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Welcome to the
Disability Partnership Calderdale newsletter


19 February 2021
This week's newsletter includes lots more information on the coronavirus vaccine and the vaccination process.

Adults who are the carers (paid or unpaid) of other adults in Calderdale can now book for a vaccination. We have the details of how to book an appointment below.

We also have the updated letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people from the Government, plus links to many different formats of the same letter, including various languages, BSL and large print.

There's a lot to read, but we hope it will be useful to have access to all this important information in one place.

Have a good week!

The DPC Team
Where in Calderdale?
Here's something a bit lighter to enjoy amongst the news. Where in Calderdale is this? Answer at the foot of this newsletter!
Vaccination Appointment Available For Unpaid Adult Carers in Calderdale

The Calderdale Vaccination Team are now offering the Covid Vaccine to unpaid Adult Carers. Here's the information they have sent us:

We are now pleased to be able to offer Covid vaccinations to our unpaid Adult Carers in Calderdale at our two local hospitals. We are offering this slightly ahead of other places because our hospitals have a good supply of vaccine. 

Please note that over the next two weeks, as part of the National Booking System, you and those you care for, will also be invited for a vaccination at other sites, including a GP practice in your local area. 

You could wait for that appointment if you choose to and attend with the person you care for. We are following national guidelines about who can have a vaccine.

Am I Eligible For The Vaccine?
You are eligible for a vaccination if you are an adult (16 years of age and over)* and the main carer(s) of a person who is;
1.  Elderly (over 65)
2.  Disabled (any age)**
3. Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (any age)
4. Placed on the ‘Shielding List’ held by the Local Authority because of their clinical vulnerability (any age)
*We are awaiting further clarification of the timeline for vaccinating carers who are under 16 years of age.
**For clarity you’re disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a "substantial" and "long-term"  negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.

A tailored offer for individuals with a with a more profound/ severe learning disability learning difficulty and their carers is being developed by the local NHS and Calderdale Council. If you would prefer to wait and hear more about this offer please express your interest by contacting Calderdale Council – details below.

You can get an appointment at Calderdale Royal Hospital or Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (Acre Mill site). You MUST pre-book an appointment using the following link.

https://www.cht.nhs.uk/COVIDvaccination-booking

Please complete all the information on the booking form, in line with guidance set out in the information sheet (see below). If you attend without an appointment will not be able to access the vaccine service.

IMPORTANT: The booking link above  is shared with you in accordance with the principles on the following information sheet (pdf download) and MUST NOT be forwarded on to anyone else. 

Please read the information sheet carefully. Please remember to take with you;
1. Your NHS Number
2. Photographic ID
a. For those people who are registered as sight impaired and do not have photo ID, they can present their registration certificate or other relevant documentation
3. One or more of the following:
a. A copy of any carer related benefits documentation, or
b. Proof of benefit provided to the person being cared for (e.g. PIP, DLA, attendance allowance or employment support allowance), or
c. A relevant carer-related document from Calderdale Council
e.g. a carers assessment or a Calderdale Council support plan, or
d. A copy of any correspondence from your GP relating to your status as a carer, or
e. A letter or newsletter from Calderdale Carers, if you are registered with them

If you are eligible and need support to complete the online booking form,
please contact Calderdale Council for support by emailing vulnerablecustomersupport@calderdale.gov.uk or calling 01422 392890.

You can also contact Disability Partnership Calderdale for support by emailing Info@disabilitypartnershipcalderdale.org or calling 07716122897

The online booking system will show availability for the next three days, including the day you are booking on.

We would ask you book into available slots as soon as possible, and take the first available appointment.  If no suitable appointments are showing as available we would ask that you revisit the booking site at a later time as additional dates are released onto the system as vaccine supply is confirmed.

Best wishes
The Calderdale Vaccination Team

How To Book Your Vaccination Appointment if You're Over 70

People who are over 70 and haven’t had their first Covid-19 vaccination can now contact the NHS National Booking Service for an appointment.

In West Yorkshire, health organisations expect to have reached everyone in the first four priority groups by the middle of February but if you haven’t heard from the NHS yet and want to book an appointment, please visit www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.

This will allow you to choose a time slot and location that suits you. If you are not able to book online you can call 119 free of charge, between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. (Please be aware that phone lines can get very busy so you may prefer to call later in the day when it is can be less busy.)

This is only available for first vaccination appointments and if you are aged 70 or over.

Everyone else will still need to wait to be contacted by the NHS when it is their turn for a vaccination or for an appointment for their second vaccination if they don’t already have one.

