Jayne Adamson: Looking back at 2020-21 and its impact on the wider NHS

It is now a year since the UK went into its first lockdown, with citizens told to stay home to protect the NHS from being overwhelmed by the growing cases of Covid-19. 2020-21 was an exceptional year for health and social care staff across Humber, Coast and Vale.

Jayne Adamson, People Lead for Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership spoke about her experiences of the past year and her views on the impact on the wider NHS, as well as what she looks forward to in the coming months.

How do you think Covid-19 will impact the NHS in 2021 and beyond?
We face the biggest challenges we have ever faced and this will continue to a greater or lesser extent in 2021. Balancing living with Covid alongside restoration of services and supporting our people to recover and grow.

What do you think we have learned from the NHS’s response to the pandemic?
How truly amazing what we do is and how much we can achieve when we pull together. How much the NHS is about people.

Has 2020 changed the way you work. If so, how?
Home working! I got a new car on 18 March 2020 and have done 900 miles in a year compared to 30,000 the year before.

What excites you about the coming year?
The opportunity to build on what we have learnt and not lose those lessons and develop an ICS that makes a difference to our communities.

What are you determined to do less of, professionally, than you did in 2020?
Back to back teams meetings – it is so draining and tiring.

What do you think you’ll do more of in 2021 than ever before – when restrictions are no longer in place?
Time with family. Haven’t seen my Mum in a Care Home for over a year. Music concerts – I miss them and exercise. Travel and explore more of the UK.

Which activity or destination are you most keen to do or visit later in 2021 and why?
Scotland 500. Just had a camper van conversion and really excited to use it.

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