Talking Health Newsletter - January 2022

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News Update

Walk-in Jabs Resume at COVID-19 Vaccination Centres

You can now get a COVID-19 jab without making an appointment at Oxford Health’s three large vaccination centres in Oxford, Reading and Aylesbury.

This means anyone eligible – including 12-15 year olds – can get a walk-in jab at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford, Broad Street Mall, Reading and Guttmann Centre, Aylesbury.

For more information on opening hours and location of the centres see here

You can also find a walk-in jab at an ‘NHS grab a jab clinic’ -  see here

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

Help Us Help You – NHS 111 online

The local NHS urges you to use the right NHS service as hospitals continue to be very busy.

Our advice is unless your condition is an emergency, please use the NHS 111 online service which offers the best option for the care you need, including getting a call back from a clinician.

Remember, essential services remain open for anyone who needs them so if you require urgent medical help continue to come forward.

To further reduce pressures on NHS services families are being asked to support relatives to leave hospital for home if they are well enough.

For further information see here

Share Your Views: Support for People with Special Needs

Have your say on plans to develop a more inclusive approach to supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Oxfordshire.

Oxfordshire County Council’s proposals include making more high quality SEND education available closer to home, reducing reliance on out of county provision, and improving educational outcomes for children through closer partnerships between the council and schools.

The council and its partners are also seeking views on a draft Local Area SEND Strategy to develop high quality services across education, health, and social care to support children and young people and their families.

The two consultations are interlinked and will run together between Monday 10 January and Thursday 10 March 2022. You can respond to both see here

Primary Care Estates Strategy

OCCG launched its first Primary Care Estates Strategy 2020-2025 in December 2020. 

We worked with colleagues from Healthwatch Oxfordshire to produce a summary document which can be found here  Please share it with your networks as appropriate.

As OCCG transforms into the wider Integrated Care Board in 2022, with Buckinghamshire and Berkshire West, our next steps will be to consider our estates plans on a wider scale. 

If you have any questions please contact:   

Partnership Information

Stop Smoking Using Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

Some pharmacies in Oxfordshire are currently providing free NRT using patches and gums to help people stop smoking.

Three pharmacies in Oxford city and one in Banbury are taking part in the initiative, run by Oxfordshire County Council, which closes at the end of March 2022.

To find out how you can access the free NRT to help you quit the habit and live a healthier life see here

Help Develop High-Quality Healthcare Training

Health Education England (HEE) is recruiting new lay members for its national People’s Advisory Forum, a strategic body which supports it to develop the future workforce and ensure high-quality healthcare training and education.  

The forum enables HEE to put patients and the public at the heart of the education and workforce planning so needs people with a lived experience as a patient or carer and can engage with stakeholders. For further information about the role and to apply 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
    17 Jan 2022 at 00:00
  • Closes
    1 Jan 2023 at 23:59
  • Response to be published
    18 Jan 2023


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