Oxfordshire All In - Bulletin 24th May 2021

Oxfordshire All In - Bulletin 24th May 2021

Read on for:

  • Youth in Mind - three events for you to enjoy
  • Age of Creativity Festival
  • GP's offering more face-to-face appointments
  • The winners from the Health & Care Hero awards
  • Watchdog on our dental services
  • Scams imitating Royal Mail
  • Framing Oxford Project and Film
  • Age UK's creative activities
  • Keep up to date through our Facebook group
  • Link to all previous CSG Bulletins here.
Lots of love Oxfordshire!

The Oxfordshire All In Team

Youth in Mind

After a challenging year, Youth In Mind are back and passionate as ever about supporting the sector to improve the mental health of children and young people.

They are currently organising THREE events for 2021 and 2022, please read more below and save the dates in your diaries.


Join Youth In Mind for a free online webinar aimed at those working with children and young people

Monday 14th June 2021; 1:30 – 3 pm.

We cannot truly support one and other if we do not have the support of our own wellbeing as a foundation.

We are acutely aware of the challenges that have faced us over the past year. Youth In Mind want to acknowledge and celebrate the importance of wellbeing in our lives, every day, and especially during a time of crisis.

They want to offer you an enjoyable and practical online event that will leave you feeling resourced and inspired. Using Mind's five ways to wellbeing for inspiration, you can expect creative and reflective exercises, guidance from Youth Mental Health Ambassadors, inspirational speakers and practitioners in this afternoon of gentle participation.

Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Learn and Give are the five ways to wellbeing, and they offer a simple and enjoyable way to take care of your wellbeing.

To book your FREE spot, please register by clicking here:


Monday 8, Wednesday 10 & Friday 12 November 2021 - there will be a Youth in Mind virtual event

Monday 16 May 2022 - the Youth In Mind conference will be held in person

For more information, please visit their website here:


Age of Creativity

The Age of Creativity Festival is in full swing with a wide range of online and offline age-friendly creative activities taking place across the UK.

To find out more, please visit the website here:


The May edition of the OAFCN e-news features a brilliant selection of opportunities and projects including our very own Framing Oxford project and film, Age UK Oxfordshire's Community Information Team's creative activities, the Royal Literary Fund Reading Round project, an Alzheimer's Research UK Lab Notes event, the InterAct Stroke project and our OAFCN Creative of the Month featuring an amazing Icon painting by Oxford artist David Stanley Cook.

If you have any suggestions for great age friendly creative items for the newsletter, please email:

More GP appointments to be offered face-to-face to those who need it

NHS England has issued new guidance to GP practices across the country on facilitating more face-to-face appointments for patients.

At the start of the pandemic, GPs had to change the way they delivered care, moving more to online and telephone appointments to help manage infection risks whilst still caring for millions of people.

Whilst the changes worked for many, the reduction in in-person consultations has left others struggling to access the care they need.

The move also looks to retain some of the advantages of remote care as the sector looks to find the right balance for the future.

Read more on this here.

Our health and care heroes are recognised for their service

Twelve health worker heroes were recognised for their incredible efforts in a terrible year when they were crowned winners at the Health and Care Awards run by the Oxford Mail and Times.

Hundreds tuned into the online ceremony which was live-streamed on the Oxford Mail Facebook page on Friday evening.

The awards, that champion teams and individuals that have gone above and beyond the call of duty during the Covid pandemic, were presented by Dr Hilary Jones MBE.

After the ceremony, he said: "It was an absolute pleasure and privilege to be able to host the awards.

"This year - perhaps more than any other - it is time to recognise and celebrate the outstanding and magnificent work of all health and social care workers during the pandemic.

"I am in awe of all they have achieved and the country owes them a massive debt of gratitude."

The 12 winners, picked from 36 finalists, were chosen by a panel of judges and included those who risked their lives on the frontline in hospitals as well as heroes in the community.

Courtney Hughes was not only crowned Care Hero of the Year but received the judges' overall Outstanding Achievement Award.

Courtney, 23, a trainee nursing associate at Oxford University Hospitals, founded charity Secret Santa 365, which provides gifts, care packages and social support to the elderly, the lonely and the vulnerable.

During the pandemic, she also launched the Laptops for Learners appeal and raised thousands to buy 30 laptops for young people who had switched to home-schooling but did not have digital devices.

On top of that, she supported more than 200 elderly people in Didcot, delivered care packages to her colleagues and sourced bedding and furniture for frontline workers living in temporary accommodation.

As well as winning two awards, Courtney was runner-up in the Unsung Hero category.

She said it had been an incredibly challenging year.

"We were contacted by more and more families who were struggling with food, laptops, plus a big increase in people who were shielding and isolated. Not only was the immediate issue physical items, but an increase in the decline in mental health - particularly in the older age group.

"Part of giving the weekly food boxes was an opportunity to check in on those people. Even a five-minute chat made such a difference."

Georgeta Marcut, care team leader at Kirlena House in Kennington, received the Care Home Worker Award.

Chantal Nicolaou, a live-in carer with Oxford Aunts, who has been preparing champagne dinners for her 100-year-old client, said she was "totally blown away" to win the Domiciliary Care category.

The Linen Services at Oxford University Hospitals won the Healthcare Team Award for supplying essential scrubs and uniforms at the height of the PPE shortage.

The Mental Health Award went to the free Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Mental Health Helpline and the Good Nurse award was won by Tamara Davidson, a specialist palliative care nurse at Oxford University Hospitals who was nominated by the husband of a patient who she had helped die with dignity at home.

She said: "It's an honour to have received this in Kirsty's name."

The lifesaving Children's Air Ambulance, which estimates it lost up to £2.5million in income through Covid, won the Adolescent and Child Healthcare category.

