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Covid Support Offering
20 January 2022

We understand the challenging, extreme pressures you are currently facing - meeting the demands of the current Omicron wave, general winter pressures, the imperative to reduce waiting lists as well as the impact of COVID-19 on your own workforce. As ever, the Hub is here to provide support and guidance wherever we can.  Here are some of the ways the Hub can help you, right now:

Our Pharmacy offering includes two agreements which give trusts the opportunity to provide medicines to patients at home and, in combination with conducting remote outpatient consultation, can allow many patients to continue to receive specialist care for chronic illness without attending hospital.  They are:

  • DPS for specialist courier services for delivery to patients
  • Framework agreement for the provision of homecare medicines services  

If you would like further information on these agreements, please contact Joe Bassett: joe.bassett@eoecph.nhs.uk.

If you work in HR or Workforce and are struggling to staff vaccination centres, we suggest the Non-Clinical Temporary and Fixed Term Staff framework available through the NHS Workforce Alliance may be able to provide support.  Non-clinical staff can be employed at vaccination centres in roles that don’t require specialist or medical training, leaving nurses to be deployed in trusts where they are desperately needed.   

If you would like to discuss your Workforce requirements, please contact: workforce@eoecph.nhs.uk.

Supporting a healthy workforce and minimising the risk of hospital acquired infections is key to getting through this strenuous period. Traditional routine cleaning is often not enough to fully decontaminate clinical settings, leaving staff and patients at risk of contracting hospital acquired infections.

The Hub’s framework for UV Infection Control provides trusts with a compliant route to market for UV decontamination solutions, including both static and robotic equipment. These solutions are easy to use and will disinfect rooms within minutes, reducing turnaround and easing capacity issues.

If you are interested in further information on the UV Infection Control framework, please contact: business.services@eoecph.nhs.uk.

Please contact us on any urgent matters you may have – we can’t promise that we can solve all the challenges you are facing but we will work to ease pressure wherever we can.