You Said We Did: The Better Healthcare Programme Horton General Hospital (PCT Consultation)

IRP Recommendations

In March 2008, the Independent Reconfiguration Panel rejected proposals to change services at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury. NHS Oxfordshire was asked to take forward a project to ensure services are retained and developed specifically looking at maternity and paediatrics.

Read the IRP recommendations

Working together

Over the duration of the programme the PCT worked with local authorities, local GPs, the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust (ORH), patients and the public in planning sustainable health services for the people of Banbury and surrounding areas. The PCT also established a Community Partnership Forum (CPF), which represented the Banbury community and was attended by representatives including members of the public, council representative's, district councillors and GPs.

NHS Oxfordshire carried out a health needs assessment and consulted members of the public, community stakeholders, the Community Partnership Forum (CPF) and clinicians about options for how paediatric and maternity services could be provided. A regular newsletter was developed to keep up to date with developments and consultation documents were posted on our website.

What did we achieve?

Following the extensive work on the Better Healthcare Programme, with input from the CPF, proposals have now been implemented to provide consultant delivered paediatric and maternity services and associated support services, at the Horton General Hospital.

A second on-call rota for anaesthetic support was implemented in November 2010.  The ORH also finalised the recruitment to 11 consultant paediatrician posts in late 2010.  This has brought stability to staffing at the Horton and has integrated services across the John Radcliffe and Horton Hospital sites.  The induction of the newly appointed paediatricians has also included an introduction to the community, building knowledge of the Banbury community and being introduced to key people and key organisations in the wider health and social care system.

The current arrangements for Obstetrics and Gynaecology remain robust and are sustainable.  In order to plan ahead for the future a number of workforce planning scenarios for Obstetrics, in line with BHP recommendations, are being developed.


The Better Healthcare Programme was closed on 29 March 2011.  The learning from the programme was extensive and continues to inform other projects.  The good practices learnt through the Better Healthcare Programme are continuing in Banbury.  The CPF has been remodelled into the Community Partnership Network, a partnership of public stakeholders, GPs, council and the ORH, which continues to look at healthcare provision in the Banbury area.

You can find all documents relating to the Better Healthcare Programme, including archive minutes and newsletters here


  • Opened
    1 Apr 2008 at 00:00
  • Closed
    30 Mar 2011 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    05 Jun 2012


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