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26 January 2023

Catch-up flu clinics for children in Luton

‘Catch-up’ flu clinics for children aged 2 to 15 are set to take place in Luton this weekend (Saturday 28 January) and during the February half-term break.

The NHS continues…

Catch-up flu…

26 January 2023

Bedfordshire Hospitals’ Midwives win NHS England’s Chief Midwife Officer’s Silver Award

Professor Jacqueline Dunkley–Bent OBE, NHS England’s Chief Midwifery Officer, recently awarded three of our marvellous midwives at Bedfordshire Hospitals these coveted awards.

The Chief Midwife Officer’s Silver Award is awarded…

Bedfordshire Hospitals’…

26 January 2023

Healthy Mother, Healthy Pregnancy Event

Health and care professionals are invited to attend a ‘Healthy Mother, Healthy Pregnancy’ event hosted by the Local Maternity & Neonatal System (LMNS) at Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated…

Healthy Mother,…

24 January 2023

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

Bedford Borough is encouraging residents who have received a letter from their GP inviting them to a cervical screening test, to attend their appointment.

Screening helps to detect any pre-cancer…

Cervical Cancer…

17 January 2023

Changes to provider for Ivel Medical Centre, Biggleswade

Statement on Ivel Medical Centre, Biggleswade

The GP partners at Ivel Medical Centre in Biggleswade have notified Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board (BLMK ICB) of their decision…

Changes to…

17 January 2023

First ‘Using Quality Improvement to Tackle Inequity’ workshop held in BLMK

A workshop on using quality improvement to tackle inequity was delivered for the first time in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes – a big step forward as part of Bedfordshire,…

First ‘Using…

12 January 2023

Victor’s diabetes prevention journey in Luton

When Victor was first told he was at high risk and very close to developing Type 2 Diabetes, he was worried and wasn’t sure what steps he needed to take…

Victor’s diabetes…

4 January 2023

Message from Dr Whiteman, Chief Medical Director

With Group A STREP, flu and Covid-19 infections circulating in our communities, we are seeing an increase in the number of very sick people who need urgent care in our…

Message from…

4 January 2023

New Luton Dementia Service Will Support Care Homes

Launch of new service in Luton, supporting care homes caring for people with a diagnosis of Dementia.

Bedfordshire Dementia Intensive Support Service has been awarded temporary funding until the end…

New Luton…

3 January 2023

NHS Launches New Dementia Diagnosis Drive in Central Bedfordshire 

A new specialist dementia diagnosis service is being set up by the Trust in Central Bedfordshire as part of a national NHS pilot. Care home residents will be assessed for the…

NHS Launches…

3 January 2023

NHS trials helper robot to deliver medicines around hospitals

Milton Keynes University Hospital is delighted to be working with Academy of Robotics, a small British artificial intelligence company, to create and trial a delivery robot or “Helper Bot” to…

NHS trials…

23 December 2022

“Try NHS 111 online first this winter,” NHS advises patients

This winter the NHS is running a new campaign to encourage people to get to the help they need by using the NHS 111 online service.

The NHS 111 online…

“Try NHS…

22 December 2022

Local NHS issues urgent plea to the public as services experience extreme pressures 

Local NHS leaders are urging patients to use the right NHS service for their condition as health services across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes experience their busiest period in history. …

Local NHS…

22 December 2022

Pharmacy opening hours over the festive period

Ahead of the Christmas period (24 December – 3 January), people in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes are being reminded how to access health services.

Pharmacies across the region will…

Pharmacy opening…

21 December 2022

“Get the flu jab this winter,” people over 50 are reminded

Over-50s in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes have been reminded that it’s not too late to get a flu vaccination as the number of cases continues to rise across England.

“Get the…

21 December 2022

Christmas 2022 issue of Live Well

Welcome to the Christmas 2022 issue of Live Well, our partner newsletter for the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Health and Care Partnership.

In this issue we highlight examples of…

Christmas 2022…

16 December 2022

Don’t forget to order your repeat prescriptions in time for Christmas

People in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes are being reminded to order their repeat prescriptions in time for Christmas.

Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board (BLMK ICB) is…

Don’t forget…

15 December 2022

AI-powered software transforming stroke care in Milton Keynes

Software powered by artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming care for stroke patients at Milton Keynes Hospital. The new software is helping to quickly diagnose and treat patients.

The software analyses…

AI-powered software…

15 December 2022

Personal health budgets are helping children and young people to have more choice about their…

S is a young person from Luton with a diagnosis of Autism and Global Development Delay. S also has a problematic sleep pattern. She attends a local Children with Special…

Personal health…

15 December 2022

Digital innovation brings important benefits to social care

The wealth of digital technology and equipment being introduced to support people using social care services is making a real difference across Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

The…

Digital innovation…

14 December 2022

Industrial Action 2022

Industrial action in England

The Royal College of Nursing has confirmed that it plans to take strike action on Thursday 15 and Tuesday 20 December. The strikes will happen in…

Industrial Action…

13 December 2022

Warm Homes Bedford Borough Launched

Bedford Borough residents with long term health conditions could receive free support to help keep their households warm this winter.

