Be prepared and help ease pressure on health services this Easter

People living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Swindon and Wiltshire are being urged to get ready for the approaching Easter holidays in order to help ease demand on health services across the region.

As GP surgeries prepare for the Easter break, health and care leaders are asking people to check they have the essential medication they need to see them through the holiday period and make sure they know where to go for healthcare advice and treatment.

They are also being advised that for non-urgent minor conditions, pharmacists are equipped to give advice on over the counter medications and treatments.

Bank holidays can be extremely busy for the NHS and local people are being asked to use services wisely so that accident and emergency departments and ambulance services are available for those who need them most.

Most GP surgeries across the region will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday on 19 and 22 April, although pre-booked appointments are available at some surgeries and walk in centres and some urgent treatment centres will also be open.

Dr Ian Orpen, a GP based in Bath and Chair of BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire’s Clinical Board, said:

“Everybody wants to enjoy the Easter holidays, so it’s a good idea to do as much as possible to prepare for them in advance – particularly when it comes to staying well. We don’t want people to run out of their medication, become poorly and miss out on an enjoyable break, so do make sure you have enough repeat medicine to last over the long weekend.”

“If you are unlucky enough to be ill over the Easter holiday, remember you can phone 111. NHS 111 is the Freephone number to call should you need urgent medical advice when your GP surgery is closed. You’ll speak with a trained advisor who will help you. You can also access NHS 111 online, 24 hours a day.”

Other things people across B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire can do to stay healthy and prepare for the Easter break include:

  • Make sure your medicine cabinet is well-stocked and includes essentials such as sticking plasters, paracetamol, anti-diarrhoea medicine and indigestion remedy. Having these items to hand could save you time and the stress of a mad dash to your local pharmacy or shop.
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  • Remember that, for non-urgent, minor conditions, pharmacists are equipped to give advice on over the counter medications and treatments. A list of pharmacists open this Easter can be found on our website or on the NHS England and NHS Improvement website at www.england.nhs.uk/south/info-professional/pharm-info/pharmacy-opening-hours
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  • Parents can access expert advice about common childhood illnesses and how to treat them via HANDi App – a mobile app which is free and can be downloaded to any Apple or Android smartphone or tablet.

 

Wiltshire Pharmacy Opening Times for the Easter Bank Holiday weekend

Opening times for your local pharmacy services for the upcoming Easter bank holiday weekend (19 – 22 April) are available below.
The pharmacies listed should be open on the dates as shown, the details are correct at the time published but are subject to change. You are advised to contact the pharmacy before attending to ensure they are open and have the medication you require.
 
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New Child Exploitation and Missing Children Strategy

Wiltshire’s Community Safety Partnership have recently launched a new Child Exploitation and Missing Children Strategy for 2019 – 2021.

This strategy sets out how agencies will work together to keep children and young people in Wiltshire safe from exploitation and harm. It also provides recent data and information about the current level of threat in Wiltshire, as well as those children and young people most at risk. It will inform all our work for the coming years, so we want to make sure as many people know about it as possible.

The Wiltshire Times recently covered the launch of the strategy – read the article here.

Health officials encourage patients to join a free type two diabetes prevention course

People in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire most at risk of developing type two diabetes are being encouraged to accept an invitation to a free course that could help prevent the condition.

Designed to help people eat well and get active, the Healthier You programme supports individuals over a nine-month period to reverse the early symptoms of diabetes.

Around 59,000 adults in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire are at risk of developing type two diabetes and are eligible for the Healthier You programme. Around 7,000 people from the area have taken up the invitation, but many are missing out on the opportunity to take part in the course.

Dr Ayoola Oyinloye, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, said:
“It is extremely worrying that so many people are choosing to ignore this offer of free help.

“Type two diabetes is largely preventable, and this programme gives people most at risk the power to take back control of their own health and make the changes that could add years to their life and life to their years.

“I’d encourage anybody with an invitation letter just sitting in a drawer or on a table not to ignore it, and to make today the day they take a step towards a healthier lifestyle by picking up the phone and make the call to participate.”

The call to action is being made to coincide with Diabetes Prevention Week, which runs between Monday 1 and Sunday 7 April.

Type two diabetes is a condition that causes the level of sugar in a person’s blood to become too high. If left untreated, it can lead to other significant health problems, some of which can cause a threat to life, such as heart and kidney disease. It can also lead to disabling conditions such as blindness and amputations.

