Vaccination information for front line VCS workers & volunteers supporting health, social care and the most disadvantaged clients

VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

 

The Local NHS across Calderdale and Kirklees is working with Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust Hospital and their respective Councils, and we are now able to offer vaccinations to frontline VCS paid workers and volunteers who support individuals with their health, social care or those who are most disadvantaged or vulnerable.

Priorities have been identified in accordance with Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and Green Book guidance – see https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/948757/Greenbook_chapter_14a_v4.pdf

If you have not already heard directly from the vaccination team, but think members of your team who deliver face to face work with clients (or will return to delivering front line services after lockdown) should receive the vaccination, in the first instance please contact;  Catherine Bann, Emergency Covid-19 Coordinator, Catherine.bann@vsialliance.org.uk

 

About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact info@vsialliance.org.uk.

The Covid-19 vaccination from the NHS

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

The vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and, from this week, hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs.

It’s being given to:

  • some people aged 80 and over who already have a hospital appointment in the next few weeks
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health care workers at high risk

The vaccine will be offered more widely, and at other locations, as soon as possible.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

More Coronavirus Vaccination Information

The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the COVID-19 vaccine. Please remember not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then. This will help get the vaccines to the people who need it most, first.

Survey – Your Experiences of Health Care During Coronavirus

Along with Healthwatch Calderdale and local NHS organisations, Disability Partnership Calderdale would like to ask you for your help! Have you used any Health or Care services since lockdown began? Or have you visited someone, or helped someone who was attending a health or care setting? For example, a GP surgery, Hospital, Pharmacy or Care Setting?

If so, DPC would really appreciate it if you could spare ten minutes to tell them about it over the phone, so that they can feed your experiences back to the NHS. This can be done by either talking to you or texting you. DPC are currently working in partnership with Healthwatch Calderdale and local NHS organisations to understand the issues, whether positive or negative, that people may have experienced when accessing health and care services during lockdown.

If you would like to share your NHS experiences with DPC, please call or text on the number below to register your interest. One of the DPC workers will take your details and call / text you back at a time to suit you, to go through the ten- minute survey at your convenience.

your input on this matter is greatly appreciated and DPC look forward to hearing from you. Please call or text on 07716 122897

Government launches coronavirus Test and Trace service

The Government has announced the launch of its new Test, Trace (and Isolate) initiative, with effect from 9am on Thursday 28 May 2020.

 

You can read the press release here: Government launches NHS Test and Trace service

You can find an overview here: NHS test and trace: how it works

You can find workplace guidance here: NHS test and trace: workplace guidance

And you can find additional guidance here: Guidance for contacts of people with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person

And here: COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

NHS still open for business

C&K Careers Apprenticeship Event March 5

Leaving school or college this year and thinking about doing an apprenticeship? Don’t miss this event!

CK Careers invite you at the Shay Stadium on March 5 between 4 – 7pm, giving you the opportunity to explore apprenticeship options available to you.

Meet companies like Kirklees College, Calderdale College, Calderdale Council, Nufarm, White Rose School of Health & Beauty Huddersfield, KITS, Covea Insurance plc, Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust and more

For more information about this event and to connect, visit C&K Careers on Facebook

New Digibete Website Giving Information About Type 1 Diabetes for Young People and Families

Digibete is a newly launched website / video platform to share videos and educational resources about Type 1 Diabetes. The content is designed to help support children, young people and families self manage their own diabetes by extending the reach of clinical teams online. The aim to increase Education, Awareness and Training for Type 1 but not a substitute for your own diabetes specialist HCPs.

This is a true collaboration between a clinical team and a parent led initiative. The creation of this site together is a reflection of the wider values of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust:

The site is patient centred – this site is for all children, young people and families living with diabetes. The content of the site will evolve in response to patients’ requests

There is a free to access site for everyone; no registrations, no payment

The team is collaborative – we are all one team with a common purpose, working in partnership with patients and families

The team is accountable – the content is all co-designed with patients and families, clinically accurate, peer reviewed and in line with the NHS Digital safety standard SCCI0129

The site is meant to be empowering celebrating positivity and success by sharing stories.

Whilst there is a clinical team behind the DigiBete site, no personal advice can be given. Individuals should always contact their own diabetes team for information.

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