New flu jab will provide best protection to over 65s this winter season

People aged over 65 years living across Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Swindon and Wiltshire will receive a new type of flu jab this year, which is considered to be more effective than other available vaccines.

The new vaccine is one of three flu jabs that are available for the different groups of individuals who are eligible for a free vaccination, to make sure as many people as possible get the right jab to protect them against flu this winter.

Children aged from two years and up to school year five, pregnant women, anyone who is the main carer for another person or who is in receipt of carer’s allowance and those with long-term health conditions such as diabetes and asthma are also eligible for a free flu jab.

The newly available vaccine for the over 65s is expected to significantly boost effectiveness by improving the body’s immune response. This is important because older adults’ bodies typically do not respond as well to the flu vaccine due to their naturally weaker immune systems. Older adults are also more likely to suffer complications from flu.

Dr Richard Sandford-Hill, a Wiltshire-based GP and a Clinical Board member of the B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership - which is working to join up and simplify health and social care provision for people across the region - said:
“Flu vaccinations are free for those who need them most, and they really do offer the best protection against catching flu. This year, those who are eligible across B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire will be given the best type of vaccination for their individual needs. “Flu is potentially a very serious illness and adults aged over 65 are more likely to catch it and suffer from the complications it causes than anyone else. The new enhanced vaccine for this age group will offer better protection as well as helping to reduce the spread of flu to those around them.”

This year’s NHS flu programme will also offer vaccinations to a larger group of children and all individuals aged under 65 years who fall into eligible groups will receive a vaccine that protects against four strains of flu.

The new vaccine for the over 65s is expected to reduce the number of GP consultations by 30,000, the number of people admitted to hospital by over 2,000 and prevent more than 700 deaths from flu across England, helping to reduce some of the health burden that flu can place on the NHS, workplaces and the wider population.

The flu vaccine will be available from early October. Eligible adults are encouraged to get their free vaccine from their GP or a pharmacy before the end of November to protect themselves and their families before flu reaches its seasonal peak. It is the safest and single best way to protect against a potentially very serious illness. 

If you are eligible or want to check whether you or someone close to you is, contact your GP, midwife or usual healthcare provider. Visit www.nhs.uk/staywell for more information.

August 2018

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Welcome

I can’t quite believe that we are at the end of August already! The summer seems to have flown by; we’re already referring back to ‘that spell of hot weather’ and this week we are submitting our early stage plans for winter preparedness to NHS England. I’ll resist the urge to let you know how many days there are until Christmas…

In the last issue of ‘in touch’ I mentioned that we were expecting an update from NHS England around the time of the NHS’ 70 birthday on 5 July. As expected, there will be a greater focus on the integration of health and social care and in particular for NHS Commissioning, an opportunity for you to have your say on what this will look like in the future. The public consultation runs until 26 October and there’s more information for you below if you want to be involved and have your say.

We’ve recently launched our OTC – easy as 1 2 3 campaign and you may have heard about this from your GP, or spotted the information in your local Pharmacy. In line with national guidance we’re really encouraging you to think ‘pharmacy first’ and where you can, to buy your over the counter medicines for minor, short-term conditions, such as coughs, dandruff and ear wax, from your local pharmacist or the high street.

Self-care by using over the counter medicines helps you to look after yourself and your family when you can. Seeking health advice from a pharmacist, who is an expert in medicine, means you don’t have to wait for a GP appointment and will be able to be treated more quickly. Read on to find out more or head straight to our website for all the details

Linda
Linda Prosser, Interim Chief Officer

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Change to prescribing of Over the Counter medicines

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is following new guidance set out by NHS England in March 2018, meaning that for 35 minor, short-term conditions, medicines that are available over the counter will no longer routinely be prescribed.

The guidance has been published following a period of national public consultation and recommends that over the counter medicines associated with minor, short-term conditions which get better by themselves, or can be self-treated by the patient, should no longer be available on NHS prescription.

