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Strategic colleagues from the Hants & IoW Partnership of Clinical Commissioning Groups, HCC’s Public Health and Community First, updated the c53 attendees often mentioning the importance of taking a local approach to local services. The panel then responded to an interesting range of live questions asked by some of the attendees.
Tim Houghton, Chief Executive, Community First
Tim explained how Community First, particularly in respect of health and wellbeing/COVID-19, are working in partnership with the Clinical Commissioning Group, Hampshire County Council, District Councils and a range of Voluntary Sector Partners, to support the most vulnerable groups during this period. He thanked all those supporting vulnerable communities, describing how COVID-19 exposed fragile social networks. New solutions will need to be devised by working together including supporting those with mental health needs. Tim asked how we could build resilience as we move forward, whilst challenging and changing what we currently do.
Tim Cooling, Hampshire & IoW Partnership of Clinical Commissioning Groups
Tim briefly discussed the NHS Long Term Plan and Integrated Care Systems will focus upon public health across Hampshire and the IoW and Hampshire’s 42 Primary Care Networks by 2021. Working with Local Authorities, the Voluntary Sector and Integrated Community Partnerships will work more efficiently, at scale but also locally where appropriate. This will hopefully enable the Voluntary Sector to become more sustainable.
Ros Hartley, Executive Director, Strategy and Transformation, Hampshire & IoW Partnership of Clinical Commissioning Groups
Ros explained how some plans had to change/fast track to work differently as a result of COVID-19. She explored what should be kept from COVID and what needs to stop going forward and the importance of protecting people out of hospital in a different way. How do decisions get made as close to people and patients as possible? A vulnerable group of people have been identified now – outcomes need to be consistent. Seacole services is one example of best practice that was discussed, alongside the value of getting better community services locally in partnership. Now is a real opportunity to do things better and/or differently.
Jenny Erwin, West Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of Clinical Commissioning Groups
Jenny stated that COVID is a major NHS level 4 incident – it is also about community recovery and the trauma they have experienced from faith groups, pockets of deprivation, minority communities… Working with whole communities to provide mental health support either direct or in partnership, addressing social anxiety/social isolation with local communities. People are experiencing secondary health mental health services or not coming forward to access them. Services need to meet latent demand via some digital interventions but face to face is often the preferred approach. The needs of COVID survivors will be critical too – after the trauma of being in hospital or on ventilation during this period. Care of frontline workers, the retrained fire officers – who drove ambulances, support for the bereaved who were unable to see their family before they died or have a proper funeral. Children and young people – there can be long waiting lists, many have been out of school for some
time with some safeguarding issues.
Simon Bryant, Director of Public Health, Hampshire County Council
Simon described the current pandemic that has affected people and services. He explained the local outbreak control plan of how the pandemic is managed locally to prevent infection and reduce outbreaks eg in local pubs. It focusses upon care homes, schools, high risk settings or communities, the increased likelihood of outbreaks eg meat packing plants, custodial venues. Also testing and contact tracing locally and the data underpinning this, vulnerable/shielding people, the Health Protection Board. Simon asked that we don’t forget the importance of social distancing and handwashing.
During the Webinar references were made to the previous Hants & IoW Social Prescribing Network Webinar – which is available to watch here. A range of interesting live questions and responses from members of the panel then ensued.
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