Programme work, events and meetings affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)

This page provides a list and summary of West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Programme work, events and meetings affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). This list is not comprensive and will change frequently.
Information is correct as of the date indicated in the headings. For latest updates about coronavirus, go to: nhs.uk/coronavirus


Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (19 March)

Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network is not booking any future events during the next few months, due to the challenges of COVID-19. This includes the plan to launch a Mental Health and Learning Disability Patient Safety Collaborative in June.


Making Every Contact Count (MECC) (18 March)

The MECC CoI scheduled for 31 March 2020 has been postponed.  There is clearly a massive community response to the coronavirus crisis taking place, and new resources are available for sharing via MECC Link on public mental health support and loneliness, including community contacts cards (easy read in production) and short videos on how to set up What’sApp groups etc. There is more new content to come shortly.

Two other resources have launched this week to support behaviour change as part of everyday practice. MECC Evaluation Guide is a step-wise practical resource developed by Public Health England, Health Education England and London South Bank University, and based on insights from local MECC leads, gathered during the planning and running of their own project evaluations.

‘Everyday Interactions’ toolkit provides clear and concise guidance for health and care professionals wishing to record and measure their public health impact based on a Making Every Contact Count (MECC) framework. This work has been undertaken by the Royal Society for Public Health, Public Health England and partners including the Royal College of Nursing.

In other news, Jen Saunders from City of York Council is taking over from Susan Blundell as Chair for a 12 month period.


Housing for Health Conference (18 March)

A decision has been taken to postpone the Housing for Health Conference on the 31st March 2020. We will be rearranging the event for a date later in the year and we will ensure that all those who have registered so far are given the opportunity to re-register for the future event before we go out to general registration. 


‘The healthier you’ NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (18 March)

Due to the emerging coronavirus (COVID-19) it has been decided that the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme face-to-face sessions are stopped and participants given the option of digital or remote delivery for the foreseeable future.

Please continue with referrals into the programme from your normal referral processes. For example mailshots that promote the referral process are to be encouraged for support via digital and teleconference.

Conversations are ongoing with colleagues on how best to ensure we are still supporting those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The Healthy Living Pilot and the Diabetes Type 2 Prevention week will be cancelled.

The project delivery managers are sending communications out to primary care to inform them of the changes and to continue to encourage referrals where possible. For more information please contact Emmerline Irving, WY&H HCP Programme Manager for Improving Population Health and Maternity (Public Health). Email: emmerline.irving@nhs.net


Cancer Alliance Meetings and Events (18 March)

In the light of the Government's response to the COVID 19 incident, and with clinical and other staff deployed to support clinical cases and other support services, the Cancer Alliance has taken the decision to cancel a number of meetings and events.

Viability of all meetings will be kept under review and wherever appropriate, will be used to support the wider COVID 19 incident and held by conference call.

Updates on all Cancer Alliance meetings and events affected by coronavirus can be found on the coronavirus page on the the Cancer Alliance website

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups (17 March)

In the light of recent announcements about COVID-19, the Joint Committee of Clincal Commissioning Groups on Tuesday 7th April 2020 has been cancelled.

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health & Care Partnership is hosted by NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group.
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