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‘Does that make sense?’ is the second discussion group in our monthly Speak Out to Help Out series. Before and during the pandemic, you told us that some health and care services are not communicating with you the way you would like them to. This is an opportunity to come along and share how you think health and care service could communicate better with you in the future. All details can be found in the ‘Have Your Say’ section below. If you’re interested in attending, email and we’ll send you the Zoom link. If you are unable to join Zoom, you can contact us to share your experiences in all the usual ways (Email, Phone, Text/WhatsApp).

I am pleased to share that in the New Year we intend to hold a Healthwatch members event about vaccinations. Raj Grewal, our service coordinator has a degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Genetic Engineering. Raj will be leading this session to explain some of the broader issues, including how vaccinations work, so that we can all help to disseminate accurate information.

Finally, we are aware that whilst the uptake of the flu vaccination in general has been extraordinarily high this year, uptake for Care Homes staff has been relatively low. Health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home are eligible for a free vaccination. If you know health and care staff who fall into this category, please make sure they are aware that they are eligible.

Coping with separation, isolation and loss

MK Council is working with Willen Hospice to offer a support service for families with loved ones in care homes and residential homes during the Covid-19 pandemic. The service aims to provide people with emotional support to help them cope with being separated from their loved ones due to safety restrictions.

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Guidance for people receiving direct payments

The government has released advice for people who buy care and support through a direct payment, as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and those who provide care and support. Click the link below to read the guidance.

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Winter Wellbeing Activity

Winter is usually a time where we see well-being suffer. Our mood might dip slightly, we might find it difficult to get motivated.
Arthur Ellis: Mental Health Support teamed up with the MK Self Care Group to bring you a practical, easy way to bring us together to learn about the different elements of our well-being and what we can do throughout winter to make sure we keep onto of it to make sure we remain as well as possible.

During this pre-recorded webinar, we will be covering;

  • What is well-being
  • The 5 Pillars of Well-being
  • What activities can promote positive well-being for us and our families
  • How do we build this into our week
By going through this exercise, you will know what activities you can do throughout the winter months to promote positive well-being as well as monitor your own and each other’s well-being to practically support each other.
Click the link below to watch the webinar.
Watch the webinar
Activity Sheet

Free flu vaccinations rolled out to over 50s from December

The Government has announced that people aged 50 to 64 will get free flu vaccine from 1 December as part of expanded flu vaccination programme this winter

The groups now eligible are:

  • adults aged 65 or over
  • pregnant women
  • those with certain pre-existing conditions
  • NHS and social care workers
  • all children up to year 7
  • household contacts of those who are clinically extremely vulnerable
  • adults aged 50 to 64 (from 1 December)
Speak to your pharmacist or GP.

Domestic Abuse – Awareness in the Workplace

Join our free virtual training sessions delivered by MK-Act, a specialist Domestic Violence Support Service for Milton Keynes. 

As a result of the Coronavirus lockdown, the working age population are being asked to spend more time working from home. Evidence has shown that, across the country, domestic abuse is soaring as victims are trapped with abusive partners during the corona virus lockdown.

This workshop is for businesses of all sizes, employers, HR professionals, line managers and front-line staff working in Milton Keynes.

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Supporting Young People’s Mental Health

Community Action: MK are proud to be able to facilitate this FREE offer from YiS Young People’s Mental Health, of a mental health and wellbeing session for those that are working to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

This session is aimed mainly at volunteers who support young people, but can include parents/ carers, support group facilitators and young people themselves.

Date: Tuesday 8th December 2020

Time: 11am – 12pm

Where: Online [Zoom]

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Milton Keynes and COVID-19

We continue to update our website with the most up to date national guidance and local information so please continue to check our Milton Keynes and COVID-19 page (link below).

COVID-19 Families is a national support network for COVID-19 bereaved families and individuals. It offers support, friendship, understanding and advise. Find out more on the COVID-19 Families Bucks – Facebook page.

What happens with the national lockdown ends?
From 2nd December, England will be returning to a Tier system. Milton Keynes will be in Tier 2. The poster below explains what you can and can’t do in Tier 2.
For a full list of which area is in which Tier, click here.

Milton Keynes and COVID-19

Have your say

Email to book your place. 
Covid-19 has certainly changed a lot of things this year, and Christmas here at Milton Keynes University Hospital will be no exception, with all toy and gift drops on hold for 2020. We recognise that this will be disappointing news but know that the local community will understand that the safety of our patients, as well as our amazing staff, is absolutely paramount. This year we have created a new virtual way to give a gift to patients in hospital this Christmas, as well as staff, by setting up an Amazon wish-list. This allows people to continue to give if they wish!

Amazon wish-list

We want to hear your experiences of local health and social care services so that we can work to improve them. The more feedback we receive, the more powerful our message becomes.

Healthwatch Milton Keynes advertises health & social care funded, charity and community activities/groups/events to its members. We are only able to advertise trusted sources, for example services that are BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) accredited or CQC regulated. It is usually not within Healthwatch Milton Keynes’ remit to endorse paid for services to its members. However, all content is considered on a case by case basis.

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