Medicines under the guidance include treatments for coughs, colds, dandruff, mild cystitis, nappy rash, warts and verrucae, ear wax, head lice and mild dry skin. A full list of conditions is available on our website.

This means that some patients who contact their GP Practice to make an appointment regarding any of the 35 conditions may be advised by the receptionist to seek advice from a pharmacist instead. There are certain scenarios where certain patients should continue to have their treatments prescribed.
 
To find out more visit www.wiltshireccg.nhs.uk/over-the-counter

 

 

Free online patient education videos!

We have added an online library of free patient education videos for Wiltshire patients on our website, to provide support and expert information on managing six long term health conditions.

The Sound Doctor library contains around 300 short, concise videos covering:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Failure
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Dementia
  • Back Pain
  • Weight Management Surgery

The video contents were co-produced with clinical experts in their field and disease specific charities, e.g. Alzheimer’s Society, British Lung Foundation, & British Heart Foundation. All of the material adheres to National Institute for Care and Excellence (NICE) guidelines.

Sound Doctor videos provide patients access to expert advice from the comfort of their own homes, or on the move via Smartphones or tablets.

Access to the Sound Doctor is via the Wiltshire CCG website. Users are asked to confirm their GP surgery and provide their Wiltshire postcode in order to get instant, free access to the online video library.

 

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Be Involved!

Have your say on contracting arrangements for Integrated Care Providers

NHS England is consulting with stakeholders and the public on the contracting arrangements for Integrated Care Providers (ICPs) and runs until 26 October 2018.

Visit the NHS England website to find out more and have your say.

The consultation provides more detail about how the proposed ICP Contract would underpin integration between services, how it differs from existing NHS contracts, and how ICPs fit into the broader commissioning system.

There is widespread support for ending the fragmented way that care has been provided to improve services for patients and the NHS has been working towards this in a number of ways. ICPs are one of these ways, and are intended to allow health and care organisations to be funded to provide services for a local population in a coordinated way.

NHS England is also running engagement events during the consultation period to provide further opportunities for stakeholders and the public to share their views.

If you have any questions or other enquiries about the consultation, you can email NHSE England at england.icpconsultation@nhs.net.
 

 

 

Help shape and improve the future delivery of the child immunisation service in Wiltshire

Parents and carers are invited to express their views and opinions about children’s immunisations at one of three focus groups taking place across Wiltshire.

It is important children receive the best start in life. Parents are being encouraged to protect their families by ensuring their children receive the right vaccines at the right time.

This is an important opportunity to share your opinions, experiences such as the challenges you may have faced, and ideas and suggestions you may have to help shape and improve the future delivery of the child immunisation service.

Focus groups will take place:

  • 26 September 2018 in Calne 10am-1pm
  • 27 September 2018 in Salisbury 10am-1pm
  • 4 October 2018 in Trowbridge 10am-1pm

Please note that places are limited and booking closes on 23 September 2018.
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Help shape and improve the future delivery of the child immunisation service in Wiltshire

Parents and carers are invited to express their views and opinions about children’s immunisations at one of three focus groups taking place across Wiltshire.

It is important children receive the best start in life. Parents are being encouraged to protect their families by ensuring their children receive the right vaccines at the right time.

This is an important opportunity to share your opinions, experiences such as the challenges you may have faced, and ideas and suggestions you may have to help shape and improve the future delivery of the child immunisation service.

Focus groups will take place:

  • 26 September 2018 in Calne 10am-1pm
  • 27 September 2018 in Salisbury 10am-1pm
  • 4 October 2018 in Trowbridge 10am-1pm

Please note that places are limited and booking closes on 23 September 2018. Find out more by reading this flyer.

For further information call Wiltshire Parent Carer Council on 01225 764647, or email them at admin@wiltspcc.co.uk

Know where to go for bank holiday health care

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group is encouraging people in Wiltshire to know where to go in case they need to access healthcare advice and treatment over the bank holiday weekend.

To help with this, Wiltshire CCG has an easy to use ‘Around the clock healthcare’ leaflet that explains what services are available and when, and is downloadable from their website.

