Information Governance Survey from Oxford University Hospitals

The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Information Governance (IG) Team are responsible for governing the way the Trust uses personal data. We are seeking to gain a better understand how you view the use of your data, how well you are informed about data use, and how secure you feel the data is kept.

 This information will help us to improve the services we provide, inform policy making, and contribute to the Trust’s submission to the NHS IG Toolkit. The IG toolkit is a national standard for information governance.

 We would be grateful if you could complete the short anonymous survey below, and share with friends and family.

Information Governance Team

Olivia Galloway (née Hay) Patient Experience Project Manager
Patient Experience Team
Room 14, Stable Block
John Radcliffe Hospital
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Headley Way
Landline: 01865 (2)21578
Mobile: 07342 086 700

Tune in at 8:20am on Sunday 5th February to BBC Radio Oxford

Tune in at 8:20am on Sunday 5th February to BBC Radio Oxford and hear about the Touch Tours run at Oxford University museums.

These tours open up the museum to people who are blind and visually impaired. One of their volunteers will be coming on the air along with a regular attendee to talk about the value of the tours and how you can enjoy them as a volunteer or as an attendee.

OCVA News: Tune in to BBC Radio Oxfordshire this Sunday morning

Tune in to BBC Radio Oxfordshire this Sunday morning at 8:20am for the first of a NEW weekly programme celebrating Oxfordshire’s volunteers and the impact they have. Each week a different charity will be taking to the airwaves as volunteers and the people they help discuss the difference their volunteering makes. If you would like your charity to participate in one of these volunteering conversations please email

Introducing the Locality and Community Support Service (LCSS)

The Locality and Community Support Service (LCSS) has been created as part of Oxfordshire County Council’s, Children’s Services Integration Programme. The Programme will deliver an alignment of Children’s Social Care and the Early Intervention Service.

LCSS will work with professionals and provide the following services:

v Advice and guidance to all community professionals who have concerns about a child or family, which is not an immediate safeguarding concern  (these should be referred straight to the MASH)
v A named link worker to specific organisations for example schools and GP
v A No Names Consultation service which enables professionals to talk through concerns for children where there is no consent from the family
v Support professionals when a MASH enquiry does not lead to a Statutory Children’s Services referral , to ensure that Early Help Assessment (EHA) (previously CAF)/Team Around the Family (TAF) processes are in place within the community
v Support professionals to access targeted support within Children’s Services to ensure children get the right support at the right time
v Audit all Early Help Assessments and support professionals to complete them where appropriate, and offer feedback to support on-going professional  development
v Provide support to Lead Professionals, including the provision of advice and attendance at Team Around the Family meetings where appropriate
v Deliver Early Help Assessment & Team around the Family training to ensure plans are child centred and family focussed. In addition the team will facilitate local network and  training events in response to your area’s need
v Share  information of the services/resources available to partners which can be used to support children and families within their locality
v If the family has an EHA/TAF and non-immediate safeguarding concerns arise that require a referral to Children’s Social Care the LCSS worker, if in support,  will make the referral to the MASH

The LCSS is currently in its induction period and will be fully operational from the 1st March 2017. Over the next couple of months you will start to see or have contact with members of the team as they start to pick up different strands of work. These strands are outlined below

Timescale for Implementation

No Names Consultations
A No Names Consultation enables professionals to talk through concerns they have for children when there is not an immediate safeguarding concern and where there is no consent from the family. This service is currently provided by the Senior Locality Social Workers but will move to the LCSS Teams.

Please continue to contact your Senior Locality Social Worker directly for a No Names Consultation, until 31st January 2017. From the 1st February 2017, LCSS will take on the role of providing No Names Consultations. From this date please contact your local LCSS Team on:

LCSS North Tel: 0345 2412703
LCSS Central Tel: 0345 2412705
LCSS South Tel: 0345 2412608

Early Help Assessment & Team around the Family Advice & Support
The LCSS Teams will start to provide advice and support to professionals on Early Help Assessments (EHA-formerly CAF’s) and Team around the Family (TAFs). They will also be responsible for the storage, auditing and feedback to professionals on EHAs and TAFs completed.

This role is currently provided by the Early Intervention Hubs. Please continue to follow current practice and call your local Early Intervention Hub for CAF/TAF advice and support, and send all CAF and TAF minutes to them until 28th February 2017. From the 1st March 2017, LCSS will take on this role and EHA’s and TAF minutes will need to be sent to your local LCSS  team. Their details are:


LCSS North Samuelson House, Tramway Rd, Banbury OX16 5AU


LCSS Central Knights Court, Between Towns Road, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 3LX


LCSS South Abbey House, Abbey Close, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3JD


New Early Help Assessment & Threshold of Need
As part of the Children’s Service’s Integration Programme, the current CAF, TAC and Thresholds of Need has been reviewed and redesigned. We will be moving to a new Early Help Assessment (EHA) and Team around the Family (TAF) Plan. All have received full sign-off, approval and backing from the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB).