Warm Homes Bedford Borough has been set up by Bedford…

Warm Homes…

12 December 2022

“Get the flu jab this winter,” people with long-term conditions urged

People in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes who live with a long-term health condition have been urged to get a flu vaccination as the number of cases continues to rise…

“Get the…

9 December 2022

AI-powered software transforming stroke care in Milton Keynes.

Software powered by artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming care for stroke patients at Milton Keynes Hospital. The new software is helping to quickly diagnose and treat patients.

The software analyses…

AI-powered software…

8 December 2022

Pregnant women urged to get the flu jab this winter

Pregnant women in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes have been urged to come forward for a flu vaccination this winter.

With the holiday season fast approaching, there is still time…

Pregnant women…

6 December 2022

Group A Strep – What you need to know

Group A streptococcus (GAS) is a common bacteria. Lots of us carry it in our throats and on our skin and it doesn’t always result in illness. However, GAS does…

Group A…

2 December 2022

Leighton Linslade Health Connections – New Name and a New Home

The NHS is investing in new services at Leighton Buzzard Health Centre that will support the work of the town’s three GP practices.

Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care…

Leighton Linslade…

2 December 2022

Supporting wellbeing within the primary care workforce while helping patients to better self-manage their mental…

The ever-increasing pressure on primary care services in England has been well documented in recent times. NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board (BLMK ICB) recognised this issue…

Supporting wellbeing…

1 December 2022

Welcome to the December 2022 issue of Live Well

Download our partner newsletter for the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Health and Care Partnership.

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1 December 2022

Two COVID-19 vaccination centres in Bedford and Luton to close

As the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations changes to resemble more closely the delivery of other vaccinations, such as for flu, two vaccination centres in Bedford and Luton will close on…

Two COVID-19…

1 December 2022

Milton Keynes COVID-19 vaccination centre to close

As the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations changes to resemble more closely the delivery of other vaccinations, such as for flu, the vaccination centre at Midsummer Place in Milton Keynes will…

Milton Keynes…

1 December 2022

Bedford NHS staff member who reached out to Keeping Well shares her “life-changing” experience

When an NHS staff member says she was close to resigning due to feeling overwhelmed at work, she reached out in time to the Keeping Well BLMK service. She shares the story:…

Bedford NHS…

30 November 2022

Luton GP practice undergoes major renovation

Thousands of patients are set to benefit as Kingsway Health Centre in Luton officially re-opens following a major renovation.

The renovation has been completed to provide a safe and modern…

Luton GP…

25 November 2022

Workforce Podcast

In this episode of BLMK Health Conversations On…we focus on Workforce.

We discuss what the term means in the broader sense, the importance of investing in people, the reasons why…

Workforce Podcast

24 November 2022

Working together for a dementia patient in Leighton Buzzard

“D”, from Leighton Buzzard, suffered with dementia. Enabling her to remain at home was very important. However, her respiratory condition had deteriorated and she was unable to climb the stairs…

Working together…

21 November 2022

Success for Luton Children’s Epilepsy Pilot at HSJ Awards 2022

A Children’s Epilepsy Pilot in Luton has been named the winner of the ‘Using Data to Connect Services Award’ at the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards 2022.

The ‘Digitising Care…

Success for…

18 November 2022

Local Support for Young People with a Neurodiversity Diagnosis

Getting a neurodiversity diagnosis– which can include conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – for your child can leave families with lots of…

Local Support…

17 November 2022

Flu Vaccination Reminder for Parents of Young Children

Parents of children aged 2 and 3 are being encouraged to take up the offer of the flu vaccine for their children.

The flu vaccination for children is a quick…

Flu Vaccination…

17 November 2022

Going Digital – The Future of Health and Care Services?

Residents in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes are being urged to give their thoughts and opinions on the future of digital health and care services.

Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes…

Going Digital…

14 November 2022

Get Active this National Self Care Week

Health and care organisations across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes are urging local residents to become more active as National Self Care Week gets underway from Monday, 14 November. 

Self…

Get Active…

11 November 2022

Janeth’s Diabetes Prevention Journey in Luton

When Janeth learned that she was at risk of Type 2 diabetes, she was worried and stressed how this would affect her everyday life. As Type 2 diabetes runs in…

Janeth’s Diabetes…

10 November 2022

How the Population Health Management approach helped Jane who spent every day in the front…

One of the key reasons I enjoy my role so much is because I get to help people tackle the problems that matter to them.

Social prescribers like myself keep…

How the…

9 November 2022

Putnoe Walk-In Centre Contract extended until March 2024

Putnoe Walk-In Centre will remain open as the contract has been extended to 31 March 2024 by Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board (ICB). 

The current opening hours…

Putnoe Walk-In…

4 November 2022

£3million funding to help tackle region’s health inequalities

The University of Bedfordshire has been awarded £3million by NHS England to develop a research and innovation hub in collaboration with the NHS BLMK (Bedfordshire, Luton & Milton Keynes) Health…

£3million funding…

4 November 2022

Walk-in Slots Open at Large Vaccination Centres

People in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination now have more choice about where and when to receive it.

