The Chief Executive Group leading the plans to improve health and wellbeing across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and West Berkshire met recently.

They agreed where they will focus efforts as part of the NHS Five Year Plan published in March last year.

These include:

  • Preventing ill health by encouraging more healthy lifestyles
  • Improving collaboration between the different parts of the health and care system
  • Making advances in cancer treatment and care to achieve better results
  • Making more and better use of digital technology to improve communications with patients and between those giving health and care services
  • Improving conditions for those working in and with the NHS so that more of them stay in the service
  • Developing a plan to make the best use of the buildings and facilities that we have in our area.

The Chief Executive Group will share learnings across the three parts of the area to increase their ability to support people in their own homes and avoid urgent or emergency visits to hospital.

They also want to improve maternity care, mental health services and make it easier for people to get good quality primary health care from the professionals we first go to for help such as GPS, dentists and pharmacists.

At Healthwatch Bucks we support all plans which will help improve care for those who live and work here. But we want to make sure that those in charge take notice of the ideas and opinions of those who use health and care services.

Health and care providers have a duty to listen to what you have to say. So please let us know what you think about how you would like it to be in future.

Published on 14 Aug, 2018

One comment on "Health chiefs set out future vision – Bucks ICS"

  • Commenter said on 20th August 2018

    Waiting time is of primary concern for many people.
    It can take weeks to see a GP, unless it is an emergency, which to me, means possible life threatening or extreme pain.
    Targets for treatments can exceed waiting times. For certain conditions this matters but not for others.
    Some would like more information about what is expected to happen during and after any operation or procedure. Some would not like to know anything. Asking patients could help, if time is available.
    NHS choices came in about 2006 or 2008 according to radio recently, but we have not noticed their application.
    Some treatments in this area have been well done, so it varies a lot.

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