Help shape Perinatal Mental Health Services

NHS Wiltshire, Swindon and BaNES Clinical Commissioning Groups and  Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust invite you to attend an event to provide you with an overview of current service provision and to hear your views on the proposal to introduce a specialist community perinatal mental health service in Wiltshire, Swindon and Bath.

Events are being held on the following days:

Wednesday 13 June 2018
Time: 2.00 – 4.00 pm
Location: Wyvern Theatre, Theatre Square, Swindon, SN1 1QN

Thursday 14 June 2018
Time: 2.00 – 4.00 pm
Location: Rose and Crown Hotel, Harnham Road, Salibsury, SP2 8JQ

Friday 15 June 2018
Time: 2.00 – 4.00 pm
Location: Hilton Hotel, Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BJ

Refreshments will be provided on arrival. 

If you would like to attend any of these events to help us shape and improve the future of perinatal mental health services, please book a place by sending an email to:

Crèche facilities are available; please let us know if you want to use this service when confirming your attendance as there are limited places which will be applied on a first come first served basis.   

Download poster here

Wiltshire residents urged to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes

The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) is launching a Diabetes Prevention week campaign from 16 – 22 April 2018, and Wiltshire residents are being urged to eat healthily and be more active in order to help reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes. 

The campaign is also aiming to raise the awareness of the causes of Type 2 diabetes and the complications associated with it.

Diabetes is a long-term condition that affects the body’s ability to process sugar or glucose.  Early symptoms of diabetes include feeling very thirsty, feeling very tired and experiencing blurred vision. 

Diabetes can have serious health consequences; however, with careful management, people with diabetes can continue to lead full, healthy and active lives.

Type 2 diabetes is linked to lifestyle and it is estimated that over five million people in England are at high risk of developing the condition which in many cases can be prevented, so now more than ever is the time to support people to reduce their risk of developing the condition, as the need for prevention has never been greater.

Dr Andrew Girdher, GP at Box Surgery said,
“The Diabetes Prevention Programme offers a proven approach to support people who have been identified as being at risk to maintain a healthy weight and be more active; two factors which can significantly reduce the risk of developing the condition.

Participants learn how to eat healthily, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes.”

If you have been told you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, are registered at a GP practice in Wiltshire and haven’t already been referred to the programme, you can ask your GP or nurse to refer you.

If you haven’t been told you are at risk, you could go to to get an estimate of your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and if you are, ask your GP or practice nurse for a blood test to check your blood sugar levels. 

You can find out more about the Diabetes Prevention Programme at

Annual General Meeting

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group will be holding its Annual General Meeting at Southgate House, Pans Lane, Devizes on Tuesday 26 June at 9.30am.

Our AGM offers members of the public, patients and staff the opportunity to hear about what the CCG has achieved in the past year and allows people to come along and ask questions and find out more about our plans for the future.

Copies of the annual report and accounts will also be available on the day.

Doors will be open for registration at 9am and the AGM will take place between 9.30– 10.30am. 

Refreshments will be available from registration.

If you would like to attend the AGM, please email

Do you have questions about the changes to community child health services and how they affect you?

The WPCC has worked with NHS Wiltshire CCG, Wiltshire Council and Virgin Care to arrange question and answer sessions about the changes to community child health services.

The sessions are for parent carers of a child or young person aged 0-25 years with Special Educational Needs and/or a disability (SEND) providing an informal opportunity for parent carers to ask questions of commissioners and Virgin Care, and to review and give feedback. The sessions are being held on:

Monday 19 September, 10am –12pm
Wiltshire College Chippenham, Cocklebury Road
Chippenham, SN15 3QD

Tuesday 20 September, 10am – 12pm
Salisbury and South Wiltshire Sports Club, Wilton Road
Salisbury, SP2 9NY

Wednesday 21 September, 10am – 12pm
The Enterprise Network (T.E.N), White Horse Business Park North Bradley
Trowbridge, BA14 0XA

You must book your place to attend. Online booking is preferred and can be booked online via this link. Alternatively, you can book by calling or emailing the WPCC:


☎ 01225 764 647

Booking will close at 5pm on Thursday 15 September 2016

Find out more in the session flyer.

