Healthwatch Milton Keynes news

Please note that the Healthwatch Milton Keynes Office will close for Christmas on Monday 24th December and will reopen on the 2nd January 2019.

Our next e-alert will be published on 11th January 2019.


Arts for Health

Arts for Health aims to improve health and welbeing outcomes for people in Milton Keynes through the arts and creativity. 

Arts for Health have recently published their new Strategic Plan 2018-23. In their Strategic Plan, Arts for Health Milton Keynes highlight their 5 strategic priorities, which are as follows:

  • Become a sustainable organisation
  • Grow Arts on Prescription Programme
  • Improve the art collection at MKUH
  • Embed Arts for Health MK in MKUH
  • Demonstrate our Impact

Click the link below to read the full Strategic Plan.

Arts for Health Strategy 2018-23

Healthwatch England Annual Report

The Healthwatch network heard from 406,567 people, carers and staff during the last year about what they think of health and social care services.

The 2017/18 Annual Report takes a closer look at the top four themes that people commonly experience across services and how we have made a difference.

From helping people with a disability or sensory loss to get better access to information, to raising awareness of emergency readmissions, Healthwatch continues to work hard to ensure that people are placed at the heart of care.

Download Annual Report 2017/18

CEO’s Blog

This week I attended a Whole Population Analysis Partner Workshop. Sounds complicated? Well it is, but also fascinating. Transformational money has been used to pull patient activity data together from across health and social care services, such as the Hospital, Primary Care, Mental health and Adult Social Care to get a better picture of how we are using local services and more importantly where particular types of services could be focused where the patient needs it most. This is an ongoing piece of work, and we will keep you updated with how this data is used to transform local services.
On Wednesday evening we had the CEO, Practice Manager Lead and Medical Director of the GP Federation join us at the Patient Participation Group Network Meeting. As well as giving an update about the organisation, the GP Fed introduced the concept of the Primary Care Home Model. Primary Care Home is another project that aims to transform the way we receive care, wrapped around our GP services and working toward a more integrated Health and Social Care service. It is very positive to see this work coming together. In the coming few months we will be working closely with the CCG and the GP Federation to communicate this model to the wider public.
Finally, over the last two weeks Healthwatch MK has jointly hosted two events with the National Energy Foundation (NEF), who offer advice and support on how to keep warm this winter. This gave us the opportunity to engage with people about their housing related health issues. People told us that where they had troubles with heating in their home it was exacerbating their health conditions. The NEF have been given some funding to help local people who are struggling with heating their home. If you are interested in speaking to NEF please call: 0800 107 0044.

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Items which should not be routinely prescribed in Primary Care

Public Consultation on a review and update of CCG guidance on items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care. 

NHS England continues to partner with NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) to support clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in ensuring that they can use their prescribing resources effectively and deliver best patient outcomes from the medicines that their local population uses.

A national public consultation has been launched on proposals to update and review commissioning guidance on eight more products. The consultation runs from 28 November 2018 until 28 February 2019. Click on the link below to have your say.

Please note that this is a national public consultation being run by NHS England. If you have any questions please contact

Public Consultation

Connect Health Information Event

As the new contract providers for the physiotherapy tier 1 service, Connect Health would like to warmly invite all patients, GP’s, referring clinicians and interested parties to a service engagement event on December 19th 5:30-6:30pm at Wolverton Health Centre, Gloucester Rd, Wolverton, MK12 5DF. 
This is an exciting opportunity to meet your local Physiotherapy team and learn how Connect Health is prioritising and delivering sustainable and positive health outcomes in your local community. Connect Health welcome the opportunity to answer any questions you may have about your musculoskeletal physiotherapy service and are keen for your involvement in how they positively map and shape the future of your healthcare in Milton Keynes.

Help Healthwatch reach 2,000 responses for the maternal mental health survey

Having a baby is one of the biggest life choices you can make. This can affect both the person who is giving birth and their partner’s mental health. We want to know more about people’s experiences of mental health support when planning to get pregnant, during pregnancy, at the birth of their child and afterwards.

Maternal Mental Health Survey

Events and Information from the Health and Social Care Community

Upcoming Healthwatch Events

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