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This edition includes information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme as well as other useful updates and information.
COVID-19 updates
Flu vaccines and COVID boosters coming to Sefton

Social care workers are eligible for a free flu vaccine and a COVID-19 booster vaccine to help protect themselves and the people they care for this winter.

These vaccines save lives. Speak to your employer about booking your flu vaccine as soon as possible. The NHS will contact you directly to let you know when it is your turn to get a COVID-19 booster vaccine.

This autumn/winter, the NHS is preparing for a bad flu season alongside rising cases of COVID-19, which is why taking up any offer of flu or COVID-19 booster vaccines is so important. They are the best protection for you and for those you care for from these deadly viruses – get yours booked.

It’s easy to pass on the COVID-19 or flu virus without knowing. Even if you’re healthy, you can still get COVID-19 or flu and spread it to the people you care for.

People at high risk from COVID-19 are also likely to be at risk from flu. Fortunately, we now have safe and effective vaccines to give us the best possible protection from both.

Last year we saw that those infected with both flu and COVID-19 were more at risk of severe illness or even death.

Help protect yourself and the people you care for by booking your free essential winter vaccines as soon as possible.

Health and social care workers are among those eligible for the booster, and they can book via the National Vaccination Booking Service to receive their booster six months or 26 weeks after they have had their second jab.

COVID-19 booster vaccinations are starting to rollout across the North West this week as the NHS vaccination programme enters a new phase ahead of winter.

Messages to eligible people to arrange a top-up vaccine through the National Booking Service are being sent out.

Those who have had their second vaccine at least six months ago are eligible for the booster jab to increase their protection.
Grab a jab sites available on NHS website

All COVID-19 vaccination sites offering walk-in vaccinations, including those that are GP-led, are accessible on the national website promoting walk-in clinics. The site can be accessed here.

Our GP-led sites at Seaforth Village Surgery and Netherton Health Centre are offering walk-in and booked appointments for first and second doses, as well as boosters for those who are eligible.

If you know anyone who has yet to have their vaccine, we would encourage you to share the link and encourage people to find their nearest and most convenient site to get protected.
Young people aged 12 to 15 to be offered a COVID-19 vaccine

People aged 12 to 15 in England will be offered one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, following advice from the UK's chief medical officers.

You can read more about this here.

We're sharing a range of COVID-19 vaccination leaflets for children and young people for your information and to share with your networks.

Sefton student with learning disabilities encourages teens to get vaccinated

Emma James-Jenkinson, a performing arts student from Sefton, made headlines with the story of her first COVID-19 vaccination earlier this year. Now after her second jab, Emma wants others to know how she made her decision to get vaccinated, encouraging others to do the same.

Emma, 18, who has Down’s syndrome had anxiety about getting her first COVID-19 vaccination but with support from North Park Health Centre in Bootle and NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), she faced her fears and used some creative methods like singing songs from her favourite musical ‘Hamilton’ to keep calm and get her first jab.

She has since returned to have her second vaccine, with further support from the team at North Park Health Centre who even gave Emma a special gift of a personalised pink tote bag to celebrate her fully vaccinated status.

Read more here.

Latest news
GPs ask for your support as they work through their busiest period

GP practice staff are asking for your patience and support as they work through their busiest ever period. General Practice is still open and staff are working harder than ever to make sure patients and the public are kept safe and that you continue to get the care that you need.

Whilst legal restrictions such as social distancing and wearing a face covering ended in July in many settings, they remain in healthcare settings to keep patients, the most vulnerable and staff safe. This includes GP practices, dental surgeries and hospitals. 

It may take longer to get through to them and you may have to wait a little longer for a non-urgent appointment at this busy time, but practices are doing all they can to get to you as soon as they can.

Read more here. 
Top tips for patients: making the most of video and telephone appointments

To support patients to get the most out of their online or phone consultation, we're sharing top tips on how best to prepare the technology, environment and yourself for the call.
Big Chat and AGM 2021

We held our virtual Big Chat and AGM on Wednesday 8 September. The event gave an opportunity for residents, partners and stakeholders to learn more about our work during 2020-2021, as well as having the opportunity to share views on health and care in Sefton with interactive sessions. 

