Governing Body Meeting – 24 March 2015

The next governing body meeting will be held at the Civic Centre, St Stephen’s Place, Trowbridge BA14 8AH, on Tuesday 24 March 2015.  The public session runs from 10am to 12.30pm and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Copies of the papers and the agenda, can be found here.

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 tracy.torr@nhs.net 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

NHS Wiltshire CCG is holding a Governing Body meeting today at the Alamein Suite, City Hall, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury SP2 7TU.

The public meeting is being held between 10am and 12.30pm.  For more information, and copies of the board papers, click here.

 

Representatives from the CCG will be at the Devizes Area Board meeting on 24 November, which is being held at the Town Hall, St John’s Street, Devizes SN10 1BN.

As well as a Health Fair, which starts at 4.30pm, the CCG will be on hand to talk to you about the Better Care Plan and update you on our work.

Wiltshire Council Area Board – Devizes

Representatives from Wiltshire CCG will be at the Corsham Area Board on 20 November, which takes place at the Springfield Campus, Beechfield Road, Corsham SN13 9DN.

As well as a Health Fair, which opens at 2.30pm, the CCG will be on hand to talk to you about the Better Care Plan and give you an update on our work.

Wiltshire Council Area Board – Corsham

Come along and see us at the Warminster Area Board meeting, which takes place at the Civic Centre, Sambourne Road, Warminster BA12 8LB, on 6 November between 2pm and 4.30pm.

Representatives from the CCG will be on hand to talk to you about the Better Care Plan and give you an update on our work.

For more information click here.

Representatives from the CCG will be at the Trowbridge Area Board meeting, which is being held in County Hall Trowbridge on Thursday 16 October, between 2pm and 5pm.

Come along and meet with CCG representatives and hear all about the Better Care Plan.  For more information about this Area Board meeting, click here.

Representatives from the CCG will be at the next Area Board meeting, which is being held in Melksham Assembly Hall on Wednesday 15 October, between 4.30pm and 8.30pm.

Come along and hear about the Better Care Plan and talk to health experts, learn about leading a healthier lifestyle and about how your CCG is working to provide the right healthcare for you, with you and near your.

Representatives from the CCG will be at the next Area Board meeting, which is being held in Downton, Salisbury, on Monday 13 October, between 6pm and 8.30pm.

Come along and hear about the Better Care Plan and talk to health experts, learn about leading a healthier lifestyle and about how your CCG is working to provide the right healthcare for you, with you and near your.

There will be an Area Board meeting in Westbury on Thursday 9 October between 4.30pm and 7.30pm.  It is being held at The Laverton, Bratton Road, Westbury BA13 3EN.

Representatives from the CCG will be in attendance so come along and see us.  We will be talking about our Better Care Plan and there will be a Health Fair, where you can pick up a copy of our Annual Report and Accounts along with other goodies.

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

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

Sessions will also look at topics such as:

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

The course will be held at:

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

Between 2pm and 3.15pm on 13 October 2014.

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

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

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

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

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

For more information see here.

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

For more information see here.