You still need an appointment to get a vaccination so please do not go to any of the centres unless you have one booked. This is important because booking slots are carefully managed to allow for social distancing and the number of appointments is based on the supply available that day.

GP practices are contacting all patients who are registered as clinically extremely vulnerable and have been asked to shield to ensure they have been offered a vaccination, as well as people in the eligible cohorts who are housebound. If you haven’t been contacted yet, you should hear from your practice this week.

Finding your NHS number

You can still book an appointment if you don’t have your NHS number, provided you are registered with a GP practice. However, it will be quicker if you have your number: this will be on any letter or document you have received from the NHS, including prescriptions, or you can find it online at www.nhs.uk/find-nhs-number

 

How To Get To Your Vaccine Appointment
Getting To Your Vaccine Appointment - Book a car!
Our friends at Community Transport Calderdale (CTC) are available to assist with transport to Covid vaccination appointments for those in need, throughout Calderdale.
  • their email address to book is sandra.makin@ctcalderdale.co.uk
  • email your name, address and Covid vaccination appointment date, the time you want to be collected and your phone number
  • give as much notice as possible
  • you don’t have to do their usual registration process if it is for a Covid vaccination appointment
  • they charge 45p per mile from the volunteer driver’s home back to their home, round trip.
  • they wait to take you home after the appointment
  • you can pay cash to the driver or pay by card over the telephone 01422 888080
  • all their volunteer drivers are already vaccinated and use covid safe procedures, wear masks etc
  • Please note, their cars are not wheelchair accessible vehicles.
Their Website is here: www.ctcalderdale.co.uk/community-car-service

Plan Public Transport  Journeys To Calderdale Vaccination Centres

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has put in place several measures to assist local people in getting to community vaccination centres by public transport, including a journey planner facility on their website (see below) - plus they are extending concessionary travel times for people travelling to the vaccinations.

  • Concessionary Travel: Rules around concessionary travel will be relaxed, as holders of free bus passes (issued to older and disabled people) will be able to travel free on public transport before 9.30am if they are going to or from a coronavirus vaccination appointment. Pass holders will be asked to show their appointment letters, texts or emails to the bus driver.  Concessionary Travel Passes can be used after 9.30am weekdays and all day at weekends and public holidays. 

Here is a list of Calderdale’s Vaccination Centres. You can plan your journey by bus and train to them by clicking on the link beside it.

Elland

Halifax

Todmorden

 
Coronavirus Vaccination: Official Information Sources

Government Advice on the vaccine and vaccination can be found here:

Local Vaccine Updates

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccination programme in West Yorkshire, visit: https://www.wyhpartnership.co.uk/vaccination.

Updated Letter To clinically Extremely Vulnerable

Important guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people from the government, 18 Feb 2021

Link: Other language versions, plus easy read, BSL and large print versions available here

We are writing to you as you have previously been identified as someone thought to be clinically extremely vulnerable and at high risk of becoming very unwell if you catch COVID19. We wrote to you last month advising you to follow shielding guidance until 21 February.

We are now extending that guidance and advising you to shield until 31 March 2021. We will write to you again in mid-March with further advice. Whilst the national lockdown has been effective and cases of COVID-19 are now falling, the levels of infection in the community remain high and the virus continues to pose a high risk to people across the country. The risk remains particularly high for those considered clinically extremely vulnerable.

Therefore, the Government strongly advises you to continue to follow the shielding measures that were introduced in January to help you protect yourself. More information on the guidance and the support available to you can be found on GOV.UK, or in your previous letter dated 7 January 2021 if you received one.

You are advised to stay at home as much as possible, although you can still go outdoors carefully to exercise or to attend health appointments. You are strongly encouraged to work from home if you can. If you cannot work from home then you should not attend work.

Whilst you are strongly advised to follow these extra precautionary shielding measures to help keep yourself safe, this remains guidance, not the law. You must, however, follow the lockdown rules that apply to everyone.

Please make sure your GP has your most up to date contact details, including your home address and, if possible, a personal email address, so that we can contact you quickly in the event that the guidance changes in the future.

This letter can be used as evidence for your employer and the Department for Work and Pensions to show that you cannot work outside your home until at least 31 March 2021, including for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) purposes.

If you need support to help you follow the guidance, especially if you are unable to arrange this yourself or through friends, family, or other support networks, your local council may be able to help. You can contact your council and register for support or request priority access to a supermarket delivery slot at the Shielding Support website: www.gov.uk/coronavirus-shielding-support.

