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Claire Tozer – Angela Mountain Dedication to Service Award 2021

Claire Tozer - Angela Mountain Dedication to Service Award 2021Each year this award is given to someone in Lincolnshire who has gone above and beyond, and in 2021 Claire Tozer was nominated by her colleagues for outstanding contributions to partnership working, being pivotal in setting up links with external agencies and ensuring domestic abuse is a priority within the CCG.

When the IDVA Manager turned up at her house to deliver the award, Claire’s response was, “Thank you so much, it means the world to me”.

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The Botanist Lincoln invites you to The Blue Light Ball – Tuesday 2nd February 2022

 

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We would love to invite you to our blue light ball next Tuesday 2nd Feb!

This is an evening dedicated to the emergency services, as a thank you for all that you have done and continue to do!

Tickets are £36.50 per person including an arrival drink, 3 course dinner and live band.

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Daily vaccine confidence sessions hosted by clinical professionals

NHS England and NHS Improvement will be running daily drop-in Vaccine confidence Q&A sessions from Wednesday 26 January 2022 to February 3, 2022. These sessions are for all staff to attend and will offer an opportunity to ask any specific questions you might have regarding COVID-19 vaccines.

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January Board meeting to be held virtually

NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has confirmed that its next Board meeting will be held on Wednesday 26th January at 9.30 am. The meeting will be held virtually as a Live Event, as in previous months, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and members of the public will be able to join the meeting virtually.

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Dedicated walk-in covid vaccination sessions for pregnant women and needle-phobic people

Pregnant women and people who are needle-phobic will be able to take advantage of dedicated walk-in covid vaccination sessions this week and next at the county’s two Mass Vaccination Centres at PRSA, Boston, and at the Lincolnshire Showground.

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Covid-19 vaccination webinar for healthcare workers: Answering your questions on pregnancy and fertility

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Covid-19 vaccination webinar for healthcare workers: Answering your questions on pregnancy and fertility – Wednesday 26 January, 10am – 11am.

Experts from NHS England and NHS Improvement (Midlands) and Birmingham Women’s Hospital will talk about the Covid-19 vaccination and address any concerns about fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding, as well as giving an overview of vaccination as a condition of deployment.

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Colonoscopy confidence – your common sense bowel check

We know some people feel anxious or worried when they’re told they need a colonoscopy but it’s important to have this test if you’re referred. That’s why Bowel Cancer UK have launched the Colonoscopy Confidence campaign to explain what a colonoscopy is, why it matters and encourage people to attend their appointment.

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Mandatory Vaccinations for NHS employees

As everyone will probably be aware, there are new regulations being laid before Parliament that will require specific NHS staff to have completed  both their 1st and 2nd mandatory vaccinations by 1 April 2022.

We would therefore encourage everyone to have a vaccine if they haven’t already. If you are in a frontline role and haven’t been vaccinated will need to have your 1st vaccination by 3rd February to allow sufficient time for the administration of your second dose prior to the 1st April deadline.

If you have any concerns please speak to your line manager or the HR team.

Thrive Academy – Weekly update

Thrive Academy logoHi everyone,

We hope you are doing well as the month is flying by. January can always be a challenging month, so this month’s Academy theme is ‘Stress and Anxiety’. You can watch a short video on this from Becky Balzano on the Thrive Academy page, and if you missed the last Shapes Masterclass on ‘How to Manage Stress and Anxiety’ from Drs Rachel Morris and Caroline Walker, you can find the replay on the page too.

Here are the upcoming events in your Thrive Academy programme – we’ve still got some places left so reserve your spot now!

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LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY – MARY SEACOLE LOCAL – COHORTS 23 – APPLICATION NOW OPEN

Dear Colleague,

Please find details below about a fantastic opportunity to apply for a place on Cohort 23 of our Lincolnshire Mary Seacole Local programme.  Please can you circulate this as widely as possible.

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Thrive Academy Newsletter and January sessions for you to join

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Now, more than ever, it is even more important to pay attention to self care and make our health a priority so that we can continue with the wonderful work we do. Self care activities to help keep us well, healthy and in a good state of mind through adversity. Recently I read a LinkedIn post which simply said:

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NHS Pension Scheme Changes Webinar

As you may be aware on 1 April 2022 there are changes to the NHS Pension Scheme due to the recent McCloud Judgment ruling.  As a reminder, please see the following webpage link:

https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/changes-public-service-pensions

At present there is limited information, but we can confirm the changes and signpost your employees to the online information.  Therefore, we have arranged a series of free to join webinars, so your employees are able to understand the potential effect on their NHS Pension Scheme Benefits.

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Changes to the Integrated Care Board timetable

Dear All

I am writing to let you know that it has been confirmed by NHS England today that the anticipated date for the introduction of the new statutory Integrated Care System arrangements, which includes the establishment of the NHS Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board, has been pushed back three months from 1 April to 1 July 2022.