Janet Tooze, 68, took part in the Healthier You: Diabetes Prevention Programme after speaking with her GP about her high blood sugar levels.

Janet said:
“It was a gradual education of what was right and what was wrong, and how to make the correct choices.

“But it was done in such a way that made you really want to do it, and now I’ve lost more than a stone and people keep telling me how great I’m looking.

“I keep telling others about it. I know lots of people who have got the letter and ignored it, but it really isn’t something that should be ignored.”

Each Healthier You: Diabetes Prevention Programme group can provide support for groups of up to 25 people, all of whom are over 18 and not yet diagnosed with diabetes.

People can check for themselves if they fall into the at-risk category by using the online Know Your Risk tool, which can be found at www.diabetes.org.uk

Although patients cannot self-refer on to the programme, more information can be found by talking to a GP or visiting www.nhs.uk.

March 2019
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Welcome

This month’s newsletter seems to be mostly about change. We have announced a new Chief Executive, Tracey Cox, who is responsible for the three Clinical Commissioning Groups in our area – Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire – and our Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. I’m staying on into April to smooth the transition to the new structure.

The NHS Long Term Plan brings with it the requirement to establish Primary Care Networks and we are supporting GPs across Wiltshire to develop networks that meet their local populations’ needs. GPs have had an initial meeting to discuss how the networks might operate and there will be more to come on this over the next few months.

Healthwatch Wiltshire are engaging locally on the Long Term Plan, giving you the opportunity to have your say on how increased funding for the NHS should be spent in Wiltshire – what would you do?

And we have developed a new website that aims to provide a wealth of information that a Type 2 diabetic needs to help them make healthy changes and seek support to manage their diabetes.

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Linda Prosser, Interim Chief Officer

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New Chief Executive appointed to continue integration of health and care across BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire

BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Groups have appointed a single Chief Executive to oversee the ongoing improvement and integration of health and care services across the region.

Tracey Cox has taken up the position of Chief Executive of Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire CCGs and will also lead the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) for the region.

Tracey was previously Accountable Officer for BaNES CCG and Interim Senior Responsible Officer for the STP. She will oversee closer working between the three CCGs, which will operate with a single senior management team, use their collective resources more efficiently and streamline their respective decision-making arrangements.

“With our local health and care system facing unprecedented demand and financial pressures, it’s now more important than ever before that health and care providers work in a joined up and seamlessly integrated manner,” said Tracey.

“Where it makes sense, we will work collaboratively to deliver health and care improvements for a larger population across the region. We will also continue with our existing plans for local integration and transforming services that benefit our local communities and are responsive to people’s needs.

“The views and the needs of people living in the local area will play a central role in the way we shape services in the future and we will be starting a programme of public engagement about this over the next few months.”

Tracey took up the new Chief Executive position on 1 March 2019.

You can find more information on our website   

 


Salisbury Hospital launches HEAT project

The Salisbury Foundation Trust launched the Health, Education and Technology (HEAT) Project Salisbury in March, a project which is set to regenerate the Salisbury District Hospital site, creating a modern, sustainable, environmentally-friendly centre to serve the local community’s changing needs.

The project plans to integrate the existing hospital facility with a potential range of other services designed to complement health care. These could range from education and training to research and development.

Nick Marsden, Chairman at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Salisbury District Hospital has an important place at the heart of the community: this exciting project is about educational, social, and environmental benefits as well as health.

“Like many other hospitals, we are facing a challenging future. We have to plan to ensure we can manage with increased pressures on resources, be more efficient and improve our services.

“The hospital is not a modern build but has evolved over time, becoming Salisbury’s largest employer, and a pivotal part of the local economy.

“The estate currently has a repair bill running into tens of millions of pounds, which is essential to bring it up to modern standards. This is simply not viable given the current layout and inadequacy of existing buildings.

“So we have to reconfigure to make the best of our specialist services and work with other providers that can complement our health care services. It will help us to provide an optimal service to the city and surrounding region.”

Consultation began with public exhibitions on 14 and 16 March 2019 for people to find out more about the project. The exhibition panels can be viewed online on the HEAT website.

Health, Education and Technology (HEAT) Project Salisbury is a working title. As part of the consultation, the public is also being invited to suggest potential names for the project by visiting https://heatprojectsalisbury.co.uk/

Timescales for the project are not fixed, but it is anticipated a planning application will be made in spring 2020.

