Emergancy COVID-19 Notices for the Liverpool City Region - 2020-04-22

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GHD Provides Social Distancing Solution to NHS Children's Hospital

GHD company Movement Strategies, the leading people movement and crowd dynamics consultancy, has been commissioned to support Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust in their planning of COVID-19 social distancing strategies for staff, patients and visitors.

GHD's Movement Strategies team has been working with staff at the Hospital to identify ways to increase social distance while minimising disruption to staff as they go about their essential work. They have provided advice on the flow of people through the Hospital and have assessed the operation of key areas, including entrances and circulation spaces, changing facilities, staff rest areas and catering areas.

This work has helped the Hospital to shape new processes and reconfigure facilities to reduce person to person interaction and increase social distancing.

Project lead Dr Aoife Hunt, Associate Director at Movement Strategies, said:- "Implementing effective social distancing measures is difficult in any public space, but significantly more so in high risk environments such as Hospitals, which face their own unique set of challenges as additional consideration needs to be given to those who are treating COVID-19 patients. Our main priority in this project was to ensure that staff are able to carry out their vital work as safely and efficiently as possible and all processes and solutions were designed with this firmly in mind. Alder Hey Children's Hospital's commitment to staff, patient and visitor safety is exemplary and we would like to thank the team for their extraordinary work at this difficult time."

Simon Light, Executive Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa at GHD, added:- "As key workers seek to support the UK at this time of crisis, it's vital that the correct safeguarding measures are put in place to protect them as they serve communities and support the economy. We are delighted to be able to use our experience and expertise to support Alder Hey Children's Hospital in the fight against COVID-19 and help minimise the spread of this horrific virus. As the UK starts to consider when and how it can return to work, understanding how to effectively implement social distancing within the workplace will be key to ensuring that this can be achieved safely and quickly. Our workspaces and routines need to undergo a significant change and every business will need to be able to demonstrate that it is putting its team's health 1st."

Movement Strategies was established to helps clients improve the safety, efficiency and profitability of physical spaces, combining expertise in the collection and analysis of movement, behavioural and demographic data with a proven track record of design and operations consultancy for the built environment. The team has years of experience working across a broad range of sectors, including healthcare, manufacturing, logistics and construction, and has a deep understanding of their specific assets, operations and issues. In the current COVID-19 environment, this specialist expertise leaves Movement Strategies uniquely positioned to provide organisations with the insights they need to plan their social distancing measures in order to best protect the people and communities that use their spaces. These techniques can be applied to sites that are already operating, those that are planning to reopen, and those in the design phase.

As the world starts to consider and move towards a recovery phase, GHD has been working with a variety of businesses, including motor manufacturers, retail outlets, supermarkets and airports, to help them plan for the new working world post COVID-19 and mitigate the risk of a 2nd wave.

Boohoo withdrawing fake face masks a small step in the right direction; Usdaw continues to call for their unsafe warehouse to close

USDAW, the trade union for Boohoo workers, condemned the online retailer for selling face masks as a fashion item and the company has withdrawn them. The union continues to raise staff complaints about inadequate personal protection equipment (PPE) and working practices that don't ensure necessary social distancing at the Burnley warehouse.

Usdaw Divisional Officer, Mike Aylward, says:- "Boohoo have rightly u-turned on their highly inappropriate and useless face masks, after healthcare workers and Usdaw expressed their disgust at the attempt to profit from a national crisis. We now need the company to u-turn on their opposition to staff being represented by a trade union. We need to get round the table with managers to sort out a long list of serious concerns from our members about their health and safety during the Coronavirus outbreak. They are terrified they may become infected with Coronavirus and put their loved ones at risk. We also call on the Government to review their advice to online non-essential retailers. Their contradictory advice encourages online retailers like Boohoo to carry on regardless, while telling non-essential workers to stay at home. They have failed to understand that online retailing has to be fulfilled by thousands of warehouse workers and delivery drivers. We repeat our call on Boohoo close the warehouse for the safety of their employees and their families. Do the right thing by furloughing workers, under the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and to top up the 80% grant so that staff continue to receive their full wages as normal."

A big thumbs up for Cheshire based entrepreneur supporting the NHS during the COVID-19 crisis

ENTREPRENEUR Kate Hughes, the creative force behind a successful keepsake business Finger and Thumbs, is donating 100% of the profit from her company's new handprint kits to the NHS. When the pandemic broke, the creative force behind the artisan enterprise lost the ability to provide 75% of her ranges overnight but has bounced back by launching a new:- 'Stay Connected' range. At a time when families are physically separated and adapting to social distancing, Kate's kits will bring families closer and create positive lasting memories through these worrying times and profits raised from all sales will be donated to support the NHS.

