Ox All In Bulletin - 21st May 2021
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- COVID-19 trauma and resilience webinar
- Stay cautious and keep yourself and others safe
- Three cases of Indian Covid variant in Oxfordshire
- Oxford at the forefront of battle against Covid-19
- Oxford to play host to crucial G7 health talks
- People in Oxfordshire invited for third 'booster' Covid jab
- Central Oxford with lowest number of Covid vaccinations
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COVID-19 trauma and resilience webinar
Learn how COVID-19 may have impacted on you, your workforce, communities and support services and improve knowledge and understanding of Trauma Informed Practices at a webinar being offered by Health Education England, Thames Valley and its partners.
Participants attending will have the opportunity to:
- Develop an understanding of how trauma and COVID-19 can impact on people, communities, colleagues and staff
- Be able to identify the principles and practice of a trauma informed approach
- Reflect on how a trauma informed approach can support people, communities, colleagues
- and staff during COVID-19
- Consider how to apply knowledge and increased awareness to your own role, staff, services,
- and organisation
- Identify actions and techniques that can support and build resilience in people, communities,
- colleagues, staff and yourself
- What we know about trauma pre COVID-19
- What do we mean by a trauma informed approach?
- Impact of COVID-19 on individuals and communities
- Implementing the principles and practice of a trauma informed approach
- Developing resilience in people, communities, colleagues and your staff during COVID-19
- Share learning including best practice and any complexities or difficulties
- Stimulate thinking and discussion across agencies and areas
- Discuss the implementation of tools and techniques
- Provide an opportunity for people to connect and come together whilst working from home
- Register for Guided Reflection and Q&A session (if the session you chose is full, you can choose to be added to the waiting list. Do try other sessions for availability)
- A pre course questionnaire and pre-read information will be emailed to you
- On completion of the questionnaire, you will be sent a YouTube link for the pre recorded webinar to watch at your convenience
- Read the pre-read information and watch the webinar
- Attend the Guided Reflection and Q&A session
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Stay cautious and keep yourself and others safe from COVID-19
People in Oxfordshire are being encouraged to continue to get tested for COVID-19 twice-weekly and get vaccinated when they can after the national roadmap entered a new phase from 17 May.
Indoor hospitality is now able to re-open and indoor entertainment can resume, including cinemas, museums, and children's play areas. Up to six people or two households can meet indoors and up to 30 people outdoors. All remaining outdoor entertainment can reopen, such as outdoor cinemas and performances. International travel to 'green list' countries is also allowed.
Ansaf Azhar, Oxfordshire County Council's Director for Public Health, said: "With people now meeting indoors once more and wanting to meet relatives they may not have seen for several months, it is more important than ever that people take advantage of the testing options that are available. It really is a case of better safe than sorry, particularly when we're facing a new variant of the virus.
"The numbers in Oxfordshire are currently low and they reflect the caution people have been exercising. Thank you to you all for playing your part! However, with the new rules bringing more of us together, we must remember that one in three of us can carry the virus without symptoms. Being indoors also increases the risk of spreading COVID-19. Testing remains a crucial part of how we can continue to ease out of lockdown safely.
"The number of requests for testing has declined in recent weeks but lateral flow tests are still playing an important role in picking up cases. Last week more than half of new cases identified in Oxfordshire came from lateral flow tests.
"Let's continue to play it safe. We do not know how transmissible the new variant first detected in India is and this is a further reason for caution.
"Please think about keeping your distance from those who are not fully vaccinated or may have other vulnerabilities. To mitigate the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19, we should all: meet outside where possible; take the vaccine when offered it; minimise how many people we are in close contact with, and for how long; take part in twice-weekly symptom-free testing; and continue to test and isolate if we have symptoms or test positive. Remember the basics of hands, face, space and fresh air to keep our progress moving in the right direction."
What is the current picture in Oxfordshire? (As at 19th May)
The current number of cases per 100,000 of the population is:
- Oxfordshire 10.4.
- Cherwell: 13.3
- Oxford: 10.5
- South Oxfordshire: 7.7
- Vale of White Horse: 9.6
- West Oxfordshire: 10.8
Reports of three cases of Indian Covid variant in Oxfordshire
The first cases of the Indian variant of Covid-19 have been recorded in Oxfordshire. There are two cases in South Oxfordshire and one in Vale of White Horse District Councils, according to reports from the BBC.
This comes as Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed there are 2,300 Indian variant cases in 86 local authority areas where there are five or more confirmed cases of the variant.
Mr Hancock told the House of Commons on Monday that while the B1617.2 variant seemed more transmissible, the evidence suggests that vaccines were effective against it.
How Oxford is at the forefront of the battle against Covid-19
Businesses and researchers in Oxford are undertaking extraordinary work in tackling the devastating effects of Covid-19. Various projects in the city are helping us to better understand the disease and combating the impact of the pandemic on people's lives.
The University of Oxford has received funding to assess coronavirus infection rates in children and teenagers across the UK. The study aims to determine how many children and teenagers have been infected with Covid and what proportion of those have had symptoms. It will also reveal how many children and teenagers have not yet been infected and may remain susceptible to Covid as lockdown measures are relaxed. This research could help to inform the public health response and determine if any changes are needed to the vaccine schedule.
