Following the Ofsted and Care Quality Commission SEND inspection in Feb/March 2022 Buckinghamshire was required to submit an action plan. A multi-agency group pulled together the action plan following a series of stakeholder workshops held during June and July.
Unhealthy behaviours increase the risk of developing these long-term conditions. In Buckinghamshire there are increasing rates being seen in obesity in both adults and children and the COVID-19 pandemic has seen people becoming less active, eating less healthily and drinking more alcohol. Smoking remains the leading risk factor for ill health and death in Buckinghamshire. During 2017 to 2019 cancer was the leading cause of death in Buckinghamshire, followed by cardiovascular disease.
People in Buckinghamshire have also experienced poorer mental health with rising diagnosis and referral rates and greater social isolation. COVID-19 has also impacted some people’s income, employment, and children’s education - all factors that can affect people’s health and wellbeing.
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust provides Buckinghamshire residents with hospital services, community health services and learning disability services. It is made up of 7 Hospitals, the National Spinal Injuries Centre and Community Clinics/Health Centres. Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury is the largest hospital and provides emergency and specialist treatment including maternity, critical care, ophthalmology and burns and plastics. It is also where the National Spinal Injuries Centre is based. The other hospitals include Wycombe Hospital (which is the main site for elective surgery and provides specialist treatment for heart disease and stroke, cancer and urological conditions), Amersham Hospital (which is a large community hospital), Buckingham Community Hospital (which cares for older patients), Chalfonts and Gerrards Cross Hospital (which provides community health services in the south of Buckinghamshire), Marlow Hospital (which provides community health services), and Thame Community Hospital which is located in Oxfordshire. People in the north of the county also use services provided by Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and people in the south of the county also use services provided by the Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services across the county.
Buckinghamshire has 47 GP practices and 13 Primary Care Networks (PCN) across the county. PCNs are groups of GPs working together with a range of local providers to offer more personalised and coordinated health and social care to their local populations.
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