Talking Health Newsletter - December 2021

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News Update

Local Integrated Care Board Head Announced

Dr James Kent has been appointed Chief Executive Designate of the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West ICB from April 2022.

The ICB is part of new arrangements to improve joint working across the NHS, local authorities and a wide range of other partners to improve health, health outcomes and reduce health inequalities for a population of around 1.8m people. 

Prior to this appointment, James held the role of Executive Lead of the Integrated Care System (ICS) and the Accountable Officer for the three Clinical Commissioning Groups since May 2020.

For further information on the appointment see here

New Advice on COVID Booster Jabs

The NHS is working on plans to deliver the booster jab to include younger age groups as announced by the Government last month, but these jabs are not yet available.

While changes to the system are put in place and services are expanded, the NHS will continue to vaccinate people already eligible for top-up jabs.

These now include people who had a second vaccine dose at least three months ago and are in one of the following eligible groups:

  • all adults aged 40 years or over
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • all those aged 16 with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19, and adult carers

People in an eligible group can pre-book a booster dose from two months (61 days) after their second dose. For further information about booking or managing a COVID-19 vaccination see here

To view the new guidelines around COVID-19 and advice on how to stay safe see here

Prue Has a Booster Jab to Keep Her Safe and Well

TV presenter and broadcaster Dame Prue Leith had her booster jab at the start of December at the Chipping Norton Health Centre.

Prue said: “Why wouldn’t you want to boost your immunity against COVID? Getting vaccinated is quick and painless. As we head into winter, it will help protect your friends and family and ensure a happy safe Christmas.”

For further information about booking or managing a COVID-19 vaccination see here

Keep Well Over Winter

Please watch a short video of a doctor from the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford who explains how to keep yourself well this winter by choosing the most appropriate health service and to get your free flu jab if you are eligible.  

You Can help a Loved One Leave Hospital More Quickly

Families are being encouraged to help support their relatives leave hospital for home, especially over the holiday period.

Lily O’Connor, Director for Urgent Care in Oxfordshire, said: “If you have a relative or loved one in hospital who is well enough to go home, but is waiting to be discharged with home care and community health support, you may be able to help them to get home more quickly if you and your family are in a position to support them at home. Please speak to the ward manager or nurse if this something you can help with.”

For further information see here

Online Consultation, Video Consultation & Text Messaging

Thank you to everyone who shared their views on online consultation, video consultation and text messaging.  We received 707 responses and are in the process of analysing your feedback.  Once complete, your views will help shape how these services are used in the future.

Join Us At the Governing Bodies Meetings In Common

Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West CCGs Governing Bodies meetings in common is being held on Tuesday 14 December (9am - 11am).

You are welcome to join the online meeting to hear an update about progress in patient care, an overview of performance of local health services and finances.

For further information including the papers being presented, and to find out how to submit a question about items on the agenda and to join the meeting see here

Improving Community Health and Care Services

Thank you to everyone who shared their views on the draft principles to help shape how we design and develop services for our ageing population. The engagement report is now available here. Reflecting the feedback received, we have made some proposals for adjustment clarifying some wording and reducing the principles down from 12 to 11.  A paper is being presented to the Health and Wellbeing Board Oxfordshire County Council on 16 December with these amendments.

Walk-in COVID Jabs paused at Mass Vaccination Sites

Oxford Health’s three vaccination sites at the Guttmann Centre in Aylesbury, the Kassam Stadium in Oxford and the Broad Street Mall in Reading have from Friday 10 December 2021 paused the majority of walk-in jabs in order to prioritise pre-booked appointments. The only people who will receive walk-in doses are the severely immunosuppressed who have a letter advising of the need for a third primary dose or a booster.

Anita Sherwood, Oxford Health’s interim director for COVID operations, said: “As more people become eligible to book appointments on the National Booking System we have taken the decision to suspend our walk-in offer so that we are able to maintain the smooth running of the mass vaccination centres.”

For further information and to find out how book your first and second vaccinations and booster jabs see here

Partnership Information

Share Your Views on Local Pharmacy Services

If you use community pharmacies (or are a local health professional) you are invited to look at Oxfordshire County Council’s draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment for 2022 to 2025 (PNA)  about all NHS community pharmacies in the county. The NHS will use the findings from the PNA  when it is commissioning pharmacy services throughout Oxfordshire.

You are welcome to read the draft PNA and offer your comments on it. For further information and to take part in the survey - which closes on 9 January 2022 - see here

Are You Affected by Rural Isolation? Do You Know Someone Who Is?

Community First Oxfordshire, on behalf of Healthwatch Oxfordshire, is undertaking a short survey to better understand the levels of isolation felt in rural communities.

The survey is designed for everyone to have their say and is anonymous – you do not need to say who you are. You can complete the online survey here until 20 December 2021.

Maternity Experiences in Oxfordshire

Healthwatch Oxfordshire wants to hear from black women and their partners about maternity services in Oxfordshire.

How have you been supported – before, during and after childbirth? What has worked well and what could be better? For further information and to take part in the survey which is open until 10 January 2022 see here

Telephone & Video Appointments – We Want To Hear Your Experience

Researchers at Oxford Health are trying to understand patient and clinician experiences with telephone and video appointments in mental health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can share your experiences by completing a survey which takes around 10 minutes to complete. Your feedback will be invaluable in providing the best possible mental health care in the future. For further information and to take part see here


View all County Council Consultations

You can view and take part in Oxfordshire County Council's consultations.  
You can see more information about a specific consultation by visiting ‘Let’s Talk Oxfordshire’ (you will need to register if it’s your first visit) 


  • Opened
    2 Dec 2021 at 00:00
  • Closes
    31 Dec 2022 at 23:59


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