As we prepare for the busy winter months, health and social care professionals across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West are building on their experience of working together throughout the year and during previous winters.

Local NHS teams have now given more than five million COVID-19 jabs since the beginning of the vaccination programme in December 2020.

Oxfordshire, like many places, is facing challenges with an ageing population, increased demand for services, mental health and wellbeing concerns in young people and significant inequality in the health of our  residents.

People can now book their flu vaccine online from today (2 October) as the NHS booking system opens ahead of what could be a challenging winter for the health service.


Raj Bhamber, the Chief People Officer at Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West ICB has congratulated everyone involved in the system-wide workforce planning and development initiative, listed as a finalist in Healthcare People’s Management Association (HPMA) Excellence in People Awards in the category of ‘HSJ Jobs Award for Systems Workforce Planning’.

Junior doctors and consultants are due to take part in a 72-hour strike from 7am on Monday 2 October to 7am on Thursday 5 October.

“Babies cry, you can cope!” is the message from the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care Board (BOB ICB) which is supporting a national campaign to raise awareness about the risks of shaking a baby.

For the first time since the latest set of NHS strikes started last year, junior doctors and consultants will be taking industrial action on the same day (20 September).

Nearly 650,000 eligible people across our health region of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West (BOB) can book their life-saving autumn Covid vaccine online from today (18 September) as the NHS steps up its winter vaccination programmes early in response to the risk of the new Covid variant.

Oxfordshire’s local area partnership (LAP) apologises to families and has committed to significant change to improve support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) following an inspection of services by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission in July.