Chief Officer’s Blog 22 November 2021

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Rewarding work

Hello everyone, Sheena here! 

I’m starting this week’s message with some fabulous news… Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership has won a prestigious Health Service Journal award (Thursday) for its ground-breaking project ‘Getting Under the Skin’. 

The communications initiative was a huge success and tackled head-on the disproportionate effect of Covid-19 on black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. It focused on research and recommendations to improve services, communications and engagement between the NHS, local authorities and different ethnic groups. It went on to address vaccine hesitancy in these groups and increase uptake. 

Our colleagues from NHS Cheshire CCG were highly commended in the same category for the ‘Spread the vaccine, not the virus’ campaign. Massive congratulations to everyone involved, and to the raft of other shortlisted entries from our patch. There are so many, I can’t name them all here, but you can see a full list on our website. Well done all of you and thank you for your fantastic work for our population – we are very proud of you. 

The closing date for applications to our non-executive member vacancies has been extended to 1 December. I have said before that we have a wealth of talent across Cheshire and Merseyside and we are very keen to encourage applications from within our communities and reflective of the rich diversity of people who make up our population. Full details are online. We’d love to hear from you, and please feel free to share this within and across your own networks. 

Our vision is that everyone in Cheshire and Merseyside has a great start in life and the support they need to stay healthy and live longer. It is our mission to tackle health inequalities and improve the lives of the poorest, fastest. This is the common purpose of all of us working in and with the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership. It is important to keep this at the forefront of all our efforts as we continue to progress towards becoming a statutory body, strengthening our relationships and further improving the way we work together. We are one team, and the health and wellbeing of our population is our shared objective. We have developed a glossary of terms to explain the new terminology and help our workforce and partners as we transition to a formal Integrated Care System. 

We have now confirmed our naming conventions to NHS England/Improvement. The Integrated Care Board (ICB) will be known as ‘NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care Board’; the Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) will be ‘Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership’; with the overall Integrated Care System (ICS) being ‘Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care System’. You’ll note that this reflects little change and confirms the commitment shared by all partners in the system to working together and continuing to build on the success we’ve had so far. 

The Covid vaccination programme is progressing and people aged 40-49 can access a booster from next week. If you are reading this and are over 40 – whatever your age – and it is six months since your second jab, please do get your booster. Children aged 12-15 can also now access the vaccine outside of the schools programme, and 16 and 17-year-olds can now get a second dose. If this sounds complicated, please don’t let that put you off as vaccination really is the best defence against Covid-19. Take a look at this simple infographic to help you.

 

I just wanted to mention that the 35th Cheshire and Merseyside Christmas Carol Concert takes place on Wednesday 8 December at Liverpool Cathedral. Proceeds will go to NHS Charities Together meaning our fantastic, hardworking and (in many cases) exhausted staff will directly benefit. This is a lovely occasion and a longstanding tradition here. I do hope you are able to attend and enjoy this event to perhaps start your Christmas preparations.

 

Finally, I want to pay tribute to all our colleagues at Liverpool Women’s Hospital who have had a traumatic time following the appalling explosion there last Sunday morning (14 November). I know they have continued to care for patients and their families throughout, as well as looking after each other. Thank you, you have been utterly amazing.

Until next time…

Sheena Cumiskey

Interim Chief Officer, CMHCP

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