[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]
To receive a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services (copy enclosed).
This report updates Local Committee on the work of the Public Health Locality Manager (PHLM) to improve health and wellbeing outcomes in Barrow.
Members received a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which updated the Local Committee on the work of the Public Health Locality Manager to improve health and wellbeing outcomes in Barrow.
The report included an update on COVID 19, Barrow Health and Wellbeing Partnership and the Morecambe Bay Population Health Investment Fund 2020?2021.
The Public Health Locality Manager updated members on the current position regarding the pandemic. The Committee was informed that since the start of the current lockdown COVID cases in Barrow had plateaued slightly; there had been 407 cases in the previous seven days but was moving at a slower rate. It was explained that currently 13% of all COVID tests were positive compared to 17% previously, noting that 86% of all positive tests were the new variants.
Members were updated on the vaccination and informed that currently the only vaccine being offered was the Pfizer vaccine highlighting there was no evidence to suggest new variants were resistant to it. The Public Health Locality Manager explained that Barrow had started the vaccination process on 14 December 2020 at a single site on the ground floor of the Alfred Barrow Health Centre with the whole of the Centre being used on a weekend for vaccinations; there were approximately 1,000 people visiting on a Saturday and Sunday.
The Committee was informed that the vaccination of residents over 80 and vulnerable people was almost complete and it was anticipated the vaccination of over 70s would begin by the end of the week. It was explained that 85% of home care residents and frontline staff had now received the vaccine.
Members were informed that the Oxford vaccine was becoming more prevalent as time moved on as it was easier to access and store. The Committee was informed that lockdown was effective at the moment and members would be kept updated of the very quick moving situation.
The local Member for Dalton North welcomed the update and thanked the Public Health Locality Manager for the information he had received in relation to the roll out process for the vaccination of residents in his Division. Members noted that vaccinations for constituents in the Dalton North and South divisions would take place in the Ulverston Health Centre and the local Member raised concerns regarding transport to the Centre for vulnerable residents. The Public Health Locality Manager confirmed that the Ulverston Isolation Group had arranged a transport system with the Community Transport Team to ensure all people were able to visit the Centre free of charge.
The local Member for Walney South highlighted a concern from a resident who worked in a local nursery and who had not been afforded the opportunity to remain at home during the current lockdown. The Public Health Locality Manager confirmed this was a Government directive and not a local authority decision.
The Committee was informed that Barrow Health and Wellbeing Partnership had been revitalised and going forward would be accountable to Morecambe Bay Population Health Strategic Group and also report to Cumbria Public Health Alliance, County Council Local Committee for Barrow and Barrow Borough Council Executive Committee. It was explained the Partnership was looking into partners aligning funding to pool resources and work with a common vision. Members noted that moving forward work would include a focus on the causes of poor health and how they could be addressed.
The Public Health Locality Manager gave an update on the Morecambe Bay Population Health Investment Fund 2020-21 and explained that following a successful bid the Barrow Health and Wellbeing Forum had been allocated £81,600 which would help provide support to vulnerable people and their families through empowerment, positive action and access to adequate support to improve their quality of life going forward.
The Chair, on behalf of the Committee, thanked the Public Health Locality Manager and all officers concerned for their invaluable work during the current pandemic.
RESOLVED, that the report be noted.