challenges and disability beyond Covid-19 Tickets, Thu 22 Sep 2022 at 13:30 | Eventbrite

Look out for each other during the heatwave and rising Covid cases

Residents across West Yorkshire are urged to take precautions and look out for each other during the heatwave and as COVID cases rise

Summer events and social gatherings are returning as part of our lives, but COVID transmission rates are rising sharply in West Yorkshire. The numbers of people with COVID in hospital beds are now greater than during the previous wave, our social care sector is under huge pressure, and we should remain cautious warns West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP).

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Director of Public Health for Kirklees Council and Public Health Lead for WY HCP said: “Our NHS and social care system is under pressure, especially with extremely hot weather alongside increasing rates of COVID. But there are a few simple things we can all do to help. Being cautious about mixing with groups of people if you’re feeling unwell is a good way of stopping the spread. Those other basic steps, like keeping rooms well ventilated and good hand hygiene, will also help. Above all, being up to date with your jabs is the best way you can protect yourself and our health service. It’s never too late to get protected”.

Information about how to get your COVID-19 vaccination can be found at nhs.uk and via the NHS App. Whether it’s a first, second or a booster dose no appointment is necessary – visit www.nhs.uk for a walk-in site near you.

The Met Office has also issued an amber weather warning for extreme heat from Sunday 17 July and WY HCP are reminding everyone to be sun smart and to choose health and care services wisely.

The main risks posed by a heatwave are not drinking enough water, overheating – which can make symptoms worse for people with heart or breathing problems – and heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

Rob Webster CBE, CEO Lead for WY HCP said: ‘The consequences of a heatwave can affect anyone, including older people, and those who live on their own or in a care home, people who have a long-term health condition, babies and the very young. Please check-in on your vulnerable neighbours across Bradford District and Craven; Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield District to make sure they are following the advice and stay well during the heatwave. If you do become unwell it is important that you get the right care in the right place.  Please choose the best service for your needs across West Yorkshire. If you have a medical problem and aren’t sure what to do visit 111.nhs.uk’.

For more information on summer health advice visit  Seasonal advice – NHS – Together We Can (togetherwe-can.com)  https://togetherwe-can.com/seasonaladvice/

Families can also visit Healthier Together, a free website developed by local healthcare professionals to help parents and carers keep their children safe and healthy. It has a wide range of information and is available by visiting https://www.wyhealthiertogether.nhs.uk/

The team behind the website have ensured the online advice complements local advice given across health and care services. Information has been reviewed by local paediatricians, GPs, community pharmacists, health visitors and other professionals across the region to ensure it is the most current, and up to date information available.

It also offers practical advice on whether a child should go to nursery or school if unwell, along with advice on keeping children safe, well and in good general health.

Covid Cases in Calderdale – Message from Debs Harkins

The following is excerpt of the Message from Debs Harkins, Director of Public Health for Calderdale Council

Read full article in the Council’s news section

With the summer now upon us and the restrictions feeling like a distant memory for many of us, it can be easy to forget or even ignore the fact that we are still living with COVID-19. However, like the rest of the country we are seeing high rates of the virus and the impacts that accompany it, so it’s important that we remain mindful of the risks and take conscious steps to mitigate them. More than 1 in 20 people in Calderdale currently have COVID, the highest rate in the Yorkshire and Humber region. Unfortunately, this is having a significant impact in hospital admissions and care homes, and the hot weather we are experiencing may increase numbers further.  Although vaccination, previous infection and improved treatment are preventing serious illness for many of us, it’s important that we continue to show kindness and consideration to others who are more vulnerable to the virus and take measures to help protect the business continuity of services that really matter to Calderdale residents. These small things will make a big difference:

  1. If you’ve tested positive or you have symptoms, stay at home if you can and try to stay away from others.
  2. If you’re not up to date with your vaccines, it’s not too late to get vaccinated.  You can easily book online – just search for COVID vaccine.  It’s the best thing we can do to protect ourselves from the virus.
  3. Over 75s and people with a compromised immune system can have an extra booster, often called the spring booster.  It’s really important that those eligible for this extra dose book an appointment – it is still available even though we are now in summer.
  4. Be kind.  Remember that there’s a lot of COVID about and be considerate, especially to people who are older or have a compromised immune system, many of whom have told us that they feel excluded from the opportunities that living with COVID present.

