Monthly Archives: December 2019

New guide to explain what people can expect when they visit a pharmacy

The General Pharmaceutical Council  (GPhC) has produced a new online guide for patients and the public which explains what they can expect when visiting a pharmacy.

The guide summarises the standards that registered pharmacies and pharmacy professionals have to meet, and what these standards mean for people using pharmacies.

It also explains that the GPhC inspects pharmacies to check if standards are being met and encourages people to visit the new pharmacy inspections publication site to find inspection reports.

The online guide is available to download from the GPhC website.

Pharmacy opening times for Christmas and New Year 2019

Please click here for details of which pharmacies will be open, and their operating hours, across the NHS Buckinghamshire CCG area during the Christmas and New Year period.

Where possible, please also plan ahead to make sure you get any repeat prescriptions ahead of the Christmas break.

Please note – pharmacy opening hours on Bank Holidays are voluntary and are, therefore, subject to change. There may be changes to normal pharmacy opening hours between Tuesday 24 December and Wednesday 1 January inclusive.

Patients are advised to check if pharmacies are open by telephone before making a journey.

Local pharmacy details can be found at under ‘More Services’.

If you are still not sure what health service option to use, and it is not an emergency, call NHS 111 for advice.

You can also click on the links to find details of pharmacy opening times for Oxfordshire and Berkshire.

Proposals for Future NHS Commissioning Arrangements: Engagement Period Now Closed

The first stage of engagement on future NHS commissioning arrangements in Buckinghamshire Oxfordshire and Berkshire West has closed.

Views were invited on three proposals:

  • The delivery of more joined up and integrated health and care through three, locally focussed Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs) – alliances of NHS and Local Government organisations working together to plan and deliver care through a joint approach
  • The streamlining of commissioning arrangements through a single Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – a more strategic organisation to support ICPs and also commission services at scale as appropriate, such as NHS 111 or specialised services
  • Changes to the current CCG management arrangements to create a single Accountable Officer and ICS Executive Lead role, supported by a shared management team working across the Buckinghamshire Oxfordshire and Berkshire West CCGs

The three CCGs within the BOB Integrated Care System ran an engagement exercise from 10 October to 1st December 2019 with a broad range of stakeholders, including patients and the public, to understand the extent of views on these proposed changes.

All feedback received will be fully considered by CCG and ICS leaders and will inform recommendations to CCG Governing Bodies about a single Accountable Officer/ICS Lead and associated supporting management structure. A full engagement report will also be produced and published in the New Year.

Next steps regarding any proposals about a single CCG will be considered by Governing Bodies in early 2020. Any proposals for future CCG configuration would be subject to consultation with CCG members later in 2020,  in line with NHS England/NHS Improvement guidance.