In the wake of rising numbers of Covid-19 cases, it's more important than ever to learn from the changes we have already made in response to pandemic and use this learning to shape how we provide care in the future to ensure we can continue to provide the best possible care

Dr Nigel Wells, Clinical Lead, Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership

Regular readers of the Partnership’s blog series will know that as coronavirus become prevalent in the UK, the Clinical and Professional Leaders’ Group commissioned a report to capture the many changes and innovations made to health and care services in Humber, Coast and Vale in response to the pandemic.

The reason for collating all these examples was so lessons could be learned and shared across our health and care system. While this was primarily focused on our response to covid-19, many of these innovations will be permanently adopted to improve health and care services in our communities long after the pandemic is over.

We asked each of the HCV Partnership organisations to submit examples of how they implemented changes and service improvements in response to covid-19 – and the response was impressive to say the least, with more than 330 unique clinical and non-clinical responses received from across our health and care system.

What struck me and other colleagues when reading these examples was that health and care colleagues have prioritised the safety of patients and staff, and there is a clear commitment to provide the best possible service to patients and clients within the restrictions and challenges that COVID-19 has brought.

So for your unyielding commitment to helping patients during this unprecedently challenging time I want to say thank you.

I’m pleased to announce that the report – produced by our colleagues at the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) – is has now been published, and can be viewed here: bit.ly/HCVResponseToCovid19

The Clinical and Professional Leaders’ Group will now consider the report in great detail. We believe that our communities will benefit for many years to come if we can learn from the changes made in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and use this learning to shape how we provide care in the future.

In the wake of rising numbers of Covid-19 cases across the country, it is more important than ever to learn from our responses to ensure we can continue to provide the best possible care in these very challenging circumstances.

While there is understandable concern around rising cases of coronavirus, with new localised lockdowns announced seemingly on a daily basis at the moment, there is comfort to be taken from knowing that we are in a strong position to handle any future outbreaks.

This reassurance comes from the knowledge that, as indicated by the examples throughout the Rapid Insights Report, our health and care staff have worked quickly to make changes to the way they deliver services in order to keep patients and staff safe, and will continue to do so until the virus is no longer a threat to our people.

Thank you again, stay safe.

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