The two hour session was held via Microsoft Teams and included presentations from our chair Dr Pete Chamberlain, chief officer Fiona Taylor, chief finance officer Martin McDowell, director of place Jan Leonard and our partners at Sefton Council. 

You can see the agenda, presentations, recordings and video from the event on our website.
Sefton Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector at the frontline of transformation

We are sharing the newly released Sefton VCF sector brochure “Sefton Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector at the Frontline of Transformation”, which has been produced with the support of CCG transformation funding.

The document outlines the vision for the VCF sector at the heart of Sefton’s health and care system as essential innovation and integration partners. A series of case studies from a number of local VCF sector organisations and projects also feature in the document to showcase the offer of the VCF sector with associated social value, evidencing the cost effectiveness of the VCF sector in improving health and wellbeing outcomes.

To download the document, click here.
Ground breaking at Mersey Care’s specialist secure hospital for people with learning disabilities

Senior leaders at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust have officially broken ground at the site of a new 40-bed specialist hospital for people with learning disabilities at Maghull Health Park.

Preliminary work is now under way for a state of the art hospital which will be a landmark in a new model of care. The hospital will be built on approximately 6.5 acres of land to the east of Villas Road on the Mersey Care-owned site, following approvals from Sefton Council’s planning committee and the Department of Health and Social Care.

Read more here.
The Life Rooms re-opens its doors to the community after the pandemic

The Life Rooms, the award-winning social prescribing service for local communities, is reopening its doors to service users on 4 October following 12 months of online sessions throughout the pandemic.

Following the introduction of lockdown restrictions, the Life Rooms developed their service model to ensure service users, carers and the local community could access online courses and advice digitally, but is now reverting to pre-COVID-19 methods of working.

Read more here.
Get involved
Download the free NHS Quit Smoking app

Use the NHS Quit Smoking app this Stoptober to help you quit smoking and start breathing easier.

Stoptober is a 28-day stop smoking challenge. The app allows you to:

  • track your progress
  • see how much you're saving
  • get daily support

If you can make it to 28 days smoke-free, you're 5 times more likely to quit for good!

People across Cheshire and Merseyside are encouraged to be cyber savvy!

Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership’s Cyber Security Group have launched their annual #BeCyberSavvy campaign, to help people across the region, to gain an understanding of the threat of cybercrime and the ways in which their actions can help or hinder these types of attacks.

Cyber Security is of particular importance to health and social care staff, because as the healthcare we deliver transforms, so do the threats. This, coupled with the fact it is more likely that data breaches will originate from human negligence than a technical failure, is why this year’s campaign emphasizes that cyber security is everyone’s responsibility. 

The core aspiration being that if we all play a part in implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating vulnerable audiences or training employees, then our interconnected world will be safer and more resilient for everyone.

For more details visit:

Webinar series on key health issues for women

We’re sharing a range of webinars from Improving Me, a partnership of 27 NHS organisations across Cheshire and Merseyside aiming to improve the experience of women and children. The main goals of the partnership are:
  • empowering women to take control in decisions about the care they receive to better meet their needs and preferences
  • engaging in decision making about the services that are offered by working together through collaboration, co-operation, and co-production
  • deliver safer, more personalised care for all women and every baby, improve outcomes, and reduce inequalities
The webinar programme is themed around discussing key health priorities to improve women’s health and focus on areas outlined in the Local Maternity System.
You can find upcoming webinars and previous webinars, including topics such as breastfeeding, perinatal mental health, cervical screening, FGM and more here.

Supporting unpaid carers, a free online resource for all carers 

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) with Health Education England, Carers UK and Agylia Care developed an open access, online resource for unpaid carers. The resource is aimed at people who provide unpaid care to family members, friends, neighbours, people in their communities or anyone who needs caring for. 

Free to access, the Supporting Unpaid Carers resource provides links to relevant information, including guidance on benefits and rights, and how to support those with specific conditions.

Bitesize elearning sessions include information on the stages of caring, and how to look after yourself as an unpaid carer. Specialist resources on topics such as infection prevention and end of life care require registration, but they are also free to access.

By visiting the resource and completing this evaluation survey, feedback will help in assessing how relevant the content is and help develop new elearning sessions for unpaid carers. 

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