 


Transforming Maternity Services Together

The consultation period has come to end for the proposals change the way maternity services are delivered across BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire.

Thank you to everyone who shared their views – more than 2,400 people took part in the consultation, including 1800 survey responses and 600+ face-to-face discussions.

We are now collating the feedback which will be independently analysed and the results used to help the Governing Bodies of BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire CCGs make a final decision in the summer.

 


New chair appointed to RUH Trust

The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust has announced it has appointed Alison Ryan as its new chair. She will take over from Brian Stables, who is stepping down after nine years in the role, from 1 April 2019.

Ms Ryan has 30 years strategic and executive experience in the health and social care sector. She was most recently a Non-Executive Director at the University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, chairing its Quality and Outcomes Committee between 2014-17, during which the Trust moved from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Outstanding’ after inspection by the CQC.

Ms Ryan said: “I’m delighted to be joining the RUH Trust team at what is an exciting time and challenging time for the NHS and for the Trust itself. We have some major development projects in the pipeline, and some coming to fruition, that will help make the RUH fit for the future and further improve the services we offer to our patients.

“As chair I am committed to listening to our patients and their families, our staff and our communities and partners, and to act on what we hear. I have already found out that our directors and governors are a talented, caring and committed team and I look forward to working with them very much.”

Find out more on our website.

 


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Get Involved!

What would you do? 

Healthwatch Wiltshire is asking how you think the NHS can help people live healthier lives, what would make local services better, and how care for people with long term conditions could be improved.

As part of the NHS Long Term Plan, the Government is investing an extra £20bn a year in the NHS until 2023. Now it’s your chance to have your say on how money should be spent on services in Wiltshire.

Take part in the What would you do? survey on the Healthwatch website and share your views today.

You can also give your views on how care could be improved for people with conditions that health and care providers have made a priority.

If you have experience of cancer, heart and lung diseases, mental health, dementia, learning disability, autism, or a long term condition such as diabetes or arthritis, please visit the website to say what you think. All responses are anonymous.

Healthwatch are also running a series of events where you will be able to share your views about the future of NHS services in Wiltshire.

  • Monday 1 April – 10.30am-12pm, Allied Services Meeting, Tidworth, SP9 7EP
  • Tuesday 2 April – 10am-2pm, Beversbrook Medical Centre, Harrier Lane, Calne, SN11 9UT
  • Friday 5 April – 9.30am-12.30pm, Warminster Library, Three Horseshoes Walk, Warminster, BA14 9BT
  • Tuesday 9 April – 10am-2pm, Springfield Community Campus, Beechfield Road, Corsham, SN13 9DN
  • Monday 29 April – 1pm-3pm, Jubilee Centre, High Street, Marlborough, SN12 1LW

Find out more on the Healthwatch Wiltshire website.

 


Implementing the NHS Long Term Plan – proposals for possible changes to legislation

NHS England are inviting patients, NHS staff, partner organisations and interested members of the public to give your views on potential proposals for changing current primary legislation relating to the NHS.

The proposals are based on what they have heard from patients, clinicians, NHS leaders and partner organisations, as well as national professional and representative bodies. They are intended to better enable NHS organisations to work collectively.

NHS England want to hear from as many people and organisations as possible. They intend to share feedback with other NHS bodies, the Parliamentary Health and Social Care Select Committee and the Department of Health and Social Care to further develop the ideas. 

You can read more about the proposals, complete the survey and give your views on the consultation web pages.

Consultation closes on 25 April 2019.

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Resources 


New diabetes wellbeing website for people in Wiltshire  

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group in conjunction with local GPs has developed a new website – www.diabeteswellbeing.org – specifically aimed at providing support and advice for the 23,500 people currently living with Type 2 diabetes in Wiltshire.

Ted Wilson, Director of Community Services and Joint Commissioning at NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer patients this fantastic new website, which provides lots of helpful information to better understand their diabetes diagnosis and practical advice on how to manage their condition.

“Whether someone is newly diagnosed, or is already living with Type 2 diabetes, the website provides a trusted one-stop-shop for the information they need.”

Dr Lindsay Kinlin, GP at the Orchard Partnership said: “We know there can be a lot of information for patients to take in at appointments, so the new Diabetes Wellbeing website is a great                                                                                                                                       resource for people to refer to afterwards in their own time.

“The website has great advice about small changes you can make to improve your lifestyle, and provides information on a free X-Pert course that patients can sign up to directly.”