Primary Medical Care Joint Commissioning Committee meeting – 28 June 2016

A Primary Medical Care Joint Commissioning Committee meeting will be held in Southgate House, Pans Lane, Devizes, SN10 5EQ, on 28 June 2016.

The meeting will take place from 2.15pm.

The agenda  is now available on our website.

Primary Medical Care Joint Commissioning Committee meeting – 22 March 2016

A Primary Medical Care Joint Commissioning Committee meeting will be held in Chippenham Town Council, High Street, Chippenham, SN15 3ER, on 22 March 2016.

The meeting will take place from 3.00pm.

The agenda  will soon be available on our website.

NICE Question Time at Salisbury: Public Q&A with NICE’s Chief Executive and Chair

Are you interested in finding out how NICE guidance could help improve the health and wellbeing of people in Salisbury and the surrounding area? Do you want the chance to put questions to NICE’s Chief Executive, Chair and senior staff directly?

Then book your place today to attend NICE Question Time, and the NICE Public Board meeting on Wednesday 20 January 2016 at City Hall, Salisbury.

NICE Question Time is a unique event, giving you the opportunity to put questions directly to the NICE Chair, Chief Executive and other NICE senior staff. The event is open to all members of the public and the community and voluntary sector.

At the NICE Question Time in Salisbury and the Public Board Meeting, you can:

 Meet members of the NICE board and senior management team
 Hear the latest news from NICE
 Find out how NICE guidance can help you to reduce health inequalities in your area

Date: Wednesday 20 January 2016
Location: City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire
12.00 – 12.30 Buffet lunch
12.30 – 13.30 NICE Question Time
13.45 – 16.30 NICE Public Board Meeting

Who can attend?
The meeting is open to everyone: patients and the public; health and social care professionals; managers; commissioners; public health professionals and local government.

To book visit

Do you have questions about what the changes to Community Children’s Health Services in Wiltshire might mean to you?

If you’re a parent carer of a child or young person with a disability or special educational needs, come to a Question and Answer session and get a better understanding of what the changes may mean to you.

  • Monday 7th December, 10:00am – 12:00pm
    Fairfield Farm College Conference Venue, 43 High Street,
    Dilton Marsh, Westbury, BA13 4DL
  • Tuesday 8th December, 10:00am – 12:00pm
    Bemerton Heath Neighbourhood Centre, 58-60 Pinewood Way,
    Salisbury, SP2 9HU

To attend one of these sessions, you must book a place. You can book by:

If you’d like to ask a question, but can’t attend a session, you can submit your question to the panel here.

Next meeting of Primary Care Joint Commissioning Committee (PCJCC)

The next meeting of the PCJCC is to be held on Tuesday 15 December. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Copies of the agenda and related papers we be made available on this website nearer the date.

To learn more about the PCJCC, click here.

Infection Prevention Workshop

NHS Wiltshire CCG Infection Prevention Team are pleased to be hosting an  Infection Prevention Workshop on Wednesday 24th June 2015 at Devizes Sports Club.

The day itself is being split into two halves so we can meet the educational needs of as many different staff as possible. Care home and care agency staff will be welcomed in the morning and GP practice staff in the afternoon The day is suitable for all care staff and our aim is to inform, educate and share best practice from around the county’s varied Health and Social care settings. See poster for further details and share it with colleagues who may be interested.

This is a good opportunity for updating skills and knowledge to add to portfolios for revalidation and all care staff’s continuing professional development.

This event is for health professionals only.


Be Clear on Cancer oesophago-gastric cancer roadshow to visit Bristol next week

Event aims to raise awareness that heartburn most days for three weeks or more could be a sign of oesophageal or stomach cancer

A Be Clear on Cancer roadshow is set to visit Bristol next week to raise awareness of the symptoms of oesophageal and stomach cancers. In particular, the roadshow aims to increase understanding that heartburn most days for three weeks or more could be a sign of oesophageal or stomach cancer and anyone who notices the symptoms should see their doctor.

