Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review


First Joint Committee meeting to be held in public on 23 March 2016

The first meeting of the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review Joint Committee will take place on 23 March at 10am in the Boardroom at Milton Keynes CCG, 155 Sherwood Drive, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK3 6RT.

In line with national best practice, the Joint Committee has been established to make decisions associated with the Healthcare Review. It principally consists of members from Bedfordshire CCG’s Governing Body and the Milton Keynes CCG Board, with the majority of those members being clinicians. There are also representatives from our three local Healthwatch organisations in Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes.

Members of the public are invited to attend the first part of the meeting. So we can ensure that attendees can be comfortably accommodated,  please can we ask you to register in advance by calling 01908 278688 or emailing

View agenda and papers

Future meetings will alternate between Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes and dates will be advertised on our new joint website once confirmed. Information will also be available through the BCCG and MKCCG websites.

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New Carers Discount Card launches for Unpaid Carers in MK


Unpaid family carers in MK now have the opportunity to register for a new Carers Discount Card, being launched for the first time by Carers MK, the charity which supports the wellbeing of unpaid family carers in Milton Keynes.

The new card will entitle carers living locally to up to 50 per cent discount across a range of retailers and services from food & drink, to leisure, entertainment and transport, saving carers money on meals, trips away, travel, leisure activities and more.  Some well-known brands including Frankie & Benny’s, Virgin Experience and Haven Holidays are amongst a number of companies who are showing their support by offering carers discount.
Amy Townsend from Virgin Experience Days, who are giving a 20% discount on day experiences says: “As a company established in Buckinghamshire, we are proud to be supporting carers in Milton Keynes, offering a discount on hundreds of our experience days for a well-deserved treat.’

On Saturday 19th March, between 9am – 5pm the team from Carers MK, along with the Mayor of MK will be officially launching the Carers* Discount Card at intu Milton Keynes, where carers will be able to register and receive their card on the day*.  Information on the different businesses involved with the Carers’ Discount Card will also be available.  If you are caring for someone who is ill, frail or has a disability, and live in MK, then you will be entitled to receive the free Discount Card. The card is available to unpaid carers of all ages including young carers.  For further details please contact Carers MK on 01908 231 703. or email or visit

Stephen Archibald, Chief Executive at Carers MK, said: “We are really excited to be launching our first discount card for carers here in MK.  We know that caring for a family member or friend can often be a struggle financially because they have had to give up work or reduce their working hours to care.  I’d like to thank all the local businesses who are supporting the card and we look forward to giving carers the opportunity to save some money by using the card in the future.”

There are over 23,500 unpaid carers in MK** who are saving the state £440 million*** every year.

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Have Your Say on Urgent Care and Walk-in Services at Broughton Gate

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Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (MKCCG) is inviting local people to have their say on the future of the urgent care walk in service at Broughton Gate Health Centre. With the current contract due to expire this year, MKCCG would like local people’s input into the kind of service that would suit their needs, including location and opening hours.

This consultation is in line with wider work in progress by MKCCG to look at the way in which healthcare services in Milton Keynes are provided, including the possible integration of Urgent Care and GP out-of-hours with the local A&E department to deliver a better urgent care service.

The public consultations will last for 12 weeks, from 15th February to 2nd May. Have your say by attending a public meeting (details below), writing to Freepost NHS QUESTIONNAIRE RESPONSES, or give your feedback online byfollowing this link.

Public consultation meetings will be held on Tuesday 8th March, 3-6pm, at The Christian Centre, Oldbrook, and Wednesday 13th April, 3-6pm, at Brooklands Farm Primary School, Broughton. No need to register, these are both drop in sessions, open to all.

Click here for consultation documents and frequently asked questions.

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Have your say on developing mental health services for Veterans in England

The NHS are currently undertaking a survey on mental health services to armed forces, the results of which will inform future commissioning of services appropriate to needs identified.

Take part by visiting their website or using the contact details in the poster

MH veterans screen

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Soup-er News for Small Groups in Milton Keynes

MK Soup is a social enterprise which supports social enterprises- with soup!

Based on the Detroit Soup model, MK Soup is a meeting place for people who would like to make the world a better place- whether through food, community action, sustainability or another idea. MK Soup is organised by the MK Food Revolution and the MK Christian Foundation. On the night of MK Soup you buy a £5 ticket for a bowl of soup and in return, you get to listen to four people pitch their community ideas. At the end of the night, the crowd votes for its favourite idea and the winner takes the profit of the night. Two months later, the group then hears back about what has been achieved with the money.

However, the Soup project is much more than just a crowdfunder for social projects. It offers you the opportunity to meet other people who would like to make a difference, raises money in a very organic way and emphasis what brings us all together: Good food! Recently the BBC has written a great article about Sheffield Soup. MK Soup are currently looking for people who would like to raise money for their projects so make sure to register here!

The first MK Soup is currently being planned for January 22nd at 7pm at MK Christian Foundation in Wolverton. If you are a local charity, community group or social enterprise, submit your project above and MK Soup will let you know a week before the event whether you have been selected to speak on the evening. You get 10 minutes for your pitch and can hand out flyers on the night, too. They can only ever select four projects so if they are not able to include you for the January soup, they might be able to fit you in in the future! If you have any questions get in touch via MK Food Revolution.


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Local volunteers give back, by running their own groups

Case study: Moorlands Cooking Group

Children’s Centre Volunteer

Katie Goh is resident of Netherfield who regularly accessed the Children’s Centre at the Moorlands in Beanhill, with her children. She appreciated all the support she and her family had received from the centre and the activities that were available for her to attend. Katie really wanted to give something back to the centre and the community and combined with her passion for cooking, felt she could become a volunteer by starting up her own cooking based activity.

Moorlands Community Cooking Group has now been running at Moorlands Centre in Beanhill since September 2014. Katie’s hard work in registering the group and writing a funding application, in which she was supported by the Community Action: MK, paid off and Katie received a grant from MK Community Foundation.

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What services have the Group been delivering?

The group has provided a chance for Katie and other residents to new learn skills as well as share their own cooking skills and offer peer support to one another. They have also address other local issues such as healthy lifestyles and cultural segregations, by exploring secrets of various world cuisines and broadening their dietary horizons, as well as learning to work as a team and enjoy a nutritious meal together.

Moving forward

With a need to focus on other important commitments, the group is now at risk of being stopped. Katie would now like to find a new Group Organiser which she can support to take on the running of the group. She has been really pleased to see an increased engagement from two other members of the group, Alan and Ray, who share her passion for both cooking and supporting their local community, and feels a new organiser would be well supported to continue the success of the group.  

Would you like to get involved in the Cooking Group? Email Anna to find out more.


Browse through Katie’s Recipe Book, consisting of the many recipes tried at the sessions of Moorlands Community Cooking Group:


Work to support groups to deliver services is currently being carried out through our Communities Can Project, with MK Council.

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