The Wiltshire Diabetes Wellbeing website has been funded by the NHS National Diabetes Transformation Programme.

 


MJOG – download the free app for secure, two-way communication with your GP Practice

GP Practices in Wiltshire are offering their patients a smart way to communicate via a free, downloadable app – MJOG. The app provides a simple and secure channel for two-way communications between the GP Practice and the patient.

Dr Jonathan Osborn, GP at Giffords Surgery and Chief Clinical Information Officer for Wiltshire CCG explains: “MJOG is a fantastic, free, secure and simple-to-use app that I’m encouraging all of my patients with smart phones to download.”

MJOG provides patients who have downloaded the app with secure, two-way direct messaging with their Practice, including:

  • Handy appointment reminders
  • Instant notifications from their GP Practice
  • One-click process for cancelling their appointments
  • Private and secure messaging

“Many Practices already use straight-forward text messaging to communicate with their patients, but MJOG notches this up a level. Patients are able to receive information in a more informative way when compared to SMS, with the added convenience of being able to reply at the touch of a button. MJOG also makes it simple for patients to cancel their appointments in one-click, saving them time by removing the need to telephone the Practice,” said Dr Osborn.

Practices that are using the MJOG app are sending their patients a text message to encourage them to download the app for free, from the App Store or Google Play. MJOG has no hidden message costs for the patient.

Patients should ensure their Practice has their up to date contact details.

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Campaigns 

Cervical screening campaign

Cervical screening, or the “smear test”, is a routine health check that identifies potentially harmful cells and changes on the cervix. Cervical screening is not a test for cancer but catching any changes early can reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer kills two women every day. Regular screenings can help reduce that number, which is why it’s so important you attend your screening when invited.

Cervical screening lasts about five minutes, and you only have to go once every three or five years depending on your age.

It’s five minutes that could save your life.

Find out more on the campaigns page on our website.

 

 

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Abbott FreeStyle Libre ® Flash Glucose Monitoring System: March 2019 update

On 7th March 2019 NHS England announced the national arrangements for funding and criteria for the use of Freestyle Libre® Flash Glucose Monitoring. This can be found on the NHS England website following the link below:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/flash-glucose-monitoring-national-arrangements-for-funding-of-relevant-diabetes-patients/

NHS BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire CCGs are working closely with local hospital diabetes teams to support the introduction of
FreeStyle Libre from April 1st 2019.

 

Freestyle Libre® introduction

The FreeStyle Libre ® Flash Glucose Monitor has two parts:

1. A sensor that is attached to the surface of your skin that includes a small needle-like attachment that sits just underneath the skin and measures glucose levels.
2. A wireless monitoring device that you pass over the sensor to display your glucose level. Each time you pass the monitoring device over the sensor, glucose level readings for the last eight hours will be transferred to the device. The Flash Glucose Monitoring device also comes with software so you can analyse your results and see patterns in your glucose levels.

Note that the sensors need to be replaced every 14 days.

The sensor does not measure your blood glucose level. Instead, it measures the amount of glucose in the fluid that surrounds your body cells (called “interstitial fluid”).

Glucose levels in the interstitial fluid can lag-behind glucose levels in your blood by up to 5 minutes. This lag time is longest if your blood glucose level is changing rapidly, e.g. after eating or if you are exercising. For this reason, you need to do a blood glucose check (finger prick) if you’re thinking of changing your treatment (e.g. taking more insulin or treating an episode of low blood sugar).

For more information visit the Diabetes UK website
 

Freestyle Libre® and Test Strip use for driving

On 14th February 2019 the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) updated their guidelines to make testing requirements simpler for drivers with insulin treated diabetes. This means that drivers may now choose to use finger prick glucose testing and continuous glucose monitoring systems such as FreeStyle Libre® and real-time continuous glucose monitoring for the purposes of driving.

For full self-monitoring requirements, please contact the DVLA directly or visit their website.

New diabetes wellbeing website for people in Wiltshire

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group in conjunction with local GPs has developed a new website – www.diabeteswellbeing.org – specifically aimed at providing support and advice for 23,500 people currently living with Type 2 diabetes in Wiltshire.

