An NHS Bucks-based group has been shortlisted for an award.

The NHS Buckinghamshire CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) were nominated in the Self Care Forum Coronavirus Innovations Awards, for their work during the current pandemic.

The awards focus on practice and innovations in self care that were put in place during the pandemic, with the group being nominated for the ‘Patient Education for Long Term Conditions’ entry.

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Dr Raj Bajwa, Clinical Chair of NHS Buckinghamshire CCG, said: “We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for these awards, and to have the hard work of our team recognised.

“We have some very dedicated and passionate members of staff who have been determined to support people in Buckinghamshire through some very tough times – particularly people who have been shielding and are living with long-term conditions.

“Helping people to understand ways they can make a few simple changes to their lifestyle can have a huge impact and help them to lead healthier lives for longer.

“We’re very proud that our work is being held up as a good example to healthcare organisations across the country.”

Helen Donovan, Self Care Forum chair and Professional Lead for Public Health at the Royal College of Nursing added: “Self care has been an essential part of the nation’s response to Covid-19.

“Handwashing, social distancing and mask-wearing helps to protect ourselves and others against coronavirus.

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“But many people have needed more support and this has led to exemplary innovation as individuals and organisations have stepped up to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in their communities.”

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