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Temporary staff costs in the NHS


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A recent article in the Bucks Free Press highlighted the financial strain on Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, following the publication of the most recent Trust Board meeting papers. The Bucks Free Press noted that temporary staff costs amounted to £22 million from April to December 2015. Workforce recruitment and retention in Bucks are key challenges. The cost of living in the local area relative to the NHS national pay structure is an important factor to be considered. With the exception of London […]

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Your Community, Your Care – an invitation to share your views


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Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust are running a number of sessions called ‘Your Community, Your Care’ from 7th April – 12th May and are inviting members of the community to attend. Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust are currently exploring how they can develop healthcare hubs that will better support community needs. The Trust are keen to hear thoughts and ideas from local people across Bucks about how they might best deliver care closer to home for the future. You can find more […]

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Jeremy Hunt speech at the Global Patient Safety Summit


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Recently, Jeremy Hunt addressed the Global Patient Safety Summit in London. A copy of his speech can be found here. The aim of the summit was to share learning and best practice on how to bring down levels of avoidable patient harm internationally. In a letter to colleagues, the Secretary of State set out the good progress that has already been made since the Francis Inquiry into Mid Staffs: …with the proportion of patients being harmed in the NHS dropping by […]

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Lynton House surgery


Cressex Health Centre has recently set out proposals to close Lynton House surgery on London Road and reorganise its services. It is proposed to move the practice to a new, smaller site within Wycombe Hospital and to also extend the number of appointments available to patients at their main surgery at Hanover House. Cressex Health Centre has explained the reasoning behind the proposals to all patients on its list.  Principally, the current surgery premises on London Road are not fit […]

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Care Quality Commission – Share your experience


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The Care Quality Commission will be inspecting the NHS 111 services at South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) from the 11-13 November 2015. As part of the inspection, the CQC have invited members of the public to share their experiences. If you have used the NHS 111 service in SCAS coverage area* please could you share your experience of the service with the CQC by using their online ‘Share Your Experience’ form at http://www.cqc.org.uk/share-your-experience-finder or by telephoning 03000 616161. Please include […]

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A Parliamentary question on Urgent and Emergency Care


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Yesterday, I had the opportunity in the House to ask Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, a parliamentary question. Mr Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): What progress has been made towards the implementation of the Keogh review of urgent and emergency care? Mr Hunt: We are making good progress and we expect to make a substantive announcement on that before the end of the year. That will be about both improving the standard and quality of care in A and E departments, which […]

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Johnson & Johnson named Britain’s Healthiest Company 2015


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Johnson & Johnson (J&J), which has a major presence in High Wycombe, has been named Britain’s Healthiest Company and recognised as having Britain’s Healthiest Workforce following the UK’s largest wellness survey. Johnson & Johnson picked up the two awards after taking part in the joint initiative between The Sunday Telegraph, Mercer and VitalityHealth. The Healthiest Workforce award considered factors such as such as environment, staff engagement and participation, and company culture. Johnson & Johnson’s entry covered all three of its business sectors […]

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The NHS in this Parliament


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Last year, the NHS saw and treated more people within the four hour A&E target than any other country. The NHS was heralded as the best healthcare system in the world according to experts at the Commonwealth Fund, ahead of France, Germany, the United States and Australia. Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt has echoed the Prime Minister in setting out a clear direction for the NHS in this Parliament, to deliver a truly 7-day health service. With complete consultant […]

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Joining a Healthwatch Bucks Dignity in Care ‘Enter and View’ Project


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In 2014, Bucks County Council commissioned Healthwatch Bucks to undertake a review of health and social care provision in residential homes and domiciliary care across Bucks. Since then, Healthwatch Bucks has been using its statutory powers to ‘Enter and View’ health and care providers and independently monitor the quality and effectiveness of care being provided. The goals of enter and view are to: Give service users and their carers a voice, sharing these with Commissioners and care providers Make recommendations on areas […]

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A Parliamentary question on the NHS Five Year Forward View


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Last Tuesday, I had the opportunity in the House to ask The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Ben Gummer, a parliamentary question. Mr Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con): Wycombe hospital could benefit from one of the excellent models in the “Five Year Forward View”. Will my hon. Friend make sure these excellent proposals are carried through with energy and alacrity? Ben Gummer: The strength of the NHS forward view is that it is a creation of the NHS itself, and we, as the only […]

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