Dr Richard Sandford-Hill, Chair of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group said,
“Bank holidays are extremely busy times for the NHS and we are asking people in Wiltshire to know where to go if they need to access our local health services.

“A&E departments are often thought of as the first port of call, but in many cases another service may be more appropriate such as NHS 111, minor injuries units or local pharmacy.

“Knowing where to go and when helps you and your family to access the right health care service at the right time and helps to keep the emergency services free for those patients who really need them.”

Healthcare services in Wiltshire
There are a number of healthcare services available around the clock in Wiltshire:

NHS 111 – available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from landlines and mobiles. It is staffed by a team of fully trained advisers, supported by experienced clinicians. Healthcare advice can be given over the telephone, or you may be directed to a local service if appropriate.

Pharmacists – are experts on medicines and how they work. They can also offer advice on common complaints such as coughs, insect bites, ear ache, aches and pains and other health issues and help to decide whether it’s necessary to see a doctor. Find your nearest pharmacy: https://beta.nhs.uk/find-a-pharmacy/

Minor Injuries Units – for patients with minor injuries such as sprains and strains, cuts, infected wounds and scalds. No appointments are required and they are led by qualified nurse practitioners. For opening times of Chippenham and Trowbridge MIUs visit http://www.wiltshireccg.nhs.uk/local-services/minor-injury-units

Salisbury walk-in centre – open from 6.30-10pm week days and 8am-8pm at weekends, including bank holidays. Run by a team of experienced doctors and nurses and operates on a first come first served basis, unless someone is acutely unwell and needs immediate attention. Visit www.salisburywalkincentre.co.uk for more information.

NHS Choices – the UK’s biggest health website offering thousands of articles, videos and tools, which are available 24/7.

For immediate life-threatening situations, serious injuries, loss of consciousness, chest pain or suspected stroke you should always call 999.

Wiltshire Pharmacy Opening Times for the August Bank Holiday

Opening times for your local pharmacy services for the upcoming August bank holiday weekend (24 – 28 August) are available below.
Please note that these times are subject to change.

Click on the relevant region to bring up the list of pharmacy opening times for your area:

BRADFORD ON AVON/ DEVIZES/ MELKSHAM/ TROWBRIDGE/ WARMINSTER/ WESTBURY    >

Click here for the downloadable PDF or view the Pharmacy opening times below

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SALISBURY/ TIDWORTH/ WILTON/ MERE/ TISBURY    >

Click here for the downloadable PDF or view the Pharmacy opening times below

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CORSHAM/ CALNE/ CHIPPENHAM/ MALMESBURY/CRICKLADE/ MARLBOROUGH PEWSEY/ PURTON    >

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Families and Children’s Transformation Programme survey

The Families and Children’s Transformation Programme (FACT) is a programme of work being undertaken by a wide range of organisations looking to make lives better for children, young people and families.

The organisations involved range from the council, police, NHS and schools to family support services, early years’ providers such as children’s centres, childminders and nurseries and also includes a wide variety of community and voluntary sector partners.

The intention of the programme is to align working priorities and practices as much as possible, to make it easier for people to access consistent information, advice and support from services at a time when they need them. The programme can only do that by working with children, young people and families to find out what is most important to them.

In order to reach as many families as possible, an online survey has been created to gather views on some of the key stages of childhood and parenting. The survey can be answered by parents/carers or by children and young people looking at the questions relevant to them.

Access the survey here to share your views.
The survey closes on 7 September 2018.

Please have your say and if you have any further feedback contact FACT@wiltshire.gov.uk.

Change to the prescribing of over the counter medicines

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is following new guidance set out by NHS England in March 2018, meaning that for 35 minor, short-term conditions, medicines that are available over the counter will no longer routinely be prescribed.

The guidance has been published following a period of national public consultation and recommends that over the counter medicines associated with minor, short-term conditions which get better by themselves, or can be self-treated by the patient, should no longer be available on NHS prescription.

