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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This website is no longer being updated.

Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group has been legally dissolved and from 1 July 2022 has been replaced by a new organisation: Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire & Berkshire West Integrated Care Board (BOB ICB). BOB ICB is now responsible for commissioning and funding of health and care services locally.

Please go to our new website www.bucksoxonberksw.icb.nhs.uk for information about the work of BOB ICB and details about how to contact us.

Thank you.

 

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Take part in the final Governing Bodies meetings in common – 9 June 2022

Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West CCGs Governing Bodies meetings in common is being held on Thursday 9 June 2022 (1.30pm-3.30pm).

The meetings in common will be held virtually via a videolink, (MS teams) but members of the public are welcome to join online and are encouraged to submit questions in advance linked to items on the agenda.

The Governing Bodies meetings in common will have an overview of performance of local health services and end of year finance reporting. They will also review the arrangement for the safe transfer of CCG staff and functions to the Integrated Care Board from 1 July 2022.

For information on how to join the Governing Bodies meetings in common on 9 June and to see the papers being presented please click here.

Questions for the Governing Bodies meetings in common can be submitted up to 9am on Tuesday 7 June to bwccg.enquiries@nhs.net. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions at the meetings in common linked to the agenda items.

Please note: This is the final Governing Bodies meetings in common before the three CCGs are replaced by the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care Board from 1 July 2022.

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COVID vaccinations available for vulnerable children aged 5-11

Children aged 5 to 11 who are in a clinical risk group or who live with someone who is immunosuppressed in Buckinghamshire can have the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Eligible children include those with diabetes, learning disabilities, chronic heart and respiratory conditions and those who are immunosuppressed*.

Specially trained nurses are delivering vaccinations at the Guttmann vaccination centre in Stoke Mandeville via booked appointments which are available Monday to Friday and Saturday and Sunday (9.30am to 7pm).

Parents and guardians can book appointments for their children at the Guttmann Centre by calling 07826-922121 – lines are open from 8.30am-7.30pm daily, including weekends.

Calls will be answered by a qualified nurse who will ensure parents have all the information they need and who can answer any questions or concerns in advance of an appointment – if people leave a message these will be returned promptly.

If a child has recently tested positive for COVID-19 a future appointment date will be offered.

All eligible 5-11 year-olds will be offered the Pfizer vaccine as part of their first vaccination. Parents/guardians can book a second dose of the vaccine for their vulnerable child either at the first dose appointment or by calling 07826- 922121.

However, a second dose can only be given 8 weeks after a child has received their first COVID-19 vaccination.

Dr Raj Bajwa, Clinical Chair of NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group  said: “We know vaccines give significant protection against severe illness from COVID-19 including the omicron variant, so it is important that our youngest and most at-risk get protected.

“I encourage as many parents and guardians as possible to make sure they book an appointment for their vulnerable child – the paediatric vaccine will offer the best possible protection for them.

“The vaccine is also recommended for those children living with people who have a weakened immune system as it will reduce the risk of passing the infection on to these family members.”

  • *For a full list of clinical and other risk groups visit the UK Health Security Agency green book (chapter 14a) see here 
  • The Gov.UK website provides more information and advice for parents about the COVID-19 vaccination for this vulnerable age group see here

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Nominations are invited for the Trust’s People’s Choice Award

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust is inviting nominations for the People’s Award for Personal and Compassionate Care. This award recognises those who have made a significant and memorable difference to the lives and experiences of patients and their families in outpatient, inpatient or community settings, during the last 12 months.

We’re keen to hear from patients, carers, families and members of our local community who wish to nominate a team or individual from the Trust who they feel deserves special recognition for delivering exceptional care.

This special award is part of the Trust’s annual One Team, One Goal Awards which recognise those who have provided an outstanding contribution on behalf of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

To make your nomination you will need to tell us, in 200 words or less, who you want to say thank you to and why.

Ways to submit your nomination:

Please make sure you include the full name of individual, team or service you are nominating and their ward, team or department (if you know this). In addition, please include your own name, address and contact details.

Nominations are open until mid-March 2022.

A full list of categories for the One Team, One Goal Awards are available on the Trust website.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in May 2022.