The Close Care Home in Burcot won the Healthcare Employer Award and Stoyan Zhelev, a care manager at Kirlena House in Kennington, won the Dementia Carer Award.

Prabhu Natarajan, a carer at Glebefields Care Home in Banbury, won Volunteer of the Year.

Mr Natarajan, who came to Banbury from Kerala in India last year, raised £4,500 in two months for families struggling in the crisis and also set up a foodbank while working night shifts.

The Unsung Hero Award went to Paula Cross, who runs Kriss Kross hair and beauty in Carterton, who among other things, turned her salon into a pop-up foodbank.

She said: "I feel incredibly humbled to have won this award, although it means less to me to have won than it does to have been able to help the people who have struggled to put food on the table during this difficult period."

Luther Street Medical Centre was named GP Practice of the Year.

Dentist appointments: people being told to wait until 2024

Some people have been told that they may have to wait up to three years for an appointment.

People are being told to wait until 2024 for dentist appointments while others are being removed from their practice lists for not making appointments sooner, according to a damning new report into the state of dentistry.

Dental surgeries have reported that they have thousands of people on their waiting lists, while patients are unable to access care after ringing round numerous dental surgeries, a watchdog has warned.

Delays have resulted in the worsening of painful symptoms and in one instance even led to a patient needing hospital treatment after they overdosed on painkillers, it said.

But Healthwatch England said that some people are being offered swift private care as an alternative at the same dental practice, with some patients reporting that they felt "pressured" to pay for private care.

Some practices appeared to be 'prioritising' private care, it added.

Healthwatch England's latest report on the state of dentistry in the UK, shared with the PA news agency, highlights a number of issues in affordability and access, including:

– People 'removed' from the practice list for not making an appointment sooner.

Repeated cancelled appointments – even midway through treatment.

– Dentists have reported that they have thousands of people on their waiting lists, with some patients claiming they are unable to even get on a waiting list.

– Dentists shutting down or 'going completely private'.

– Patients being asked to wait up to three years for appointments

– or six weeks for emergency care.

– Some who called NHS 111 seeking emergency dental care were told to 'use salt water' and carry on calling practices until they could find help.

– Other patients have been told to use DIY filling kits while they wait for an appointment.

– People being increasingly prescribed antibiotics with no prospect of a follow-up appointment to actually treat the problem.

"People have felt pressured to go private as dentists said that they couldn't provide NHS treatments but were able to if people were willing to pay private fees," the Healthwatch report states.

It adds: "People were unable to make an appointment with their regular dental practice because they were removed from the practice list for not making an appointment sooner.

"They only became aware of this when they tried to book an appointment as they had never received any notification about it. Some were unable to find another practice taking new NHS patients, so they ended up paying privately to be able to see a dentist."

Healthwatch England conducted a review of 1,375 people's experiences shared with its local teams and found that some people had been asked to wait for three years for an NHS dentist appointment, but were told that private care could be available within a week.

The watchdog warned that even when people can get access to dental care on the health service, three fifths (61 per cent) of people deem treatment too "expensive".

Healthwatch England said that some people are avoiding treatment because they cannot afford the cost.

It said that there is a "twin crisis" of access and affordability.

Data from the organisation suggests that 80 per cent of people who contacted it in the first three months of the year said they had struggled to access timely care.

The number of complaints about dentistry rose by 22 per cent during the first three months of 2021 compared with the preceding three months, it added.

It also conducted a poll of 2,000 people's experiences with dental care in England.

A quarter (27 per cent) said they either struggle to pay or avoid dental treatments altogether because they cannot afford the costs.

And 30 per cent reported they felt pressured into paying private fees to get all the dental treatment they needed.

Almost a quarter (23 per cent) said they will only visit the dentist when they need treatment, despite guidance recommending people need regular dental check-ups.

People on low incomes, those living in the North East and people from ethnic minority groups were hardest hit, Healthwatch added.

Healthwatch England has called on the Government to speed up reforms of NHS dentistry to avoid harm to people's health.

Shawn Charlwood, chair of the British Dental Association's general dental practice committee, said: "For too long, meaningful reform of NHS dentistry has been repeatedly kicked down the road.

"Covid has pushed a system already in crisis to breaking point, with millions left with no options."

Framing Oxford Project and Film

Over the past year, Age UK Oxfordshire have been working in partnership with Oxfordshire History Centre and Film Oxford on the Framing Oxford project and filmic legacy.

The project brought together a group of older people to explore local history and share material from their own collections. The project piloted a blended approach to engagement with some participants joining the monthly Zoom sessions and others taking part by phone and by post.

Over 21 new items were donated to the Oxfordshire Archives and we were delighted to create a short film which we recently launched at a Virtual Film Premiere in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Mark Lygo.

AUKO are very grateful to our funders St Michaels and All Saints Charity for funding the Framing Oxford project and to Oxford City Councils' Culture Fund for supporting the Framing Oxford Film.

You can view the film by clicking on the link here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2vUJuKajI4

Find out more about the project in the evaluation report here:


Age UK Oxfordshire's Community Information Network Activities

The Community Information Network team deliver a range of age-friendly creative activities online using Zoom (with a guide provided to help access Zoom) or you can dial in by phone.

Activities include Knit and Natter: a chance to chat over your knitting (or crochet), Crafty Foxes: arts and crafts themed session with materials provided, Magic of Words: an opportunity to read a book each month and meet together to discuss it and Music and Memories: a space to come together and share, enjoy and listen to old favourite songs.

All activities are free of charge, for more information and to book a place, phone 01235 849434 or email: network@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk

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Posted: Mon, 24 May 2021 18:40 by Liz Cruse

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