Ted Wilson, Director of Community Services and Joint Commissioning at NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“We’re delighted to be able to offer patients this fantastic new website, which provides lots of helpful information to better understand their diabetes diagnosis and practical advice on how to manage their condition.
“Whether someone is newly diagnosed, or is already living with Type 2 diabetes, the website provides a trusted one-stop-shop for the information they need.”
Dr Lindsay Kinlin, GP at the Orchard Partnership said:
“We know there can be a lot of information for patients to take in at appointments, so the new Diabetes Wellbeing website is a great resource for people to refer to afterwards in their own time.
“The website has great advice about small changes you can make to improve your lifestyle, and provides information on a free X-Pert course that patients can sign up to directly.”
The Wiltshire Diabetes Wellbeing website has been funded by the NHS National Diabetes Transformation Programme.

New chair appointed to RUH Trust

The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust has announced it has appointed Alison Ryan as its new chair.

She will take over from Brian Stables, who is stepping down after nine years in the role, from 1 April.

Ms Ryan has 30 years strategic and executive experience in the health and social care sector. She was most recently a Non-Executive Director at the University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, chairing its Quality and Outcomes Committee between 2014-17, during which the Trust moved from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Outstanding’ after inspection by the CQC.

Previously she held Non-Executive Director positions on the boards of the Somerset Partnership NHS Mental Health Trust, and at NHS Southwest and NHS South of England Strategic Health Authorities.

Ms Ryan has lived and worked in the South West for 40 years and currently lives near Wincanton, although she will be moving to Bath this summer. She is a keen yachtswoman and took a year out to sail around the world in the 2017/18 Clipper Round the World Race.  Her normal hobby is classical music – she plays piano and organ and also sings regularly.

Ms Ryan said:

“I’m delighted to be joining the RUH Trust team at what is an exciting time and challenging time for the NHS and for the Trust itself. We have some major development projects in the pipeline, and some coming to fruition, that will help make the RUH fit for the future and further improve the services we offer to our patients.

“As chair I am committed to listening to our patients and their families, our staff and our communities and partners, and to act on what we hear. I have already found out that our directors and governors are a talented, caring and committed team and I look forward to working with them very much.”

Joanna Hole, Trust Vice Chairman and Senior Independent Director, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Alison to the Trust. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of health and social care, and we are sure she will be an inspiring leader in her new role.

“I would also like thank and to pay tribute to Brian Stables, who is leaving us after nine momentous years. Among his many achievements, he helped to steer the RUH to achieve Foundation Trust status in 2014, and developed both the Board of Directors and the Council of Governors to support the patient centred culture and modern services that we now provide.”

Outgoing chair Brian Stables said:
“My best wishes go to Alison in her new role – she will bring enormous experience and enthusiasm and I know she will be of huge benefit to the Trust”.

New Chief Executive appointed to continue integration of health and care across BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire

Three NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have appointed a single Chief Executive to oversee the ongoing improvement and integration of health and care services across the region.

Tracey Cox has taken up the position of Chief Executive of Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire CCGs and will also lead the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) for the region.

The STP brings together NHS providers, GPs, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Local Authorities, hospital trusts and other community organisations to join up and improve health and care services for local people.

Tracey was previously Accountable Officer for BaNES CCG and Interim Senior Responsible Officer for the STP. She will oversee closer working between the three local Clinical Commissioning Groups, which will operate with a single senior management team, use their collective resources more efficiently and streamline their respective decision-making arrangements.

Her appointment comes as the NHS sets out its vision for the future in its new Long Term Plan which emphasises the importance of health and care organisations working collaboratively and looks to give everyone the best start in life, world-class care for major health problems and help to age well.

Tracey Cox, Chief Executive Officer for BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire CCGs and STP said:

“With our local health and care system facing unprecedented demand and financial pressures, it’s now more important than ever before that health and care providers work in a joined up and seamlessly integrated manner.

Where it makes sense, we will work collaboratively to deliver health & care improvements for a larger population across the region. We will also continue with our existing plans for local integration and transforming services that benefit our local communities and are responsive to people’s needs.

The views and the needs of people living in the local area will play a central role in the way we shape services in the future and we will be starting a programme of public engagement about this over the next few months.”

Dr Ian Orpen, chair of BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire STP’s Clinical Board, said: 

“Tracey’s appointment asserts the local health and care system’s commitment to integrated working which will deliver improved health and wellbeing, better services and better value for money for everyone living in B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire.”

Councillor Jerry Wickham, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Public Health and Public Protection on Wiltshire Council and Chair of BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire STP said:

“I’m delighted that Tracey has been appointed to oversee closer integration of health and care services across our region. It is only through working together as a truly integrated system that we will be able to help people to stay well, act early to prevent ill health and, where care is needed, make sure it is delivered in a joined up way.

