Our Annual Report for 2015/16

Healthwatch Bucks is a small organisation, but it is able to achieve a disproportionate impact through the generous involvement of those who give their time in the cause of ensuring that the people’s experiences are at the heart of decision making about our local health and social care services.

4 July, 2016

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Lynton House Surgery Feedback Report

We collected feedback from registered patients throughout the consultation to close Lynton House Surgery and move some of the services from there to Hanover House and potentially Wycombe Hospital.

29 June, 2016

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A Thank You to our Volunteers

To celebrate Volunteer Week, we arranged for a volunteer social at the La Crepe Escape in Princes Risborough.

28 June, 2016

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Transforming care for people with learning disabilities

Chiltern CCG have released the following information regarding the transfer of learning disability health services from the current provider, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, to Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT).

23 June, 2016

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All about NICE

NICE aims to give independent advice about which treatments should be available on the NHS in England and Wales.

13 June, 2016

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Patient Participation Awareness Week 6th to 11th June

Working in partnership with GPs and practice teams, Patient Participation Groups ensure that patients voices are heart of local provision so that services are high quality and continuously improve. PPGs also provide practical support to their GP practice and help to improve communication between the practice and its patients, and help patients to take more responsibility for their health.

7 June, 2016

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Care Quality Commission publishes its strategy for 2016 to 2021

It describes how CQC will combine learning from 22,000 comprehensive inspections with better use of intelligence from the public, providers and partners in order to focus inspections more tightly than ever to where people may be at risk of poor care.

25 May, 2016

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How can GP practices be improved? Our speakers from our last board meeting tell us how.

On the 11th of May we held our quarterly guest speaker event and board meeting held in public. Our theme for the day was primary care and we invited two speakers to talk and we were lucky enough to have Andy Blackstock from the Care Quality Commission and Caris Thomas from Healthwatch Slough come to talk to the attendees and our board about their work with GP practices.

23 May, 2016

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Healthwatch Bucks at Confronting Dementia Day in Amersham

On a lovely sunny and dry May 17th, we chatted to lots of people who attended the Confronting Dementia Day in Amersham. Along with Community Impact Bucks, the Alzheimer’s Society, Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils, Bucks County Council, the Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group and other local community groups we set up our stall as part of Dementia Awareness Week.

20 May, 2016

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Leading together programme

We are running a leadership development programme this year which focuses on developing collaborative leadership with patients, carers and the public. It is being run by The Performance Coach.

19 May, 2016

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What do young patients want from their GPs?

A Patient Participation Group (PPG) in Amersham have just completed an innovative project to find out what young patients want from their GPs and how best can this be delivered.

12 May, 2016

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Vulnerable patients and their families suffering harrowing ordeals due to poor hospital discharge

Patients are being sent home alone, afraid and unable to cope and in some cases without their relatives or carers being told, resulting in devastating consequences, according to a report by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman published today.

11 May, 2016

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Voices heard in March

Our March Voices summary is now available

22 April, 2016

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Changes to the Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service

From April 2016 SCAS will be providing NEPTS for patients registered with a GP in the Thames Valley region

21 April, 2016

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NHS England backs GPs with increased funding

We're delighted to hear the news today that NHS England plans to invest an additional £2.4 billion into GP practices per year by 2021.

21 April, 2016

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Mental Health Discharge Headings

Mental Health Discharge Summary headings are currently being updated by the Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) and the Royal College of Psychiatry.

21 April, 2016

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Dignity in Care Annual Review

Our Dignity in Care project annual review is published today

12 April, 2016

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CQC to inspect South Central Ambulance Service this May

The Care Quality Commission will inspect South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) NHS Foundation Trust in May 2016. This will be a full inspection.

17 March, 2016

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Your Community Your Care

Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust (BHT) is running a series of workshops seeking people’s views about how they might best deliver care closer to home for the future, in line with national initiatives. BHT will commence their programme of engagement in Thame on the 7th April and a further five sessions run until the 12th May.

16 March, 2016

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