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COVID-19 vaccination for Health and Social Care Staff

If you work in Health and Social Care you can now access first, second and booster vaccinations via the Hospital Hub.

Appointments can be booked here through the same system as previously used, and will be available Monday- Friday 8.30- 4.30 until the 23rd of December. You can now book your booster appointment if it’s been at least three months since your 2nd dose.

We are also holding walk-in vaccinations for health and social care staff (no appointment needed) on these dates and sites:  

Post Graduation centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital 10 December open 9.30am-4.30pm
Adams Park, High Wycombe 10 December open 9.30am-4.30pm
Post-Graduation centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital 11 December open 9.30am-4.30pm
Burnham 11 December open 9.30am-4.30pm

(You can also still go through the National Booking Service)

Flu vaccinations will not be available here, so get in touch with your GP or local pharmacy.

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Grab a jab at High Wycombe Library’s drop-in COVID vaccination clinics this week

Whether you’re an avid reader or not, Wycombe Library is well worth a visit for anyone in need of a Covid jab this week – drop-in vaccination clinics will be running there on Friday and Saturday.

The clinic will be operating at the Library at Eden Place in High Wycombe’s Eden Shopping Centre (HP11 2DH) at the following times:

  • Friday, 16 July – 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday, 17 July – 10am to 4pm

It will be offering first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine to anyone aged 18-39 who needs them – please make sure you have left a gap of at least 8 weeks in between doses.

There is no need to book – simply turn up on the day to get your jab.

With more restrictions set to lift on Monday, 19 July, it is more important than ever that as many people as possible take the opportunity to get their vaccine this weekend. Getting your jab – whether first or second – is the best way to stay safe and protect those around you.

The clinics at Wycombe Library will be run by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, which also operates the Guttmann Vaccination Centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

Tehmeena Ajmal, Oxford Health’s Covid Operations Director, said: “If you are aged 18 or over and still need a Covid jab, please come along to the drop-in clinic at Wycombe Library this week.

“By letting people simply walk into these clinics without needing to book first, we hope they will see how quick and easy it is to get their jab.

“And with restrictions easing next week, it is just as vital to get your jab now as it was on day one. It you are aged 18 and over, please make sure you get your vaccine at one of the available clinics as soon as possible.”

  • If you are aged 18-39 and need a Pfizer vaccine dose, walk in clinics are also available at The Guttmann Centre at Stoke Mandeville Stadium every day this week until Sunday, 18 July, from 9.30am to 7.30pm. Again, there is no need to book – simply turn up and grab a jab.
  • And remember, you can book a vaccination this weekend at a number of other sites across Buckinghamshire via the National Booking Service at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or by calling 119.

Please note: occasionally some clinics may be subject to last-minute changes – please check for the latest updates at https://www.buckinghamshireccg.nhs.uk/public/your-services/feeling-unwell/covid-19-vaccination-programme/local-covid-19-vaccination-updates/

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Health Secretary Visits Stoke Mandeville Stadium Vaccination Centre

Matt Hancock meets with Dr Sajid Zaib, Clinical Lead for Stoke Mandeville Stadium Vaccination Centre

Health Secretary Matt Hancock praised the “brilliant team” operating the Stoke Mandeville  Stadium vaccination centre, where he and Aylesbury MP Rob Butler met staff and volunteers in action and stopped to chat to patients getting their COVID jabs.

The Secretary of State visited the site last Friday (12 February), when he also discussed how the vaccination rollout was progressing in Buckinghamshire with key members of the site’s project team.

Mr Hancock said: “The Stoke Mandeville Stadium vaccination hub is a fantastic operation. I was impressed by the extremely efficient flow of so many people getting their vaccinations.” He added: “It’s so uplifting to meet everyone coming through and the operation is so smooth.”

Mr Butler also spoke of how he was, “overawed by the dedication and commitment of everybody involved, from the clinical lead Dr Sajid Zaib and project manager Dean Elliott from Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, to the volunteers doing everything from administering the jabs to marshalling the queues and stewarding the car park.”

The Stoke Mandeville vaccination centre is one of nine GP-led vaccination sites in Buckinghamshire, and covers patients registered at practices around the Aylesbury area.

