Towards a Brighter, Better 2021: Andy's Message (18th February 2021)

18th February 2021 |

With Paula taking her annual leave today, this week's message comes from our Director of Operations, Andy Alcock. Here's his message, plus this week's shout-outs for the values-driven staff that went beyond the extra mile.

Andy's Message

The UK's biggest roll-out of a vaccine in a generation is well under way, bringing hope to us all of protection against COVID-19 as well as the prospect of a brighter, better 2021.

A total number of 15,940,972 people have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in the UK that equates to more than a quarter of all adults and 558,577 people have received their second jab.
The health service across the UK has been working tirelessly to vaccinate those most at risk as quickly as possible after the government secured effective vaccines early and they passed stringent safety tests at the end of last year.

Since then, the UK vaccination programme has accelerated with nearly 1,000 vaccines being administered a minute at one point - and a record 598,389 first doses delivered in one day on the 31 January. As of Sunday 14 February, all care home residents and staff, health and social care workers, people aged 70 and over, and the clinically extremely vulnerable have been offered a vaccine. These groups account for 88% of deaths from COVID-19, meaning potentially tens of thousands of lives will be saved.

The NHS is working hard to encourage the remaining people who have been offered a vaccine to come forward. There is so much more to do and I urge all staff to step forward and take up their appointment. The vaccine is our route to freedom and we will beat this virus jab by jab. 

As large numbers of people from at risk groups are vaccinated, the scientists will be able to gather the evidence to prove the impact on infection rates, hospitalisation and reduced deaths. If successful, this should in time lead to a reassessment of the current restrictions and give us our lives back to a kind of normality.

As the milestone was hit on 15 February NHS England started offering vaccines to people in the next two priority groups as recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). Those aged 65 and over and people with underlying health conditions, which mean they are clinically vulnerable to COVID-19. The government aims to offer a vaccine to all priority cohorts 1 to 9 by May and all adults by September 2021.

Until then, it is essential that everyone continues to stay at home if possible, whether they have had the vaccine or not. It’s as important as ever to stay at home, stay safe to save lives.

Shout Outs

For our staff who have gone above and beyond in living out our values this weeks shout outs are:

Jenny Hartley and Gale Whittick from Beechwood (recommended by Angela Bell, Team Manager)

Jenny Hartley and Gale Whittick from BeechwoodBoth staff work in an area that requires specialist dialysis training. Due to retirement and staff leaving, Jenny and Gale have been working seven days per week to ensure Katy receives her nightly dialysis treatment until further staff are trained in the process.

This covers all of the Future Directions Values – putting people first, being adaptable, transparent and creative and going the extra mile.

Thank you to Jenny and Gale for your fantastic work and living out our values.







Aidan Harte from Smith Hill (recommended by Margaret Smith, Team Manager)

Aidan Harte from Smith HillAidan is an amazing member of staff.  Out of a team of four, there have been three off sick for the past month and he has been doing 4 - 5 sleeps and weekend days to keep familiar staff in service.

He has come in on his own time on several occasions to meet workmen regarding a couple of repairs.  He also came in to take a person we support to an annual health check appointment.

A big thank you to Aidan for keeping the service running at this difficult time. Truly living out our values in going the extra mile to put people first.






If you know someone who you would like me to give a shout out to please send details and photographs to Thank you again for all you hard work in living out our values and by doing so keeping people safe and enabling people to have the best lives possible.

Thank you for all your hard work in keeping yourselves, your colleagues and the people we support safe and happy.  Your work is so important and you are doing a great job.


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