Enjoy the sunshine over the next few days and let’s keep doing our bit to protect ourselves, our communities and our fantastic services.

Calderdale Covid Vaccine Engagement Report March 2022

     

 

NHS Calderdale CCG worked with partners in Calderdale (Healthwatch, Local Authority, and the Voluntary Sector) to understand the views and experiences of people living in Calderdale of the COVID vaccine.

We wanted to give people the opportunity to help influence how we shape the operational delivery of the vaccine delivery model in Calderdale and the messages we share; through understanding and learning what the public views are of the COVID vaccine and understanding any concerns or misinformation that people may have heard.

We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to those of you who have helped us to deliver over 2000 conversations on our behalf, we couldn’t have delivered this engagement without you.

You can read the full report by clicking on the link below https://www.calderdaleccg.nhs.uk/download/experience-covid-vaccination/

Future NHS provide translated materials and vaccination consent forms

The Future NHS website now provides translated materials page for the Covid Vaccine.

This includes UKHSA consent forms for vaccinating minors.

The consent forms have been translated into the following languages: French, Gujarati, Polish, Urdu, Tamil, Arabic, Punjabi, Farsi, Somali, Lithuanian, Nepalese, Portuguese, Spanish, Bengali, Turkish, Romanian, and Hebrew.

To access these you need to a be registered with NHS futures.

Future NHS is a useful resource, easy to use and very quick to register.

The entire UKHSA consent form collection can be downloaded from this hub here: Translated consent forms zip file

Alternatively, the individual forms are included from the Translated materials pages

Our Calderdale: Living under the Shadow of Covid April 11

Join us for a free, on-line event about Disability and Health issues in Calderdale on April 11th from 2.00 – 4.30pm.  It will be our opportunity to present our findings from our community research from a grass-roots perspective.

Over the last year we have listened to Hardly Heard voices from different communities across Calderdale about their experiences of living under the Shadow of Covid on themes of Disability and Health.  It will also be your opportunity to ask questions about our research as well as of the community researchers from diverse communities who belong to our research team and represent grass-roots organisations in Calderdale.

Please register via https://crag-disability-research.eventbrite.co.uk

Download the flyer here

We are also keen to continue this dialogue and discussion after the event.  We recognise that our efforts have been relatively invisible so far and hope that we can collaborate with a broader coalition of people to pursue any actions which may come in its wake.   One possibility is to explore the potential of setting up an independent Citizens Forum to enable concerns about Disability and Health to be expressed and responded to more effectively across Calderdale and with a democratic basis based upon the principle of genuine co-production.

We welcome your ideas and suggestions both at the event and afterwards on how best to go about this.  We are also keen to pursue efforts for an inclusive and supportive Calderdale in line with our support from the Connection Coalition at the Jo Cox Foundation and the Community Organisers movement in the UK.

I will endeavour to respond to all of your queries and suggestions but please bear with me if I do not always respond immediately because I am presently immersed in other conversations about the War in Ukraine and our practical response to it in the Calder Valley, UK and indeed across Europe.

Halifax Minster – Covid Memorial Service March 20

Halifax Minster, on behalf of the whole Calderdale community, is organising a service to commemorate the second anniversary of the Covid pandemic and the start of lockdown. The service will be the opportunity to remember the 459 residents of Calderdale who have died due to Covid and to give thanks for the hard work of all the keyworkers of Calderdale during the past two years to help maintain community life.

At the service a candle will be lit for each person who has died and an artwork installation to remember all those affected by the pandemic will be on display for the first time. The artwork, made up of the thousands of prayer cards and messages hung on our Remembrance Trees over the past 2 years, will be hung in the Minster’s tower in front of the West Window where it can be seen from inside and out. It will be floodlit with the colours of the rainbow to represent the hope shown by communities during the difficult times of the pandemic.

You would be most welcome to join us at the service on Sunday March 20th at 4pm . Please feel free to pass on this invitation to others who may wish to attend.

With every good wish

Andy Barber

www.halifaxminster.org.uk