Healthwatch Milton Keynes E-Newsletter


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The government is investing an extra £20bn a year in the NHS. With growing pressure on the NHS – an ageing population, more people living with long-term conditions, and lifestyle choices affecting people’s health – changes are needed to make sure everybody gets the support they need. The Long Term Plan sets out what the NHS wants to do better, including making it easier for people to access support closer to home and via technology, doing more to help people stay well, and providing better support for people with cancer, mental health conditions, heart and lung diseases, long term conditions, such as diabetes and arthritis, learning disabilities and autism, and for people as they get older and experience conditions such as Dementia.   Now your local NHS wants to hear from you about what those changes should look like in your community.   Healthwatch Milton Keynes has launched ‘What Would you do?’ to gather feedback from the public on ways to improve local NHS services. You can help your local NHS invest in the right support by sharing your ideas with us.
Click the link below to share your views about what would make health services in Milton Keynes better.
As part of the ‘What Would You Do’ campaign we will also be running some focus groups to discuss patient experience of cancer and mental health services. Keep an eye out for more information.

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Milton Keynes Arts Centre Open Garden Project

Milton Keynes Arts Centre (MKAC) is looking for community groups to support the development of an accessible garden space on site at MKAC.
Working with artist and horticulturalist, Katie Ellen Fields, participants will help shape the design and build the garden features creating an animated and engaging sensory garden and interactive play-scape, designed specifically by and for individuals with disabilities and enjoyed by all.   MKAC would like to invite those interested in getting involved to an introduction at Milton Keynes Arts Centre on Thursday 14 March, 3:30-5:30pm. It will be very relaxed, discussing how individuals with limited mobility, impaired sight and hearing access can enjoy garden spaces.   If you would like to come along, we will also be offering a supper at 5:30pm for all who attend. Please RSVP to:

An exciting opportunity to Chair the Board of Trustees

We are seeking a new Chair to provide leadership to the organisation and help take our ambitious work forward.   The Chair of the Board serves as the Chair of Healthwatch Milton Keynes, assisted currently by two Deputies. Our current Chair is stepping down after many years of service with Healthwatch Milton Keynes. As well as having the passion and drive to make a difference to health and social care services in Milton Keynes you will need the right mix of proven experience at a strategic level and enthusiasm for a new challenge. You will also have a track record of achieving change through influence and be able to provide the governance and leadership we need to achieve our goals.
Click the link below to see the full advert and role description.    If you are interested in applying please email Maxine Taffetani, Chief Executive Officer to request an application pack at:   The closing date for applications is 6pm Friday 22nd March 2019.

Chair of the Board of Trustees

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Parent-Infant mental health services in the UK

Parent Infant Partnership UK are undertaking a short research project to map the provision of specialist parent-infant mental health services around the UK.  This project will showcase the services that do exist and capture their impact for families and other local stakeholders. It will also show the current gaps in provision and make suggestions for policy changes that might help to address those gaps.
Do you have 5-10 minutes to spare to share your experience?

Parent-Infant Services Survey

Events and Information from the Health and Social Care Community

Have you booked your place for Phyllis?

Healthwatch Milton Keynes is hosting the Women & Theatre’s production of Phyllis, a play that presents the story of one family navigating the complex system of older people’s care as they try to work out the best way to look after their ageing mother.
Health, social services and the wider community all share responsibility for stepping up to the challenge and providing sustainable, dignified care in the last part of our citizens’ lives.
See the poster below for more details.
To book your free place email or call 01908 698800.

Next Diabetes UK MK meeting

Diabetes UK group aims to provide help and support for people living with diabetes in the local area. This group will raise awareness of diabetes locally, campaign for better diabetes care and raise funds to support the work of Diabetes UK.
Date: Thursday 21st March  Time: 7pm  Location: Centrecom Meeting Place, MK9 3BJ
For more information about the group and meeting, please contact: Corinne Wykes at or 07964161792, or visit


Stopping The Over-Medication of children and young People with a learning disability, autism or both  (STOMP)  and Supporting Treatment and  Appropriate Medication in Paediatrics  (STAMP)
STOMP and STAMP are about everyone working together to make sure children and young people get the right medication, if and when they need it. Organisations and individuals that work with children and young people with a learning disability, autism or both are showing their commitment to STOMP and STAMP by signing a pledge.
Click the link below to find out more about how you can pledge your support.

Pledge your support

Please follow the link for more information –

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