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Information about the Transformation of Commissioning for Health, Education and Social Care (HESC)

Dear Colleagues,

Transformation of Commissioning across Health, Education and Social Care, across the council and the Clinical Commissioning Group.

As you may be aware I with my fellow directors, in Children’s Services The Clinical Commissioning Group, and Public Health, have undertaken a full review of our Commissioning Arrangements across Oxfordshire. This has been a part of a broader review with the
county council and supports the NHS ICS agenda. As a result, we have a new structure, model, and approach that we are proud to announce.

This is quite a change for Oxfordshire and is both exciting and daunting for us all. In essence, using a Tiers of Need and Life Stage Approach, we have strengthened our Commissioning, Quality Improvement, and Brokerage arrangements. At the same time, we have
significantly increased the amount of Joint Commissioning posts across the Health and Social Care system in Oxfordshire. The new structure also delivers significant savings as part of the changes. 

We appreciate our transformation will have an impact on who you liaise with in the Commissioning Team. Hence, I also want you to be aware of the following appointments that we have made so that you have clear contact names for specific areas.

We are pleased to confirm the following appointments:

  • Lead Commissioner Age Well – Ian Bottomley
  • Lead Commissioner Strategy and Innovation – Natalia Lachkou
  • Commissioning Manager, Start Well, Prevent and Improve - Lajla Johansson
  • Commissioning Manager, Live Well, Improve and Enable - Juliet Long
  • Commissioning Manager, Age Well, Improve and Enable - Helen Wake
  • Commissioning Manager, Age Well, Promote and Prevent - John Pearce
  • Commissioning Manager, Age Well, Support and Protect - Sakina Bi

Please be assured that we take our partnership with you extremely seriously and we are currently working through how best to engage with you in the spirit of co-design for all of our future work together in Oxfordshire. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about our new approach or any suggestions about future engagement that would work for you.

With regards

Stephen Chandler

Managing our payments better - new contact information for children's and adults' services from 23 November 2020

How to contact us about payments for social care packages you provide.

Flu Vaccination for Health and Social Care Staff

You will be aware that staff from Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Oxfordshire County Council are working together to deliver the Winter Plan which includes our plans for enabling staff to access Flu Vaccinations at a local level.

In this respect please find attached a letter (pdf format, 46Kb) which updates you on recent developments and explains how you and your staff can access a Flu Vaccination at your local GP or Pharmacy service.

Flu Vaccinations for people with a Learning Disability

The NHS have produced two short videos about the importance of the flu vaccination for people with a learning disability:

Caring for someone who had had COVID-19

Social Care Institute for Excellence have shared guidance  for those caring for someone who has had Covid at home: Providing care and support at home to people who have had COVID-19

Cost and market review of home care services - November 2020

Unregistered provider fined £44,003 after CQC brings prosecution

Infection control and winter preparedness

Oxfordshire Market Position Statement 2019 - 2022

NHS-funded nursing care rate announced for 2020 to 2021

The NHS-funded nursing care standard rate. The NHS-funded nursing care rate is being increased to £183.92 from 1 April 2020.

Continuing health care

About the NHS Continuing Healthcare programme


The Oxfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board

Training dates

If you have queries about the training, email

General information

Annual price review letter 31.03.2020

Making payments

Press release - HSE

Please note the following press release from the Health and Safety Executive. It relates to a provider in Essex but is relevant in terms of compliance with Health and Safety requirements, particularly when carrying out refurbishment/development.

Business continuity

Care Act: resources for providers

Care home support

Dignity, equalities and human rights

Market position statement

Oxfordshire Market Position Statement 2019 - 2022

The Market Position Statement (MPS) sets out the current and anticipated demand for adult social care and related services and how we plan to meet these needs. It is aimed at existing and potential providers of care homes, home care, mental health services, Extra Care Housing, Supported Living, employment and daytime opportunities and other care services and provides essential information for all involved in the Oxfordshire care market.

It was co-produced with care providers and people that use services and is jointly published by Oxfordshire County Council and Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group. We recognise that Oxfordshire’s care market is essential for providing both health and social care. We intend to engage with our care providers across all services to ensure Oxfordshire’s population has access to a wide range of good value, high quality and innovative services.

We have also produced an Extra Care Housing MPS Supplement which provides details of the demand for extra care housing and where we expect it to be developed.


Prices and rates

Safeguarding (adults and children)

Health and safety 

Fire risk assessments

Shared care protocols

These joint working protocols have been developed by Oxfordshire County Council's Social and Community Services and The Primary Care Trust in Oxfordshire who represent the independent providers of domiciliary care services in Oxfordshire.

They are used when clients living in their own homes in the community require health and social care services from the Primary Care Trust and Social and Community Services to be delivered by providers of domiciliary care services.