Three local NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups take steps to become one organisation

Three groups responsible for the planning, buying and monitoring of health services in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire could become one single organisation as soon as April 2020.

As one CCG, health leaders can reduce variation in care and standardise best practice so everyone can access high quality treatment and services, regardless of where they live. Working as one organisation will also help the CCG meet financial challenges by, for example, offering greater buying power, eliminating the duplication of administrative support functions and streamlining governance processes. The savings made can then be invested in frontline services or transformational projects.

The move is in line with similar mergers across the NHS and follows national guidance for health and care services to work more closely together and move towards becoming Integrated Care Systems to give everyone the best start in life, world-class care for major health problems and help to age well.

Dr Ian Orpen, Chair of the BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Board, said:
“CCGs up and down the country have either already merged or are beginning plans to merge to help better meet the needs of their local populations. We believe that now is the right time for our three CCGs to come together to form a leaner, more strategic, single organisation to serve local people.

“The three CCGs have a history of working together to deliver high quality care, and in the past year, we have increased our partnership working. For example, we have a single Chief Executive and executive management structure, which has led to more consistent leadership and a clearer direction to staff.

“I believe that as a single CCG, we will be in a stronger position to improve outcomes for patients, whilst still retaining our local voice.”

At their recent public meetings, the Governing Bodies of BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) approved plans to apply to NHS England to create one single organisation. Prior to submitting the application, the CCGs will engage with the public, staff, providers and other key stakeholders, and the GP membership of each CCG will then vote on a final decision to apply for a merger.

The three CCGs will then submit an application to NHS England and, if approved, the three groups will become a single CCG on 1 April 2020.

People living in Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES), Swindon and Wiltshire who want to share their views can do so by visiting:
www.bathandnortheastsomersetccg.nhs.uk
http://www.swindonccg.nhs.uk/
http://www.wiltshireccg.nhs.uk/

Wiltshire Council Press release: People asked to feedback on key health plan

Views are being sought on a strategy which sets out how people’s health and wellbeing will be supported in Wiltshire, giving them the best opportunities to thrive.

A consultation on the draft Wiltshire Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019-2022 is underway and people have until 5 August to provide their feedback.

The strategy has been put together by Wiltshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board and their aim is to achieve the best outcomes for Wiltshire’s population through good quality housing, education, employment and safe communities.

The strategy is broken down into four main areas; prevention, tackling inequalities, localisation, and integration.

The role of Wiltshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board is to lead on work to improve the health and happiness of Wiltshire, specifically focusing on reducing health inequalities. It also considers the impact of health on the wider local authority and partnership agendas including housing, education, employment, crime, vulnerability and safeguarding.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council and co-chair of the Wiltshire Health and Wellbeing Board, said:
“This key document will underpin all our work to support health and social care in Wiltshire; which is of course relevant to so many people in the county.

“I welcome people to provide us with feedback to help inform our decision making so that the delivery of services in these areas are reflective of local needs. I appreciate everyone taking the time out to support us with this vital work.”

Dr Richard Sandford-Hill, Chair of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group and co-chair of the Wiltshire Health and Wellbeing Board said:
“I’ve been a doctor in Wiltshire for 25 years and during that time I have seen the positive impact of effective medicine on life expectancy. However for us to live long, happy and healthy lives it relies on the combination of a healthy environment, supportive communities, housing, education and employment to have a positive impact and make the biggest difference.”

“It is therefore really important to us that we get this Health and Wellbeing strategy right for people and communities across Wiltshire. I encourage you to have your say and share your ideas with us.”

The consultation and associated strategy can be found at https://wiltshire.objective.co.uk/portal/public_health_and_public_protection/wiltshire_health_and_wellbeing_strategy_2019-2022_consultation

What would you change about local health and care services?

Younger people in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire are being given an opportunity to help shape how health and care services are provided in the future.

Over the next seven weeks, NHS and Local Authority organisations will invite all local residents to say what they need to live healthier and happier lives as part of a new campaign being launched today called Our Health Our Future.

Organisations involved are particularly keen to hear the often overlooked views of younger people who will be using services in the future.
Answers will be used by health and care providers as they work to publish a forward looking plan this autumn which will set out how everyone will be able to access the services and support they need. The new plan will outline a local response to priorities laid out in the NHS Long Term Plan which was published in January.

