Lift Psychology in Swindon and Wiltshire are offering free courses for people recently diagnosed with dementia and their carers.  It’s a chance to meet and talk to others who are going through the same thing.

The course runs for eight weeks.  The first session is for both those with a diagnosis and their carer together.  There will then be separate sessions in the following weeks with the last session being held for both.

Sessions will also look at topics such as:

  • Memory aids and strategies
  • Feelings, coping with stress, social situations and relationships
  • Learning about dementia
  • Living as well as you can with dementia and staying active

The course will be held at:

Devizes Quaker Meeting House
Sussex Wharf
The Nursery
Devizes SN10 2AE

Between 2pm and 3.15pm on 13 October 2014.

To reserve a place, call Jackie Freeman, manager of LIFT Devizes on 01380 731335.

Please note, you must be registered with a Wiltshire GP to be eligible to attend this course.

To learn more about LIFT Psychology in Swindon and Wiltshire, click here.

Representatives from Wiltshire CCG will be attending the Area Board meeting at Calne on 7 October.  Come along and meet us and listen to our update on how we want to make your healthcare better for you.

There will also be a Health Fair where you can pick up information, leaflets, and other goodies.  Copies of our Annual Report and Accounts will also be available.

For more information see here.

Representatives from Wiltshire CCG will be at Amesbury Village Hall on 2 October at the Area Board meeting.  There will also be a stall at the Health Fair, which runs between 4 and 8pm, where you can pick up information about the CCG including copies of our Annual Report and Accounts.

For more information see here.

Representatives from Wiltshire CCG will be at the Marlborough Area Board on 30 September.  It starts at 5.30pm and runs until 8.30pm and is being held at Marlborough Town Hall, High Street, Marlborough SN8 1AA.

There will be a Health Fair, which is open throughout the event, and a presentation on the Better Care Fund by the CCG between 7 and 7.30pm.

Representatives from Wiltshire Council will also be there.

For more information see Wiltshire Council’s website.


Prevalence of women giving birth who classed themselves as smokeNew figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show that Wiltshire has the highest levels of immunisation for most routine childhood vaccinations, with MMR coverage for children aged two and over hitting the WHO target of 95%.  The average for England overall is below the WHO target at 92.7% so this is excellent news for WIltshire.

The full report can be viewed here:


Health Fairs

Wiltshire Council are holding health fairs at their Area Board meetings where GPs and executive members of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group are attending and where members of the public can go along and find out about local health services within their community and future plans for health services within Wiltshire.

The health fairs are being held throughout Wiltshire and more information on what dates and time the next meetings are can be found on Wiltshire Council’s website – click here

As part of World Sepsis Day, Great Western Hospital held an event last Friday and invited, as guest of honour, Ann Brady, who developed septicaemia last August.  Her life was saved by the care and skill she received at the hospital.

Sepsis kills more than 37,000 people a year.  It can develop from a minor infection or even a bite and see the body attack its own organs and tissue.

For more about this story, see This is Wiltshire or Great Western Hospital’s website

World Sepsis Day website

The 100 Day Challenge is an internal programme launched by Wiltshire CCG and Wiltshire Council on 1 September, to improve the way health and social care professionals work together for the people of Wiltshire.  It will end on 9 December 2014.

The Salisbury Journal has launched a new appeal for Salisbury District Hospital’s breast cancer unit.  Their aim is raise £750,000.

The new facilities will make it possible to deliver care for breast cancer patients in one place and enable the dedicated team to deliver a diagnosis on the same day.  Clinics and counselling rooms will also be on hand, which will reduce the number of visits to the hospital and provide a positive environment that will aid recovery.

So far, over £190,000 has been raised.

See also Salisbury Journal:

Salisbury District Hospital


It’s been a year since Salisbury District Hospital began offering the Macmillan Cancer Support programme.  The programme lasts for eight weeks and is offered to all cancer patients at the hospital.

A Macmillan adviser is on hand to go through exercise plans, relaxation techniques, discuss any financial worries, diet and any problems with sleeping.

For further information about how Macmillan can help you:

Salisbury District Hospital:


Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking challenge from Public Health England is encouraging smokers in Wiltshire to swap their fags for gags, to help them quit for good this October.

The campaign is supported by comedians Al Murray, Paddy McGuiness and others who will use their humour to help smokers during the 28 day challenge.

For more information go here.

Healthier for longer – Wiltshire CCG launches future health plans

People in Wiltshire are being asked to support plans to encourage them to take more responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. This is just one of the principles the NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)  is proposing as part of a five year plan to improve healthcare services.

In addition, the CCG, has developed a model which will provide more care at home or in the community ensuring that there is fair and equal access to services across the county.

Wiltshire CCG is the organisation responsible for planning and paying for all NHS services in the county and is led by local GPs.  It has prepared a draft five year plan which sets out its plans for changing the structure of healthcare services in Wiltshire.

Staff from the CCG are visiting a wide range of organisations and community groups to gain feedback and opinion on the plans. In addition, there are also a series of public meetings. Some meetings have already taken place.

Dr Stephen Rowlands, Chair of Wiltshire CCG, said:

The next five years will be a period of change for healthcare services in Wiltshire.  Our Five Year Plan is all about supporting people to live healthy, independent lives in their own homes and communities.  We need to keep people out of hospital as much as possible and we will need people to take more responsibility for their own health and the health of others to help us do this.”

“I would encourage anyone with an interest in healthcare to come along to one of our public meetings if they want to understand what these changes will mean for them and their local NHS services.”

Anyone who would like to attend future events or would like further information should contact Wiltshire CCG’s Communications and Engagement team on 01380 736010 or

Maternity Contract Awarded

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning group has awarded the Royal United Hospital Bath the contract to run maternity services at the hospital’s Princess Anne Wing and community maternity services in Chippenham, Trowbridge, Frome, Shepton Mallet and Paulton.

RUH will be responsible for providing these services, currently provided by Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, from June 2014 until 2017.

The procurement process to appoint a new provider was shared between four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), with Wiltshire CCG taking the lead role.  This culminated in the detailed evaluation of two submissions by a panel, made up of specialists and clinicians. The governing bodies of all four CCGs have subsequently ratified the recommendation.

The decision to award the contract between two reputable Trusts was a difficult one and both Trusts set out their strengths and capabilities in their submissions. The final decision was not linked to cost, nor did it require any change or reduction in existing services to patients. Staff affected by this change will all remain within NHS employment and retain their terms and conditions.

In the coming months Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal United Hospital will be working together closely, to ensure that patient continue to experience high standards of care and support and that staff are supported through the transfer process to a new NHS employer.