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Bulletin 142 (25-06-21)
- Expression of Interest for additional Covid response
- Use of NHS Track and Trace App for staff
- All-staff Team Briefing - Wednesday 30 June
- Booster Covid -19 Vaccine Trial - Volunteers required
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I hope this e-mail finds you well. Firstly, I would like to acknowledge and thank you all for your continued responsiveness to the challenges that Covid and the general busy nature of the hospital have created. We are hoping that Covid is beginning to move away from the forefront of our problems, but we do need to have a background plan in place should there be another surge. We are beginning to see a rise in numbers in the community and a small number of admissions in the last few days.
As always, in being prepared, I need to ask again for volunteers who may wish to come forward to support a surge in Covid demand and assist in running, supervising and delivering care in the red wards. I am very conscious that while making this ask, there are many of you who have already supported this challenge and will have mixed feelings about whether or not you wish to do this again. For those of you who do not wish to return, I can respect that and for those of you who wish to return, I will happily support your secondment for the period required (not sure how long that might be this time, but we do not expect the surge to be the same as before).
I am asking the wider group for expressions of interest in advance of any surge so that we can a) provide the necessary training b) have clear plans in place and c) be prepared in advance so that we can deploy the units as easily as possible.
Could I please ask you to email your heads of nursing if you are willing to support our next Covid surge? I know that volunteers coming forward by choice is always a much better way of organising things and if we can get the numbers of willing people we need, this will prevent the need to pull staff from every ward under duress at the last minute, which is something I am desperately trying to avoid.
I would be grateful if you could please support us with this. The expression of interest is open to all staff, both registered and non-registered. Please can you let us know as soon as possible.
As always, thank you for your ongoing support and dedication in continuing to provide excellent care for our patients.
Chief Nurse & Director of Integrated Professions
It remains a Public Health legal requirement for staff having received a direction from track and trace to self-isolate so it is important to understand how the app works and ensure staff can be vigilant.
- When at UHP sites - please remember to keep the NHS Track and Trace App switched off due to PPE and infection control measures in place in support of caring for patients.
- Using the app outside of work - Your phone acts as a proxy for you, so when two people’s phones are too close for 15 minutes or more and one tests positive, it asks the other to self isolate. The algorithm looks at time within 1m and time within 2m assigning a score to each. It is always possible that the phones were in a very different place to the person etc, but it is a legal requirement to self isolate if told to by the app. It is worth remembering this (when placing phones on a shared table etc) and to have phones as close to your person as possible.
Please note the tables below which show transmission of the virus, even if you have had the vaccine. Finally, if you have not yet had your Covid vaccine, please arrange do so.
With many thanks for your continued support.
Deputy Chief Nursing Officer
The next all-staff Team briefing via MS Teams will take place at 14:00 on Wednesday 30 June (45 minutes long). This is open to all staff to watch and join in with questions. The event link is https://bit.ly/July2021StaffBriefing.
If there is anything in particular you would like addressed, please let us know by clicking the event link and in Teams you will see the ‘Ask a Question’ button in the bottom corner of the side panel. Please do let us know what’s on your mind by asking a question, which will help shape what the Executive Team talk about.
If you can’t join in at the time, you can catch up afterwards using the same link: https://bit.ly/July2021StaffBriefing
The Research & Development Department are looking for participants interested in taking part in a trial of booster covid-19 vaccines. Volunteers would need to be in good health, 30 years of age or older, and have previously received two doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, or Moderna covid-19 vaccine before 28 March 2021. The booster injection is the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
If you are interested and would like to know more, please email email@example.com and register your interest today. We will then contact you by phone to discuss your general health and discuss potential studies with you.
Trust policy and Guidance
Trustwide COVID-19 Patient Screening Assessment.pdf [pdf] 395KB Updated 11.01.2021
De-escalation and patient discharge
Staff track and trace website (only accesible from Trust devices)