Leaders from NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have recently been out and about to visit teams on the frontlines of our covid vaccination programme to provide heartfelt thanks and a small token of appreciation.

Teams across primary care, pharmacy and hospitals in north Cumbria answered the call to action during the covid pandemic delivering an unprecedented number of vaccines to communities and helping to keep the public safe. They were joined by hundreds of volunteers who played a vital role in the roll out. Health leaders were keen to take a moment to show their appreciation on behalf of the public and the NHS.

Volunteers Week.pngVolunteers played a huge part of these teams and with this past week celebrating Volunteers' Week CCG leaders wanted to ensure they also had the opportunity to recognise the fantastic contribution that all our volunteers made and say thank you.

Special commemorative thank you pin badges, which were designed as part of the Covid Vaccine Team across North East and North Cumbria, have been presented to teams along with team certificates as a token of appreciation for the people involved in the covid vaccination programme. The badges are backed on card that highlight that they are ‘A small token for the huge part you played in giving people hope.’

Jon Rush.jpgJon Rush, chair of NHS North Cumbria CCG: “The people involved in the covid vaccinations have just gone above and beyond for their communities working tirelessly over the last couple of years to ensure that the vaccine was delivered as efficiently as possible. We really wanted to highlight this accomplishment and personally thank some of these people involved. These badges provided us with an opportunity to give something back, even though it is just a small gesture given the monumental work behind the programme’s logistically challenging delivery and its subsequent success.

“To meet these people in person and express gratitude on behalf of the people in north Cumbria really was an honour and incredibly important to recognise, reflect and celebrate their achievements.”

Helena Gregory, pharmacy and medicines lead at NHS North Cumbria CCG said: “All the volunteers have been absolutely incredible over the course of this programme. They all very much went the extra mile for us and their roles have been integral to ensuring the success of this massive vaccination roll out. 

Helena Gregory.jpg“The organisations and individuals once again made our county proud and for me it was essential that we provided this formal thank you and acknowledgement. It was excellent to meet people and I hope that the badges are a small symbol of their massive accomplishment and a reminder of the appreciation shown from particularly our pharmacy and primary care teams. 

“We owe so much gratitude to our volunteers and many of the people who received their vaccinations will no doubt have witnessed first-hand their invaluable input to the programme. I am beyond proud of what all the teams managed to achieve over the past couple of years in what were very difficult, pressured and time sensitive circumstances.”

The CCG leaders included their ‘thank you presentations’ into other events, meetings and in some circumstances visited sites especially to ensure that they had a chance to meet with the teams in person. 

Ed Tallis.jpgEd Tallis, director of primary care at NHS North Cumbria CCG said: “I think it’s been really important to take this moment of reflection and take time for this recognition. People have worked relentlessly in this programme to provide the best they can for communities during unprecedented, strange and tough times. 

“The opportunity to feedback personally, highlight our appreciation and give that simple but integral thank you message was fantastic. All the teams and roles involved in the programme from the people giving the vaccination to all the administration behind the scenes and everything in between should rightly be proud of these incredible results. 

“It’s also worth reminding that as we now return to more ‘normal’ state we have continued to experience incredibly busy demands across our whole health and care system so we continue to ask people to use the relevant service for their needs. Using 111.nhs.uk online or using the 111 number is a really useful resource allowing patients to ask where to get help for their symptoms, as well as providing links to general health information and advice and much more. This is one of the ways that you can continue to help us to help you.”

Communities are also still advised that covid vaccinations are still available and further information on doses, boosters and more can be found at: https://northcumbriaccg.nhs.uk/covidvaccine 
 

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