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November 2019 Newsletter

Our News and Updates

Live Well Stay Well - Official Responses 

We did a report to find out what people know about Live Well Stay Well and if they would use it. We also asked people who had used it what they thought about it. In response, the providers of the service have told us how they are going to carry out our recommendations.

Read more here


Reablement and the Rapid Response and the Intermediate Care Services 

In January 2019, we published a report about users’ experiences of Reablement, Rapid Response and Intermediate Care services.

We knew that these services were in the process of joining together. We undertook in-depth interviews with 10 people to find out more about their experience of the services.

We are pleased to hear how the measures that have been put in place in response to our recommendations are directly improving the user experience of reablement service.

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Welcome to Miguel!

Miguel joins Healthwatch Bucks with a wealth of experience in helping to improve the quality of health and care services for people at a national and local level. He comes to us after serving as a Director at British Society for Rheumatology and following an advisory role at the London Assembly, with the aim of developing the reach and impact of our work.

PCN - New Healthcare Professionals 

There are new professionals at your local surgery. But who are they? And what do they do? In this series, we’re asking new healthcare professionals about their roles and responsibilities…

This month, we ask Jacqui Kent about her role as a Clinical Pharmacist.

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Inaugural meeting for South Bucks PCN Patient Participation Group  

We were pleased to be invited to the first meeting of the PPGs in the South Bucks PCN last month. We’ve included the summary of what they discussed and the plans to meet again in the new year.

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What is a 'Primary Care Network'?

Find out what this means from a medical professional point of view and a patient representative point of view.

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Aylesbury Vale South PCN 

It’s been great to hear about the different ways PPGs across the county are getting together and meeting with their Primary Care Networks (PCNs).

This report explains how the three PPGs in the Aylesbury Vale South PCN area are getting involved.

Read more here

Local News and Updates   

Macmillan at Wycombe Library 

If you or anyone you know is affected by cancer and you would like some information or support, drop in and speak to one of Macmillan’s Information and Support Volunteers, based at High Wycombe Library on the 1st floor.

Read more here

Alcohol Awareness Week 

Alcohol Awareness Week took place in November. 

Alcohol Change is a charity that you can use to access support if you are struggling with your drinking.

Asking for help is one of the bravest things you can do.

Read more here 

World COPD Day

World COPD Day took place on Wednesday 20 November 2019. 

Every Winter GPs and hospitals see an increase in visits from those suffering from COPD and other respiratory conditions. Those with these illnesses can take simple steps to help manage their condition at home.

Read more here  


The Silver Line 

Do you know an older person looking for friendship or advice?

The Silver Line operates the only confidential free helpline for older people across the UK, open 24 hours.

They also offer telephone friendship, matching volunteers with older people based on interests.

Read more here

Sign up for the 2020 Wycombe Winter Night Shelter 

Seven Wycombe churches are welcoming guests who would otherwise be sleeping rough this January to March 2020. 

Guests will get a bed, food and lots of other help. 

They are looking for volunteers to help run the shelters in the evenings, nights and mornings. 

Read more here 


In our next issue

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