Medicines under the guidance include treatments for coughs, colds, dandruff, mild cystitis, nappy rash, warts and verrucae, ear wax, head lice and mild dry skin.

In the year prior to June 2017 the NHS spent approximately £569million on prescription medicines, which could have been bought over the counter from a pharmacy or other retail outlet.

Dr Richard Sandford-Hill, Clinical Chair of Wiltshire CCG and GP at Market Lavington Surgery explains:
“It’s no secret that the NHS nationally is feeling the pressure of delivering healthcare services in the face of increasing patient demand and finite financial resources. In Wiltshire it’s no different, which is why as commissioners it’s important that we spend the money we have available in the most effective way that will benefit the most number of people.

“The cost of medicines to the NHS is significantly higher than those available to buy over the counter and because all licensed medicines are regulated by the Medicines and Health Regulatory Authority, they really are as good as your GP can prescribe.

“For this reason we are encouraging people to seek advice from a pharmacist and buy their medicines over the counter where they can.”

There are certain scenarios where certain patients should continue to have their treatments prescribed, including:

  • Patients prescribed an over the counter medicine for a long-term, or more complex condition or;
  • Where a clinician (doctor, nurse, pharmacist) considers that patient’s wellbeing could be affected due to health, mental health or significant social vulnerability.

Patients who contact their GP Practice to make an appointment regarding any of the 35 minor, short-term conditions may be advised by the receptionist to seek advice from a pharmacist instead.

Dr Sandford-Hill continues:
“By not routinely prescribing treatments for the 35 minor, short-term conditions and encouraging people to seek advice from a pharmacist and buy medicines over the counter where they can, means we will also free up valuable GP Practice appointments for those people who really need them.”
Alison Kidner, Community and Practice Pharmacist in Salisbury comments:
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to encourage patients to engage with their community pharmacy teams. Pharmacists are experts in medication and can provide health advice for our customers to help improve their health and wellbeing. The great thing about visiting your pharmacy is that you don’t need to make an appointment and many have a room where you can talk to the pharmacist in private. By visiting the pharmacy it means your GP’s time is freed up for those who really do need an appointment.

“We are all very aware of funding challenges to the NHS and by treating minor, short-term conditions ourselves where we can and by visiting a pharmacy for advice, we can help to save the NHS money. In many cases, the cost of buying a medicine from a pharmacy is cheaper than a prescription charge.”

For more information visit www.wiltshireccg.nhs.uk/over-the-counter

The Wiltshire Health and Wellbeing Vision

During 2018, the current Health and Wellbeing Board strategy and the vision statement are being refreshed.

Local system leaders in health and social care invited you to share your views between 11 June – 3 July 2018 on what Wiltshire people consider to be the most important factors in their health and care. This will also be used to help Wiltshire Council and NHS Wiltshire CCG to build and develop Wiltshire’s health and wellbeing strategy.

The feedback you gave us has helped us to create a new draft vision statement and we now welcome your views on our proposed version.

The vision statement will help us work out how to prioritise the money we have to help people manage their own health and wellbeing and what support people need to live independently in their own communities for as long as possible.

We would like you to read the statement below about the proposed Health and Wellbeing strategy vision and share your response to some questions about it. This survey is now closed.

Our vision for Wiltshire
People in Wiltshire live in thriving communities that empower and enable them to live longer, fulfilling healthier lives.

The final vision will be supported by strategic priorities identified from your feedback and the joint strategic needs assessment completed by Public Health Wiltshire.

Thank you for taking part – your views are very important to us!

 

‘Stub it out’ – six months to go!

NHS sites and services across Bath and North East Somerset, Wiltshire and Swindon are preparing to become smoke free from 1 January 2019. 

In six months’ time staff, patients and visitors (including contractors and suppliers) will no longer be able to smoke anywhere on NHS sites, including the grounds and gardens or in vehicles and car parks.

All NHS providers across BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire are committed to no tobacco use on site and many have already started to provide support to staff and patients to either stop smoking or manage their nicotine dependency while at work or during their stay in hospital.

