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Issue 38, 4th June 2021
Dr Jackie Bene
Dear Reader,

Welcome to this latest edition of Connect!

June’s a busy month and we are celebrating Pride month, and Carers Week. You can read more below.

It’s also Volunteers Week and I want to give my personal thanks to the thousands of volunteers who support the health and care sector every day. Of course, their contribution to the Covid vaccination and testing programmes is huge and has been instrumental to the resounding success of both. Volunteers at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool have even been awarded with a Queen’s medal this week in recognition of their outstanding work – well done to all involved.

We’ve now given well over 2.6 million vaccines across Cheshire and Merseyside, which is fantastic. Vaccination is the best defence we have against the spread of Covid and I’d urge everyone who is eligible – and that is everyone over the age of 30 – but especially those from the priority cohorts who have not yet done so – to have your jab and protect yourself, your loved ones and your patients. It’s free, it’s safe and it’s effective. We are fortunate here in Cheshire and Merseyside that we seem to be less affected by the current variant of concern – but that could change so, Let’s Get Vaccinated!

As we prepare for the removal of all restrictions on 21st June (hopefully) it is essential that we continue to observe the basic rules of hands, face, space and fresh air. So, please keep washing your hands often and well; wear your face covering when required; maintain social distancing; and, where possible get outdoors or open your windows.

I hope you enjoy Connect, and don’t forget, send us any stories or announcements you would like us to include.

Until next time…..
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Jackie Bene
Chief Officer
Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership
In this edition...
1. New mental health text service launched across Cheshire and Merseyside
2. Mersey Care completes acquisition of North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS FT
3. Cheshire and Merseyside is ‘Making Caring Visible and Valued’ this Carers Week
4. Project set to address healthcare waiting lists for nomadic populations
5. St Helens mobile Covid-19 vaccination service visits local mosque
6. Alder Hey Volunteers receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
7. New mental health training programme calls for lead trainer nominees
8. Update from COVID-19 Testing Programme for Cheshire and Merseyside
9. Update from COVID-19 Vaccination Programme for Cheshire and Merseyside
News and Features
New mental health text service launched following success of Cheshire and Merseyside’s 24/7 mental health crisis lines Arrow Left
“This line really helped and saved my life.” – a year on since Trusts across Cheshire and Merseyside set up 24/7 mental health crisis lines, more than 90,000 people have reached out for help.

Building on the successful outcomes of the crisis lines, provider Trusts across Cheshire and Merseyside have teamed up with the mental health charity 'Shout 85258' to provide a free 24/7 text messaging service.

Read more.
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Arrow Right Mersey Care completes acquisition of North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust has completed the acquisition of North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and will now provide an enlarged range of mental health and community health services across Merseyside, Cheshire and the North West region. As of 1 June 2021, staff and services became part of Mersey Care after approval for the transaction was given by regulators NHS England and NHS Improvement and the Executive Boards of both Trusts.

Read more.
Cheshire and Merseyside is ‘Making Caring Visible and Valued’ this Carers Week (7–13 June 2021) Arrow Left
Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign that celebrates and recognises the vital contribution of the UK’s unpaid carers – supporting family members and friends who are older, have a disability, mental or physical illness or need extra help as they grow older.

During Carers Week 2021 the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership is inviting health and care services, schools, employers and businesses across the community to recognise the vital contribution made by unpaid carers.

Read more.
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Arrow Right New project set to address inequalities in healthcare waiting lists for nomadic populations
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Friends Families & Travellers are working with NHS England and Improvement to explore ways to address inequalities in healthcare waiting lists for nomadic populations. Patients who are nomadic often find they must move to the bottom of a waiting list when they travel to a new area, which can greatly extend the time it takes to access an assessment or treatment.

Read more.
Place and Programme Updates
St Helens

St Helens mobile Covid-19 vaccination service visits local mosque to promote vaccine take-up

The newly established St Helens Mobile Covid Vaccination Service last week visited the St Helens Iman Trust Mosque as part of a push on vaccine take-up among hard-to-reach communities in the borough.