Starting on Saturday 5 November,…

Walk-in Slots…

4 November 2022

Welcome to the October 2022 issue of Live Well, our partner newsletter for the Bedfordshire,…

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3 November 2022

Deadline approaches to apply to Fellowship Programmes

The ARC Fellowship Programme is aimed at clinicians, health and social care practitioners, voluntary sector staff and NHS managers across the East of England.

The programme, which has been running…

Deadline approaches…

1 November 2022

Low Calorie Diet Programme – Martin’s Story

Martin, 34 from Bedfordshire, joined the NHS Low Calorie Diet Programme after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

The NHS Low Calorie Diet programme is for people who are overweight…

Low Calorie…

1 November 2022

Get boosted and get protected this Autumn

NHS colleagues across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes are encouraging people to come forward for their COVID-19 Booster and flu vaccination.

Community pharmacies, some local GP practices, large vaccination centres…

Get boosted…

28 October 2022

Volunteers on hand at local hospital to offer support and advice

“B” was a young woman who recently attended the emergency department at Milton Keynes University Hospital (MKUH) suffering with mental health issues.

Following a discussion, the volunteers discovered that “B”…

Volunteers on…

27 October 2022

Local health services working to empower young people with ADHD to be a part of…

Bedfordshire and Luton Community Health Services have been working with young people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to help them manage their own health and wellbeing.

Historically, ADHD treatment…

Local health…

27 October 2022

VIDEO: All carers urged to get their vaccinations

Nikita Kanani, GP and SRO of the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, NHS England is urging paid and unpaid carers to get vaccinated

VIDEO: All…

27 October 2022

Local NHS issues COVID-19 vaccination reminder to those who are immunosuppressed

Health chiefs from NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board (ICB) are reminding the public of the offer of a COVID-19 booster vaccination to help provide extra protection…

Local NHS…

26 October 2022

Keyworker service is helping to support vulnerable children and young people in Bedfordshire

L is an 18-year-old who was struggling to communicate with autism professionals.

She started working with a keyworker, who supported her over a few months. The keyworker service provides the…

Keyworker service…

25 October 2022

Redesign of Musculoskeletal (MSK) services

Redesign of…

24 October 2022

Fight Off Flu This Winter

Bedford Borough Council is encouraging residents to get their flu jab this winter.

Getting vaccinated reduces the chance of catching flu and spreading it to friends, family and others in…

Fight Off…

21 October 2022

Free journeys in vaxi cabs to drive up vaccination rates in Milton Keynes

People living or working in Milton Keynes who are now eligible for a COVID-19 autumn booster but don’t have access to transport, have been reminded that they can take advantage…

Free journeys…

20 October 2022

Free journeys in vaxi cabs to drive up vaccination rates in Bedfordshire

People living or working in Bedford Borough or Central Bedfordshire who are now eligible for a COVID-19 autumn booster but don’t have access to transport, have been reminded that they…

Free journeys…

19 October 2022

Helping Children Living with Epilepsy in Luton

In 2020, the Integrated Patient-Controlled Medical Record pilot was launched in order to improve the outcomes for children living with epilepsy in Luton. Epilepsy is the most common long-term condition…

Helping Children…

17 October 2022

Cancer

In this episode of BLMK Health Conversation On… we will focus on cancer detection, care of cancer patients and treatment available

will focus cancer detection, care of cancer patients and…

Cancer

13 October 2022

Felix’s Story – NHS Low Calorie Diet Programme

Felix, from Luton, joined the NHS Low Calorie Diet Programme following a referral from his GP due to his type 2 diabetes. He believed that this was his last chance…

Felix’s Story…

13 October 2022

Milestone reaches as NHS services deliver the 100,000TH COVID-19 Autumn booster to local people

The NHS autumn booster campaign in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes has got off to a brisk start, with the 100,000th vaccine already having been delivered this week, less than…

Milestone reaches…

13 October 2022

NHS Invites People 50 and Over For Autumn Boosters And Flu Jabs

Millions of people aged 50 and over will be able to book their autumn booster and flu vaccines tomorrow, as the NHS Covid-19 and flu programmes continue to protect the…

NHS Invites…

12 October 2022

Amber alert issued on blood stocks – existing O Neg and O Pos donors asked…

NHS blood “amber alert” triggeredNon urgent elective surgery which requires blood may be postponedExisting O Negative and O Positive donors asked to book in at Blood Donor Centres

NHS Blood…

Amber alert…

12 October 2022

Project to support wellbeing of the primary care workforce and patients extended by ICB

After an overwhelmingly successful pilot scheme, NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board (BLMK ICB) has extended the ‘Shine Programme’, a unique digital approach to supporting staff and…

Project to…

6 October 2022

Newly expanded outpatients area at Bedford Hospital will improve patient experience and help reduce waiting…

From Monday (10 October) Bedford Hospital will begin treating patients in a newly expanded, modern and purpose built facility, which will improve overall patient experience and tackle waiting lists, exacerbated…