Associate Director for Nursing and Quality at the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust, Alan Metherall, said: “Our trust became completely smoke free in November last year with all staff, service users, visitors and contractors no longer able to smoke or use tobacco products on any of our sites.

“We have focused on how best to support and assist our staff and service users to abstain from smoking and using tobacco products while at work or receiving treatment.

“Since the policy was introduced we have seen a number of positive outcomes. Many of our service users have been able to reduce the amount they smoke as well as their reliance on cigarettes during challenging periods. 

“We want to ensure that our staff and service users are as healthy as they possibly can be and we are training our staff to become Stop Smoking Practitioners so that they can support service users who wish to give up.

“In the coming months ahead we will be looking to work more closely with our community mental health teams to support all service users and to continue to support our inpatient services with their smoke free journey.”

Claire Radley, Director of People at the Royal United Hospitals Bath (RUH) NHS Foundation Trust said: “As a hospital, we have a responsibility to look after people’s health. Studies show 80% of second hand smoke is odourless and invisible, and those who breathe it are exposed to the same risks as smokers, including heart disease and cancers.

Going smokefree is the right thing to do to ensure those on our site are protected from second hand smoke.  We’re six months away from being completely smokefree, but our Healthy Choices Advisors are already in place and are busy supporting patients and staff, whether that’s providing help to quit smoking or ways to manage cravings whilst on site.”  

Charlie Revell, Health Improvement Practitioner at Salisbury District Hospital said: “The smoking cessation service for inpatients has received six times more patients than last year. As a result many more patients are consenting to follow up in the community by a factor of ten!”

Justin Wride, Health Improvement Service Manager, Virgin Care said: “A recent Smoke Free survey conducted by Virgin Care for the benefit of their colleagues, visitors, patients and suppliers reveals that 81% of people did not consider it acceptable to smoke on NHS sites “because of patients’ health” and “second hand smoke to patients” with most thinking it was a “good idea” and a “very positive step”. 

“We are now offering all our colleagues and patients stop smoking specialist support if they wish to quit and are regularly promoting the benefits of stopping smoking through social media, via team meetings, on-site promotional work and other internal communications. We believe this is a really important step to ensure that our sites are healthy environments for people to work in and to visit.

“For the six-month countdown we have really stepped up our social media and internal communications to ensure that everyone is aware of the Smoke free ‘Go-live’ date on the 1January 2019. It is really important to us that everyone feels supported and ready for this positive change.”    

The decision to become completely smoke free is in line with The Health Act (2006) and The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE 2013) guidelines which state that all hospital sites, including mental health hospitals, and sites where NHS services are provided, should be 100% smoke free.

Kevin McNamara, Director of Strategy and Community Services, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “The Smoke Free campaign is an excellent tool to highlight the benefits of stopping smoking and the importance of reducing the impact it has on health and the NHS.

“While the number of smokers has been declining, it still remains one of the leading causes of premature death in the UK. Stopping smoking not only saves lives, but also saves the NHS money too.”

For staff, patients and visitors who want to stop smoking before Tuesday 1 January 2019:

  • A range of information and support on how to stop smoking is available at nhs.uk/smokefree
  • Face to face advice on Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and or E-cigarettes is available from your local pharmacy, your GP surgery and local stop smoking services.

June 2018

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Welcome

Next week marks the 70th anniversary of the NHS. What a milestone!

Over the last couple of months we have been counting down to the big day on social media, taking the opportunity to highlight the fantastic achievements of the service and its people over the last 70 years. A lot has changed during that time and we know that developments will continue.

Infact, we have been advised that the Government will publish a Green Paper around the same time as the NHS’ birthday and we are expecting further guidance on what this means from NHS England. It’s not known what the detail of the Green Paper will be, but it is widely expected to include a longer term funding agreement, the integration of health and social care and clarity on the future direction for NHS Commissioning. We’ll share more news as we receive it.

