BRIDGE Forum May 2022 Snapshot

May 26, 2022 | BRIDGE Forum, News, Newsletter

BRIDGE Virtual Forum (Third Sector and PPGs)

Wednesday 25rd & Thursday 26th May 2022

(Bridging Resources Information Direction Guidance for Everyone)

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 and integrated way to help improve the pathways into services for Wirral residents.

Mike Chantler – Wirral CCG

Julian Eyre and Paul Charnley – Healthy Wirral – Digital Strategy

Gill Pryce – Wirral Menopause Community

Gary Pickering – Community Pharmacy Cheshire & Wirral – HRT supply update

Sallie Taylor and Nikki Barker – Koala NW – Family Toolbox

Melissa Royle – WUTH – Urgent and Emergency Care Upgrade Programme

All – Info sharing

Mike Chantler, Wirral CCG

Key messages

  • Wirral CCG ceases to exist at the end of June – we will have NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care Board
  • No change in terms of access to services but will see change over time – focus on keeping people well
  • No need to worry about monkeypox – no cases on Wirral, existing smallpox vaccine can be delivered to isolated cases

Julian Eyre, Healthy Wirral Programme Director and Paul Charnley, Digital Lead – Digital Strategy

Key messages

  • Digital Strategy is one part of Healthy Wirral’s work
  • We need data to understand health inequalities across the Wirral and to make sure services are provided where they are needed
  • Building a shared record so that info can be shared across health and social care – but opt-out is possible
  • Digital inclusion is an important part of this – digital exclusion in Wirral maps onto life expectancy

Gill Pryce, Wirral Menopause Community

Key messages

Gary Pickering, Community Pharmacy Cheshire & Wirral

Key messages

  • Some HRT products are in short supply due to increased demand and post-pandemic disruption to global supply chains
  • Serious Shortage Protocols give pharmacists power to make substitutions where the patient agrees; prescriptions may currently be limited to 3 months at a time to ensure more people can access
  • Govt is looking at changes to prescription charges which can disproportionately affect women using HRT
  • If ordering products online, be aware of scammers – only order from reputable suppliers based in UK

Sallie Taylor and Nikki Barker, Koala NW – Family Toolbox

Key messages

  • Family Toolbox has now been launched: with resources and support for families and carers
  • Families can create a profile to save resources they have found useful but this data is not shared anywhere

Melissa Royle, WUTH – Urgent and Emergency Care Upgrade Programme

Key messages

  • Work has now started at Arrowe Park to merge Urgent Treatment Centre and A&E – patients will be streamed to appropriate place
  • There should be minimal disruption to patients as there is a robust phasing plan in place, along with signage and volunteers onsite


Diane Green – WIRED

Dominic Green – Energy Projects Plus

  • Wirral Council Household Support Fund – next phase nearly ready to start – runs until end of Sep
  • EPP will apply for funding to reduce or clear people’s utility debts
  • EPP have money for emergency heating repairs/replacement
  • Wirral Fuel Bank is continuing for foreseeable future – £30 emergency fuel vouchers
  • Workshops through Wirral Lifelong Learning aimed at their usual cohort – energy and food – get in touch if you would like to host a workshop – details in notes
  • Smart Energy GB – briefing sessions to frontline workers – one hour session on teams

Leanne King – Wirral Mencap

  • ‘Have fun, keep well’ event 10th June – part of Carers Week – share with the people you support!

Yunus Mogra – NWAS

  • Dedicated emergency phone line in each maternity unit across NW for 999 to contact directly
  • 17th June – launch date for text video relay for BSL – call handlers will be able to connect to BSL interpreter who can then connect to patient – ambulance staff are still wearing masks so this will help communication!
  • App to communicate patient-side – language translation and BSL interpreter – current pilot ongoing

Full notes: May 2022 notes

Digital Strategy presentation: HWP Digital Bridge Meeting Slides May

HRT supply presentation: HRT UPDATE – CPCW

HRT supply May update: CPCW HRT UPDATE – MAY 22

Family Toolbox presentation: Introducing Family Toolbox 25.5.22

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