This move builds on existing good joint working across the three CCGs and local authorities and is in line with what is happening in other areas of England.”

Hundreds have their say on proposals to transform local maternity services

Our Transforming Maternity Services Together Consultation comes to an end on 24 February 2019, so there is still plenty of time to have your say on the proposal for changes to maternity services across the Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Local Maternity System (LMS).

We’ve already heard from over 1000 people, who have shared their views through our online survey, written to us or attended one of our public events, drop in sessions or market stalls. We’ve also been out and about capturing the views of people in our local communities.

Lucy Baker, Acting Director for Maternity Services at Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Lead Director, said:
 ”We would like to thank all the people who have taken the time to complete our survey so far, but we are keen to hear from as many people as possible, in particular those who are planning to start or grow their family in the next few years.

“We want to enhance the experience we provide for people using and working in our maternity services and provide more choice for more women.

“We‘ve been really clear that we’re not proposing to reduce how much we spend or reduce the amount of staff we have. We know that people value having services in their local community and we are not proposing to close any buildings as a result of this proposal – we’re proposing to continue providing maternity services in Chippenham, Frome, Paulton and Trowbridge.

“You can find everything you need at www.transformingmaternity.org.uk. We are encouraging people to take a few minutes to read through the information or view one of our short videos. You can also have a look at the kind of questions people have been asking and our responses.”

Sandy Richards, Transformation Midwife for the Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire LMS said: 
”As part of our consultation, we have been keen to talk to as many mums and families as possible to gain their views of our proposals.  

“We are seeing a decline in the number of women choosing to give birth in a Freestanding Midwifery Unit. On average only one baby is delivered every two or three days in each of these units but they need to be staffed to support births 24 hours a day seven days a week. Proposing to support births in two rather than four of our Freestanding Midwifery Units means women will still have this choice, but we can also free up underused staff and resources to enhance our antenatal and post-natal and birthing services.

“We know that many women and families are concerned at the possibility of having to transfer from a Freestanding Midwifery Unit to an Obstetric Unit if labour is not progressing well or more support is required. That’s why this proposal includes creating an Alongside Midwifery Unit at the Royal United Hospital in Bath and Salisbury District Hospital, so more women who have a low risk of complications in labour and are otherwise fit and healthy could have a midwife-led birth, and staff in our Obstetric Units can focus on mothers who need to have their baby in this environment.”

The proposal offers the following:

  • To continue to support births in two, rather than four, of our Freestanding Midwifery Units across Bath and North East Somerset, Wiltshire and Swindon. Women will still be able to have their baby in Chippenham and Frome Freestanding Midwifery Units, and antenatal and postnatal clinics will continue to be provided in all four – at Chippenham, Frome, Paulton and Trowbridge as well as all other current locations e.g. GP practices.

A detailed independent travel impact analysis was undertaken to inform our proposal to continue supporting births in two of the Freestanding Midwifery Units.   

  • To create two new Alongside Midwifery Units, one at Salisbury District Hospital and one at the Royal United Hospital. These will enable women to have a midwife-led birth in a more relaxed setting without medical intervention but if support from doctors is needed there is direct access to the Obstetric Unit. These two units will be in addition to the White Horse Birth Centre that already exists at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon.
  • To improve the range of antenatal and postnatal services, for example by providing more breastfeeding support to women in their own homes. We also want to support more women to give birth at home if this is their preferred choice.
  • To replace the nine community postnatal beds (four at Chippenham and five at Paulton Freestanding Midwifery Units)with support closer to or in women’s homes. Women who need to be admitted for medical treatment after giving birth would be treated in their local Obstetric Unit at one of our acute hospitals in Bath, Salisbury and Swindon. 95% of the time postnatal beds in our Freestanding Midwifery Units are empty as women rarely need to stay in a community hospital after giving birth. 89 antenatal or postnatal beds are available at our Obstetric Units for women who need them.
Lucy said:
“We believe this proposal will considerably enhance the experience we provide for people using and working in our maternity services. It will allow us to offer more choice for more women, enhance antenatal and post-natal care and ensure we have the right resources in the right place at the right time. You might agree or disagree with our proposal, or have an idea to share – whatever your view is, we’d like to hear from you.”

The consultation closes on 24th February 2019.  The responses will be carefully and independently analysed and the results used to help the Governing Bodies of Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Groups make a final decision by late spring 2019.