If you already have priority access to a supermarket delivery slot that will continue – you do not need to do anything further.

You are advised not to go to shops or pharmacies. Instead try to shop online, ask family or friends to collect shopping for you or get help with food and medicine deliveries from NHS Volunteer Responders.

It is also really important to continue to look after your mental health. The Every Mind Matters website is accessible for advice and practical steps that you can take to support your wellbeing and manage your mental health during this pandemic. If you or someone you care for are experiencing a mental health crisis, we urge you to make contact with a local health professional immediately.

COVID-19 vaccinations

Clinically extremely vulnerable adults are receiving priority access to vaccination against COVID-19 before the general population. The vaccine is likely to make an important contribution towards protecting you from COVID-19. People are being contacted about vaccinations by the NHS, but if you have not been offered a vaccination, we are now asking you to come forward to book a vaccination.

The easiest way to arrange a vaccination is through the national booking service which can be accessed at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. The system allows patients to choose a time slot and location that suits them. Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. If a suitable and convenient slot is not available, you can also call your GP practice.

Even if you have had both doses of the vaccine, you should continue to follow this shielding guidance as we continue to assess the impact of vaccination among all groups. The people you live with should continue to follow the public health rules and guidance as long as they
are in place, regardless of whether you or they have received the vaccine.

We will continue to update you as the situation changes and, once again, we thank you for your efforts to keep yourself and others safe.

Yours sincerely,
MATT HANCOCK & ROBERT JENRICK

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Secretary of State for Housing,
Communities and Local Government

Consultations - Your Views Wanted
Calderdale COVID-19 Vaccination Survey
NHS Calderdale CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) would like to know your views and experiences on the Covid vaccine. 

Give Your Feedback on NHS Care & Treatment
Disabled people and their families have suffered more than most during the current pandemic. The regulator for the NHS and care services in England – The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has set up a treatment & care survey.

Feedback on plans for a clean & connected transport system
Plans for a transport network – including a new mass transit system – that connects all West Yorkshire’s communities to jobs, education and opportunity have been set out by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. 

Calderdale Council wants parents views on children’s mental health
Calderdale Council’s Children and Young People’s Services are asking parents and young people for their views on mental health. 

Have Your Say: Government’s UK Disability Survey
The Disability Unit at the Cabinet Office is developing a National Strategy for Disabled People. 

West Yorkshire Police Consultation
Mark Burns-Williamson OBE, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has launched his latest ‘Community Conversation’ survey, inviting residents across West Yorkshire to share their views.

Your Chance To Feed Back to Equality & Human Rights Commission On Shopping Concerns
This is an update from the Cross-Government Disability Unit, based in Westminster, with particular focus on shopping and making shops more accessible for disabled people during the pandemic

Disability Horizons’ Hate Crime Survey
Whether it’s in a public place or online, and because of race, sexuality or disability, being targeted and experiencing a hate crime can be incredibly traumatic and unsettling.
Calderdale NHS Mask-Exemption Cards

Exemption Cards: We continue to run off copies of NHS Calderdale’s special cards. They are intended for use by people who can’t wear face coverings and need to communicate this to shop staff and other people.

They come with Disability Partnership Calderdale's own lanyards, which are comfortable and safe to wear, with a quick release fastening, should the lanyard get tugged or caught on something.

Let us know if you’d like a card or a mask by emailing info@disabilitypartnershipcalderdale.org or by calling our mobile and leaving us a short message including your name and address – 0771 612 2897.

Latest News From Our Website
News: Here's the latest news from our website - we're adding new articles all the time, so please check back regularly.

Latest News
800,000 names added to priority vaccination list

New technology has been introduced in England to help clinicians identify, for the first time, a new group of people who may be at high risk from COVID-19.

The patients identified through the risk assessment will be sent a letter from NHS England in the coming days explaining that their risk factors may help identify them as high clinical risk and that they are included within the support and advice for the clinically extremely vulnerable. They will be invited to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible if they have not already had the jab, and will be given advice on precautionary measures, including shielding where this is current advice. Their GPs are also being notified.

  • New predictive risk model to help clinicians identify adults with multiple risk factors that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19
  • Over 800,000 adults will now be prioritised to receive a vaccine as part of the current vaccination cohorts
  • Research is developed by subgroup of NERVTAG, led by the University of Oxford and funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

New technology has been introduced in England to help clinicians identify, for the first time, a new group of people who may be at high risk from COVID-19. Over 800,000 adults will now be prioritised to receive a vaccine as part of the current vaccination cohorts.

