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Coronavirus and Dignity in Care Awards

Monday, October 26th, 2020

The theme this week, in the Covid outbreak, is one of rising infection levels across the country; Staffordshire is not immune in this respect.  Stoke has moved into High Alert or Tier 2 on Friday.  In Staffordshire, infection levels are mostly lower, but nonetheless rising, and on the current trajectory it will be a question of when, rather than if, the county moves into High Alert too.  My aim, along with the whole of the county council, is to manage this transition in a planned manner, firstly through our ongoing discussions with government but more importantly by working with residents and partner organisations across the public and private sectors, to ensure that we strike the balance between control measures and keeping Staffordshire businesses and schools operating as well as is possible. 

Local test and trace arrangements are working well, which is the result of a great deal of detailed work by county council and NHS colleagues, but, we must remind ourselves that any test and trace effort contains the spread after infection has happened; as infection levels rise, the focus moves onto personal behaviours of hygiene, space and face coverings, which will have the greatest preventative effect on the spread of the virus.  Having made a great effort in the first wave to treat Staffordshire residents with respect and trust in their common sense, the fastest route out of Tier 2, if and when it happens, is for these efforts to be redoubled.

Adult Social Care providers bore the brunt of the first outbreak, and it was good this week to have an opportunity to speak to the care providers at one of their regular meetings with Health and Care colleagues.  My main messages were to says thanks, well done, and we will be with you in exactly the same way in the winter ahead.  We had some pretty dire predictions of infection levels and staff illness and absence in March and early April, which did not come to pass, principally because they and our colleagues put in some very targeted and effective measures which kept the show on the road; we are doing the same again to ensure that the winter passes safely. The virtual event worked well, with well over 150 attendees, which gives an indication of the size and complexity of the effort. 

I’m also delighted that we are continuing with the Dignity in Care Awards this year, also in a virtual format.  This is an excellent opportunity to recognise the efforts of carers across Staffordshire.  It is, I think, a unique enterprise, in that it gives equal attention to professional and voluntary carers, which, in my opinion is very important.  As we recover from the Covid pandemic, there is an opportunity to build upon the raised profile that care has as a profession and activity; events such as the Dignity in Care Awards offer a real platform to achieve that.    

Dignity in Care Awards

Monday, February 10th, 2020

I was delighted with the response to the invitation to submit entries for the MJ Awards.  It was a change in tactics from previous years, where SLT selected entries, allowing you to shout directly about what you are doing.  I know of six entries, and the ones which were shared with me before submitting were all excellent, full of energy and justifiable pride.  Let’s see how we do in the judging, but I’m expecting a number to make it to the short list stage.  If and when that happens, we will give you every assistance in preparing for the face-to-face interviews, in order that you are lifting the trophies on the night. 

Staying on the awards theme, we are delighted to present the 2020 Staffordshire Dignity in Care Awards, to promote, recognise and reward those people who treat others with dignity and whose actions make a real difference and serve as an example to others,. The awards are now in their 6th year and are organised by the Care Market Development Team. We welcome nominations from anyone who receives support and care in Staffordshire, their families, friends, and / or those who provide care and support to Staffordshire citizens.  I think that these awards are unique in that they recognise voluntary carers and professionals in the same event.  This is entirely in line with our strategy of Doing our Bit; we couldn’t work without the voluntary carers, and we also need a vibrant, valued and capable professional sector to look after our most vulnerable residents.  Find out how you can nominate someone for an award.Dignity