Shielding Experts webinar 3 February 2021

As the number of cases of COVID-19 rises rapidly, and the third national lockdown continues, shielding advice has once again been issued to people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

Advice to shield at home until at least 21 February has been re-issued to over 100,000 people in West Yorkshire and will be reviewed during this period should it need to be extended.

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP), along with the Local Resilience Forum, West Yorkshire Prepared, will host ‘The Shielding Experts’ webinar on Wednesday 3 February, providing a valuable opportunity to listen to people about their experiences of shielding.

Attendees will hear insight from research and surveys, and importantly the personal experiences of those who shielded, including staff, to inform our health and care practice this winter and beyond. The aim is to support people who live and work across West Yorkshire and Harrogate to put the right conditions in place to enable those with the highest clinical risk to stay happy, healthy and safe.

This session is suitable for people who work across the health and care sector or anyone involved in the shielding response in local places, including the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, local NHS and council staff. Speakers include shielding experts by experience as well as Rob Webster, CEO Lead for WY&H HCP; Hannah Davies, CEO for Healthwatch, Leeds; John Walsh, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust; Ann-Louise Caress, University of Huddersfield; Dave Thompson, Kirklees Council, and Rachael Loftus, Head of Regional Health Partnerships.

Robin Tuddenham, Co-chair of the Local Resilience Forum and CEO for Calderdale Council said: ‘The way that partners have come together with our communities to support those shielding has been one of the really positive experiences from the pandemic. It’s a story of kindness and quiet determination, with our voluntary and community sector playing such a pivotal role. This event will provide an opportunity to listen and learn, and in particular understand the lived experience of those who have shielded, and what this tells us about how to build back a stronger health and care system in West Yorkshire.’