The technology analyses a combination of risk factors based on medical records, to assess whether somebody may be more vulnerable than was previously understood, helping clinicians provide vaccination more quickly to them and ensuring patients can benefit from additional advice and support.

This assessment is made possible today for the first time thanks to new technology and emerging evidence about the impact of COVID-19 on different groups and who could be most vulnerable – which means further steps can be taken to protect those most at risk.

The research, commissioned by England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and funded by the National Institute of Health Research, found there are several health and personal factors, such as age, ethnicity and body mass index (BMI), as well as certain medical conditions and treatments, which, when combined, could mean someone is at a higher risk from COVID-19.

The University of Oxford turned their research into a risk-prediction model called QCovid®, which has been independently validated by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and is thought to be the only COVID-19 risk prediction model in the world to meet the highest standards of evidence and assurance.

NHS Digital used the University of Oxford’s model to develop a population risk assessment. The risk assessment uses the model to predict on a population basis whether adults with a combination of risk factors may be at more serious risk from COVID-19, enabling them to be flagged to clinicians for priority access to vaccination, alongside appropriate advice and support. These individuals will be added to the Shielded Patient List on a precautionary basis and to enable rapid vaccination.

The research to develop and validate the model is published in the British Medical Journal along with the underlying model for transparency. Additional code underpinning the QCovid® model will be made available openly by the University of Oxford within a month. As our scientific understanding of the virus develops, we can update the model.

Up to 1.7 million patients have been identified. Those within this group who are over 70 will have already been invited for vaccination and 820,000 adults between 19 and 69 years will now be prioritised for a vaccination.

The patients identified through the risk assessment will be sent a letter from NHS England in the coming days explaining that their risk factors may help identify them as high clinical risk and that they are included within the support and advice for the clinically extremely vulnerable. They will be invited to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible if they have not already had the jab, and will be given advice on precautionary measures, including shielding where this is current advice. Their GPs are also being notified.

Calderdale Council - Support Contact Details

Calderdale Council are a key provider of support during the Coronavirus pandemic for residents of Calderdale. Visit their website for lots of advice across a wide range of services. Or call them on 01422 392890 for volunteer support or any form of adult social care. .

  • Website: Council Coronavirus Home: index of all the council’s Coronavirus related information and support
  • FAQs – frequently asked questions about getting Council support and about the virus if you are a vulnerable person – Large Print Version
  • There is a DEAF TEXT PHONE - 07776454642 - for the deaf community to utilise if they need any support from Gateway to Care. It is manned from 9-5 by a staff member, but not during out of office hours
Directory of Other Support in Calderdale:
  • NHS: for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you’re unable to get help online; for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance. For day-to-day health issues, call your GP as normal.
  • Samaritans - call them free, day or night, 365 days a year on 116 123
  • Calderdale NHS Mental Health Helpline: 0800 183 0558
  • West Yorkshire NHS mental health services helpline: 01924 316830
  • Childline: national helpline for children/young people 0800 1111
  • Refuge: Freephone 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline – for women and children against domestic violence: 0808 2000 247
  • Mental health helpline: 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This confidential helpline offers support and guidance to people aged 16 years and above who are registered with a GP practice in Calderdale, Kirklees, Wakefield and Barnsley by calling free on 0800 183 0558.
  • Safespace is run by Healthy Minds and provides out of hours support for people in emotional distress. It is open every evening from 6pm to 10.30pm, with calls taken up to 10pm. Call 01422 345154, contact by Facebook (Safespace Calderdale) or email safespace@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk
  • The Silver Line on 0800 470 8090 is a free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day
  • Disability Partnership Calderdale - Call our mobile number 07716122897 - email info@disabilitypartnershipcalderdale.org
Coronavirus Info On Our Website

Coronavirus science and analysis 

The Government's coronavirus support 

Calderdale council's coronavirus supportNHS's coronavirus support

Where in Calderdale Answer
The picture is of the impressive railway bridge at Shade, Todmorden. 
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About Disability Partnership Calderdale

About Us: Our aim is to improve the quality of life of disabled people in Calderdale, in particular, by working in partnership with service providers to maximise access to mainstream services for people with physical and sensory impairments. We normally hold regular membership meetings where people with disabilities are given a voice and an opportunity to influence policy and service delivery. However, at the moment we are concentrating on providing extra help and support via our website during the Coronavirus pandemic: Please visit our website for more about us and our work.
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