Chief Officer’s Blog 29 October

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Hello everyone, Sheena here!

This week, I wanted to start my blog with news of an exciting webinar being hosted by the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership and the Innovation Agency about our journey to becoming an anchor institution. You can find details and register on Eventbrite.

Many of you reading his will be aware of the Cheshire and Merseyside Social Value Charter and will share our commitment to achieve the six common goals identified in the 2010 Marmot report, ‘Fair Society Healthy Lives’. You may even have won one of our Social Value Awards.

We, and our partners from across health, social care and voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise communities, are in a great position to be able to ensure the Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care System is a successful, effective Marmot community. Recognising our roles as anchor institutions and doing everything we can to affect the wider economic growth and regeneration of our places is the right thing to do and will positively affect the health and wellbeing of our population. I do hope you are able to attend the webinar and actively support this work.

This approach – one where working beyond organisational boundaries can make a real difference to our community and population – is rooted in all that we do. Executive directors from the Partnership and senior leaders from all our CCGs are continuing to work together on developing the roles we’ll need in our intended Integrated Care Board (ICB) and the functions they will be responsible for. We want these roles – which will be hugely influential – to completely fulfil their potential. This means they will be designed to effectively contribute to supporting the Marmot principles and to steering the Partnership to achieve its aims and objectives and to realise its mission: We will tackle health inequalities and improve the lives of the poorest fastest. We believe we can do this best by working in partnership. 

We are currently engaging with our partners and stakeholders on the constitution of the ICB and I hope you will take the opportunity to give us your feedback. Responding to some early comments, we have extended the engagement period to 5pm on Wednesday 10 November. Full details are on our website and we look forward to hearing your views.

As we move through the seasons it’s becoming noticeably darker and damper. Winter pressures and Covid challenges abound. All NHS services, as well as social care, are in very high demand. Please help us to help you, and choose the right services for your needs. Keep emergency departments free to provide the service they are designed for – accidents and emergencies – and consider what is right for you. Use 111 online or call 111 first for advice; walk-in centres are open if you need them; your GP practice is open and working, providing a range of appointment options; your local pharmacist can provide help, support and treatment for lots of conditions; having a well-stocked medicine cabinet will enable self-care when appropriate and necessary; and, of course, get your flu vaccination and Covid booster (or vaccination if you haven’t already).

The clocks go back at 2am on Sunday 31 October, so if you are able, enjoy your Monday morning lie-in.

As ever, thanks to all our truly amazing health and care staff who continue to do fantastic work for our citizens.

Until next time, stay safe and stay well.

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