Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership updates – mental health text service, COVID-19 updates and more

Jun 25, 2021 | Look After Yourself, News, Newsletter

New mental health text service launched following success of Cheshire and Merseyside’s 24/7 mental health crisis lines

Building on the successful outcomes of the crisis lines, provider Trusts across Cheshire and Merseyside have teamed up with the mental health charity ‘Shout 85258’ to provide a free 24/7 text messaging service.

The service will provide support for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed or is struggling to cope. Working directly with patients, the service will help take the next steps towards feeling better. Patients can text to talk about issues such as stress, anxiety and depression.

Read more on their website:

New project set to address inequalities in healthcare waiting lists for nomadic populations

Friends Families & Travellers are working with NHS England and Improvement to explore ways to address inequalities in healthcare waiting lists for nomadic populations. Patients who are nomadic often find they must move to the bottom of a waiting list when they travel to a new area, which can greatly extend the time it takes to access an assessment or treatment.

The aim of the project is to identify solutions that could address disadvantage in waiting lists for nomadic people in England. To do this, Friends Families & Travellers want to build an understanding of how local healthcare services manage waiting lists for nomadic Gypsies, Travellers and Boaters, and to identify examples of good practice in managing waiting lists for nomadic patients, in particular those which reduce inequalities in healthcare access and outcomes.

Find out more and respond to the call for evidence here:

Call for Expressions of Interest: Making Every Contact Count

RSPH and Health Education England (HEE) North are calling for expressions of interest from organisations working in primary and community care across the North, to nominate individuals who can become mental health promotion Lead Trainers and Trainers for a new Making Every Contact Count (MECC) for Mental Health training programme.

Embedding the MECC approach and promoting mental health are current national strategic priorities for the health system, and the effects of COVID-19 on population health have made this even more urgent. This work is well placed to support organisations interested in tackling this challenge through evidence-based mental health training that develops knowledge, skills and confidence to integrate relevant messages and interventions into routine practice.

FInd out more and submit nominations here:

Public Health England urge parents to test children on Sunday to help keep COVID-19 out of the classroom

During the May half-term, renewed freedoms will have been welcomed and enjoyed by many children and young people who will have been able to meet up together.

To ensure we continue moving in the right direction and reduce the risk of COVID-19 entering our schools we urge families to carry on testing as children return to school. Testing remains an important part of our overall strategy to get our lives back to normal. Everyone’s efforts together can ensure we keep going.

Test your child on Sunday before they head back to school to help us keep COVID-19 out of the classroom.

Households, support + childcare bubbles, of children at nursery, primary and secondary schools and colleges, can now get regular rapid #COVID19 testing.

Alder Hey Volunteers receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Volunteers from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation.

Alder Hey volunteers perform a huge range of vital activities in the Trust including, welcoming visitors, directing patients to clinics, supporting ward teams in the hospital and Trust, enhancing patient experience and much more. They are often the first people families, children and young people see and the ‘smiling face’ of Alder Hey, always ready to help with an open smile, helping hand and comforting shoulder.

Read more on their website:


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