Newly expanded…

6 October 2022

Free Journeys in Vaxi Cabs to Drive Up Vaccination Rates in Luton

People living or working in Luton who are now eligible for a COVID-19 or flu vaccination, but don’t have access to transport, have been reminded that they can take advantage…

Free Journeys…

5 October 2022

Local NHS is helping to fight climate change one breath at a time

Healthcare professionals in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes will be reviewing patients’ inhalers as the NHS continues its aim to become the first net zero carbon health care service by…

Local NHS…

4 October 2022

“It’s absolutely brilliant” – new video shows how care home technology is helping staff keep…

A powerful story of how technology enabled care supports care home staff to keep residents safe and well at night is the focus of a new video from the National…

“It’s absolutely…

30 September 2022

Welcome to the September 2022 issue of Live Well, our partner newsletter for the Bedfordshire,…

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30 September 2022

Nassreen’s journey to preventing diabetes in Milton Keynes.

When Nassreen from Milton Keynes was diagnosed as pre-diabetic it came as a shock to her and her family.

She had not realised that her diet and lifestyle was impacting…

Nassreen’s journey…

23 September 2022

Lung Health Check Programme – Meet Jacqueline from Luton

Jacqueline at 57, has received life changing cancer treatment through the Lung Health Checks programmes.  

Jacqueline from Luton is a mum of two grown up children and has a grandchild,…

Lung Health…

21 September 2022

Central Bedfordshire residents invited for lung health check

Central Bedfordshire is the second area in Bedfordshire to be given the opportunity to improve lung cancer outcomes and follows the successful launch in Luton in 2021 of the Targeted…

Central Bedfordshire…

16 September 2022

Pharmacy opening times for the Bank Holiday – Monday, 19 September

Some local pharmacies may have different opening hours during a bank holiday.

Please see below pharmacy opening time for Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

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13 September 2022

Over 65s can now book autumn COVID booster

People aged 65 and over will be able to book their autumn COVID booster through the national booking system from today, meaning five million more people can now top up…

Over 65s…

8 September 2022

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Statement

Dr Rima Makarem, Chair of NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board said:

“We send our most sincere condolences to the Royal Family at this difficult time.”

“I…

Her Majesty…

8 September 2022

BLMK Begins Rollout of Variant Busting Booster Jab

The NHS has become the first healthcare system in the world to use the next generation, updated COVID vaccines as it kickstarts the autumn booster rollout this September.

Following the 

BLMK Begins…

8 September 2022

New Chief Transformation Officer appointed to Integrated Care Board

Anne Brierley has been appointed as the Chief Transformation Officer of the NHS Bedfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board.

Anne has held several senior leadership positions throughout her…

New Chief…

7 September 2022

Millions Now Able To Book Their Autumn Booster

From today, around four million people most vulnerable to Covid-19 will start to be invited to book in their autumn booster vaccine as the NHS’ National Booking Service launches appointments for Autumn boosters.

The National Booking Service will go…

Millions Now…

7 September 2022

Summer of Play served up more than 26,000 FREE meals and activity sessions to MK…

Cllr Jane Carr, Cabinet Member for Inequalities, with children enjoying a free football session at Portfields Primary School.

Milton Keynes City Council funded more than 106,000 hours of free activity sessions…

Summer of…

5 September 2022

Significant improvements made in Luton Children’s Services

In its first full inspection of our Children’s Services since 2020, Ofsted has concluded that significant improvements have been made and children in Luton now receive a much better service…

Significant improvements…

2 September 2022

COVID Vaccination Centres to Close for a Week to Focus on Residential Care Homes

COVID vaccination centres across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes are set to close for a week to allow NHS staff to offer autumn booster shots in residential care homes, as…

COVID Vaccination…

1 September 2022

Lorraine Mattis appointed as ICB’s associate non-executive member

NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated care Board has confirmed the appointment of a new associate non-executive member. Lorraine Mattis

Lorraine Mattis has a background in healthcare. A board…

Lorraine Mattis…

1 September 2022

MKUH launches NHS login integration with MyCARE patient app

Milton Keynes University Hospital is now offering patients the simplicity and reassurance of using their single, secure NHS login to access their MyCARE patient portal.

The MyCARE digital patient portal…

MKUH launches…

31 August 2022

The NHS in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes set to begin offering COVID-19 autumn booster…

In the latest phase of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes will join the rest of the country and launch the first autumn boosters across the county…

The NHS…

31 August 2022

Festival-Goers Urged To Get COVID Jabs

Festival-goers in Houghton Regis will be able to get their COVID-19 vaccinations up to date this weekend (Saturday 3 September) as the local NHS jabs team visits the Houghton Rocks…

Festival-Goers Urged…

30 August 2022

Shared Healthcare Record Podcast

In this episode of BLMK Health Conversation On… we are looking at the use of shared healthcare records to improve efficiency and quality of patient care.

We take a look…

Shared Healthcare…

25 August 2022

Bear hugs on hand – 30,000 teddies delivered to children at Bedfordshire Hospitals

If you go down to A&E today, you could be in for a fluffy surprise…

As all parents know, a visit to A&E can be a scary experience for a…

Bear hugs…

18 August 2022

Manjeet Gill becomes the Integrated Care Board’s latest non-executive member

NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated care Board has confirmed Manjeet Gill as its latest non-executive member.

