Monthly Archives: September 2016

Self Care Week wins big

Bracknell Forest Council and Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group have been awarded the first ever Self Care Week Award by co-chairs of the National Self Care Forum, Dr Pete Smith OBE and Dr Selwyn Hodge, Royal Society of Public Health.

The team, led by Matthew Clift, project manager: commissioning and resources, worked in collaboration with a multitude of community groups and volunteers to deliver Self Care Week 2015, running targeted preventative activities for the community in November 2015 via funding from the Bracknell Forest Better Care Fund.

The project won the award for:

  • its specifically organised and relevant events
  • providing a broad base of activities across a range of health areas
  • involving a good range of partner organisations, with a potentially large impact on developing health care improvements in the local area
  • making good use of publicity and literature to promote Self Care Week and to encourage and support the use of self-care
  • delivering well planned programmes of activities to promote self-care and to reinforce the work already being done in the area
  • making good links to health promotion, particularly with the possible impact on children and young people through the arrangements made with schools.

The project was deemed a ‘truly comprehensive programme’, culminating in the Year of Self Care which launched in January this year.

The prize included a £500 bursary which will be used to find activities during Self Care Week 2016, running from 14 – 20 November 2016.

Open Up About Medicines

Patients urged to ‘open up’ to get the most from their medicines

A new campaign is under way to help patients make best use of their prescription medicines.

Local health commissioners, made up of Bracknell and Ascot CCG, Slough CCG and Windsor and Ascot and Maidenhead  CCG, along with the CCGs in west Berkshire and Oxfordshire are backing the ‘Open up about medicines’ initiative.

Melody Chapman, CCG Lead Prescribing Support Pharmacist, said: “ The ‘Open up about medicines’ campaign encourages patients to take responsibility for their medicines by asking them to open up about their medicines during their visits to GPs and pharmacists. This includes opening up and checking the contents of the medicines bag to ensure they contain what is needed, therefore increasing medicines safety and reducing medicines waste.  The CCGs are committed to making sure that our patients get the best possible treatment. Preventing medicines waste is critical to this commitment, and the money saved will ensure that other areas of local healthcare are maintained.”

Karen Maskell, Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement for Bracknell and Ascot CCG, said: “ It’s important that people taking medications for an extended period of time and those with long-term conditions understand what they are taking and why. People need to be able to manage their prescription so they have sufficient medication to stay healthy but without building up an excessive supply, and they see managing their medications as part of their own self-management. If we get this right, this will benefit the health of individuals, as well as have positive implications for the NHS”

Lindsey Roberts the campaign coordinator and Clinical Network Manager at the Oxford Academic Health Science Network said: “There are two main messages for patients. Firstly, we want them to open up their medicines bags when they collect them and check everything inside is what they need. Secondly, we’re encouraging people to be more open in their conversations with their doctor or pharmacist. This will ensure patients get the right medicines, reduce waste and save the NHS money that can be invested back into frontline services.”

‘Open up about medicines’ was originally developed by Southampton Clinical Commissioning Group.

Leaflets, posters and other information are being distributed to GP practices and pharmacies.

For more information, visit the Open up About Medicines page.

Notes to editors:

1.     More details can be found online here:

2.     This video explains more about the campaign: 

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