February 2019
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Welcome

We made it through our first bout of snow for the winter which put pressure on our health and care services, our staff, and the patients and people of Wiltshire.

From sharing resources to providing transport, I know people went above and beyond their usual work responsibilities. I really want to acknowledge the dedication and passion that means NHS and health and care services remain available when patients need us the most.

The focus this month for the Help Us Help You campaign is on making the most of your pharmacist. Twenty-seven per cent of GP appointments could potentially be treated elsewhere, and a visit to a pharmacy is a good choice in the early stages of an illness – don’t wait until you feel worse, ask your pharmacist first.

Looking ahead, the NHS Long Term Plan aims to achieve some ambitious improvements for patients over the next 10 years. We will be working with our staff, partner agencies and the public to help shape our local actions to improve services for the health and wellbeing of our communities.

The Transforming Maternity Services Together consultation period is coming to a close – the last day to have your say is 24 February 2019. I encourage you to share your views on the proposed changes.

Linda
Linda Prosser, Interim Chief Officer

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NHS long term plan

The NHS long term plan published on 7 January aims to save almost half a million more lives with practical action on major killer conditions and investment in world class, cutting edge treatments including genomic tests for every child with cancer.

The 10 year plan has three objectives:

  • making sure everyone gets the best start in life
  • delivering world-class care for major health problems
  • supporting people to age well.

To ensure that the NHS can achieve the ambitious improvements for patients over the next 10 years, the NHS Long Term Plan also sets out ways to overcome the challenges that the NHS faces, such as staff shortages and growing demand for services.

The plan brings with it a new guarantee that investment in primary, community and mental health care will grow faster than the growing overall NHS budget. This will fund a £4.5 billion new service model for the 21st century across England, where health bodies come together to provide better, joined up care in partnership with local government.

You can find out more about the NHS Long Term plan at https://www.longtermplan.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/nhs-long-term-plan.pdf

 


AWP Chief Executive announces retirement

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust’s Chief Executive, Dr Hayley Richards has announced that she is set to retire from the NHS at the end of May 2019, following a 33-year long and successful career.

Dr Richards said: “It has been an absolute privilege to be part of AWP over the last 13 years and I am extremely proud of the work we have achieved.

“When I started as Chief Executive in 2016 some of my main aims were to help us re-establish the confidence we deserved to have in the services we provide, to increase clinical leaders, to have senior managers and frontline staff work together more closely and to improve quality. There have been many challenges along the way, of course, mainly around funding and service demand, and these will continue in the coming years.

“I leave the NHS at a time of great challenge and opportunity and I will watch with hope and optimism that true parity of esteem is achieved for mental health service users.”
 
AWP’s Board will publish their intention regarding recruitment of a new Chief Executive in due course but are keen to initiate recruitment as soon as possible.

 


New Healthwatch Board

Healthwatch Wiltshire has appointed a new Board to help prioritise the health and social care issues that are most important to the people of Wiltshire.

The Local Leadership Board will be the driving force behind Healthwatch Wiltshire’s commitment to ensure the voices of children, young people and adults are heard by those who run, plan and regulate health and social care services in the county.

The new Board is made up of Rob Jefferson, Hazel Dunnett, David Line, Irene Kohler and Andy Mintram. They will be joined by Emma Leatherbarrow, Director of Partnerships at Help and Care, Healthwatch Wiltshire’s provider.

Visit the Healthwatch Wiltshire website for more information.

 


News archive

Read more news from Wiltshire CCG in our news archive.
 

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Get Involved!

Transforming Maternity Services Together – consultation coming to a close

The consultation on a proposal to transform maternity services across Bath and North East Somerset (BANES), Swindon and Wiltshire is coming to an end – the last day to have your say is 24 February 2019.

We’ve been around the county with public meetings, on the streets for market days and at a number of Area Board and Town Council meetings to publicise the consultation.

Some parts of the county seem to be more aware of the proposed changes to services than others and we have had some robust conversations along the way. Maternity services touch on a very personal experience and we encourage people to share their views through the online survey or by completing the hardcopy form to ensure their voice is heard.

The consultation document, link to the online survey and further information on engagement opportunities is available on the Transforming Maternity Services Together website

 


Patient and Public Voice Partners needed for Quality of Life after cancer treatment project

NHS England is looking to recruit Patient and Public Voice (PPV) Partners to join the Steering Group for the Quality of Life after cancer treatment project. The aim of the pilot project is to test whether collecting data about quality of life from cancer patients can help us to better understand quality of life after cancer.