Social justice and improving inequalities have been the golden thread in Manjeet’s…

Manjeet Gill…

11 August 2022

Welcome to the July/August 2022 issue of Live Well, our partner newsletter for the Bedfordshire,…

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10 August 2022

Local epilepsy team shortlisted for two national awards  

An epilepsy team in Luton has been shortlisted for a national Health Service Journal award for its pioneering work to make life easier for children living with complex epilepsy.

Over…

Local epilepsy…

9 August 2022

Longest hospital waits all but eliminated across Bedfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes

People in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes are experiencing shorter hospital waits according to new data just published, with 104 weeks waits all but eliminated.  This compares to a high…

Longest hospital…

9 August 2022

With high temperatures forecast for much of the country this week, the UK Health Security…

Temperatures are not forecast to reach the record-breaking levels of the most recent heatwave but are expected to rise throughout the week, potentially reaching mid-30 degrees Celsius on Friday and…

With high…

8 August 2022

Council provides funding for businesses to tackle climate change

MK Council is providing support to businesses to help them achieve their climate action goals through its £100,000 project.

The Council is working with Ngage on its Prism project which…

Council provides…

8 August 2022

Milton Keynes Blue Light Hub opens its doors to the public

The Blue Light Hub in West Ashland, Milton Keynes, will throw open its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday (13 August) with its inaugural Open Day.…

Milton Keynes…

8 August 2022

ELFT Shortlisted as HSJ Trust of the Year 2022

ELFT has been shortlisted as Trust of the Year 2022 at the prestigious HSJ Awards.

The national awards recognise outstanding contributions to healthcare.

More than 1,000 entries were submitted for…

ELFT Shortlisted…

4 August 2022

Ambulance service set to become first to introduce ‘dementia button’ on patient records

Paramedics at South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) are set to become the first to be able to alert other healthcare providers to a patient’s suspected or confirmed…

Ambulance service…

3 August 2022

Providing better care locally | Health and Social Care | Central Bedfordshire Council

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3 August 2022

Council bids for multi-million pound infrastructure funding

MK Council has submitted bids for government funding which could see a brand new space for MK:U students in the city centre, and transport improvements.

The multi-million pound bids have…

Council bids…

3 August 2022

Trust’s Enjoying Work programme wins a Health Tech Digital Award 

National recognition for an innovative digital tool that works to enhance the staff experience of work.

ELFT, in partnership with ImproveWell, has won the award for the category Best COVID-19…

Trust’s Enjoying Work programme wins…

29 July 2022

MKUH Appoints New Chief Nurse and Director of Patient Care

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are delighted to announce that Yvonne Christley will join Milton Keynes University Hospital as our new Chief Nurse and Director of Patient Care…

MKUH Appoints…

27 July 2022

New COVID Vaccination Sessions Just for Children in Milton Keynes

Parents of school-age children can get the summer holidays off to a great start by making sure their families get the COVID jab at one of the new dedicated vaccination…

New COVID…

26 July 2022

The Luton Wellbeing Hub helping The Mall to achieve its Foodbank fifty challenge to celebrate…

Luton Foodbank is always in need of donations to support the local community and July sees a higher demand and lower donation levels than other months.

This is why the…

The Luton…

20 July 2022

Festival-goers Urged to get COVID Jabs

Festival-goers in Bedford will be able to get their COVID-19 vaccinations up to date this weekend (Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July) as the local NHS jabs team visits Bedford…

Festival-goers Urged…

20 July 2022

Kind-hearted colleagues raise money for Dunstable Foodbank

As part of a day of celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of local Clinical Commissioning Groups in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes, NHS staff used the occasion to support…

Kind-hearted colleagues…

19 July 2022

Award winning volunteer team seeks new recruits

Our award winning hospital navigator scheme are looking for volunteers.

The hospital navigator scheme, set up in collaboration with Thames Valley Police, provides the intervention needed to help young people…

Award winning…

19 July 2022

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust partners with InterSystems to launch new Shared Health and Care…

InterSystems, a creative data technology provider, is partnering with Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to develop a new shared health and care record, which is being rolled out across Bedfordshire…

Bedfordshire Hospitals…

16 July 2022

With temperatures set to hit record highs over the next few days, people across Bedfordshire…

An extreme heat warning has been issued by the Met Office with mercury set to hit 40C by Tuesday.

People are advised to:

Keep well hydrated by drinking plenty of…

With temperatures…

14 July 2022

NHS bosses ask for the public’s help as local health services face unprecedented pressure.