The stadium – the birthplace of the Paralympics – is owned by national wheelchair sports charity Wheelpower, who offered it up for use as a vaccination centre site last November. With support from partner organisations, including Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue and Buckinghamshire Council, dedicated volunteers and the stadium team itself, the site was up and running by 15 January.

Dr Raj Bajwa, Chair of NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It’s great to see the hard work of our amazing team at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium vaccination centre get this recognition. Getting these sites up and running to deliver so many vaccinations in such a short space of time has been a huge undertaking by all involved.

“Like all our GP-led vaccination centres, Stoke Mandeville Stadium has been a tremendous example of collaborative working between partner organisations and the community, and goes to show what can be achieved in Bucks when we work together.

“I would also like to thank the staff, volunteers and partners at all our nine GP-led vaccination centres across Bucks. They have been doing a magnificent job and I hope they are all proud of the tremendous impact their efforts are having on the lives of so many of our patients.”

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50-64 year-olds to be invited for flu vaccinations from start of December

f you are aged between 50 and 64 you will be invited to get your free flu vaccine from the beginning of December and into the New Year as part of this year’s expanded flu vaccination programme.

GPs and pharmacies will be arranging appointments to coincide with delivery of new vaccine stock. Please be patient as they make plans for this and wait to be contacted. Please remember that vaccinations will continue throughout the winter season.

If you are in an at-risk group, you remain a priority for vaccination and should contact your GP or pharmacy as soon as possible for your free flu vaccine, if you have not already done so.

It is really important that anyone who is recommended to have a flu jab this year should get one. This is to reduce the risk of people catching flu and coronavirus at the same time, which studies have shown can have serious health consequences – particularly for the elderly and vulnerable.

Uptake of flu jabs has been good in all vulnerable groups in Bucks, except for pregnant women. If you are pregnant and have not had you flu jab yet, please contact your GP practice to protect your baby as well as yourself.

Caroline Capell, Director of Urgent and Emergency Care for Buckinghamshire Integrated Care Partnership, said: “We are really pleased to be able to offer free flu vaccinations to people between the ages of 50 and 64 this year and we are urging anyone who is eligible to get a jab. It can make a huge difference to your health this winter, as well as the health of your family and loved ones. Your GP practice should be in touch over the coming weeks to arrange a vaccination appointment – we appreciate your patience and cooperation over these challenging months.

“We should also remember that by having your flu jab you will be helping to keep people from being admitted to hospital, and supporting your NHS during this extremely challenging time.”

Gareth Williams, Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Health at Buckinghamshire Council, said: “For most people the flu is a very nasty illness, but for the elderly or vulnerable, it can be life-threatening. This year, it is more important than ever that we do everything possible to keep each other safe and well, both from the flu and from the coronavirus. So, if you are eligible to get your free flu jab, please do so to protect both yourself and your loved ones. This winter, more than ever, it could really save lives.”

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 .

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Your NHS services – here for you and your children for more than coronavirus

Your NHS services in Buckinghamshire are reminding you during the coronavirus outbreak that we are here for you if you have any health concerns, illnesses or injuries.

Both GP and hospital A&E services are still open for non-coronavirus patients – this is especially important to remember if you have a baby or child who becomes ill or is injured.

During the current situation, with the NHS under pressure and people asked to stay at home, it can be confusing to know the right thing to do if you or your child becomes unwell. Please click here for a useful guidance sheet for parents on when to use different NHS services (produced by Barts Health and North-East London STP).

GP practices are currently working differently to stop the spread of the virus – you cannot book walk-in appointments and anyone with coronavirus symptoms is being asked to use the NHS111 service to get advice.

However, your surgery can discuss any concerns you may have about yourself or your child over the phone. In some cases they may be able to consult by video and, if clinically appropriate, you can still attend the surgery for an arranged appointment. Simply call the surgery by phone, or, for people 16 years and older, use the AskNHS app.

If your child has more alarming symptoms – severe, constant tummy pain, or rashes that don’t fade when pressed with a glass tumbler, for instance, then please attend A&E or call 999 immediately.  Every effort is being made to ensure patients using the hospital are shielded from coronavirus infection.

