The purpose of this meeting is to share regular information across all sectors, identify issues encountered and discuss how we can work collaboratively in a connected/ integrated way to help improve the pathways into services for Wirral residents.
These are the highlights from June’s BRIDGE Forums – full notes are available at the bottom of the page, along with slides and resources that have been shared.
- Mike Chantler and Louise McNee – Wirral CCG update
- David Hammond – Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
- Michelle Gough – Wirral Community Champions
Mike Chantler – COVID-19 update
- Delay in restrictions being lifted – 19th July; Liverpool City Region identified as requiring extra support due to Delta variant which is more infectious
- North West has quite a few cases but Wirral currently not too bad (less than 10 people in Arrowe Park)
- Surge of people coming back to services in the past month – pressure on emergency and ambulance services
- 2 million over 50s nationally still haven’t been vaccinated – still need to understand why some people aren’t taking that step
- Working with Wirral Council to put in place conversations with trusted clinicians to help reassure people
Questions and issues raised
- Have the patients at Arrowe Park been vaccinated?
- Can’t give specifics of local patients but across NW – majority have Delta variant and either not vaccinated or only one dose – second dose crucial
- Delta variant also has different symptoms – sneezes and headaches, less around loss of taste/smell
- Yunus Mogra – NWAS update
- Ambulance service under a lot of pressure currently – demand not abating – may still be picking up backlog from GPs
- Positive – electronic records now online across whole of NW – better information access and can pass info on to receiving hospital
- Ambulance staff are nearly all vaccinated but will still be coming out in full PPE
Louise McNee – Lower My Drinking app
- New app has been soft-launched on Wirral to help people reduce their drinking – available on Android and iOS
- Supported by clinical colleagues across Wirral; people can self-assess and refer to local services
- Cutting down on alcohol can reduce attendance at A&E/pressures on health services
Dave Hammond – Locality Team Development and Good Lives transformation project
- WCHC delivers Adult Social Care on behalf of Wirral Council and is looking to change the way it works to make it more responsive to people’s needs
- Locality Team Development – moving away from a services-based model to community-based
- Planned changes – four locality-based, all-age multidisciplinary teams in Birkenhead, South Wirral, Wallasey and West Wirral, plus one system-wide team for Wirral-wide services e.g. walk-in centres
- Good Lives transformation project – partnership with Wirral Council and Partners for Change
- Adult Social Care is too focused on assessment and review procedures – there are too many hand-offs, referrals and waiting lists
- Testing a new way of working at ‘innovation sites’ in Birkenhead and West Wirral for 13 weeks initially
- Listening to people as they are the experts in their own lives – moving away from language like ‘service user’
- No handoffs or referrals
- More responsive to what people need
- WCHC wants views from partner and community organisations to support this work: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WCHCstakeholder1/
Questions and issues raised
- Wirral Deen Centre is aware of a case involving Power of Attorney – every department/organisation seems to understand it differently – how can this be addressed?
- Acknowledgement of the issue – we need a reset/restatement of these things to make sure basics are understood across the system
- How have the third sector been involved in developing the model?
- Connections between project team and some partner organisations (social prescribers, connectors, Age UK) – next step is for teams to make more connections with more orgs
- Mencap – co-production with learning disabilities – get us involved!
- Make sure third sector are involved from the start if possible!
- Wirral Change – BAME COVID Community Support Service
- Developing health literacy around COVID for BAME community – working with other BAME organisations across Wirral
- Using video and translation to get message across, also door to door service – knowledge about testing and self-isolation especially for those who don’t want vaccine
- Wirral Change also doing vaccine at premises 28th June
- Sport and Activity Strategy for Wirral Council
- Setting out priorities for sport and leisure facilities in terms of activities
- Live consultation currently – how to understand needs and wants of those who need more physical activity – https://haveyoursay.wirral.gov.uk/hub-page/sport-and-physical-activity-engagement
- Wirral Mencap update
- 14th-20th Learning Disability Week – very busy!
- Relationships and sexuality work for people with learning disabilities – get in touch for training and courses
- Paid co-production work opportunities for people with learning disabilities and their carers
- Wirral Family Coaches
- Free coaching for anyone with responsibility for looking after young people or children – don’t have to be parents!
- Setting goals and looking at how to work towards them e.g. confidence, anxiety, time management, conflict resolution
- Funding extended to March 2022 – get in touch for support – no area requirements or waiting lists
- COVID champions update
- 625 champions – COVID updates are circulated
- Link Workers are translating information into different languages
- Engaging with young people to find out views on vaccine/what are the barriers? Most young people say they are going to get it
- Location of vaccine sites can be a barrier – working to make vaccine more accessible to all
Read the full minutes here: BRIDGE Forum June 2021 minutes
WCHC presentation: Dave Hammond slides