Update on Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) services in Wiltshire

We understand that you may have some concerns about adult ADHD services in Wiltshire. Here is an update to let you know what is happening currently:

The contract for adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) services in Wiltshire is held by Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust (AWP). The current contract will come to an end at the end of March.   We have negotiated a temporary adult ADHD contract with AWP to cover the period from 1 March 2016 until 31 August 2016. This extension will ensure that a large proportion of the current services can continue until we are able to review the whole contract, and a permanent two year contract can be agreed. The new contract will be in place by 1 September 2016. If we achieve this earlier you will, of course, be advised accordingly.

Until this time AWP will continue to provide an ongoing service for:

  • Existing patients who have already been assessed and diagnosed
  • Existing patients who require ongoing follow up and prescribing
  • Patients already being cared for under the shared care process
  • Urgent and/or prioritised new referrals as approved by the CCG Exceptions Panel

However, AWP will not be accepting new referrals unless identified as above.

We apologise for any worry or concern this may cause. We will be working with AWP to quickly resolve any issues over the next few weeks to allow new contract terms to be agreed. We will provide details of any changes to the adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) services in Wiltshire as soon as we are able.

 

Wiltshire’s plan to tackle obesity: have your say

Residents are being asked to have their say on Wiltshire Council and NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) plan to tackle the issue of obesity in the county.

Obesity impacts on everyone, so the council and CCG are keen to hear from as many people as possible to get their feedback on this draft strategy ahead of the consultation deadline on 30 April.

In Wiltshire, 29.3% of children aged 10 to 11 years old are overweight or obese, along with 63.6% of adults.

The draft strategy is based on feedback from last year’s Wiltshire Obesity Summit and on evidence of what works in preventing and addressing the challenges posed by obesity.

The strategy aims to halt and then reverse the obesity situation in the county, and will complement and build on work already underway to support Wiltshire residents to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Wiltshire Council corporate director Maggie Rae said:
Local communities can play a really important role in preventing obesity and helping everybody to make the healthy choice the first choice.

Obesity is a major issue that can increase the risk of developing a range of diseases and conditions including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and a stroke. We want to ensure that we have a plan in place that will make a difference which results in not only a healthier population, but a happier one too.”

Wiltshire Council's cabinet member for public health, Keith Humphries, said:
“Obesity is a nationwide problem and one we are tackling head on here in Wiltshire. Having a local obesity problem has a significant negative impact on health and wellbeing so it’s important we do everything we can now to prevent it from happening.

“I hope people take the time out to comment on our strategy as their feedback will play a vital role in developing and implementing the strategy.”

Dr Peter Jenkins, Chair, NHS Wiltshire CCG, said:
“Wiltshire’s ever increasing waistline is placing real pressure on the NHS. Diabetes, heart attacks, strokes and even cancer can all be directly linked to obesity. Our joint obesity strategy is designed to encourage individuals to take personal responsibility for their health. To make those lifestyle changes that will help people to live longer, healthier lives and as a direct consequence reduce the associated cost to the NHS.”

To take part in the consultation, click here.

Planned industrial strike action by junior doctors – 10 February 2016

Acute hospitals in our area (Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust; Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust) have plans in place to minimise disruption during the industrial strike action scheduled to take place on 10 February 2016, by junior doctors in England. Patients who are affected by the strike action will have been notified directly by their health care provider. If you have not been contacted directly, you should attend your routine health appointments as usual.