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People needing a vaccination encouraged to take advantage of good availability in Lincolnshire, including more pop-up walk-in sessions this week

COVID-19 Booster vaccination

Despite having already given more than 440,000 booster vaccinations (440,008 as of close of play 30th December), the NHS in Lincolnshire has significant capacity available to vaccinate people and is keen for anyone not yet boosted, or who hasn’t had their first and/or second doses, to come forwards as soon as possible.

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Immunosuppressed and other clinically vulnerable people asked to come forwards and get jabbed urgently

With the push to get everyone aged 18 and over (16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk of getting seriously ill from covid) boosted having gained significant momentum across the county in the run-up to Christmas, people who are immunosuppressed and/or living with underlying conditions that classify them as ‘clinically vulnerable’ are being asked to urgently come forwards for their vaccinations.

“In fourteen days between 14th and 29th December (not including Christmas Day and Boxing Day when vaccination sites were closed), we have given 119,036 booster vaccinations, which is incredible,” comments Rebecca Neno, Director of Covid and Influenza Vaccination Programmes, NHS Lincolnshire CCG.

“But there’s still a lot of people out there who haven’t been boosted, including immunosuppressed and clinically vulnerable people, and we are really keen they come forwards as soon as possible for their vaccinations.”

People with a weakened immune system have been offered a third primary dose and subsequently a booster dose of the covid vaccination because when they had their first two doses, the vaccine may not have given them as much protection as it can for people who do not have a weakened immune system.

“Being immunosuppressed and having a weakened immune system can be due to certain diseases or conditions, like some cancers, AIDS, and some genetic disorders, or as a result of receiving certain medicines or treatments like anticancer drugs, radiation therapy, and stem cell or organ transplant,” explains Rebecca.

“If you are immunosuppressed/have a weakened immune system, a third primary dose – and subsequently a booster dose – of the covid vaccination may help give you better protection, which again is why we are asking you to come forwards as quickly as possible, and there needs to be eight weeks between your second dose and third primary dose, and three months between the third primary dose and booster.

“As with everyone, getting the maximum protection is even more important now given the rise of the Omicron variant, and so it is important to ensure you have your third and booster doses at the appropriate intervals.”

If you are immunosuppressed and have a letter confirming this from your hospital consultant or GP, you can have your vaccination – whether that’s your third primary dose or your booster dose – on a walk-in basis at either of the county’s two Mass Vaccination Centres at PRSA, Boston, or at the Lincolnshire Showground, but please remember to bring your letter with you.  Alternatively, you can book your vaccination online using the National Booking System if you are aged 18 or over.

People classed as clinically vulnerable are also being urged to come forwards for their vaccinations as soon as possible too.

“These are the people in cohort 6, so that’s anyone aged 16 to 65 with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality, for example – chronic respiratory disease, heart disease and vascular disease, kidney disease, liver disease (for a full list see Notes to Editors),” adds Rebecca.

“We have a sizeable number in Lincolnshire who fall into the ‘clinically vulnerable’ category and who have not yet come forwards for their vaccinations, or perhaps have had first or first and second doses but no booster.  As with immunosuppressed people, I cannot emphasise enough how important is it for you to come and get your vaccinations, again with particular reference to the very rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

“We continue to do everything in our power to make it as easy as possible for everyone to get their vaccinations, whether that’s getting boosted, or getting first and second doses, but people who are clinically vulnerable and/or immunosuppressed are arguably at greatest risk.  We are here to help, there are plenty of vaccinations, and we have lots of capacity at our vaccination sites, particularly going into next week, so please don’t put off getting vaccinated any longer,” adds Rebecca.

More covid vaccination pop-ups next week in Lincoln, Spalding and Stamford

Following on from the success of the covid vaccination ‘pop-ups’ held in Lincoln this week, three further pop-ups, which allow people to walk-in for their covid vaccination on a ‘first come, first served’ basis without an appointment, have been arranged around the county next week.

On Wednesday 29th December, there will be a vaccination team at the Springfields Events and Conference Centre, between 10am and 4pm, including boosters and first and second doses.  The team will also vaccinate 12-15 year-olds provided a parent/guardian is present to consent.

On Thursday 30th December, there will be two pop-ups.  One will be in Stamford at the Stamford Arts Centre, between 9.30am and 2.30pm, and will be supported by a vaccination team from the Lakeside Hereward and Stamford practices, who will offer booster vaccinations, as well as first and second doses.

The other pop-up next Thursday 30th December, will see a return to the Engine Shed, Lincoln, between 9.30am and 2pm, where the vaccination team will offer boosters and first and second doses.

