South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) is calling for young people aged 14 and over and BME groups to complete our anonymous survey so they can tell us about their experience and/or knowledge of their local health services.

I would be grateful if you could pass on our request to your groups/students and other contacts; it’s easy, straightforward and above all an opportunity for us to improve our communications.

We ask respondents for more information about themselves and invite them to become a member of our Trust at the end. These are purely voluntary but will help us understand more about our diverse communities.

Across the SCAS region, whether a young or and/BME person has used our health services or is interested in a career in healthcare or having their voices listened to on the issues that matter most to them, becoming a member of the Trust is a great way to get involved and make a difference.

Membership is free and also means members across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire can get access to exclusive discounts from well-known brands that are normally only available to NHS staff.

Information is submitted anonymously via

Please don’t hesitate to call me on 01869 365126 for more information, or email

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Monica Moro ACIM | Membership, Engagement and Marketing Support Officer

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust | 7-8 Talisman Road | Bicester | OX26 6HR | Tel: 01869 365126 (Switchboard 01869 365000) | Mobile: 07788 418915 | | |Twitter – follow us @scas999

TB Awareness Training

The public health directorate in collaboration with Public Health England are hosting a TB awareness training event on Tuesday 28th March 13:30 16:30 in the King’s Centre, Oxford, also there will be a buffet lunch at 13:00 for attendees. The aim of the event is to raise awareness of TB, understand more about TB and local services to treat TB. We are particularly looking for organisations working with groups with higher risk of TB, these being homeless people, drug users and ethnic minorities especially from East Timor, India and Pakistan or people working with communities in East Oxford.

Attached is a flyer and registration form for the event.

JOB VACANCY: BYHP – Employability Service Programme Coordinator

Job location (usual place of work): Grimsbury, Banbury

Pay rate: £22,000 – £24,000 PA subject to qualifications & experience

Pay is pro rata?: No

Job title: Employability Service Programme Coordinator

Applications close on date: Monday 27th February 2017

Hours are: Full time

Contract is: Fixed term

Job summary: As part of BYHP’s developing strategy in skills, training and employability, we are looking for a new member of staff to coordinate BYHP’s Employability Service Programme, Unlocking Potential and Job Club, as well as developing new elements to respond to the needs of new project deliverables.

The Employability Service is one of BYHP’s three core services and is well placed for growth and further development in the next three years following success in one major consortium project bid with another nearing conclusion.

The successful candidate will be a mix of qualified teacher, programme leader and business networker, someone who will be as at ease with a vulnerable young person as they are with a guest presenter or a potential local employer.

Whilst this is initially a one year fixed contract position, BYHP is working on projects which are anticipated will continue until the end of 2019 and subject to performance and ongoing funding we expect the role to be required until at least 2019.

The intention is that subject to a satisfactory review at the end of the first year, BYHP would hope to be able to extend the term and provide on-going support and training for the candidate to develop their career further within the organisation.

Employability is a core element of BYHP’s future strategy hence we are working on continuing the Service when these projects conclude.

For a job description and more information please visit:

To apply, please contact: Please email a CV with 2 referees and covering letter of application and motivation by midnight on Monday 27th February 2017 to

Job Vacancy: The Leys Community Development Initiative – PROJECT WORKER FOR OVER 50s

The Leys Community Development Initiative (a local charity based in Blackbird Leys, Oxford)


25 to 30 hours per week, salary in the range of £24,000 to £26,000 p.a. pro rata, according to experience.

An exciting opportunity to build on the success of this 10 year old project working in collaboration with older people in Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys, Oxford, to address their needs.

For more information or to request an application pack ring 01865 395927 or email

Closing date for applications: 28th February 2017

Rural Oxfordshire Network (RON) The launch event of the Rural Oxfordshire Network (RON)

Invitation: Rural Oxfordshire Network (RON)

You are invited to the launch event of the Rural Oxfordshire Network (RON).  This networking forum is for those living and working in rural Oxfordshire.  The event will focus on rural crime and community resilience.

The event will be chaired by Julian Cooper

Julian has served on Oxfordshire County Council (2001-2005), West Oxfordshire District Council (1986-2006 then 2010 till the present day) and Woodstock Town Council (since 1984). He has been Chairman of W.O.D.C. Planning committee, Vice-Chairman of the County Council Planning Committee and Mayor of Woodstock three times.  He is currently the English Vice Chairman of the Local Authority World Heritage Forum and has served on the South East Regional Planning Conference, Oxfordshire Community Health Council as well as on the Executive of Community First Oxfordshire.  He is also Chairman of Woodstock Youth Club.  Julian works as a Life Assurance Salesman.

When: Wednesday 5th April – 9.45 – 12.30
Where: Cassington Village Hall, The Green, Cassington OX29 4AX
Cost: £5.00 to cover expenses

Who should attend?
Anyone who is interested in rural affairs whether they are residents, land-owners or run an organisation.

Register:  Please visit or email

9.30 – coffee
10.00 – 10.05 – Introduction and welcomes from OCVA
10.05 – 10.30 – Key-note speech: Julian Cooper
10.30 – 11.30 – Kath Lowe (Superintendent Kath Lowe, Local Police Area Commander for Cherwell and West Oxfordshire).  A presentation around rural crime and community resilience.
11.30 – 11.45 – break
11.45 – 12.00 – Where next for the Rural Oxfordshire Network including input from OCVA
12.00 – 12.30 – Facilitated discussion lead by OCVA.
12.30 – onwards – networking lunch (BYO)

Cost: £5.00 to cover expenses

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

South & Vale VCS Forum 2017: Registration is now open


We are delighted to announce this years’ South and Vale Voluntary and Community Sector Forum is taking place on Wednesday 15 March 2017 from 9.15am to 4.15pm at Cornerstone Arts Centre, 25 Station Road, Didcot, OX11 7NE. This event is aimed at voluntary and community organisations and groups who work across South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse.

This free one day event is organised jointly by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils and OCVA (Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action).  The aim of the forum is to bring people together from across the districts to learn from each other about best practice and to find out what is happening in the sector.  You can hear updates from the Leaders at South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils and there will be senior OCVA and Oxfordshire County Council representatives. Our key note speakers include a business and voluntary sector specialist who will talk to us about working better together to save money, and a charity director who will give some useful tips for how to get the best out of your volunteers. You will have the opportunity to participate in a facilitated information session to talk with us and with other delegates about the issues that are affecting your organisation and to share some ideas and good practice.

During the facilitated information session you will have time to meet other delegates and there will be other networking opportunities throughout the day during the scheduled breaks and during registration.  Over the lunch period we are running a funding and information fair so you can speak with a range of large and small local and national funders to find out about funding opportunities and tips for applying, and learn more about the sector.  A free lunch and refreshments are provided throughout the event.

Part of the day will be dedicated to a series of training sessions following up on some of the mornings’ themes, volunteering and working together.  Delegates are invited to participate in two training sessions of their choice that will challenge thinking and provide practical information and techniques to some key areas of your work and help strengthen your organisation.

Although this is a free event we do need you to reserve your place to secure your two training sessions.  To register please visit the following link which will provide details of the full programme,

You can register up to three people from your organisation, as space at the event is limited and we want to encourage as many organisations as possible to attend.

There are good public transport links to Cornerstone Arts Centre either by bus or train. If you are driving to the event please refer to for details on where you can secure long term parking. Please allow enough time for your journey and to find parking and get to the venue.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us using the subject heading ‘South and Vale VCS Forum’ and email or call 01865 251946.

We hope you will be able to join us for what should be an informative, thought provoking and interesting day.

On behalf of OCVA, South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council,