Dr Tina Kenny, Medical Director at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “This is a difficult time for everyone and it is vital we all stay safe and well. We don’t want anyone who needs our care to stay away or avoid A&E. As ever, we ask that you use our services responsibly, but if you are worried you or your child has a serious illness or injury, we are here for you.”

Dr Juliet Sutton, Clinical Director for Children’s Services at NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Many people may be trying to ease pressure on the NHS by not using our services. While we really appreciate your consideration, we want to assure you that your GP surgery is still very much here for you.  Your concerns will be taken seriously and listened to. Other illnesses have not stopped to make way for Coronavirus – if you are concerned that your child is poorly or has symptoms related to an ongoing condition like asthma or diabetes please just call us. If you are worried then we are here for you.  Please don’t be afraid to use our services.”

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New CCG Location

From Monday 6th January 2020, the Aylesbury base for Buckinghamshire CCG will move to the new office address, below;

NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Study Centre,
New County Offices,
Walton Street,
Aylesbury,
Buckinghamshire,
HP20 1UA

Please update any communications, previously for The Gateway office, to the new address.

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Carers – look after yourself and the people you care for this winter

 

Are you a carer or do you know someone who is?

 If you claim Carers Allowance you can get a free flu jab via the GP or pharmacist.

Getting the flu jab is a quick and simple way to protect yourself and those you look after from a potentially serious infection.

If you look after someone who has a learning disability please ensure they get the flu jab too. Please get in touch with your local pharmacy or GP who can help arrange this.

 

Learning Disability Register at the GP

It’s also important that people with learning disabilities, or their carers, ask to go onto the Learning Disability Register at their surgery – this ensures they receive an Annual Health Check, get extra time at appointments if needed and get their Health Action plan completed.

And remember, if you have a learning disability you should make sure you get the flu jab too.

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BOB ICS Publishes Update on the Development of its 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.

www.bobstp.org.uk/bob-ics-five-year-plan/interim-report/

The report describes the range of organisations involved in the BOB ICS, how they work together and how they are developing their priorities and plans for the next five years.

We welcome your thoughts and comments on the suggested priorities, opportunities and challenges. This document is a first step in developing our plan. It does mean that some of the content covers broad themes and headlines, which is why the detail from others’ perspectives would be much appreciated.

Please email them, by Friday 18th October, to the following contact ccgcomms@buckscc.gov.uk

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New ways of working to free up doctors as part of the NHS Long Term Plan

Patients are set to get longer appointments with their family doctor thanks to new ways of working which start today.

Practices large and small will work to support each other and deliver a wider range of specialist care services for patients from a range of skilled health professionals.

Around 7,000 practices across England – more than 99% – have come together to form more than 1,200 Primary Care Networks.

GPs will recruit multi-disciplinary teams, including pharmacists, physiotherapists, paramedics, physician associates and social prescribing support workers, freeing up family doctors to focus on the sickest patients.

The initiative comes alongside efforts to recruit more GPs as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.

The latest figures show an increase of 300 more family doctors on the previous quarter, and the number of young doctors choosing to train as GPs now at a record high after increasing by 750.

There are also thousands more nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals working in general practice than there were just a few years ago.

Another 20,000, who will also include social prescribing link workers, are being recruited to work alongside GPs.

Up to a third of appointments do not need to be with a family doctor, and the new recruits will free up GPs to spend more time with patients who need them most, offering longer appointments to those who need them.

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England and Improvement, said: “Strengthening general practice is a central part of the Long Term Plan, and Primary Care Networks have the potential to bring about the biggest improvement for a generation.

“As the PCNs get up and running in the coming weeks and months, patients will begin to see the benefits, freeing up GPs to focus on the sickest.

“This new way of working allows us to keep all that’s best about British general practice, while future-proofing it for the decade ahead.”

The NHS Long Term Plan will see funding for primary medical and community care increase as a share of the NHS budget for the first time in the health service’s 70-year history, with an extra £4.5 billion a year invested by 2023.

Additional funding from the five-year GP Contract agreed with the BMA at the end of January includes £1.8billion to fund the recruitment of 20,000 more specialist health care staff to support general practices.

