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Self-care article

 “Self-care is all about you. It includes knowing about your health and taking simple lifestyle steps to being healthier, including eating healthily, taking regular exercise and dealing with common conditions as well as managing long term conditions effectively. 

Self-care is the best choice to treat minor illnesses and injuries. A large range of common illnesses and injuries can be treated at home simply with over-the-counter medicines and plenty of rest. 

What is self-care? 

Self-care means looking after yourself in a healthy way, whether it’s eating healthily, taking medicine when you have a cold, or doing some exercise. 

How can I self-care? 

Self-care includes the actions you take every day in order to stay fit and maintain good physical and mental health, meet your social and emotional needs, prevent and treat illness, and care more effectively for minor ailments. 

Can anyone help me to self-care? 

Your pharmacist can help you to stock up your medicine cabinet with remedies for minor ailments and illnesses. Some useful additions to your home first-aid kit include:

Painkillers for adults and children

Medicines to help with all kinds of tummy upsets

Tweezers and sharp scissors to remove splinters or cut bandages

A thermometer to check for fever

Antiseptic cream

Antiseptic wipes

A range of bandages, plasters, and dressings for minor cuts, sprains and bruises 

Why should I self-care? 

Keeping yourself fit and healthy can help protect you from illnesses like colds, flu and infections. Making lifestyle changes like quitting smoking or losing weight can also decrease your chances of getting a serious illness like cancer or heart disease. By caring for yourself, you’re helping to make sure NHS services are available for those that really need them. 

What if I don’t know if I can self-care? 

Advice is available free 24/7 on 111 and your pharmacist can also provide support and guidance.

Healthcare in Milton Keynes

NPMC is proud to tell you about the role one of our GP Partners is playing in designing and managing healthcare across the city.  They are doing this through their position as elected board members on Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). 

How does Milton Keynes CCG commission services?

They do this through commissioning changes to local health services by working through programme boards charged to:

  • Maintain and improve quality
  • Keep tight financial control
  • Deliver on the quality & productivity challenge 
  • Give momentum for transition and reform

What is their role?

Dr Tayo Kufeji is the elected board member for Maternity and Children's services.  The plans for this area are based on the principles of delivering quality services that provide demonstrable value for money.  The focus will be on procuring services against outcome measures and benchmarking services with best practice in comparable areas.  The care pathways designed will reflect the intent to avoid admission to hospital and to provide support and advice to allow children to be cared for in the community, or close to home; advocating care that reduces interventions where appropriate, such as normalising birth and reducing unnecessary paediatric admissions.  There is a focus on prevention and providing universal, accessible services with targeted care appropriate to the needs of the individual

How can you get involved:

Patients can get involved by enquiring about our Patient Reference Group. This group helps us shape our services by answering questionnaires on our service electronically. To join please pick up a registration form from the Medical Centre or select patient participation group from the right hand menu side of the page and click on the link patient reference group.

Requirement by NHS England

NHS England require that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the Practice is publicised, and the required disclosure is shown below.  However, it should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the Practice.  It should not be used to form any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparison with any other Practice. 


The mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at Newport Pagnell Medical Centre in the last financial year was £77,743 before tax and National Insurance.  This is for 5 full time GPs, 6 part time GPs and 1 locum GP who worked in the practice for more than six months”.


Practice Management

Caroline Rollings (f)


Managing Partner

Here at NPMC the Managing Partner is responsible for ensuring a smooth and efficient service of care is provided to our patients.


This is achieved by providing strong leadership and managing the strategic direction of the Practice.


At NPMC we have a highly skilled and effective Management Team that support the Managing Partner and development is encouraged for all colleagues across the Medical Centre.


Our Managing Partner always strives to provide the best service and promotes initiative to offer a varied and full service.

Mrs Lynn Becks (f)

Deputy Practice Manager

The deputy practice manager is responsible for managing our patient care services. It involves the responsibility of ensuring that our operations are efficient and effective in terms of meeting customer requirements.  She directly manages our reception team, data quailty team and is a member of the management team.

Debbie Hughes (f)

Lead Nurse

Debbie is the manager of the integrated nursing team which is made up of nurses in the following teams:

  • Advanced specialist nurses
  • Community Matrons
  • District Nurses
  • Health Visitors
  • Practice Nurses

Debbie sees her management role as about supporting and empowering the clinicians she manages in order to ensure excellence of care for patients.  Her role also involves responsibility of care of people with long term conditions ensuring patient pathways are structured and systematic, and that patients benefit from empowering consultations. 

Mrs Wendy Kerr (f)

HR, Provider & Private Services Manager

The Provider Services Manager manages all of our provider services. These include physiotherapy, our consultant clinics, and urogynae clinics. She directly manages our medical secretarial team and is a member of the management team.  Alongside this she is also responsible for all human resources within the practice.


Julie Murray

Travel Clinic & Practice Nurse Admin

 Admin support Child Immunisations, INR clinics & Travel.


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