Weekly stakeholder update
Face masks and coverings have been in the news again this week, with more evidence emerging about their effectiveness in helping to stop the spread of the virus. In the UK, around 23% of the public use face coverings when out and about, which is far lower than other countries. Even in the USA, where there is divided opinion regarding face masks, the number of people wearing them is at about 63%.
Current guidance advises that face coverings are compulsory on public transport in England. They must also be worn in hospitals by staff, outpatients and visitors. People visiting shops are also advised, but not required, to cover their face if they judge that social distancing is not always possible, especially in smaller or more crowded spaces.
It was announced on Wednesday this week that businesses including beauty salons, nail bars and tattoo studios can reopen safe from Monday 13 July. You can find more on this here.
Meanwhile, outdoor pools can reopen today (11 July), with indoor gyms, indoor swimming pools and sports facilities later following on 25 July.
Information on this can be found here.
We would encourage everyone to follow the national guidance on wearing a face mask in busy places. Evidence has shown that wearing a face can protect those around you if you have coronavirus but are not showing symptoms. There is information available online so you may want to take a look at these resources here.
The guidance for those shielding has been updated this week. The changes from 6 July are:
• Those shielding no longer need to socially distance from people they live with
• if they want to, they can meet in a group of up to six people outdoors, including people from other households
• They may also form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household if they want to, but one of the households in the ‘support bubble’ must be a single adult household (either an adult living alone or with children under 18 only). Anyone in a support bubble must not form a bubble with any other household
• The government support offer has been extended. This means that those shielding can still get a food box, care and/or medicine delivery until 31 July if they want them, and have registered online by 17 July
• The latest evidence indicates that the risk of serious illness for most children and young people is low. All children and young people should continue to shield until 31 July. A clinical discussion with a paediatric specialist or GP will be needed before any child or young person is removed from the shielded patient list
Full guidance can be found here.
As mentioned in a previous bulletin, the advice for the public in England on using green spaces, and the guidance on seeing people, have been also updated to reflect changes that applied from the 4 July.
Guidance on green spaces: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19- advice-on-accessing-green-spaces-safely
Guidance on meeting people: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/meeting-people-fromoutside-your-household-from-4-july
Although things seem to be changing at pace now and lockdown is slowly being lifted, everyone should be urged to remember this virus has not gone away and to please be careful. Some of the pictures from last weekend were rather concerning, but hopefully most people were sensible. We thank every person living in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent that continues to be sensible and follow guidance
on social distancing and hand washing. These efforts will help to protect our NHS as well as local people.
The government has launched a new campaign – Enjoy Summer Safely – to help the public begin to get back to the things they have missed whilst following coronavirus safety guidelines. The new campaign is rolling out across the nation and is being supported by some of the UK’s most loved brands, which are embedding safe behaviours and hygiene habits as part of everyday life. BT, Boots, McDonalds and Greene King are just some of the companies joining the Prime Minister in championing a safety-first approach to reopening the UK economy. To help launch the campaign, please share this tweet from the Prime Minister promoting the campaign: https://bit.ly/ESSTweet.
The CQC and Healthwatch have launched a joint campaign asking people to feedback on their experiences of health and social care to help improve services for everyone. You can see further details on this press release. Please share the following links for people to give feedback on the CCG website
(www.cqc.org.uk/give-feedback-on-care) or through their local Healthwatch(www.healthwatch.co.uk/your-local-healthwatch/list).
Across the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent system the latest updates are:
• Advice for the public from Staffordshire Police (press release and video) about planning ahead if you intend to visit pubs and bars this weekend.
• Local community groups are providing support to vulnerable people and seeking volunteers through their Community Support Effort.
• Stoke-on-Trent City Council has teamed up with VAST to provide a Stoke-onTrent coronavirus support network. Requests for support and opportunities to volunteer are being co-ordinated through https://corona19.vast.org.uk/
• #StokeCares – Stoke-on-Trent City Council has set up a recruitment campaign for carers in Stoke-on-Trent to help the city’s most vulnerable residents during the pandemic. Individuals can sign up at www.stoke.gov.uk/stokecares
• ICare – the Staffordshire County Council ICare campaign is recruiting more home carers to support vulnerable residents in Staffordshire who rely on personal care in their homes. Find out more: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/icare
• Staffordshire County Council is working with business leaders, universities and other public sector partners to grow Staffordshire’s economy and create more, better paid jobs for our people. The council is working to develop a ‘brand’ for the county, or in other words a tool to help promote Staffordshire and attract business, talent, visitors and students. Staffordshire County Council wants to hear what makes you proud about Staffordshire, how you feel about the area and how you might like it to develop in the future, and has created this survey for local people to complete. There will also be live virtual events. You can find information about these, here.
Useful resources available:
• New materials are available for the following campaigns:
− Stay Alert to Stay Safe Posters: White background easy print for face coverings and distance
− NHS Test and Trace Posters: White background easy print for drive through testing and self-isolate
− Symptoms Posters: White background easy print for taste and smell
• Wearing a face mask – translations Arabic/French/Kurdish/Lithuanian/Pashto/Polish/Portuguese/Romanian/Russian/Spanish/Tigrinya)
• Hospital mask and face covering guidance materials:
• Test and Trace materials are available to use on the Public Health England Campaign Resource Centre: https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/Test-and-Trace/resources/. This includes BSL, easy read and large print formats here:
• Signposting materials with useful information on how people can contact their GP, order repeat prescriptions and manage wellbeing and existing conditions at home: https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/nhs-resourcesfacilities/resources/health-at-home/
• Public Health England guide on how older adults can stay active at home during coronavirus to maintain strength and balance:
• Translated information leaflets for parents with new-borns during coronavirus: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/maternity-leaflets-translatedversions/
• Mental wellbeing whilst staying at home: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mindmatters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/
• North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust mental health support and advice guide: https://combined.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/CombinedHealth-and-Wellbeing-Guidance-Final-Version.pdf
• Guidance on shielding: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-onshielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidanceon-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19#whatdo-we-mean-by-extremely-vulnerable
• Blood donation materials: https://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/how-you-can-help/getinvolved/download-digital-materials/
• Useful videos during coronavirus (including British Sign Language): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC–BwSA7YoEdcV8Jtt2nLAQ
• Public Health England has updated its coronavirus guidance in light of changes to the government’s advice and continue to ensure guidance for the public is timely and up to date. All guidance for members of the public, as well as for people in clinical and non-clinical settings, is published and updated regularly on the GOV.UK collection page.
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