UK global vaccine rollout will serve as a ‘blueprint for future disease prevention’ says NHS chief, while bin men help doctors identify those in need
- The main success has been the merging of services, said NHS chief Sir Simon Stevens
- He praised collaboration between NHS, charities, faith groups and armed forces
- Sir Simon also said coronavirus vaccine rollout ‘demonstrably works’
The global rollout of vaccines in the UK will serve as a blueprint for future disease prevention, the NHS CEO said.
Sir Simon Stevens said a “major success” has been the consolidation of services, including garbage collectors in Chorley looking for residents struggling to take out the bins.
Sir Simon also praised the successful collaboration between the NHS, charities, faith groups and the armed forces to vaccinate more than 30 million people.
The global rollout of vaccines in the UK will serve as a blueprint for future disease prevention, Sir Simon Stevens said (pictured above, last December).
He wrote in the Times: “The NHS vaccination program has demonstrated practical benefits and provided a blueprint for the future.
It’s not just NHS data we need. Refuse collectors play a role in Chorley, Lancashire, by identifying residents who have difficulty putting out their bins.
‘GPs and council teams can then offer help to people who are vulnerable or housebound.
‘One factor in the success of our vaccine is the way in which groups of GP practices have worked together. These first-line networks, a major reform, have proven to be the perfect platform for the delivery of most Covid vaccines.
“They now play a key role in our renewed commitment to disease prevention.”
Sir Simon said the rollout of the vaccine “arguably worked” and that despite a massive winter wave of the virus, the rapid and accurate rollout has shown the health service at its best.
He wrote: ‘It has been a remarkable national mobilization. The same approach is now needed to address other serious health problems.
Members of the public wait in line to receive a dose of the Covid vaccine at a temporary vaccination center at Colchester Community Stadium in Essex on Feb. 6
Sir Simon said the vaccine rollout is ‘demonstrably working’ and despite a massive winter wave of the virus, the rapid and accurate rollout has shown the health service at its best (photo file)
“In short, the pandemic has accelerated the bundling of services and demonstrated the practical benefits of this.”
He said hi-tech digital schemes and enhanced partnerships have made it ‘much easier’ to identify and address the causes of ill health, from poor housing to lifestyle, but the community’s efforts have also proved valuable in this work.
Weight management classes, as well as medications as part of a project in West Yorkshire and Harrogate, prevent heart attacks and strokes by helping primary care physicians identify thousands of people with undiagnosed high blood pressure and other risks.