Stay Well This Winter (SWTW) is a national NHS campaign that has been designed to reach the most vulnerable groups in our society providing them with clear, practical guidance on what they can do to stay as healthy as possible.

The Campaign aims to ease seasonal pressure on NHS services. It is designed to ensure that people who are most at-risk of preventable emergency admission to hospital are aware of and, where possible, are motivated to take, actions that may avoid admission this winter.

You can find advice on how well this winter on the stay well this winter website.

BOB STP

Every year pressures on our A&E services  increase significantly over winter,  because of a rise in the number of people admitted to hospital. We have already started planning with hospitals, GPs, social services and other health professionals,  coming together to work out the best way of responding across the BOB STP area.

Below is a summary of work being undertaken across our three local areas:

Berkshire West

Partners across Berkshire West are working together to help ensure those who are most at-risk of preventable emergency admission to hospital are aware of and, wherever possible, are motivated to take actions that may avoid admissions this winter.

Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire integrated care system’s (ICS) winter plan aims to help ease seasonal pressure on NHS services. It is designed to ensure people most at risk of preventable emergency admission are aware of, and motivated to take, actions that may avoid admissions this winter.

Partners include Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, FedBucks, Buckinghamshire County Council and South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Oxfordshire County Council (OCC), Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (OHFT), Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUHFT), South Central Ambulance NHS Foundation Service (SCAS) and partners are working together to ensure the Oxfordshire health and care system is resilient throughout the winter period - providing safe, effective and sustainable care for the local population, ensuring there is sufficient capacity available, and providing care in the most appropriate setting.

A new winter team, consisting of staff from across the system and led by a jointly appointed Winter Director will work together to reduce seasonal pressures across health and care services. The Winter Team will ensure all health and care professionals in the county – including social services, GPs, hospitals, ambulance services, mental health services and charities – work together to deliver better, responsive and more joined-up services, especially during the flu season.