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October 2019 Newsletter

Our News and Updates

MSK Survey 

MSK conditions are a group of conditions that affect the bones, joints, muscles and spine. If you’ve been treated for one of these, take part in our survey, here


Healthwatch Awards

We are pleased to announce that Healthwatch Bucks has been recognised as highly commended in the Outstanding individuals who've made a difference at the 2019 Healthwatch Network Awards! 


What are Primary Care Networks?

All GP surgeries in Buckinghamshire have recently become a member of a Primary Care Network (PCN). 

If you are wondering what a PCN is.. visit our website to have your questions answered, here!


Mental Health Survey - Community Project 

We observed a rise in negative feedback for the Chiltern Adult Mental Health Team (CAMHT). We decided to find out what users thought of the services provided. We asked them about their experiences of community mental health services in Buckinghamshire. See our survey results, here.  

Launch of the Dashwood PCN

We had a great time at the launch of the Dashwood Primary Care Network (PCN) on Wednesday 18 September 2019. Dashwood PCN is made up of six practices, Chiltern House Medical Centre, Wye Valley Surgery, Carrington House Surgery, Stokenchurch Medical Centre, Cressex Health Centre and The Riverside Surgery. We heard about the vision for the PCN and how it would work. There were also sessions on how health inequalities would be tackled in the communities, care navigation, social prescribing and how practices were working with other organisations. If you want to find out more about PCN’s, check out our series of articles, here.

What care homes did next - October 2019 

As part of our Dignity in Care Project we have produced a quarterly summary report of recent care home visits, giving a full list of our recommendations, along with the latest response from that Care Home. 

See report, here

Local News and Updates   

Flu vaccine - The main things to know about the 2019 programme 

Read the official blog of Public Health England, providing expert insight into this years flu vaccine, here.

Stoptober 2019 - Did you split up with smoking?

Stoptober launched on Tuesday 1st October 2019. It was a 28-day campaign to encourage and support smokers to quit.
If you live in Buckinghamshire, you can get support from Live Well Stay Well. Find out more, here


Common Childhood Illnesses 

It is often difficult to know how to keep children healthy and what to do when they are unwell. Your local doctors have put together a range of information on common childhood illnesses, which you can view here


Every Mind Matters 

The NHS has teamed up with Prince William and Prince Harry, to help launch a new mental health service. Millions of people can now use the Every Mind Matters website to get a personalised plan to help them deal with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. You can visit the website to get your personalised plan, here

Have your say - Gluten-free food prescriptions 

The Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reviewing guidance for GPs about prescribing gluten-free foods and need your views. The CCG is looking to bring the prescribing of food items for people with Coeliac disease more in line with other patients that require a special diet. The NHS does not provide food on prescription for all patients that require a specialist diet including those with food intolerance and food allergies. Therefore, it is looking to stop prescribing gluten-free foods. 

In order to have your say, take part in the survey which is available, here


World Mental Health Day  

It was World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10 October 2019. In support of Young Minds UK and the Hello Yellow campaign, we wore yellow to show young people that they're not alone when struggling with their mental health. 

To read more about the amazing work that Young Minds UK does, visit their website here


Development of the BOB ICS Five Year Plan 

The Buckinghamshire Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care System (BOB ICS) has published an interim report on the development of its five year plan.  

The BOB ICS five year one system plan will set out how all ICS partners will work together locally and together at scale to meet the current and future health and care needs of the communities they serve. It will describe how the BOB ICS will deliver the requirements of NHS Long Term Plan. 

Take a look here and let us know what you think!


In our next issue

In our next issue, we’ll be sharing more important news and articles! Stay tuned!
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