The latest edition of Insight is now out featuring 76 pages filled with news, views and features on Oxford Health’s staff and services, designed to inspire and inform our patients, teams, trust members and the wider public.

Blue Ice, our cold mood-boosting app that’s winning awards and stopping self-harm for child and adolescent patients, is the cover story.

Delivered to 1,700 key people and organisations – from all libraries, GPs, hospital waiting areas and patient groups across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Wiltshire where only a physical copy will do –  there is also a digital version available for people to download helping support the trust’s wider plans to be more environmentally friendly and sustainable.

What’s inside?

The magazine has special features on retiring chief executive Stuart Bell; managing director for mental health and learning disabilities Debbie Richards and chief nurse Marie Crofts.

We take a look at the mental health support teams blazing a trail in schools across Buckinghamshire; the family nurse partnership that’s aiming to change the world one baby at a time; and the trust’s expanding Creating With Care programme that’s brightening the lives of patients in our community hospitals.

Causes for celebrations include CQC inspections, which rated both the trust and the GP Out of Hours service as ‘good’, and the Ofsted inspection of our career-forging apprenticeship programme.

There’s also the reopening of City Community Hospital, a chance to meet out matrons and a delve into the ground-breaking work of the Oxfordshire Stroke Rehabilitation Unit.

Be inspired

Be inspired by our award winners; whether it’s all the incredible people and teams who won in the annual Staff Recognition Awards or the Oxon CAMHS OSCA team which helps hard to reach, high risk young people with complex needs. It was crowned the victor in the prestigious national Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards in the children and young people category.

Mandy McKendry, matron for urgent and ambulatory care across Oxfordshire, also won national recognition as a 2019 Helpforce Champion for her work with volunteers in community hospitals.

This Insight edition also celebrates our nursing graduates, Brookes placements and asks people to be motivated by project manager Sam Gillanders and her very personal reasons for asking you to sign up as a Dementia Friend.

There’s a special five page section taking a delve into some of the award-winning research being carried out at Oxford Health.

Community news

We take a look at the Oxford Health Charity appeal for Lucy’s Room, a special music therapy haven for adult patients that’s being planned in memory of a very special young mum; and thank our charity fundraising crusaders who’ve battled on to raise vital funds that will make a difference to our mental health patients.

There are pictures galore of HealthFest and Community HealthFest – helping to revive a bit of summer colour and recollections of a hugely successful community involvement event.

Back to the dark days of winter and we show how we are fighting flu – not only by immunising our own workforce against the influenza virus, but also our school nursing teams who are on a mission to immunise 56,000 children.

We explain why people with long term health conditions and the pregnant are at risk from influenza and should make having a jab a priority.

And finally we feature a range of pages that aims to help the wider public ‘Help Us to Help You’ over the winter months. Detailing how people can create their own winter plans for both mental and physical health, this section supports the wider health and social care system’s approach to delivering  more responsive and joined up services.

Director of Communications, Lorcan O’Neill commented:

“The latest Insight celebrates and shows great work by caring and dedicated teams of people across so many areas of our trust. We hope everyone will find it an interesting and entertaining read, packed with tips, useful information and advice.”