Monthly Archives: November 2020

Co-design engagement programme launches on Aylesbury Gardenway

Aylesbury Garden Town launches a 16-week programme of community engagement to co-design the look and feel of the Aylesbury Gardenway, an 18km orbital park that will encircle Aylesbury and link it with surrounding villages.

The Aylesbury Garden Town Masterplan was approved in July 2020 and the Gardenway is the first transformative project to come forward. It will be delivered over several years using a phased approach and the design team are keen to create a shared vision to deliver its full potential. The co-design process will launch on Wednesday 25 November and close on 26 March 2021 taking place online and by phone due to the Coronavirus.

People can take part by visiting and complete the online map survey, ‘put a pin in it’, and sign up to join online community conversations and online design workshops. The online platform is available throughout the co-design process for people to find out more about the project and to post feedback, share ideas and make comments. People can also call 01296 585315 to discuss their ideas.

The long-term vision for the Gardenway is to have a positive impact on the quality of life of Aylesbury’s residents by; encouraging play, active lifestyles, food growing and outdoor leisure as well as being a haven for wildlife.

Cllr. Steve Bowles Cabinet Member for Town Centre Regeneration and Aylesbury Garden Town Strategic Board Chairman said: “The Gardenway project is full of exciting potential and opportunities. We now want to hear from as many voices as possible as we engage our communities to co-design the Gardenway and create a destination point for residents and visitors alike providing fully accessible routes for walking, wheeling and cycling.”
“When completed the Gardenway will be a valuable future asset for Aylesbury which will bring about substantial environmental benefits whilst enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors alike for years to come.”

For more information on how to sign up to get involved visit:

Buckinghamshire CCG shortlisted in Self Care Forum awards for supporting people during pandemic

NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group has been shortlisted in the Self Care Forum Coronavirus Innovations Awards for its “inspiring and outstanding” work in supporting people during the pandemic.

The Awards focused on practice and innovations in self care that were put in place during the pandemic, which made a difference to people and the community.

The CCG was shortlisted with their ‘Patient Education for Long-Term-Conditions’ entry, and its work will be highlighted as an example of good practice to other healthcare organisations.

The CCG’s entries focused on three different initiatives:

  • The Live Life Well online education sessions, which are now being delivered in partnership with Buckinghamshire Adult Learning. These sessions were originally open to people who were shielding during the first lockdown to help support them with their self care. They gave healthy lifestyle information in an interactive form to help during those difficult times. These sessions have now been made available for any resident in Bucks, as the information covered is of benefit to all.
  • The CCG’s Long Term Conditions team designed a series of messages to be sent out to patients’ mobile phones, with information and links to advice to support them across a range of lifestyle and wellbeing topics. These included Type 2 diabetes education, physical activity, smoking cessation, alcoholism, and monitoring blood pressure at home.
  • As part of the CCG’s drive to encourage wellbeing, when colleagues started working remotely the ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ sessions were launched. The weekly session provides a ‘midweek pause’ through a gentle stretch followed by a different form of mindfulness each week and was made available for all staff in April and continue to run.

The CCG’s team was told “The judges felt your work in connecting people and targeting those most vulnerable was inspiring and outstanding”, and that other CCGs could benefit from their approach.

Dr Raj Bajwa, Clinical Chair of NHS Buckinghamshire CCG, said: “We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for these awards, and to have the hard work of our team recognised. We have some very dedicated and passionate members of staff who have been determined to support people in Buckinghamshire through some very tough times – particularly people who have been shielding and are living with long-term conditions.

“Helping people to understand ways they can make a few simple changes to their lifestyle can have a huge impact and help them to lead healthier lives for longer. We’re very proud that our work is being held up as a good example to healthcare organisations across the country.”

Helen Donovan, Self Care Forum chair and Professional Lead for Public Health at the Royal College of Nursing said “Self care has been an essential part of the nation’s response to COVID19. Hand washing, social distancing and mask wearing helps to protect ourselves and others against coronavirus.  But many people have needed more support and this has led to exemplary innovation as individuals and organisations have stepped up to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in their communities.”


The messages sent to patients by the CCG’s Long Term Conditions team included links to the following information and guidance, which you may find useful:

  • One Recovery Bucks offers support to people affected by drugs and alcohol in Buckinghamshire.
  • Alcohol Change UK offers information and advice to support people dealing with alcohol related issues.
  • Sleepio is an online programme aiming to help improve your sleep.
  • Vitamin D is really important for staying healthy, particularly if you are not getting as much sunlight as usual – follow the link for more information and tips.
  • A 24/7 Mental Health Helpline is in place to support people in Bucks – more information on other mental health services is available by clicking the link.
  • Active Bucks gives great advice and tips on staying active, with special advice for keeping moving during the pandemic.
  • Live Well Stay Well is a free service that has helped thousands of people to lose weight, quit smoking, get more active, feel happier or manage their diabetes.

Help your health and care services in Bucks by choosing them well this winter

This winter Buckinghamshire’s health and care services will be working hard to make sure you stay safe and well – and you can help them by using the right service at the right time.

You can find lots of advice and links to a range of local services at our ‘Ready for Winter’ information page, along with guidance on travel and how to be a good neighbour –

With coronavirus still spreading, some people may feel nervous or reluctant about using health services. It is vital, however, that they still seek care when they need it – delaying could have extremely serious consequences for their health.

The health and care options available in Bucks include:

  • A&E – remember, A&E should be used for serious and life-threatening conditions. If it is not an emergency, or you are not sure, please check with the NHS 111 service first. But if it is, don’t delay – call 999.
  • The 111 online service at is a great source of information and advice, especially if you are not sure which service to use for your illness or injury.
  • The Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) in High Wycombe is accessible from 8am – 8pm via 111. Wherever possible ring 111 first to check if this is the best place for you to receive treatment, this will also save you a longer wait if you need to be seen there.
  • Pharmacies are staffed by healthcare professionals and offer excellent advice. At the first sign of illness, check to see if an over-the-counter treatment or medicine is suitable. Don’t wait until you are really unwell.
  • Contact your GP surgery for an appointment – this will probably be over the telephone or remotely at the moment, but your GP can still invite you for a face-to-face appointment when they think it is medically appropriate. And if you are concerned about possible cancer symptoms, don’t delay – contact your GP today.
  • Self-care – many minor injuries or ailments can be treated at home, with medicines or treatments you may already have. Make sure you keep some of these in stock.

Caroline Capell, Director of Urgent and Emergency Care at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “Health and care services across Bucks are expecting a busy winter, but we want to make sure anyone who needs help gets it. Our priority is to ensure patients get the best care, in the right location, as quickly as possible. The coronavirus pandemic is, understandably, still at the forefront of our minds but there are lots of other illnesses and conditions that need treatment and it is really important people don’t delay in getting help.

“By making sure you use the right service at the right time you will help to ease pressure on your health services to make sure the people who need treatment most urgently get it sooner. It may also help you to avoid needless waiting times or travelling to use a service that may not the right one. So, please choose your services well this winter. By working together, we can help to keep each other safe and well.”

And remember, if you should develop one or more symptoms of coronavirus, no matter how mild, please book a test at or by calling 119. Other advice on treatment of COVID-19 is also available at that website. Symptoms include a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste.