February Healthwatch Briefing 
Five local Healthwatch Oppose "top down" plans

Healthwatch West Berkshire and four other local Healthwatch (Healthwatch Reading, Healthwatch Wokingham Borough, Healthwatch Buckinghamshire and Healthwatch Oxfordshire) have jointly voiced their opposition to ‘top down’ proposals to shift planning and funding of NHS services away from communities.

In a submission to NHS England (NHSE), the patient and service user organisations say ‘the overwhelming impression is of a ‘top down’ structuring proposal’ which would result in a regional grouping of 1.8million residents for convenience, rather than starting with individuals and their needs.

Click
here of you would like to read more information, including our response, and the original consultation.

Oxford vaccine may reduce transmission by 67% protection 'remains for three-month jab interval'

The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine may have a "substantial effect" on transmission of coronavirus, and a three-month gap between doses does not lower protection, according to a report.

Test results by the University of Oxford, published in a pre-print report with The Lancet, showed a 67% reduction in positive COVID19 swabs among those vaccinated.

In the report, the university also said that a single standard dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is 76% effective from day 22 to day 90 after the jab.

This means protection is not reduced in the three months between the first and second dose.

Click here or the image above to read further details.
 
Children's Mental Health Week
Children's Mental Health Week is taking place on 1-7 February 2021. This year's theme is Express Yourself.

Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself.

To mark the start of Children’s Mental Health Week, The Duchess of Cambridge has sent a message of support, encouraging children and parents to find ways to share their thoughts and feelings, particularly during such a challenging time. Click
here to watch the video message. 

Click
here if you would like to see a list of services that can help you get through lockdown if you need support.
If you are a parent of a child using the CAMHS service or waiting to use the CAMHS service, we are looking for feedback. Click HERE or the image above to access the survey.
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