This builds on the increase of more than 5,000 extra practice staff working with GPs over the past four years.

Patients will also have a range of options when it comes to getting appointments at their practice, including the introduction of digital appointments.

This will build on the progress which saw evening and weekend appointments made available across the country at the end of last year, with an estimated nine million appointments a year now available at more convenient times.

It also means GP practices will be able to drive further action on detecting and preventing killer conditions such as cancer and heart disease, as well as doing more to tackle obesity, diabetes and mental ill health, and support older people at home and in care homes.

Dr Nikki Kanani, a GP and NHS England’s Acting Medical Director for Primary Care and a London GP, added: “People across the country will benefit from access to more convenient and specialist care through their local GP.

“As part of the Long Term Plan for the NHS, GP surgeries large and small will be working together to deliver more specialist services to patients.

“The extra investment, additional staff and more convenient care will be a game-changer for NHS patients and in thousands of communities across England, family doctors are coming together in networks which will not only deliver better care, but a more efficient use of vital NHS resources.”

While many of the networks are getting started today, and it will take some weeks or months for patients to see much change, some PCNs are already up and running and providing new services.

These include the Healthier South Wirral PCN, which is working with Age UK and has appointed a Personal Independence Care worker as part of a frailty pilot aimed at helping people in their own homes.

As a result, the network has reduced the need for GP appointments among those getting proactive support by more than half, and seen a 25% reduction in unplanned hospital admissions.

Dr Tom Wyatt, one of Healthier South Wirral’s Clinical Directors, said: “There is so much work going on out there and we wanted to have one collective approach to help people in our community stay well for longer.”

Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee chair said: “It is impressive to see how quickly GP practices across England have responded to the contract changes negotiated between ourselves and NHS England just a few months ago, with over 99% now being part of a primary care network.

“With recurrent funding this should support the recruitment of over 20,000 additional people to work directly in practices as part of our healthcare teams.

“It means a pharmacist in every practice, not only reducing GP workload but also improving the quality of care. It will mean connecting patients with physiotherapists directly rather than having to wait for months for a referral, and it means social prescribers helping to meet the needs of those who are lonely and connecting them with others in the community.

“With GPs leading the development of a reinvigorated primary and community healthcare team we are not only starting to tackle the pressures of workload levels but we are also enabling GPs to focus more time on those who need us most.”

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Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire West (BOB) Integrated Care System

It has been announced by NHS England/Improvement (NHSE/I) that Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West (BOB) now becomes an Integrated Care System.

It was recognised by NHSE/I that the progress made by Buckinghamshire and Berkshire West as early pioneers of integrated care has shown the difference it can make to the care and health of local communities when NHS providers, commissioners, local authorities and other sector partners work together.

For us in Buckinghamshire, this signals the move to becoming an Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) providing us with the opportunity to focus on delivering local services for local people whilst getting the benefits of working at scale and sharing expertise and resources across the BOB ICS.

Our 12 Primary Care Networks will be the building blocks of more localised health and care in communities, bringing together primary and community services, such as GPs, pharmacists and mental health.

Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council and Chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board said: “I am delighted that NHS England has recognised the work we are doing in Buckinghamshire and the difference it is making to our residents. Together with our partners, we can continue to focus on the health and care needs of each community within Buckinghamshire.”

Lou Patten, Chief Executive Officer of Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “It is important we continue our work in Buckinghamshire though our Integrated Care Partnership. Delivering larger projects across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West, allows us to focus on local services in our county.”

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NHS Buckinghamshire CCG presents inaugural annual report

NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group is pleased to present its inaugural annual report.

The CCG was created in April 2018, from the merger between NHS Aylesbury Vale and NHS Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Groups.

The annual report summarises the CCG’s achievements over the last 12 months and explains how its budgets have been spent. It also outlines future plans and the way the CCG is working with partner organisations to deliver its vision of everyone working together so that the people of Buckinghamshire have happy and healthier lives.

Please click here to view the 2018 report.

You can view the previous annual reports published by Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern CCGs by clicking here.

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Ask NHS app goes live in Buckinghamshire

The new app, Ask NHS, has now launched in our area. It is free to download on any mobile device and provides patients with a symptom checker, self-care advice and access to book the most appropriate GP appointment.

