Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, announced funding for three new health schemes in the BOB STP area (Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West), including the first unit in the area, designed to provide accommodation for patients with autism and learning disabilities.

The funding for the three schemes has been announced as part of £963 million being allocated to 75 new schemes across the country, to give more patients world-class care in world-class facilities - as part of a major investment in the long-term future of the NHS.

In the BOB STP area three major projects have received a total of £12.921m million.

As part of Diabetes Prevention Week (16-22 April), residents across Berkshire, Oxford and Buckinghamshire are being urged to eat healthily and be more active, to help reduce their risk of developing diabetes type 2.

The amount of people in the region over 17, who have diabetes, has increased from 4.3% in 2009/10 to 4.8% in 2016/17, with 76,733 being diagnosed with the condition.

A lack of exercise, poor diet and being overweight are all risk factors in developing the diabetes type 2.

Back in December, HEE launched Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future, A health and care workforce strategy for England to 2027 – describing the nature and scale of the workforce challenges we face and setting out proposals for the management of workforce issues at both local and national level.

It’s now open for consultation until 23 March 2018 and it’s important that we hear views from across health and care to inform the final workforce strategy which will be published in July 2018. 

The National Health Service is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. Find out what we're doing to celebrate the NHS's 70th birthday and how you can get involved.  


South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS), West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (WMAS) and North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (NEAS) are the first to join the ambulance version of the Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) programme.