PPV representation will bring important views, perspective and challenge into the project. The closing date for applications is Friday 15 February 2019.

For more information about the role visit NHS England’s Involvement Hub. To request an application pack, please email Bijal.Purohit@nhs.net.

 


Share your ideas and help improve services at a Wiltshire hospice

An independent research consultancy is looking for patients, their carers or family members to share their experiences on the services provided by a Wiltshire-based hospice.

A small user advisory group at Dorothy House Hospice Care has been run by Evolving Communities for the last two years. Now in its third year, the group are on the lookout for more people to join to share their ideas on the care and support provided at the hospice.

Lucie Woodruff, from Evolving Communities, explained: “The User Advisory Group is a forum of people who share their ideas on the care and support provided at Dorothy House Hospice Care. These views are then fed back to the decision-makers in the charity to help shape future provision.

To find out how you can get involved contact Lucie at Evolving Communities on 01225 701851 or email info@evolvingcommunities.co.uk.  Or for more information on Dorothy House visit www.dorothyhouse.org.uk.

 


Governing Body meeting

Our next Governing Body meeting is on 26 March 2019 at 10.00am at Southgate House, Pans Lane, Devizes SN10 5EQ.

You can read the papers from previous meetings on our website

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Campaigns 

Sore throat, cough or cold? See your local pharmacist first

The focus for the Help Us Help You campaign this month is on getting help from your local pharmacist first, before you book in with your GP or visit A&E.

Andrew Hobson, Pharmacy Manager at Cohens Chemist in Royal Wootton Bassett and Vice Chair of Community Pharmacy Swindon and Wiltshire said: “Pharmacists can help recognise and treat many common illnesses. We can give advice and where appropriate, recommend over-the-counter medicines that could help clear up the problem. We can also give advice about how to take medicines and answer questions about common side-effects. If we think you need to see a GP for your illness, we will advise you to do that.”

The campaign follows research which shows that 27 per cent of GP appointments could potentially be treated elsewhere and that 18 per cent of these appointments could be treated through self-care and community pharmacists.

Find out more on the campaigns page on our website.

Resources 


Dementia Roadmap for Wiltshire launched  

Alzheimer’s Support has launched a new website to guide people through the process of being diagnosed with dementia in Wiltshire.

The Dementia Roadmap for Wiltshire is a simple online guide to what to expect during the process of being diagnosed with any type of dementia. It includes a symptoms guide and things to look out for, information of other conditions that can be confused with dementia, and explains the roles of health care and non-medical staff in supporting families at every step of the way. 

Take a look at the Roadmap and the Support Village which pulls together links to relevant local information about the support available.

 

 

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Sore throat, cough, cold or minor illness? See your local pharmacist first

People in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Swindon and Wiltshire suffering from minor illnesses including sore throats, coughs, colds, tummy troubles and aches and pains are being urged to seek help from their local pharmacist in the first instance rather than booking an appointment with their GP or visiting their local A&E department.

The advice is part of a new NHS campaign to encourage the public – and particularly parents with young children – to visit a local pharmacy as their first choice for help with common minor health concerns.

The campaign follows research which shows that 27 per cent of GP appointments could potentially be treated elsewhere and that 18 per cent of these appointments could be treated through self-care and community pharmacists.

Andrew Hobson, Pharmacy Manager at Cohens Chemist in Royal Wootton Bassett and Vice Chair of Community Pharmacy Swindon and Wiltshire said:

“Every year, millions of people visit their GP with minor health problems that a local pharmacy could easily help with. By visiting your pharmacy instead of your GP about a minor illness, you could save yourself time. Seeing a pharmacist will also free up appointments for your GP to see other patients.

Pharmacists can help recognise and treat many common illnesses. We can give advice and where appropriate, recommend over-the-counter medicines that could help clear up the problem. We can also give advice about how to take medicines and answer questions about common side-effects. If we think you need to see a GP for your illness, we will advise you to do that.”

Richard Brown, Chief Officer of Avon Local Pharmaceutical Committee, said:

“There is a strong network of local pharmacists across B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire. They are often open late and at weekends, can see people without an appointment and their highly trained staff can offer quick and effective treatment and good advice about many common conditions.

For minor health concerns such as coughs and colds, don’t wait until it gets worse, ask your pharmacist first.”