The pandemic has been particularly challenging for cancer patients, who have been forced to miss check-ups, tests and treatment. Specialist medical technology company Seroxo, which is based in Oxford, is adapting its 10-minute finger-prick test so that cancer patients, especially those undergoing chemotherapy, can have their immune systems monitored at home reducing the need for hospital visits. The test and an accompanying smartphone app should transform cancer patients' care, making the lives of patients and their families a little easier.
Another Oxford University study is tracking differences in the economic disruption caused by the pandemic between people of different income levels and ages, and who have different working arrangements. Covid-19 has brought whole sectors of the economy to a halt, but it has not affected everyone equally. Using survey data from a representative sample of UK workers, it makes it possible to assess the effectiveness of different interventions, ensuring that assistance reaches those who need it most.
Oxford to play host to crucial G7 health talks
Oxford University – an international hub of clinical and medical expertise - will host G7 Health Ministers' meeting in early June.
The 2021 G7 Health Ministers' meeting will be held in-person in Oxford on 3-4 June and will bring together health leaders from the world's leading democracies to agree life-saving action in critical areas of global health.
They will convene at Oxford University – a global centre of clinical, scientific and academic excellence – which has been at the heart of the global fight against COVID-19, with world-leading clinical trials and its not-for-profit partnership with AstraZeneca on COVID-19 vaccines already saving thousands of lives across globe.
The G7 health meetings represent a unique opportunity to demonstrate the commitment of the world's major economies to protect lives across the world from current and future global health threats. Attendees will come together to address the issues of global health security, antimicrobial resistance, clinical trials, and digital health.
The pandemic has demonstrated the need for, and value of, robust clinical trials and the ability to share data, methods and standards. G7 cooperation is critical to accelerating and expanding efforts and ensuring that in the future, we can better share and compare trial results on both therapeutics and vaccines, both during the pandemic and beyond.
Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, said:
"Oxford University is honoured to host the G7 Health Ministers. This past year has demonstrated just how much can be accomplished when universities, business and government work together to advance global health.
"We hope that in the course of this meeting insights and information will be shared, ideas generated, and lasting partnerships forged. In particular, we hope that as a result of this meeting plans will be developed to ensure that we are never again caught unprepared for a pandemic."
G7 countries account for two thirds of the world's pharmaceutical markets and the three vaccines licensed for use in the UK were all developed in G7 nations – the UK, US and Germany. As host of this year's G7 Presidency, the UK is determined to work with its partners to build back better from coronavirus and strengthen global preparedness for potential future pandemics.
The events will take place over two days, and provide a valuable opportunity to discuss not only the four health track themes but also live issues and to engage virtually with the G7 Presidency's guest countries: Republic of India, Republic of Korea, Australia and Republic of South Africa.
There will be a working Ministerial dinner on the evening of June 3 attended by senior representatives from the life sciences industry, who are planning to convene concurrently in Oxford to discuss the themes under the Prime Minister's Pandemic Preparedness Partnership between public and private sectors and key issues on the health agenda for the Summit.
The Health Ministers' Meeting on 3-4 June will precede and inform health discussions at the Leaders' Summit, hosted by the Prime Minister on 11-13 June.
As with all major events this year, extensive contingencies will be in place to minimise any risks and steps taken to ensure the events are COVID-secure. Every delegate arriving in the UK will be required to take a COVID-19 test up to three days before departure with a negative result and will subsequently undergo daily testing prior to attending any of the venues.
People in Oxfordshire invited for third 'booster' Covid jab
People in Oxfordshire can take part in the world's first clinical trial on Covid-19 booster vaccines, which launched in the country in a bid to beat mutant strains of the virus. Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed that the Cov-Boost study will trial seven vaccines and will be the first to provide data on the impact of a third vaccine dose.
Nearly 3,000 people aged 30 and older are being recruited at 18 NHS sites, including in Oxfordshire, with the first doses administered in the beginning of next month. The Oxford Vaccine Group is currently recruiting participants from the Thames Valley area.
Scientists want people who received their first dose of either Pfizer BioNTech or AstraZeneca in December or January to sign up, and hope people aged 75 and over will also come forward. Apart from Oxford, tests are also taking place at Southampton, London, Leicester, Bournemouth, Portsmouth and Wrexham.
Researchers are also working on new versions of the vaccines, which are specifically tailored to target variants of concern.
Central Oxford with lowest number of Covid vaccinations
Vaccinations have been rolled out for the second time this week and people aged 34 and 35 are invited to book their appointments. Official figures show that as of 4pm on Thursday, Oxfordshire registered five new coronavirus cases.
This comes as nearly a third of people in Oxford have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, figures reveal. NHS data shows that 37,323 people had received both jabs by May 16th, which is 30% of those aged 16 and over, based on the latest population estimates from the Office for National Statistics. Of those to have received both jabs, 29,131 were aged 40 and over – 52 per cent of the age group. It means 8,192 people aged between 16 and 39 have received both doses.
The NHS vaccine data also reveals variation in coverage between different areas for residents who have received at least one dose.
Across Oxford, 56 per cent of those aged 16 and over have received their first jab.
Areas with the highest coverage (in Oxford City) are:
- Risinghurst and Sandhills, with 83.7 per cent of people aged 16 and over given their first dose
- Barton, 81.2 per cent
- Wolvercote and Cutteslowe, 79.7 per cent
- Oxford Central, 24.8 per cent
- East Central Oxford, 37.7 per cent
- Headington, 42.1 per cent
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Posted: Sun, 23 May 2021 20:20 by Liz Cruse