“The pop-ups we ran in Lincoln this week at Minster Medical Practice, Portland Medical Practice, and the Engine Shed were run in response to feedback from local people and were very successful, vaccinating several hundred people over a couple of days.  This is why we want to run further pop-ups next week in Lincoln, Spalding and Stamford,” explains Rebecca Neno, Director of Covid and Influenza Vaccination Programmes, NHS Lincolnshire CCG.

“In the last ten days we have given over 113,000 (113,029) booster vaccinations to people at our sites across the county, which is amazing, and we continue to pull out all the stops to ensure everyone eligible is offered a booster vaccination, in line with the government’s commitment.

“In addition, we are still running the ‘evergreen’ offer whereby people can still get first and second doses if they’ve not already had them, so please come and see us – either at one of our pop-up events or at one of our vaccination centres – as soon as possible.”

Anyone 18 and over who has had their second dose at least three months ago is eligible for a booster vaccination (16 and over with underlying conditions).  Anyone aged 12 and over can get a first and second dose of the covid vaccination, but please note parents/guardians of 12-15 year-olds must be present to give consent.

“Whether it’s about getting boosted or having your first or second dose, please don’t leave it any longer.  Omicron is spreading very quickly and having two doses of the covid vaccination and a booster is the best way to give yourself the maximum possible protection,” adds Rebecca.

If you cannot make one of the pop-up sessions next week, there are a wide range of vaccinations centres open across the county, including GP-run and community-pharmacy run local vaccination sites.  For more information visit www.lincolnshireccg.nhs.uk/grabajab

There are also the county’s two Mass Vaccination Centres at PRSA, Boston, and at the Lincolnshire Showground, which are offering walk-in vaccinations as well as booked appointments.

You can book an appointment via the National Booking System or by calling 119.  If you are waiting to be called by your GP practice for your vaccination, they will contact you shortly – please come forwards as soon as you hear from them.  And if you have an appointment for a vaccination booked for January, please see if you can book an earlier appointment.

How to get your vaccination in Lincolnshire:

 At a local GP vaccination centre – you will be called by your GP in the forthcoming days to arrange this – please ensure you attend when called forwards, or;

  • By visiting the National Booking System or calling 119, to book your appointment at one of our vaccination sites across the county, including our Mass Vaccination Centres at PRSA, Boston and the Lincolnshire Showground, or at a community pharmacy.

 Please book as soon as you are called forwards

 Booster vaccinations for those aged 18 and over (at three months since second dose) are now available on a walk-in basis at PRSA, Boston, and the Lincolnshire Showground.  We would advise people to book an appointment where possible as walk-ins are on a strictly first come first served basis. 

 Your second vaccination needs to be eight weeks after your first and the booster 91 days after your second dose.

For more information on where you can get your vaccination visit our website: https://lincolnshireccg.nhs.uk/grabajab

Staff Wellbeing Hub – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Staff Wellbeing Hub – Supporting Lincolnshire’s health and care staff through COVID-19

The wellbeing of our health and care workers is hugely important to us. We know that COVID-19 has caused staff to face a great deal of uncertainty, anxiety and pressure, particularly as many will have had to carry the emotional load for themselves, their families and those they care for.

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Redeployment to assist with the vaccination programme

Colleagues as you will be aware we are currently redeploying staff to assist with the vaccination programme which has increased significantly with the call to action to ensure that everyone can be offered a vaccination by 31 December. Some of our staff will be redeployed and it If it is agreed that you will be redeployed into a different role in order to support priority work, there will be no changes to your banding and level of pay or terms and conditions of employment. You will be paid at your substantive rate whilst you temporarily adopt your new role. For example, if you usually work in a band 7 role, but are redeployed to support in a band 6 role, you will be paid at band 7 rates.

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Don’t miss your chance to have your say on the future of four Lincolnshire NHS services

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NHS Lincolnshire CCG is encouraging county residents to share their thoughts about the future of four services via a questionnaire and live and virtual events.

A 12-week public consultation on the future of four Lincolnshire NHS services is set to end on Thursday, December 23, 2021.

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Bridging the healthcare access gap for people with disabilities

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A NEW initiative to encourage more healthcare and/or non-clinical staff to take up sign language as an extra language and skill, is now available locally. The Signs4Life scheme is to help people to communicate and engage with vulnerable service users, patients, and colleagues, who may be hard of hearing.

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Lincolnshire covid vaccination programme extended to support everyone aged 18 and over to have their booster before New Year

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday that everyone aged 18 and over will have the opportunity to book a covid booster by the end of December, the NHS in Lincolnshire is pulling out all the stops to enable eligible people in the county to take up this offer.

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Two GP practices in the centre of Lincoln could merge if proposed plans are given the green light

Newark Road Surgery and Portland Medical Practice are encouraging patients registered at the practices to share their views. Patients can do this by completing our questionnaire, we are also holding a series of events for patients to attend.

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