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Issue 17, 6th August 2020
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Dear Reader

Welcome to the latest edition of Connect, the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership’s stakeholder newsletter.  
 
NHS England and NHS Improvement recently set out the next, third phase, of the NHS response to COVID-19. The focus is now on restoring capacity of non-Covid health services ahead of winter, preparing for winter demand pressures alongside a possible Covid resurgence, locking in beneficial changes, further support for our staff and reducing health inequalities. The Department of Health and Social Care is also expected to set out equivalent phase three priorities and support for social care. 
 
Covid has further exposed some of the health and wider inequalities that persist in our society. In this edition of Connect, we are publishing an incredibly important statement, on behalf of the Partnership Board, regarding our commitment to improve equality, diversity and inclusion for our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff and communities. This is a starting point and the beginning of a series of activities and ongoing work to tackle the deep-rooted issues behind inequalities.  
 
Our BAME equality pledges will be supported by targeted action with tangible outcomes, so it can be recognised and called out if we are not making progress. By sharing, learning and constructively challenging each other, we can strengthen our existing services and commitments to better serve our employees and communities. 
 
Please do take the time to read though this edition of Connect, which also includes updates from our Digital Programme, learning from South Asian Heritage Month, the latest episode of the Kind to Your Mind podcast, a feature about Physician Associates and much more.    

Best wishes,
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Dr Jackie Bene  
Chief Officer   
Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership
News and features
Our ambition to improve equality, diversity and inclusion for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff and communities
The Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership is fully committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We believe all forms of racism and discrimination are unacceptable and must not be tolerated.  There is clear evidence that racism and discrimination cause health inequalities, impacting our communities, patients and colleagues. 
 
Following the tragic death of George Floyd and the subsequent activism around the world, as well as the clear health inequalities that have been uncovered as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Partnership is publishing a statement of intent and a number of pledges to improve equality, diversity and inclusion for our BAME staff and communities in Cheshire and Merseyside.  
 
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Kind to Your Mind podcast speaks to Liverpool’s Director of Public Health about the impact of COVID-19 on mental wellbeing
The latest episode of the Kind to Your Mind podcast features an interview with Liverpool City Council’s Director of Public Health, Matt Ashton.  
 
In the episode, Matt explains how he handled the stress of being in the thick of a global pandemic, tips for managing mental health and wellbeing and much more.  
 
Listen now.
Six things we learned at the South Asian Heritage Month ‘Heritage, Identity and Influence on Mental Health’ event
Throughout South Asian Heritage Month (18th July to 17th August), online events will be happening to celebrate and raise the profile of British South Asian history, arts, culture and heritage.  
 
A number of events will be focusing on health in the South Asian community, including ‘Heritage, Identity and Influence on Mental Health’, which highlighted some of the challenges faced by South Asian people when talking about mental health and accessing help.
 
Read more.
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Physician Associates in Cheshire and Merseyside offer exceptional support to clinical teams
Physician Associates (PAs) are healthcare professionals who are dependent practitioners supporting the delivery of care and treatment across a range of clinical settings. The role is a relatively new one but has already produced a number of benefits for clinical teams in primary and secondary care across Cheshire and Merseyside.  
 
Find out more about PAs and the benefits they bring and read a guest blog from Alex Facey, a Cheshire-based PA, who outlines his experience of working in the “dynamic, varied and adaptive” role as a PA in Primary Care. 
 
Read more.
Place and Programme updates
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New COVID-19 response partnership established across Cheshire

A new COVID-19 Outbreak Response Co-ordination Group has been formed in Cheshire. Leaders from local Councils and Partnerships gathered virtually to establish the working group that aims to ensure that the county takes a unified approach to managing coronavirus outbreaks. 
 
During the online meeting, leaders called on national government to better inform local public health organisations on testing, local powers and response funding.    
 
