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Communities crucial to better health and wellbeing


A new report from Buckinghamshire’s Director of Public health highlights the impact that the local community has on health and wellbeing. There are some key themes to the ways in which the local community plays an important role in health and wellbeing: Social networks – knowing people locally prevents loneliness and isolation, and is good for physical health and mental wellbeing. Centres for social activity include community centres, local shops and places of worship Support – local groups can often […]

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Bucks Healthcare announces £5 million investment in frontline nursing staff


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Via Bucks Healthcare: Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has announced a £5 million investment to create an additional 150 nursing posts across the Trust. Part of the investment will enable senior staff to spend more time supporting and developing nursing practice. This investment package will fund these additional posts on an ongoing basis, ensuring that the Trust relies less heavily on agency staff and more staff can be recruited on a permanent basis. Already, 70 nurses have been recruited and a […]

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Smoking kills


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Today, the Commons will vote on whether to disagree with the Lords in their amendment to ban smoking in private vehicles in the presence of children. Anyone who can read knows that smoking kills. And I know, for it killed my stepfather and an uncle. Why anyone does it despite the clear warnings and often lurid images on the packets is a mystery not explained by appeal to the addictive qualities of nicotine. People who wish to live long and […]

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How are we doing with urgent healthcare in Bucks? – Buckinghamshire County Council


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Via Buckinghamshire County Council, news of an important inquiry and a story to which we will return: How are we doing with urgent healthcare in Bucks? A council select committee working group is set to investigate the state of urgent healthcare in Bucks, and it’s asking the public to come forward with questions for the committee to put to the NHS managers who commission the services. Buckinghamshire County Council’s Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee (HASC) has the responsibility of […]

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Mortality rate for Hospitals in Buckinghamshire improving


The recent publication of the Dr Foster Good Hospital Guide 2013 showed that the mortality rate for hospitals in Buckinghamshire has continued to improve over the last year. The Hospital Standardised Mortality Rate is now in the ‘as expected range’ for the first time in recent years. The Guide looks at a number of different indicators to build up a picture of the quality and safety of a hospital’s services. Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has improved in a number of […]

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