Kate said of the new line:- "in these unprecedented times, I wanted to do my bit to support both the NHS and families who are desperately missing their loved ones. Finger and Thumbs specialises in keeping loved ones close to our hearts through good times and bad. I make the full range of keepsakes including bespoke fine silver handprint jewellery, detailed 3D hand casts and ceramic imprints that last a lifetime and can be treasured forever. As I can't do my hands on work at this time, I developed the kits so people can create their own memories."

The easy to use kits, perfect for grandparents and their grandchildren or parents and their little ones, provide a cherished, lifelong keepsake. "I've put this kit together for people to capture a little bit of them and send to a loved one." said Kate.

Each kit costs ₤10 and includes a ₤10 gift voucher to use at a later date towards having their handprint made into a fine silver charm. Finger and Thumbs fine silver imprint range captures impressive detail from the fine lines of a loved ones' fingerprint and handprint, to a little one's 1st drawing or even a little handwritten message of love.

"People are really missing their loved ones terribly at this time. Grandparents who are used to seeing their precious grandchildren regularly love that this kit gives them just a little bit of their loved ones to hold close." added Kate.

To order visit the website:- FingerAndThumbs.com.  Kate will be donating the profits to:- NHS Charities Together.

Community legal programme helps vulnerable people during Covid-19 outbreak

A community legal outreach collaboration led by Keele University is continuing to ensure vulnerable people are supported during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Community Legal Outreach Collaboration Keele (CLOCK) is a collaboration led by Keele University in partnership with the Courts, law firms and charitable services. The project has trained Keele law students as Community Legal Companions to support families in crisis to access legal and charitable support, through signposting to the CLOCK partners, and assisting directly in Court.

Although the current Government advice is to stay home in order to stay safe, it is clear that home may not be a safe space for all during the lockdown. The national domestic abuse helpline, run by the charity Refuge, has reported a very substantial 700% increase in calls to the helpline recently, and traffic to its website and use of web chat facilities have increased.

During the pandemic, the CLOCK service has received requests from Schools, children's services, and direct requests from vulnerable persons experiencing sexual or domestic violence. Adapting to social distancing requirements, CLOCK is continuing to help people by operating a signposting service to ensure vulnerable people are able to access the help that they need via online and phone services.

As part of the CLOCK response to the pandemic, Keele students involved with the Law in Action scheme, a community legal education module, have created a series of short videos to raise awareness of the increased risks of the lockdown such as sexting amongst children, the increased risk of homelessness for those already sleeping rough or for those seeking refuge, and the increased hardship of the travel restrictions for asylum seekers, migrants and international students. The videos also act as a signposting tool to the CLOCK partner services available to support those in need.

Dr Jane Krishnadas, Senior Lecturer in Law and Director of CLOCK, said:- "Keele University founded CLOCK in 2013 and so has been very well placed to respond swiftly with local community partners to the needs of families in crisis as a result of the pandemic. Staff and students have been able to help people in need to gain access to community legal services and other support where otherwise they would struggle to do so. We are always looking at how the University can develop and improve this kind of support, and this is currently focused on a potential increase in demand from those seeking refuge during the lockdown period."

Nikki Taylor, Senior Training Manager from Savana, a sexual abuse and violence charity and CLOCK partner, said:- "We have over the years been involved with CLOCK and the Law in Action students, and support the vast amount of work undertaken. As a sexual violence service it is important for us to raise awareness around the use of social media and what that can mean for a child or young person. We would like to encourage parents to be aware of who your child is interacting with whilst using social media, have open discussions, with lockdown measures in place at the moment many more are turning to social media platforms and not all will be who they seem."

Mickey Hemmings, New Era's acting head of service, a domestic abuse charity based in Staffordshire and CLOCK partner, said:- "We value the importance of the CLOCK collaboration to create awareness of the support available to local people experiencing domestic abuse and to signpost those in need to our services. We're providing a wide range of services, including:- emotional support, practical help, as well as advice on how to stay safe and various coping strategies. As usual, we're working with partner organisations to ensure everyone gets the support they need, including help to leave the family home if necessary."

To apply for assistance from CLOCK and the partner organisations, please visit:- Clock.UK.Net.

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

IN the UK, the total of new Laboratory confirmed Hospital COVID-19 fatalities was 759, bringing the total to 18,100 deaths related to the virus. The number of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 infections is now 4,451, bringing the overall number to be confirmed to have been infected in the UK to 133,495, according to the Department of Health In England there are a total of 99,137 laboratory confirmed cases. Within the North West of England the total of confirmed cases now stands at 15,209. Current confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities in and around the Liverpool Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 1,210 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 690 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 830 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 509 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 277 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 2,229 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 608 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 654 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 894 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 671 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 486 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 479 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 601 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 344 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 354 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 389 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 495 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 248 confirmed cases.

These stats are according to Public Health England as of 22/04/2020. Last updated 2:58pm GMT. 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).


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