People will be able to share their views by filling in a simple survey online at www.ourhealthourfuture.org or by asking for a paper copy. They can also pass on their views at engagement events taking place across the local area over the next few weeks.

Tracey Cox, Chief Executive Officer for Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Groups said:
“Health and care organisations and local authorities are developing a bold plan for the next five years that will ensure our services provide support through every stage of people’s lives – so they start well, live well and age well.

In order to plan for the future, we need to know what matters, so we’re asking everyone to take a few minutes to fill in our survey and make sure their views are heard.

Our Health Our Future is about capturing everybody’s views, but we especially want to hear what younger people expect in the future from our services.

We also want local residents to make an effort to share their views with family and friends so, together, we can build healthier communities.”

Bath-based GP and board member of Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Brynn Bird said:
“We know the way in which health and care is provided will change in the future, especially as our population ages and services come under greater pressure, and we’re developing a plan for how we will face these challenges.

“By filling in our survey, local people will be able to give us a good idea of the services and support they need to prevent ill health and stay fit.”

Alex Luke, Associate Director of Operations for BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire at Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership, said:
“We know that young people across our area are concerned about lots of issues including access to mental health services. We need to know what help and support people will need in the future and they can let us know what they think in the Our Health Our Future survey.”

The Our Health Our Future survey is open until the end of July and takes around 10 minutes to complete. It can be filled in online at www.ourhealthourfuture.org, by asking for a paper copy at local GP surgeries or by sharing your views at one of our engagement events taking place over the area over the coming weeks. Copies are also available by emailing bswccg.ourhealthourfuture@nhs.net or by calling 03333 219464. Survey answers are completely anonymous and will be treated confidentially.

Survey launched during Mental Health Awareness Week

Young people, parents and professionals are being asked for their views on how we can improve mental health and wellbeing in Wiltshire. The online surveys for Mental Health Awareness Week will help shape how services are provided in the future. They are one of a number of initiatives the council and partners are involved in to help improve services to support young people’s mental health.

Other initiatives include:

  • Kooth – an online counselling for pupils at all secondary schools. In April this was extended for young people aged from 11 to 25.
  • Youth mental health first aid – an internationally recognised programme designed to promote awareness of psychological and emotional well-being and mental health for eight to 18 year olds.
  • On Your Mind website –which signposts young people to local and national sources of support and provides positive health messages.
Laura Mayes, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for children’s services, said:
“We all have to look after our mental health but it is particularly important to ensure our young people have support.

“Exams, growing up and the myriad of pressures on young people can make life very difficult. We want to work alongside our young people to ensure they have the right support when they need it.”

In April 2018, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust launched a new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire.

James Fortune, Head of Service, said:
“We are really delighted to be implementing a modern child and adolescent mental health service and want to ensure that children and young people remain at the heart of everything we do.

“Their experiences and opinions, as well as the views of parents, carers and professionals, ensure we can continue to drive forward service transformation and improvements. That’s why surveys like this are so important.

“In Wiltshire we receive over 2,000 referrals a year and offer a range of support, interventions and treatments.”

Catherine, a young person based in Wiltshire, said:
“Seeking support for mental health difficulties is a very important thing to do. It’s by no means easy, but with support from others things can and really do get better. Having just one person who you can talk to, reach out to, offload to and brainstorm with makes facing difficulties so much easier to manage.

“Having someone there as a shoulder to cry on, but also there to share laughter with can help with making sense of your thoughts, give a new perspective on issues and help with moving forward.”

Lucy Baker, Acting Commissioning Director (Maternity, Children and Mental health), Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“Wiltshire CCG is working together across BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire (BSW) to transform how we deliver mental health support to better meet the needs of our local population including children and young people. There is a shared enthusiasm to enhance lives and wellbeing with a shared commitment that no-one should be left in need. We really want to hear what people think of our services and how we can make things better.”
The surveys are available at:

Young people https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/speakupcyp

Parents and carers https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/speakupcarers

Professionals https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/speakupprofs

 

Wiltshire Pharmacy Opening Times for the May Bank Holidays

Opening times for your local pharmacy services during the upcoming May Bank Holidays (6 and 27 May) 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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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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View the downloadable PDF
 
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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.

Linda
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”.