Since the last issue of ‘in touch’ the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published the results of their detailed review of Wiltshire’s health and social care system, confirming that people receiving services in the county are safe. Wiltshire CCG coordinated the review with Wiltshire Council which included key partners in the local adult health and social care sectors providing information and evidence of what it’s like to receive care in Wiltshire.

We are pleased that the review considers our services to be safe and we will continue to work closely with Wiltshire Council and with all of our health and care partners to ensure people in Wiltshire experience high quality services. For more information, our press release and to read the CQC report, visit our website.

I hope you are finding time to enjoy this lovely weather!

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Dad Pad app launched to support new dads

An app to support new dads and dads-to-be in Wiltshire, BaNES and Swindon has been launched containing practical information and advice on topics ranging from changing nappies, feeding and how babies like to be held. The Dad Pad aims to support new dads and help them to feel more confident about fatherhood.

Lucy Baker, Programme Director for Maternity – the B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire Maternity Transformation Partnership explains: “We’ve had loads of conversations with dads, who have told us that they want information on how to care for their new babies, so that they can be more involved right from the start. The Dad Pad has practical advice which dads can access quickly and easily to help support them in caring for their new born.”

Jerry Wickham, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Public Health and Public Protection comments, ”As a dad and granddad myself, I know from personal experience that this app will really help new dads. It’s user-friendly and full of hints and tips to help new dads truly enjoy the experience of fatherhood and to offer them reassurance and support – particularly in those early weeks and months.”

The Dad Pad was previously launched in Wiltshire as an online and printed leaflet. It is now available in an updated version as a free to download app. Visit the Dad Pad website to download the app: www.thedadpad.co.uk/app 

 

 

Northlands Surgery nominated for Surgery of the Year Award!

As part of the national General Practice Awards 2018, Northlands Surgery in Calne has been nominated for The People’s Choice Award: Surgery of the Year.

The award offers the general public the chance to give their thanks and show appreciation for their local healthcare team. Northlands Surgery is one of 81 Practices nationwide that have been nominated and public voting is now in full swing until 10 August 2018.

Alison Ingham, Practice Manager at Northlands Surgery comments, “It is an absolute thrill that Northlands has been nominated for this prestigious award. Everyone in the Practice Team works tirelessly to provide outstanding care for our patients and I think it is wonderful for our staff to have been recognised in this way.”

Voting is now open and people have until 10 August 2018 to show their support for Northlands Surgery in one of two ways:

The final three shortlisted surgeries will be announced on 3 September and will be invited to attend this year’s Awards Event, which takes place on 30 November in London.

The General Practice Awards are an annual celebration of the hard work, innovation, and dedication taking place in primary care across the UK, showcasing the very best projects, teams, and leaders and sharing in achievements.

To find out more, visit www.generalpracticeawards.com 

 

 

Improving services for the victims and survivors of sexual assault and abuse

NHS England has published the Strategic direction for sexual assault and abuse services, which sets out what is needed to improve services and consequently patient experience for those who have experienced sexual assault and abuse.

Developed with a range of partner organisations, as well as the victims and survivors of sexual assault and abuse, the Strategic direction takes into account a lifelong pathway of care for survivors. It also outlines how services need to evolve and work together to ensure that as much as possible can be done to safeguard individuals and support them at times of crisis and at the point of disclosure. 

 

 

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Be Involved!

The Wiltshire Vision

Local system leaders in health and social care invite anyone living in Wiltshire to take part in the development of our vision for the way we provide health and care services in the county. Your views will help us to build and develop our health and wellbeing strategy, which sets the direction for services supporting people to live as well as possible.

We’d like you to help us to understand what Wiltshire people consider to be the most important factors in their health and care. The feedback you give us will also help us work out how to prioritise the money we have to help people manage their own health and wellbeing, and what support people need to live independently in their own communities for as long as possible.

Everyone – no matter what age – is welcome to contribute. This is your county, so please share your thoughts with us.

Visit our website for more information and to access a printable version of the survey.
 