Using the app can help patients take more control of their health.  A virtual healthcare assistant, Olivia, asks a series of questions to assess a patient’s symptoms in a clinically safe way. Olivia will then recommend the most appropriate care for them.  This might be self-care advice via www.nhs.uk, a GP appointment, GP call back or direct them to urgent or emergency care.

For patients who need to see a GP, the app can prioritise patients into the most appropriate appointment slots based on their needs. Patients can directly book an urgent or routine appointment without having to call the practice.

The first practice to go-live with the app is the Swan Practice in Buckingham.  Fiona Walker, practice operations manager, is a great fan.  “We recognise our major challenge is handling the increase in demand.  Ask NHS does a great evaluation of the patient’s needs; do they need to see a doctor?  If they do, then they’ll be offered an appointment but, if they don’t, they’ll be directed elsewhere.”

Since mid-December the practice has had over 480 patients download and register on the app and over 20 patients have booked appointments.  “The GPs like Ask NHS as they’ve already got a detailed history of the patient they’re seeing from the app’s triage process.  They know that the patient is with them because they really needed an appointment.”

More practices will be live with Ask NHS over the coming weeks and months, providing Buckinghamshire residents with easy to access, secure and confidential healthcare support.

The Ask NHS app is available on both iOS and Android phones and smart devices. It’s free to download from the App Store (Apple devices) or Google Play (Android devices). Patients will receive an invitation from their practice to download the App once the practice is live with Ask NHS.

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Macmillan information and support service to visit Bucks in February

The Macmillan Cancer Support charity’s mobile information and support service will be visiting Buckinghamshire in early February – in their big green bus nicknamed ‘Bertie’.

The service is open to everyone. Whether you have a cancer diagnosis, have a friend or relative affected by cancer, or are worried about cancer in any way at all, there are lots of ways that Macmillan can support you – medically, financially, emotionally and practically.

The bus will be crewed by a dedicated team of highly qualified Macmillan professionals, who travel across the area in Bertie – one of the charity’s fleet of six buses.

Bertie will be in High Wycombe’s High Street on 6 Feb, Aylesbury’s Market Square on 7 Feb and Aylesbury’s Tesco Superstore on the Tring Road on 8 Feb. It will be available from 10am to 4pm on each of these days.

The mobile team can help people with:

  • Screening and what to look out for –  for example, signs and symptoms
  • Different cancers, their treatments and side effects
  • How cancer affects your life – for example: finances or employment
  • Talking about your cancer, or talking to someone with cancer
  • Being there for someone with cancer, or the support available locally
  • Survivorship and recurrence of cancer

For more information on the service, please click here.

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Dignity in Care Awards 2019 – nominate an unsung hero

If you could publicly thank someone for the support they provided to you or a loved one who would that be…?

Buckinghamshire County Council is launching its 6th annual Dignity In Care Awards, searching for the best of the best in the county to say a great big thank you.

With thousands of people being cared for in Bucks by family, friends or professional health and wellbeing teams, there are sometimes those who go above and beyond.

Your task is simply to nominate and tell us what makes them special:

Nominate here

There are 8 different categories with an overall winner chosen from all entries:

  • Putting People First
  • Innovation Award
  • Learning
  • Community Engagement
  • Collaboration
  • Fulfilling Lives
  • Best Team
  • Most Improved Service

Last year’s award winners and shortlisted nominees produced some emotional moments which you can watch and read more about here – these really showcase the many ways in which these carer heroes provide the very highest level of dignity and respect to those most in need.

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Find out what’s happening in your community with the Buckinghamshire Online Directory

An online searchable map of community organisations and activities in Buckinghamshire is now live.

Called Buckinghamshire Online Directory (BOD), this brand new search engine contains nearly 2,000 things to do in communities across Buckinghamshire.

It shows a map with coloured markers representing different social and physical activities, support groups, and learning and cultural opportunities.

You can click on the coloured markers to see what’s going on nearby. If you’re looking for something specific, there are options to search by postcode, type of activity or support, day of the week, and key words such as lunches or music.

There is also a button at the bottom of the page to suggest groups or activities that are missing.

Click here to find out what’s going on in your community.