The most recent data reveals that in Bristol, 88 people are diagnosed with oesophageal or stomach cancer (also known as oesophago-gastric cancers) each year, and approximately 64 people die from these diseases annually.

A new survey commissioned by Public Health England has found that nationally only 1 in 2 people (55%) would visit their doctor if they had heartburn most days for three weeks or more.

According to the survey, 59% of respondents did not know that heartburn could be a sign of cancer with just 15% saying they were certain that it is a symptom.

Another symptom highlighted by the roadshow is that of difficulty swallowing food. Here the survey found that 70% did not know food sticking in the throat could be a sign of cancer and just 13% of those surveyed said they were sure it is a symptom.

Early diagnosis is crucial: around 67% of people diagnosed with oesophago-gastric cancers at the earliest stage survive for at least five years. This figure drops to around 3% for those diagnosed at a late stage.

The Be Clear on Cancer roadshow has been visiting shopping centres across England since 28 January and will be in Bristol on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 February at the Broadwalk Shopping Centre in Knowle.

At the event, leaflets will be distributed that provide information on oesophago-gastric cancers and a nurse will also be on hand to talk to anyone who has any questions.

Dr Shona Arora, Centre Director for the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Public Health England Centre said:

“People may be reluctant to visit their doctor about persistent heartburn, thinking that it’s something they just have to live with, but heartburn most days for three weeks or more could be a sign of cancer.

“The Be Clear on Cancer roadshow in Bristol is a great way for individuals from the local area to find out more about the signs and symptoms of oesophago-gastric cancers. The earlier these cancers are diagnosed, the higher the chance of survival.“

For further information about the signs and symptoms of oesophageal and stomach cancers, click here.


The Chair and Vice Chair of the Wiltshire Health and Wellbeing Board

Mrs Jane Scott OBE and Dr Stephen Rowlands

Invite you to attend a presentation to hear the principles, objectives and proposed outcomes of the procurement being undertaken on behalf of the members of the adult health community who receive Wiltshire’s Adult Community Services

The event is being held on Monday 23 February 2015, 6pm to 7pm
(arrival 5.30pm for a 6pm start)

At The Atrium, County Hall, Trowbridge, BA14 8JN

To reserve a place, please email by 3pm on Friday 20 February 2015

Visitor parking at County Hall is available free of charge outside the main building on Bythesea Road.  Further spaces are available on the other side of Bythesea Road.

What are we consulting on?

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Wiltshire Council are consulting on the future permanent location of specialist dementia hospital care in Wiltshire.

As the providers, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) are supporting the consultation.

At times of crises, a small number of people with severe dementia (usually no more than 120 people over a year in Wiltshire) require admission to a specialist dementia hospital during a severe phase of their illness. Specialist dementia hospital care forms part of the advanced dementia care pathway.  It refers to those specialist services that may be needed by a small number of people who have severe dementia and require high levels of specialist care.

This period of assessment, treatment and stabilisation, for up to 84 days (on average), is provided by healthcare professionals with specialist knowledge of dementia and the impact it can have on people’s lives.

Where is specialist dementia hospital care being provided?

Since February 2013, all specialist dementia hospital care (20 specialist dementia beds) in Wiltshire has been provided on a temporary basis at Amblescroft South, Fountain Way, Salisbury. Before that there were 24 specialist dementia beds in Charterhouse, Trowbridge and 10 in Amblescroft, Salisbury.

The options

Wiltshire CCG, Wiltshire Council and AWP have identified three potential locations in Wiltshire for the specialist dementia hospital services to be located:

1. Charter House in Trowbridge
2. Avebury Ward, Green Lane Hospital in Devizes
3. Amblescroft South, Fountain Way in Salisbury

To download a PDF of these pages, click here
For an easy-read version, click here