NHS bosses are asking for the public’s help as the health service in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes faces unprecedented pressure. A rise in Covid patients being admitted to local…

NHS bosses…

14 July 2022

Kind-hearted colleagues raise money for Luton Foodbank

As part of a day of celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of local Clinical Commissioning Groups in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes, NHS staff used the occasion to support…

Kind-hearted colleagues…

14 July 2022

MK Council to expand provision for young people with special educational needs and disabilities

Following consultation with families, schools and professionals, Milton Keynes Council has developed plans to expand the number of local school places and support available for young people with special educational…

MK Council…

13 July 2022

Kind-hearted colleagues raise money for Bedford Foodbank

As part of a day of celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of local Clinical Commissioning Groups in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes, NHS staff used the occasion to support…

Kind-hearted colleagues…

13 July 2022

Kind-hearted colleagues raise money for Milton Keynes Foodbank

As part of a day of celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of local Clinical Commissioning Groups in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes, NHS staff used the occasion to support…

Kind-hearted colleagues…

8 July 2022

Fragrant way to celebrate 10 years of health and care service

The NHS Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board marked the provision of 10 years of dedicated service to our communities of the NHS Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes…

Fragrant way…

7 July 2022

New Chief People Officer appointed to Integrated Care Board

Martha Roberts has been appointed as the Chief People Officer for the NHS Bedfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board.

Martha has a strong track record of working in…

New Chief…

4 July 2022

Doctors and nurses join ambulance crews on the road to end delays for patients

Doctors, nurses and other health and social care professionals have jumped on board ambulances to bring new eyes to the fight to end delays for patients.

The medical teams joined…

Doctors and…

1 July 2022

Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board established

A new organisation, which brings together local health and care organisations, including the NHS and councils has launched today to help people live longer lives in good health.

The Bedfordshire,…

Bedfordshire, Luton…

29 June 2022

New Chief of System Assurance and Corporate Services appointed

Maria Wogan has been appointed as the Chief of System Assurance and Corporate Services for the NHS Bedfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board, when it takes on statutory…

New Chief…

29 June 2022

Partner newsletter June 2022

Welcome to the June 2022 issue of Live Well, our partner newsletter for the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Health and Care Partnership. ACGG_12687_BLMK_-Ics-Newsletter-June_V1.3_22.06.28_15.09Download

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24 June 2022

New Integrated Care Board to meet in public for the first time

NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board (BLMK ICB) will meet for the first time in public on 1 July 2022 to mark the organisation’s inception.

The BLMK…

New Integrated…

22 June 2022

New Mental Health Inpatient Unit for Children and Young People

A new acute mental health inpatient unit for children and young people in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes is set to open before the end of 2022.

Funding of £17m…

New Mental…

20 June 2022

Life Changing Lung Health Checks Programme Comes to Central Bedfordshire

Central Bedfordshire residents are now being invited to the Targeted Lung Health Checks programme, which screens for lung cancer.

Central Bedfordshire is the second area in Bedfordshire to be given…

Life Changing…

16 June 2022

Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Health and Care Partnership to contribute to NHS green savings…

As the UK marks Clean Air Day (16th June) the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Health and Care Partnership (BLMK HCP) Green Plan is set to play its part in helping the NHS…

Bedfordshire, Luton…

16 June 2022

New Vaccination Centre in Milton Keynes

COVID-19 vaccinations were given a “boost” this week as the NHS confirmed the opening of its latest vaccination centre in Milton Keynes.  The new vaccination site will open at Midsummer…

New Vaccination…

15 June 2022

Patients’ views sought on exciting proposal for a new purpose-built Primary Care facility in Bedford

Patients registered with The De Parys Group have been asked to give their views on plans to relocate four of The De Parys Group surgeries to a new purpose-built Primary…

Patients’ views…

13 June 2022

Chief Nursing Director appointed to new Integrated Care Board

Sarah Stanley has been appointed as the Chief Nursing Director for the new NHS Bedfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board, when it takes on statutory responsibilities on 1…

Chief Nursing…

9 June 2022

Chief Primary Care Officer appointed to new Integrated Care Board

Nicky Poulain has been appointed as the Chief Primary Care Officer for the new NHS Bedfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board, when it is established on 1 July…

Chief Primary…

9 June 2022

Macmillan Luton Cancer Community Connector x3

About the job

Salary: £26,975 – £30,095 a year pro rata
Hours per week: 18.50
Contract type: Fixed Term 3 years

Closing date: 21/06/2022
Career Level: Entry Level
Job Type: Contract
Schedule: Part-Time

We have…

Macmillan Luton…

8 June 2022

Climate change, health inequalities and a greener NHS

On the day that Milton Keynes could finally call itself ‘officially’ a city, Deputy CEO Tracy Keech and I attended a Climate Change and Health Inequalities conference at the Hotel…

Climate change,…

31 May 2022

Partner newsletter May 2022

Welcome to the May 2022 issue of Live Well, our partner newsletter for the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Health and Care Partnership.

In this issue we look at creating…

Partner newsletter…

25 May 2022

New online initiative set to help Luton’s children with epilepsy

An NHS team from Luton is using National Epilepsy Week to push a local pilot aimed at improving the care for children and young people who have epilepsy. 

At the…

New online…

24 May 2022

Making sure your child’s MMR vaccination is up to date

Health bosses across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes are encouraging parents to make sure their child is up to date with their vaccinations.  It comes as a new national campaign…

Making sure…

20 May 2022

Don’t get caught out without your prescription medicine

If you rely on regular medication, make sure you get your repeat prescription request in, in good time. 

