Monthly Archives: January 2020

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week – please don’t ignore your screening invitation

NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group is calling for women across the county to make sure they do not ignore their cervical screening invite letter – too many people are doing just that and are putting their lives at needless risk.

Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35, but is very preventable. Cervical screening can stop cancer before it starts.

However, uptake of cervical screening has fallen across all ages over recent years. In particular, women aged 25-34 are least likely to attend their screening of any age group.

During Cervical Cancer Prevention week (January 20 – 26), the CCG is asking women to make sure they don’t miss their next screening invitation. And, if you have already missed yours, then please book an appointment at your GP practice now.

Every day seven women in the UK are diagnosed with cervical cancer and two will lose their lives to the disease.

Cancer charity surveys suggest embarrassment and a lack of understanding of the causes of cervical cancer may be behind these falling numbers.

Dr Raj Thakkar, Clinical Commissioning Director for Planned Care, said: “Too many women are missing out on their cervical screening test across all ages, but particularly women aged 25 – 34. Unfortunately this puts lots of them at needless risk of developing cervical cancer. This quick, simple test is essential – it could save your life and help us stop cancer before it starts.

“The early warning signs of cervical cancer are very hard to detect yourself, so it is vital you don’t wait until you notice symptoms before booking a screening.

“The test is usually carried out by a practice nurse. It is quick, simple and nothing to worry about. In around 95% of cases the test comes back normal and most abnormal cases are easily treated and will never develop into cancer if caught in time.”

If you have received an invitation for screening, have missed your smear or are due to be screened, please get in touch with your GP surgery to arrange an appointment – it may well save your life.

For more information about cervical cancer screening, go to or the Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust charity

Future commissioning arrangements in your area – engagement report published

An engagement report has been published, following the recent engagement exercise to gather views on future commissioning arrangements in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West.

Views were invited on three proposals:

  • The delivery of more joined up and integrated health and care through three, locally focused 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 Integrated Care Service (ICS) Executive Lead role, supported by a shared management team working across the Buckinghamshire Oxfordshire and Berkshire West CCGs

Engagement activity was carried out at place level within Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West (BOB) to gather the views on the proposals for the future of commissioning arrangements within BOB.

A BOB ICS survey on the future NHS commissioning arrangements was also made available through the platform Survey Monkey and was open for comment between the 10th of October 2019 and the 1st of December 2019.

Feedback was received through several channels including the survey, emails and letters from a numerous stakeholders including members of the public, NHS organisations, Health and Social Care Organisations and NHS Staff.

A wide range of responses and views were received. All feedback received will be taken into consideration as leaders within the BOB ICS develop proposals.

A full engagement report has been produced and is available on the BOB ICS website. Also available is the Board paper which is being considered by the three CCG Governing Bodies in January. The paper contains much of the content of the engagement report, includes summary of local engagement activities during the engagement period, a table setting out mitigating actions to address feedback relating to the proposed joint AO/ICS post, and the draft job description for this role.

In turn, the next steps regarding a possible single CCG will be informed by the views given to us – we expect Governing Bodies to consider any proposals about future CCG configuration in early 2020. Any options for future CCG configuration would be subject to consultation with CCG members later in 2020.