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Wednesday, 13 July 2022

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YOUR bulletin this week includes:

• Information for GP Practices
• Service Updates
• Updates for all Practitioners

Urgent and Emergency Care Pressures

The urgent and emergency care system is experiencing a significant increase in pressure this week driven by the very hot weather (level 2 and 3 alert), high pollen count and respiratory presentations. London Ambulance Service has moved to REAP level 4 to ensure they can maximise safety, continue to manage almost 6500 x 999 contacts being made each day and reduce the wait for emergency ambulances.
In order to help manage this demand over the next week, please utilise any alternatives, as appropriate, including:

  • Not to refer patients to 999 unless it is absolutely clinically necessary or the patient has a life threatening emergency
  • Consider utilising rapid response teams and other alternative care pathways including pharmacies.  Only send for an ambulance if it is an emergency
  • Ensure that non-clinicians are not referring patients to 999 or 111 as an alternative to primary or community care unless it is a life threatening emergency.

For any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Transforming Primary Care team.

Medicine Supply Notifications for various products

Please find Medicine Supply Notifications for the following:

  • Promethazine hydrochloride 25mg tablets - out of stock until mid-August 2022.
  • Buserelin - this document contains information for all three below.
    • Buserelin (Suprefact®) 5.5mg/5.5ml solution for injection vials - out of stock until mid-August 2022.
    • Buserelin (Suprecur®) 5.5mg/5.5ml solution for injection vials - currently available; however, is short dated (expires end of July) and further stock is expected mid-August 2022.
    • Buserelin (Suprecur®) 150microgram/dose nasal spray - out of stock until late-December 2022. Limited supply remains available in NHS Trusts and Health Boards.

Community Health Partners 6-Facet Survey

Please see this communication from Community Health Partners (CHP) about the 6-facet survey and action taken regarding timeframe concerns and the level of preparation required.

There are also details of a revised programme for those practices where appointments have had to be rescheduled.  CHP will also notify those practices directly to inform them of their revised appointment.

Befriending Service for Older People 

Aishah Help has created a new intergenerational befriending programme in Tower Hamlets, Newham and Hackney that links people over the age of 60 years old with young people who would benefit from guidance and a mentor.

If you know of anyone that would fit either category (young volunteer befriender or older recipient), please share this brochure that provides further details and ideas about befriending activities that are fully funded.

For any questions, please contact Rita Wahid.

City and Hackney’s System Influencer’s programme

Healthwatch Hackney has created the System Influencer programme to to enable the Children, Young People, Maternity and Families Integrated Care workstream to create meaningful and genuine co-production with young people. This includes working with young people aged 16-30 years from existing engagement groups who volunteer* for 8 weeks to co-produce programmes to influence systems.

It is anticipated that recruitment of all young people will close at the end of July 2022. Please share this flyer with your network that explains how to apply.

*Approx time commitment - 5 hrs per week. Reward and Recognition payment of £12.05 per hour offered as an incentive (incentive payments do not affect benefits).


City & Hackney Safeguarding Children Partnership online events

CHSCP Q&A Webinar on Child Q  - Tuesday, 19 July 2022

City & Hackney Safeguarding Children Partnership (CHSCP) is inviting Hackney parents, carers and guardians to an online webinar on Tuesday, 19 July, 2022, 6-7pm for a general update on the work that has been completed since the Child Q briefing (8 June) and the Child Q Special Joint Scrutiny meeting (13 June). 

The event will discuss the ongoing work with schools, leadership, police and young people, and CHSCP's Anti Racism Action Plan. There will also be space to answer any questions. Find out more.

Please register and send any questions you would like answered by Monday, 18 July 2022.


CHSCP FGM & Breast Flattening Webinar - 13 September 2022

City & Hackney Safeguarding Children Partnership (CHSCP) will host a webinar for practitioners to learn and gain understanding on the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) & Breast Flattening. The webinar will be facilitated by the National FGM Centre on Tuesday, 13 September 2022.  


Children & Young People's Emotional Health and Wellbeing Strategy (2021-26)

The first iteration of City and Hackney’s integrated Children and Young People’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing Strategy (2021-26) has been released.
Publication of the strategy represents a hugely positive step in demonstrating the commitment given to prioritising the emotional health and wellbeing of C&H's children, young people and families and working towards further integration with our local partners.

Please see the final version of the main strategy and an accompanying summary which can be shared widely across organisations, along with a letter that contains further details. Both versions of the strategy can also be found online.

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