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Workforce and OD Update; People at the Heart

The Workforce and OD team have been working hard over the last few months to bring key networks together to share vital learning and system intelligence on how we have adapted to the challenges presented by the Coronavirus pandemic.  
 
This update includes information on the launch of the NHS People Plan, the doing things differently programme, a system approach to workforce planning and an update from the Cheshire and Merseyside OD Network. 

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Registration open for 'Hope and recovery in the time of COVID-19' event on World Suicide Prevention Day

Registration for 'Hope and recovery in the time of COVID-19', a World Suicide Prevention Day webinar, is now open. 
 
Hosted by Champs Public Health Collaborative, the meeting will celebrate the achievements of the Cheshire & Merseyside NO MORE Suicide Strategy, five years on since its launch, and will include a number of presentations from guest speakers. 
 
The virtual gathering will take place over Microsoft Teams on 10th September 2020, 10.00 am - 12.00pm.  
 
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Digital Revolution
Liverpool City Region partnerships join forces with UK health data network to tackle challenges in health and care services

Liverpool CCG, Liverpool Health Partners, Healthy Wirral Partners and The University of Liverpool have joined the UK health data network to build a clearer data picture of the UK's health needs. 
 
Healthy Wirral Partners and Liverpool CCG will receive funding of up to £400,000 over two years, with additional support from the University of Liverpool, to build data analytic capability. At present, a portion of the funding will be used to help better understand how to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable people who are shielding or identifying the unmet need of those with severe mental illness. 
 
The aim of the research is to help national and local decision makers grasp an idea of the needs of their community, improve services and design innovative approaches to delivering care. 

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Digital Programme stakeholder newsletter

The latest edition of the Partnership’s Digital Programme’s newsletter includes updates on the Programme’s delivery progress, an innovative healthcare records sharing platform, an artificial intelligence tool for stroke patients and more.  
 
Read more.
In case you missed it...
Submissions now open for the Innovation Agency's NHS in the North Excellence in Supply Awards

Nominations are now open for the NHS in the North Excellence in Supply Awards 2020. 
 
Consisting of three categories (fighting the virus, supporting the system and NHS procurement heroes), this year’s awards will celebrate the response of the health and care sector to the Coronavirus pandemic.  
 
Any businesses that currently supply goods, works or services to NHS trusts in the North of England are welcome to apply to one category or more for the chance to win. The deadline for nominations is 21st August 2020 with the awards ceremony to follow on 22nd October 2020. 

NHS Reset from NHS Confederation: Put health and wellbeing at the centre of economic planning

The NHS Confederation has published a blog by Alan Higgins, head of programme for Public Health England in the North West, about how Liverpool’s wealth and wellbeing programme is creating discussion on the relationship between health and wealth and how the pandemic has brought this relationship into sharp focus.

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre is reminding people about the importance of attending cancer appointments, with a patient video diary

A Clatterbridge Cancer Centre patient who was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer has filmed an online plea urging people to keep attending their cancer appointments. The Centre shared the video diary on its Twitter page to shine a spotlight on the policies that have been put in place to keep its patients safe.

Mersey Care staff swap day jobs for vital frontline work

Two members of staff from Mersey Care have spoken about their experiences of switching their roles in desk jobs to working on the front line.

Direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19 on health and wellbeing - report from Champs Public Health Collaborative and the Public Health Institute at Liverpool John Moores University

Champs Public Health Collaborative has shared the latest report from the Cheshire and Merseyside Intelligence Network, which looks at the impact of COVID-19. 
 
The paper review considers the evidence and what it reveals about the direct and indirect impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as its onward impacts on health and wellbeing.

Liverpool City Council’s latest podcast episode talks mental health and physical wellbeing

The latest episode from Liverpool City Council’s Mersey Waves podcast, 'Let's Get Physical', includes interviews with two local personal trainers, Richie Swan and Natalie Butler, who delve into the positive effects of physical exercise on mental wellbeing.
Visit www.cheshireandmerseysidepartnership.co.uk for more information.

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