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Darren backs Westbury defib campaign

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, is backing a resident’s campaign for a new defibrillator in Westbury on Trym village.

The village previously had a defibrillator at a local pub but because of changes in ownership, that’s been moved to Kings Weston House. It is hoped a life-saving defibrillator will be placed at The White Lion pub, but residents are taking no chances by fundraising to ensure a new home is found for a defibrillator.

Darren also is also aware of fundraising being undertaken by the local church and hopes both groups can combine their efforts to secure this much-needed piece of equipment.

You can find out more about the fundraising efforts and donate here.

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Darren continues to support Bristol’s Cystic Fibrosis patients

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has continued to fight for access to Orkambi for the 10,400 people with Cystic Fibrosis in the UK.

Following multiple communications supported by Darren last year, the MP has co-signed new letters to Vertex Pharmaceuticals and the Secretary of State for Health and Social, Matt Hancock,  requesting both parties urgently sit down together and resolve the negotiations regards Orkambi so those with cystic fibrosis can have access to this revolutionary drug.

Darren said:

“After many, many months of meetings and letters,  it is unacceptable this drug – Orkambi – has been licensed for over four years yet it is still not available for the people in the UK that sorely need it. Median life expectancy for someone with CF is just 47 – in the context of that stark figure four years is harrowingly long to wait. People with Cystic Fibrosis must not have to keep waiting for this treatment to be available.

NHS England and Vertex need to sit down as a matter of the strongest urgency and sort this out and the government should be facilitating that discussion. These delays are causing unnecessary suffering to my constituents and thousands across the country”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can find out more about Cystic Fibrosis and the support available here.

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Darren warns against rushed NHS-Amazon Alexa partnership

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has written to the Information Commissioner and the Competition and Markets Authority to argue that there should be more oversight over a proposed deal between the Department of Health and Amazon. The deal would allow Amazon Alexa virtual assistants to give its users health advice from the NHS. Darren is concerned that patients have not been asked about what health data they think it is appropriate for Amazon to hold.

Darren said:

“This decision has been taken without any scrutiny or accountability to Parliament and – as far as I’m aware – without any attempt to understand if patients are content with this service.”

On the 25th of July Darren received a response from the Chief Executive of the Competition and Markets Authority, Andrea Coscelli.

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Darren signs Cancer UK Pledge

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has signed Cancer Research UK’s Pledge (in full below) reinforcing that he will continue to support the NHS in fighting cancer. Southmead Hospital is sited within Darren’s constituency.

Darren has previously written to the government calling for more support for young cancer patients, the need for early detection of bowel cancer, post-treatment support for breast cancer patients and backed Breast Cancer Now’s ‘Wear it Pink’ campaign.

Darren said:

“I am delighted to have signed Cancer Research UK‘s pledge to Stand with the NHS Against Cancer.

We need a long-term, fully funded plan for a specialist cancer workforce. Without this plan, workforce shortages risk undermining the investment into the NHS and the ambitions of diagnosing 75% of cancers at an early stage by 2028.

I will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with our NHS.”

Darren recently nominated some of the team’s at Southmead for NHS Parliamentary Awards and one of these nominations went on to win the national award for employee wellbeing. To follow Darren’s work on health please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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News: Bristol City Council’s SEND Investment

Bristol City Council has recently reviewed it’s SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Strategy.

Feedback from Special schools and data from the Council Place Planning Team suggest that many SEND settings are reaching capacity and if diagnosis rates remain as they are, full capacity will be reached by 2020/21. The data also shows that the largest need types are for children with autistic needs including SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health), ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and ASC (Autism Spectrum Conditions).

Further to these recommendations, Bristol City Councils’ Cabinet have recently approved £2,057,009 condition grant funding to education capital budget.

In Bristol North West, £3,822,386 (basic need grant funding) has been approved by Cabinet to Kingsweston Special School to make permanent critical complex needs provision.

Additionally, Cabinet approved £200,000 (SEND grant funding) to Claremont and Elmfield, to develop and consult on more detailed options for managing the buildings deteriorating condition.

Cabinet noted the possibility that a future solution for the condition issues at Elmfield and Claremont may require a contribution from capital receipts, beyond the available capital grant funding.

You can find more Cabinet decisions and more information on the SEND Strategy by visiting here.

Darren said:

“It’s great news that Bristol City Council has approved various funding for SEND provisions across Bristol. I speak to many constituents on a weekly basis who are, or have family members facing difficulties accessing SEND settings, so it is vital that these provisions receive funding to improve and maintain them. At a time where local councils have suffered detrimental cuts by the Government, it’s good to see that SEND is a priority for Bristol City Council.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Southmead NHS staff win national Parliamentary award

In 2019, MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones once again submitted a number of nominations to the annual NHS Awards. All nominees work for North Bristol NHS Trust and are based at Southmead Hospital, the hospital in Darren’s constituency, and were nominated by peers or managers. Darren was delighted to hear one of these nominations was selected as the regional award winner and would be invited to attend the Parliamentary Awards held this week (10th July 2019). It is with great pride that the team went on to win the national award for wellbeing at work. Darren was able to join the team attending and thank them for their efforts.

The purpose of the awards is to celebrate the NHS, identify and highlight innovative and high-quality care across every constituency in England, and thank staff for their dedication, hard work and commitment by recognising and honouring their achievements.

