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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
You may be aware there is still much media attention focusing on PPE. Over the weekend we’ve been working with our partners at Telford and Wrekin Council to distribute vital PPE supplies to those organisations who need it most.
Throughout the bank holiday weekend over 65,000 items of equipment comprising aprons, eye protection, masks and gloves have been dispatched to care providers as well as Severn Hospice.
To date over 227,000 items of PPE has been distributed across Shropshire.
We’d like to say a huge thanks to Carol Fox, Tim Tearle and Michelle Davies for working over the bank holiday weekend to ensure urgent supplies of PPE reach frontline workers.
Our Health and Safety team and Public Health team have also created an easy reference guide by setting, to when and what PPE is recommended. You can view the main page here which links to the PDF reference guide and other important documents. As a reminder:
- Personal protective equipment is used to protect both staff and service users from the risk of cross-infection. We must take all reasonable steps necessary to ensure that risk of ill health to employees is reduced to a minimum must be taken.
- Risk Assessments should be in place already especially for those roles that use gloves, aprons etc.
- Risk assess use refers to utilising PPE when there is an anticipated/likely repeated risk of contact and droplet transmission during daily work.
Testing for Covid-19
The Government has committed to more tests for many of our staff, particularly those providing care. We are working closely with our CCG colleagues to identify who is eligible, when they can be tested and how this will work in practice. Please know, this is a top priority for a dedicated group of staff and as soon as we have news it will be shared.
The main message coming through is that only those who have symptoms, or those who have a family member in the same house with symptoms, will be tested. As soon as we have agreed a process for this with our health colleagues we will update you.
Update on Business Support Grants
Many of you will know that we’ve received £91m of funding from the Government to pass directly onto local businesses affected by coronavirus. Since business grant applications opened on 1 April we’ve received applications from over 5870 businesses, and processed more than 3000 applications. So far, we've paid out just under £32.8m. A huge thank you to all those colleagues involved in processing these applications and making sure that the money reaches those who need it as soon as possible.
Below is just some of the positive feedback received from local businesses.
“Thanks again for the speedy grant release to my business in Shrewsbury. This will go to good use powering us forward in these uncertain times.”
“Thank you for processing my business grant so quickly it is much appreciated in these trying times.”
“I just want to thank you so much for your fast-efficient response. This is a business saver.”
“Very grateful for all the authority is doing to process grant payments.”
“I would like to thank you so much for my business grant, without this I would really have been struggling to continue with my business, I now have faith that we can continue as a company. Thank you once again.”
“Can you thank the team from me, for all the advice and support they gave me last week. Also, I really appreciated what you did for me getting someone to check my application, considering the amount you have took on this was going above and beyond.”
“We are very appreciative of this, with 22 staff relying on us, this support is vital – thanks.”
Community Resilience Team update
During the Coronavirus pandemic and the associated isolation measures, the needs of Shropshire’s most vulnerable people have changed drastically. It is vital that we as the local authority are responsive to these changes, ensuring that people have access to basic resources to keep them well.
In order to manage this, we have assembled five Community Reassurance Teams across the county, made up of 38 redeployed staff. The teams have been operating for three weeks and formed a truly cross-disciplinary service. Support has come in from:
- Culture, Leisure and Tourism services
- Public Health
- Passenger Transport
- Customer Services
- Organisational development
- Adults’ and children’s services
- Social prescribing
- NHS and Clinical Commissioning Group.
Their work has included:
- Creation of a new Community Volunteering Directory made up of 256 volunteer organisations and businesses.
- Securing a £75k Community Grant scheme
- Arranging and facilitation of 9 training sessions
- 59 logged discussions with groups and individuals resulting in 26 referrals to ………..
- Enterprise cars allocated toteach area, allowing for…………………………
- A further 31 staff identified to expand the Community Response Teams to offer an even more robust response.
- April saw the launch of the food hub; setting up the entire procedure for purchasing and invoicing for food and impressively delivering 257 food parcels to date
This is a fantastic effort and certainly something to be proud of and the effort required to make some of these things happen should not be underestimated. Thank you to everyone involved.