The team behind the GP-led vaccination service took the vaccination bus to the mosque - linking in with the community leaders and supported by GPs and the CCG primary care team who were on hand to offer reassurance and answer any questions about the vaccine.

Read more.
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Alder Hey Volunteers receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Volunteers from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation.

Read more.
Mental Health

New mental health training programme calls for lead trainer nominees

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and Health Education England (HEE) North are calling on organisations working in primary and community care across the North to nominate individuals as mental health promotion Lead Trainers and Trainers for a new mental health training programme, Making Every Contact Count (MECC). Organisations will be provided with a training grant towards covering the time their nominees will spend supporting the project. Limited places are available.

More information can be found here.
COVID-19 Testing programme

Update from COVID-19 Testing Programme for Cheshire and Merseyside – 4th June

The number of cases per 100k stands at 18.23 as an average for Cheshire and Merseyside for the last seven days (as of June 2) – a rise from 10.09 on May 26. Across the nine Places the lowest in prevalence in Cheshire and Merseyside is Halton with 6.95 and the highest being Cheshire East with 35.66.

Read more.

COVID-19 Vaccination programme

Update from COVID-19 Vaccination Programme for Cheshire and Merseyside - 4th June

As of June 2, approximately 2.680 million vaccine doses had been delivered across Cheshire and Merseyside. This means more than 88% of 80-year-olds and above have now had both doses of the vaccine and 90% of those aged 60-64 have had their first dose. One hundred percent of care home residents have had their first vaccination and 83% have already received their second dose.

Read more.
In case you missed it...
New sessions added to the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership People summit

Five new sessions have been added to the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership People Summit:

• Attendance Management – The Outcomes of a Deep Dive
• “Where I’m From”: Writing our poetry of place
• Laughtercise: move, stretch, wiggle and maybe even giggle
• Virtual Sing-along with SingMe Merseyside
• Workforce engagement - Waving the community services flag during a pandemic

The three day event (16th-18th June 2021) is the first of its kind and the Partnership is urging people who are interested to register as spaces are filling up fast.

Find out more here.
Public Health England urge parents to test children on Sunday to help keep COVID-19 out of the classroom

During the May half-term, renewed freedoms will have been welcomed and enjoyed by many children and young people who will have been able to meet up together.

To ensure we continue moving in the right direction and reduce the risk of COVID-19 entering our schools we urge families to carry on testing as children return to school. Testing remains an important part of our overall strategy to get our lives back to normal. Everyone’s efforts together can ensure we keep going.

Test your child on Sunday before they head back to school to help us keep COVID-19 out of the classroom.

Households, support + childcare bubbles, of children at nursery, primary and secondary schools and colleges, can now get regular rapid #COVID19 testing.

More information can be found here.
High Sheriff calls on people of Cheshire to come forward for their vaccinations following a meet with staff at Alderley Park

The High Sheriff of Cheshire has paid tribute to staff and volunteers at Cheshire’s Alderley Park Covid-19 vaccination centre. John Wilbraham, CEO at East Cheshire NHS Trust, the organisation which operates the centre, received, with team members a High Sheriff's Award from Robert Mee DL on behalf of everyone involved in the local Covid-19 Vaccination Programme.

Read more.
Cheshire and Merseyside Cyber Security Bulletin

The 39th edition of the Cheshire and Merseyside Cyber Security Bulletin features a spotlight piece on the latest Cyber Security Group meeting, news on the Irish health service cyber-attack and useful resources and upcoming training opportunities.

Read more.
Latest NHS Integrated Care bulletin

The NHS Integrated Care bulletin provides the latest news and events on integrating health and care across the country, including examples of best practice from NHS, local government and voluntary sector partnerships.

Read more.
Media Roundup: 20th May - 3rd June

A summary of the latest key headlines from across the Cheshire and Merseyside footprint, including a snapshot of the most prominent discussions held around health, social care and local authority services in the patch.

Read more.
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