The turn-around time for routine repeat medicines is usually a week, so allow…

Don’t get…

16 May 2022

Doccla virtual monitoring enables patient care to continue at home

A remote health monitoring system is helping to reduce pressure on our local health system enabling patients in Luton to be monitored and treated at home.

The Doccla Virtual Ward…

Doccla virtual…

11 May 2022

“We can help you much earlier than you think”, says three Bedfordshire and Luton hospice…

“We can help you much earlier than you think” is the rallying call of three Bedfordshire and Luton hospice charities joining forces to encourage more people to get in touch…

“We can…

9 May 2022

Digital Innovations in Healthcare Podcast

In this episode of BLMK Health Conversation On… we are looking at how new technology and digital innovations can improve healthcare services.

From yellow wristbands to blue boxes, this episode…

Digital Innovations…

5 May 2022

Dr Sarah Whiteman’s message to colleagues to apply to be Primary Medical Services Partner Members…

Dr Sarah…

4 May 2022

GPs, nurse practitioners, senior primary care leaders, pharmacists, dentists and optometrists… apply within 

Dr Rima Makarem, Chair Designate of the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board has invited GPs, community pharmacists, dentists, optometrists and senior clinicians and leaders working in primary…

GPs, nurse…

4 May 2022

People with Experience of Birth Trauma or Birth Loss –  Help is Now Available

OCEAN is a new therapeutic mental health service specifically for women in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes who have suffered the loss of a miscarriage, medical termination, a neonatal death…

People with…

28 April 2022

Clinical Dashboard rolled out to support vulnerable older people in Luton

A new dashboard, which allows clinicians to spot vulnerable patients who need additional care to prevent unnecessary admissions to hospital is being rolled out in Luton.

Developed by Cambridgeshire Community…

Clinical Dashboard…

22 April 2022

Local Green Plan launched to support net zero ambition for NHS

Health and care partners in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes are marking Earth Day today with the launch of a Green Plan to support the NHS’s ambition to become the…

Local Green…

20 April 2022

Website launch marks key milestone for Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Health and Care Partnership

The launch of a new website has marked a key milestone in the development of the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Health and Care Partnership.

The Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton…

Website launch…

14 April 2022

5 things we learned from setting up a Health and Wellbeing Alliance in Milton Keynes

by Sonal Mehta- Partnership Lead for Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes ICS, Clare Walton – Chief Executive Officer at Community Action:MK and Peta Wilkinson – Chief Executive of Willen Hospice…

5 things…

13 April 2022

Dr Sarah Whiteman appointed Chief Medical Director for new Integrated Care Board

Dr Sarah Whiteman has been appointed as the Chief Medical Director for the new NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board, when it takes on statutory responsibilities on 1 July 2022. Dr…

Dr Sarah…

11 April 2022

Topping Out milestone marks the halfway point for Grove View Development

The highest point of the new £43 million state-of-the-art Grove View Integrated Health and Care Hub and 98 new one and two-bedroom affordable homes for the over 55s has been…

Topping Out…

11 April 2022

Partner Newsletter: April 2022 issue

Welcome to the April 2022 issue of our partner newsletter for the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Health and Care Partnership.

In this issue we look at Population Health…

Partner Newsletter:…

8 April 2022

How should the Health and Care Partnership listen and involve local people?

Residents across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes are being asked to put forward their views on how they would like to be involved to help shape health services in the…

How should…

30 March 2022

Ukraine’s refugees face a warm welcome at London Luton Airport

A humanitarian hub has been set up at London Luton Airport to provide practical support for air passengers arriving from war-torn Ukraine.

Organised by Bedfordshire’s Local Resilience Forum which brings…

Ukraine’s refugees…

30 March 2022

Statement on Policy Consultation

BLMK CCG Policy Alignment

At the meeting held on 29 March 2022, the Governing Body made a decision on three areas of policy alignment that had been subject to Public…

Statement on…

28 March 2022

Chief Finance Officer appointed to emerging NHS Integrated Care Board

Dean Westcott has been appointed as the Chief Finance Officer for the new NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board, when it takes on statutory responsibilities on 1…

Chief Finance…

23 March 2022

Gold accreditation for NICU at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (L&D) becomes the first hospital in the East of England region to achieve gold accreditation for the…

Gold accreditation…

18 March 2022

New technology helps protect care home residents by alerting staff to early health warning signs

Care homes across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) are using innovative technology to help spot deterioration in their residents, getting them help early and avoiding emergency admission to hospital.

New technology…

14 March 2022

Councillor Tracey Stock appointed Chair Designate of new Integrated Care Partnership

Councillor Tracey Stock has been appointed Chair Designate for the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Partnership, which will be established on 1 July 2022.