We are currently working on the roll out of all of these new documents as well as redesigning the Early Help Assessment Training to support these documents. We are planning to roll these all out from the 1st March 2017. The Early Help Assessment Training will shortly be available to book via the OSCB website.

Until this time please use current CAF/TAF and Threshold of Need documents and follow the above processes.

Further information will follow about the roll out and launch of the new Early Help Assessment, Team around the Family Plan, Threshold of Needs, Early Help Assessment Training and LCSS link workers for your area.


Minor modifications to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Draft Charging Schedule (DCS).

You may recall that Vale of White Horse District Council is carrying out a public consultation on a number of modifications to the DCS ahead of a Public Examination on 23 February 2017 (with 24 February held in reserve for continuation if required).

The Planning Inspector has reviewed the DCS and has requested clarification on four minor inconsistencies. This has resulted in the Council updating the DCS as follows;

·       including reference to South of Faringdon in Table 1 (section 1.7)

·       adding maps for Shrivenham and Didcot (pages 8 and 9)

·       rewording the title of map 4 to Charging zone for supermarkets and retail warehousing in section 1.13 (now map 6)

·       updating CIL Zone 4 to charging zone for supermarkets and retail warehousing in the key to map 4 (now map 6 – page 10)

Full details of the Inspector’s comments and a copy of the updated Draft Charging Schedule are available on our website Paper copies are available at the Council offices and at libraries across the district.

If you wish to participate in the consultation but haven’t yet submitted your comments, please note that the deadline for feedback is 5pm on Thursday 26 January. Please be aware that all comments we receive will be publicly available to view on our website. Responses to the consultation can be made:

Thank you in advance for your participation in this consultation. If you have any questions, please contact us by return email or call 01235 422600.

OCVA – some sad news

OCVA has received the very sad news that Jim Flux from Deddington died suddenly earlier this week.  Jim has been an avid supporter and champion for the Voluntary and Community Sector locally in Cherwell as well as across Oxfordshire for many years.  He sat on many forums and partnerships including Oxfordshire Stronger Communities Alliance and the Cherwell Local Strategic Partnership.  His wealth of knowledge and willingness to support others made him a popular member of the sector.  OCVA owes much to his guidance and for many years he was an active board member.  He will be most sincerely missed.

Christians Against Poverty – information workshops and advice


I attach information about the forthcoming Oxford-based CAP Money budgeting courses, designed to help people get a handle on their personal finances. The course has run for seven years now, with many tens of thousands attending across the country. It is free and open to anyone. Each of the three sessions lasts two hours.The next opportunities for Oxford residents to participate begin two weeks from now.

We recommend the course as debt prevention to anyone struggling with personal money management, though all kinds of people attend from the curious to the heavily indebted. Delegates don’t need to share personal information, no financial knowledge is required, and this is not just for people with a church connection. Where delegates require assistance, it’s fine if a support person accompanies them.

I am attaching a pdf with details. These handbills can be printed and displayed, or just used as information. The best way to register is to visit the website and to search by postcode.

We would like to encourage maximum publicity and hope to have 12 delegates at each of the courses.

cap-money-course-oxford-jan-2017  cap-money-leaflet


P.S. For immediate debt help, phone 0800 328 0006 to arrange a home visit from a member of staff from the Oxford CAP team. Anyone already accessing debt counselling from CAP will be offered a tailored version of CAP Money at some point in the process.

John Livingstone Community Links Co-ordinator Christians Against Poverty

Sport England – Tackling Inactivity

Sport England has made two very exciting announcements which mark the start of their new work on tackling inactivity.  They published Tackling Inactivity: A Guide to Sport England’s approach and investment. This document explains their approach to tackling inactivity, and provides some general guidance and support to organisations who are considering applying for funding from them or seeking to work in partnership with them. They also launched the Active Ageing Fund. This launches their nationwide hunt for brilliant ideas to help older people get active. This is the first round of their new dedicated fund as part of their overall plans to tackle inactivity. A share of £10 million of National Lottery funding will be invested in the projects that are most likely to work. They are looking for both new partners and ones they’ve worked with before who are willing to work with them to co-design innovative, different and experimental approaches that put older people at the heart of their work.

We are aware that there are several organisations/partners across the county that would be interested in accessing some of the funding. I am in the process of contacting organisations that may be interested in being involved in an Oxfordshire wide bid and looking to draw together partners for a discussion in early January.

I am hoping to get an idea of whether there are other partners/organisations that are interested in accessing some of the Active Ageing Funding in Oxfordshire. I would therefore be grateful if you could drop me a brief email indicating any intentions/ideas that you or your partners may have at this stage.

I look forward to hearing back from you.  Jenny Shaw


Best Wishes




Jenny Willson (née Shaw)