Leeds Shielding Programme

Over 77,000 Leeds people clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid-19 and advised to shield at home. 500+ local organisations working together to help keep them safe and well: the Leeds Shielding Programme.

At the start of the pandemic a local multi-partnership bronze group was set-up, with the aim of ensuring that clinically extremely vulnerable people were supported to stay healthy and safe, whilst shielding at home.

The group quickly agreed their shared common purpose. Their agreed outcomes were:

  • CEV people have the right information, advice, support and opportunities to follow government advice to minimise risk.
  • CEV have choice and control, and options to stay mentally and physically well.
  • CEV people have the opportunity to shape and influence local support and policy, there are opportunities to feedback
  • CEV people have options to access food and essentials that support independence and staying well
  • CEV people have options that support financial inclusion and remove financial barriers to following shielding advice
  • CEV people have options that support physical and mental wellbeing and social connection – within the advice they are given
  • CEV children, their parents/carers know and understand how the advice affects them

Their shared responsibilities were:

  • Ensure CEV individuals advised to shield are aware how to access support if they need it.
  • Assess need in a way that supports independence
  • Provide appropriate assistance and advice where needed to enable people to access food, essentials and basic personal and domestic support
  • Provide food and basics to those who have no support systems or face other barriers to accessing food.
  • Report back to Government on how people shielding are accessing food, essentials and basic support.

The team involved in delivering this programme included representatives from all parts of the NHS, Leeds City Council, third sector, communities of interest, different faith sectors, care homes, neighbourhood policing, street support, probation, housing, community hubs, neighbourhood networks, student unions, refugee and migrant community organisations, and many more.

Below are links to useful background information about the programme.

This useful presentation provides more detail on how the group worked together to meet their outcomes and responsibilities.

The Routes to Support document has acted as ‘one version of truth’ for all partners involved in supporting people who are were clinically extremely vulnerable. It outlined the latest advice for those people was at that time, what support was available to them, and how that support could be accessed.

Providing clear and concise information to the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people was an essential part of keeping them healthy and safe. We also developed an online communications toolkit, so that partners could share messaging through their channels. This included developing materials in community languages: https://bit.ly/CEVLangToolkit