Ward Councillor for Sandy, Beeston…

Councillor Tracey…

8 March 2022

NHS campaign encourages organisations to Break the Bias this International Women’s Day

A campaign group promoting flexible working across the NHS is encouraging organisations to Break the Bias this International Women’s Day by asking leaders to talk about how they juggle their lives in…

NHS campaign…

4 March 2022

New health and wellbeing app launches to support health staff in the local area

Primary Care staff across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes are now able to access a new app designed to give each person the power to be resilient, live with confidence…

New health…

1 March 2022

Partner Newsletter: issue 3

Welcome to the third edition of our partner newsletter for the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Health and Care Partnership.

In this issue: how social prescribing saved a lifeshining…

Partner Newsletter:…

21 February 2022

Audit Chair appointed to emerging NHS Integrated Care Board

ANDREW Blakeman has been appointed as the Audit Chair for the new NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board, when it takes on statutory responsibilities on 1 July…

Audit Chair…

18 February 2022

Third Non-Executive Member appointed to Integrated Care Board

Alison Borrett has been appointed to the NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board, as its third Non-Executive Member, when it takes on statutory responsibilities on 1 July…

Third Non-Executive…

18 February 2022

Remuneration Chair appointed to Integrated Care Board

SHIRLEY Pointer has been appointed as the Chair of the Remuneration Committee for the NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board, when it takes on statutory responsibilities on…

Remuneration Chair…

8 February 2022

BLMK NHS staff playing their part to vaccinate residents

In December 2021, NHS staff from Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) were redeployed to the frontline of the vaccination programme to protect vulnerable residents against the Omicron variant of…

BLMK NHS…

7 February 2022

Health and social care leaders collaborate to deliver your future care

Local health and social care professionals have welcomed the launch of a new system which will enable them to view and share important information about your treatment and conditions. This…

Health and…

28 January 2022

Dr Vijay Nayar on Bedford Borough cases rising – How to protect yourself and others

Dr Vijay…

28 January 2022

Dr Roshan Jayalath on Bedford Borough cases rising – How to protect yourself and others

Dr Roshan…

11 January 2022

Lee tells us about Leighton Linslade Helpers and how they’re supporting local families.

Lee tells…

7 January 2022

Dr Ed Sivils explains how to access local medical services

Dr Ed…

21 December 2021

Bea explains why it’s important to volunteer at a vaccination centre

Bea Scholes explains why it’s important to volunteer at a vaccination centre after being inspired by her mom.

Bea explains…

21 December 2021

Samantha tells us about being redeployed as a vaccinator

Samantha Golton Scholes has been redeployed from her role in the NHS and is now working as a trained vaccinator

Samantha tells…

20 December 2021

Keeping it in the family

Over the last few months, a local family from Flitwick have rallied together to support the NHS vaccination programme in many different ways.

Earlier this year Samantha Golton Scholes, a…

Keeping it…

8 December 2021

Big local institutions come together to discuss the future of Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

Local hospitals, councils, social care, emergency services, universities and rail companies, recently came together alongside other big local institutions, to discuss the future of health and living in Bedfordshire, Luton…

Big local…

7 December 2021

“I’ve gained my life back thanks to social prescribing”

Jamie’s life changed forever when Social Prescriber, Victoria, walked in on an unintentional suicide attempt at their initial consultation.

Since then, the two have worked closely together to save Jamie’s…

“I’ve gained…

3 December 2021

Local health system awarded funding to help reduce patient waiting lists.

Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care System (BLMK ICS) has been awarded funding to help the local health system reduce patient waiting lists which have increased during the Covid…

Local health…

1 December 2021

Reflecting on 2021 – Director of Adults’ Services, Bedford Borough Council

Kate Walker, Director of Adults’ Services, Bedford Borough Council

It’s amazing how quickly 2021 has flown by and the ongoing pandemic has continued to be tough for all of us,…

Reflecting on…

1 December 2021

Reflecting on 2021

Laura Church, CEO, Bedford Borough Council

2021 has been a year of real challenge, change and opportunity for me. I took on a new role at Luton Borough Council in…

Reflecting on…

1 December 2021

Winter pressures aren’t just for Christmas

Dr Ian Reckless, Deputy CEO and Medical Director, Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Winter started early for the health and care system.

The season has always been a…

Winter pressures…

22 November 2021

Winter Pressures Podcast

In this episode of BLMK Health Conversation On… we are looking at some of the big considerations as we enter the winter months.

We discuss all the good work we are…

Winter Pressures…

30 October 2021

Health Inequalities Podcast

In the first episode of the BLMK Health Conversations podcast, we are celebrating Black History Month and discussing how we engage with the broad cultural landscape in our area.

We…

Health Inequalities…

21 October 2021

Health Conversations on…Podcast series

We have launched a ‘BLMK Health Conversations On…’ podcast.

The podcast is hosted by Felicity Cox, Executive Lead of the BLMK Integrated Care System.

The podcast show is for anyone…

Health Conversations…

25 January 2022

ICS Partner Newsletter: Issue 02

Welcome to the second edition of our partner newsletter for the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care System. Each month, we’ll bring you the latest news for our area,…

ICS Partner…

14 November 2021

How the Population Health Management approach helped Jane who spent every day in the front…

One of the key reasons I enjoy my role so much is because I get to help people tackle the problems that matter to them.

Social prescribers like myself keep…

How the…

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