Darren said of the win:

“I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Southmead Hospital on many occasions, so I am delighted to hear my nomination in the Wellbeing at Work category has won the Trust this prestigious NHS Award. The staff and volunteers at North Bristol NHS Trust work hard, and often in very challenging circumstances. Whilst the team’s focus is on caring and supporting their patients, it is right that staff and volunteers have opportunity to focus on their own needs too. The Wellbeing at Work programme ensures staff and volunteers can access support and activities related to a whole range of health and wellbeing topics.  I made this nomination as I was really inspired when I heard the Chief Executive’s strap line to staff was ‘your health is as important as our patients’. That’s right, as ultimately staff who are absent due to illness, feel unsupported or are struggling, aren’t going to be able to provide the best care for their patients and may end up needing NHS care themselves.

I was genuinely impressed with the broad range of needs that had been considered in the programme from caring responsibilities, menopause to flu clinics, setting up health walks and training Mental Health First Aiders. It is accurate to say, the team at North Bristol NHS Trust are leading the way when it comes to Wellbeing at Work. I could not be prouder that the Hospital in my constituency has received this national award – well done to everyone involved”.

You can also follow Darren’s work on Health here.

 

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Watch: Darren demands greater accountability in NHS procurement

For patients, NHS staff and other stakeholders, the arcane procurement process can be completely mystifying. In practice, this means less accountability and not enough certainty about the future of service provision locally and their livelihoods. As Darren argued in a Westminster Hall debate secured by Bristol South MP Karin Smyth this afternoon, the process needs to be made much simpler and more transparent.

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Southmead wins regional award after Darren’s nomination

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones has expressed his delight that a local programme has been named regional champion in a prestigious competition to celebrate excellence in health and care in England.

The NHS Parliamentary Awards, supported by Fuji Film, recognise the massive contribution made by the individuals who work in and alongside the NHS.

Launched in March, the awards asked MPs to find and nominate those individuals or teams they thought have made the biggest improvements to health services across ten categories. Darren submitted six nominations for staff and programmes based at Southmead Hospital, which is sited in the MP’s Bristol North West constituency.

North Bristol NHS Trust’s Wellbeing Programme was nominated for the new Wellbeing at Work Award by Darren with the MP citing the programme as an inspirational leader in the field of employee wellbeing within the NHS.

Having been named champions by senior regional NHS experts, they will now vie with other regional winners from across England for the national award, to be presented at a special ceremony in the Palace of Westminster in July.

Darren Jones MP said:

“I know that everyone in Bristol will share my delight and pride that North Bristol NHS Trust’s Wellbeing Programme has been named regional champion. I made this nomination as I was really inspired when I heard the Chief Executive’s strap line to staff was ‘your health is as important as our patients’. That’s right, as ultimately staff who are absent due to illness, feel unsupported or are struggling, aren’t going to be able to provide the best care for their patients and may end up needing NHS care themselves.

I was also impressed with the broad range of needs that had been considered in the programme from caring responsibilities, menopause to flu clinics, setting up health walks and training Mental Health First Aiders. It’s fair to say, the programme at North Bristol NHS Trust is leading the way when it comes to wellbeing at work. They are also representing the thousands of staff and volunteers who work day in, day out across our city and region to shape, deliver and support health and care services, and we’ll all be backing them to win the national award in July.”

From more than 500 entries, senior experts in each region have chosen ten outstanding nominations, which exemplify the best of what the NHS and its partners do day in, day out.

All the champions will be invited to the national awards ceremony, which will be held on July 10th.

The ceremony will be hosted by Dr Sara Kayat, NHS GP & TV Doctor best known for This Morning, Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls and GPs: Behind Closed Doors. A special performance from the NHS Choir.

The regional champions will now go forward to a final round of judging by a panel including the leaders of Royal Colleges, Carers UK, AGE UK, a member of the NHS Youth Forum and the Patients Association – collectively representing millions of health and care workers and patients.

You can also follow Darren’s work on Health here.

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Darren to join Loneliness Awareness Week events

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones,  will be joining Marmalade Trust’s Loneliness Awareness Week’s closing party, on Friday 21st June at the Colston Hall.   Darren will also be hosting his own ‘Great Get Together Picnic’ in Horfield on Saturday 22nd June.

Darren said:

“It’s Loneliness Awareness Week and to help celebrate efforts to bring the city together, I’ll be joining the Marmalade Trust‘s closing party at the Colston Hall on Friday.

Loneliness is a common emotion that we are all likely to experience at some point in our lives. To help raise awareness, and change the way we think about and acknowledge loneliness, the Marmalade Trust are partnering with Bristol Music Trust and the Colston Hall to host ‘Be Together Bristol; a day of free fun activities, performances and exhibitions on Friday 21st June. I’ll also be hosting my own picnic, on Saturday in Horfield, to help bring our local community together here in North Bristol. I hope you can join one of the events?”

To find out more about the Marmalade Trust’s events please visit: www.marmaladetrust.org/be-together-bristol/

 

 

 

 

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CCG reply – Mental Health Contract

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has now received a reply to his enquiry following the recent awarding of a CCG contract for mental health (psychotherapy services) to Vita Health Services:

To follow Darren’s work on health click here.