Emergancy COVID-19 Notices for the Liverpool City Region - 2020-06-06

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LGA responds to NHS Volunteer Responder Scheme announcement.

REACTING to the expansion of the NHS Volunteer Responder Scheme, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:- "Councils value and pay tribute to the vast numbers of people who are volunteering to support vulnerable friends, neighbours and family to cope with COVID-19, whether this is for a national or local organisation. This national volunteering scheme is an important back up to Councils’ existing and new local volunteering initiatives which are helping communities during this crisis. Volunteer responders have done a brilliant job supporting those most in need and today’s extension will enable health and social care staff to continue to do what they do best. Councils are working closely with NHS England to ensure that the most vulnerable people in our society are supported and it is vital that councils are able to co-ordinate this support locally. We look forward to working with the Government on the detail."

Ambulance Service keeps up the 'good' work

INSPECTORS praised North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) as it was rated:- 'good' by Care Quality Commission (CQC) for the 2nd time in a row. The inspection, which took place in February 2020, resulted in an overall rating of 'good' for both of the NWAS services inspected:- 'Urgent and Emergency Care,' which is the:- 'Paramedic Emergency Service, and 'Emergency Operations Centres' (EOC), which is where 999 calls are handled. An 'outstanding' rating was given for the 'responsiveness' element of the inspection of:- 'Urgent and Emergency Care.'

In the findings report, inspectors praised innovative ways of working with other healthcare services and highlighted how the trust promotes equality, taking a pro-active approach to caring for patient’s individual needs. The care, compassion and kindness of staff shone through as inspectors saw the emotional support staff gave to patients as well as the respect and privacy they demonstrated.

Multi agency schemes and a collaborative approach with partner organisations were recognised as outstanding practice. An example is the dedicated falls service which runs in Burnley and sees a Paramedic working together with an occupational therapist to provide practical support to patients who have fallen in the home. Another scheme in Blackpool was also highlighted, where the Ambulance Service works with police colleagues to provide a dedicated mental health response, as well as the work that takes place to support frequent users of the service.

Chief Executive Daren Mochrie said:- "I am delighted to receive a 'good' rating from Care Quality Commission once again and thank the inspection team for their positive feedback which I feel reflects the hard work and dedication of our staff and the way we deliver services for patients. Our staff are a shining example of the NHS and I am thrilled that they have been recognised for their care and compassion as this is something we are particularly proud of here at NWAS. We welcome the 'outstanding' rating for responsiveness in Urgent and Emergency Care, with inspectors praising our equality and diversity as well as collaborative working with partner agencies. The inspection took place at the start of the Coronavirus pandemic at a time that we were experiencing extremely high demand, averaging around 5,000 emergency calls per day, which makes these positive comments all the more significant. There is still work to be done and the report has highlighted improvement points which we will focus on going forward. We are committed to our vision to be the best Ambulance Service in the country and will continue to work hard to get there."

The apprenticeship programme for emergency medical dispatchers was also praised, as well as the team of community specialist Paramedics who are actively engaged with local services working together to provide an innovative approach to care.

Dr Amanda Doyle, Chief Clinical Officer for Blackpool and Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups, said:- "With 1.3 million calls per year across covering a population of 7.5 million, there is constant pressure on NWAS to be there whenever we need them, at all times of the day. I am pleased that their hard work and continuous improvement has been acknowledged by CQC and that they have maintained their rating of good. NWAS has embraced new ways of working and collaborations with partner agencies. I am proud of the compassion and respect that staff show to patients and callers every single day, particularly during very stressful and demanding situations and I am glad that this has been reflected in the report."

CQC said NWAS should improve on staff compliance against mandatory training and appraisals targets, as well as continuing to improve response times.

LGA's reaction to UK's eviction ban extension

RESPONDING to the 2 month extension on the ban on evictions from social or private rented accommodation announced by the Government, Cllr David Renard, Housing spokesman at the Local Government Association, said:- “We are pleased the Government has acted on our call to extend the current measures to protect tenants from eviction, which will provide reassurance that they will not lose their home because of Coronavirus. Councils have been working closely with tenants who are experiencing financial difficulties, with many already suspending debt recovery and trying to use discretionary funding to support struggling households as quickly and effectively as possible. The continuation of these measures will help to mitigate against the rising homelessness pressures that Councils are under as a result of the pandemic. We would like to see the Government follow this by bringing forward its pledge to end ‘no fault evictions’ and committing to maintaining local housing allowance rates at the lowest 3rd of market rents so that tenants have greater security and households can meet their housing costs."

Total UK cases COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region and surroundings

THE total number of UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 1,557 cases and the total number now stand at 284,868, that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals.

Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be 204 according to the Department of Health. The total number of deaths of people who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory is 40,465.

In England, there are a total of 154,680 confirmed cases. North West - total of 26,133 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 1,637 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 941 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 1,316 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 752 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 408 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 3,700 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,176 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 1,257 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 1,620 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 1,056 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 841 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 1,217 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 1,034 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 822 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 778 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 762 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 1,097 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 416 confirmed cases.

These stats are according to Public Health England as of Saturday, 6 June 2020, at 3:59pm. UK total includes cases detected through:- "Pillar 2" testing (tests carried out by commercial partners) and therefore does not equate to the sum of the 4 countries' counts, which only include:- "Pillar 1" (tests carried out by NHS / PHE / Devolved Administration Labs).. UK total includes cases detected through:- "Pillar 2" testing (tests carried out by commercial partners) and therefore does not equate to the sum of the 4 countries' counts, which only include:- "Pillar 1" (tests carried out by NHS / PHE / Devolved Administration Labs).

Sorry "No UK Government Coronavirus Press Conference" on 6 June 2020

THE UK Government has now made a move away from the 7 day schedule to a 5 day schedule; thus stopping conferences at the weekend. This has began today, so no press conferences from Downing Street

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