 

 

Gluten-free foods on prescription

In February 2018 the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) announced its decision to nationally restrict the prescribing of gluten-free foods. This is in response to the public consultation in 2017 on the ‘Availability of gluten-free foods on NHS prescription’.

Wiltshire CCG’s current policy permits the prescribing of gluten-free staple foods for patients with a diagnosis of coeliac disease and/or dermatitis herpetiformis, with the following guidance:

  • Gluten-free prescribing should focus on enabling people with coeliac disease to access gluten-free staple foods, (bread, bread mix, flour, flour mix and pasta) free of charge on NHS prescription, as part of a healthy balanced diet.
  • Sweet biscuits and cakes should not be prescribed based on the grounds of supporting healthy lifestyles and the fact that gluten-free products are available at competitive prices in supermarkets.
  • Any gluten-free foods prescribed for patients without a confirmed diagnosis should not be prescribed.

Between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018, gluten-free foods on prescription cost NHS Wiltshire £241,487.

Wiltshire CCG is asking the public, patients and clinicians to have their say by completing a survey on two proposed options that will change the prescribing approach to gluten-free foods in Wiltshire, in line with National Institute of Care and Excellence (NICE) guidelines.

Visit our website to find out more and to complete the survey.

Campaign 

Stay well this Summer

To help you, your friends and family stay well this summer, we’ve teamed up with Wiltshire Council to produce this handy booklet. With lots of tips on how to enjoy the sun safely, advice on what to keep in your medicine cabinet and information on healthy living it’s this summer’s latest must-read!

For more information and top tips for a safe summer, visit www.wiltshireccg.nhs.uk/our-campaigns/safe-summer

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Improving services for the victims and survivors of sexual assault and abuse

Sexual assault and abuse are serious crimes which continue to have a significant impact on our society. The devastating consequences for any victim can often be misunderstood and neglected.  Despite this, the vast number of victims remain hidden due to a fear of coming forward or a lack of faith in organisations.

To help address this issue and develop improved services for the victims of sexual assault and abuse, work is progressing between a range of partners, which include the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England, Department for Communities and Local Government, Department for Education, Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, Police and Crime Commissioners, National Police Chiefs Council, the Care Quality Commission, Local Government Association, NHS providers and commissioners, Public Health England, Directors of Adult Social Services, victims and survivors of sexual assault and abuse and third and charitable sector survivor organisations.

In support of this, the Strategic direction for sexual assault and abuse services has been produced, which sets out what is needed by 2023 to improve service provision and consequently patient experience for those who have experienced sexual assault or abuse.

A key focus of the Strategic direction is considering how pathways of care need to change to ensure those who have experienced sexual assault and abuse have appropriate and timely access to services throughout their lifetime.  It also outlines how services need to evolve to ensure that as much as possible can be done to safeguard individuals and to support them at times of crisis and in particular, at the point of disclosure.  Underpinning this are six core priorities, which are:

  • Strengthening the approach to prevention
  • Promoting safeguarding and the safety, protection and welfare of victims and survivors
  • Involving victims and survivors in the development and improvement of services
  • Introducing consistent quality standards
  • Driving collaboration and reducing fragmentation
  • Ensuring an appropriately trained workforce.

The Strategic direction has been informed by an extensive period of engagement with providers, commissioners, victims, survivors, and in some cases their families and carers, as well as the extensive evidence base.

These findings, along with support from partner organisations and the victims and survivors of sexual assault and abuse, have informed the co-development of the Strategic direction, which provides a framework of guidance to deliver improved services now and in years to come.

Northlands Surgery nominated for Surgery of the Year award!

Northlands Surgery in Calne is one of 81 practices nationwide that has been nominated for The People’s Choice Award: Surgery of the Year, as part of the national General Practice Awards for 2018.

‘Surgery of the Year’ has been added as a new award for 2018 and offers the general public the chance to give their thanks and show appreciation for their local healthcare team.

Alison Ingham, Practice Manager at Northlands Surgery comments, “It is an absolute thrill that Northlands has been nominated for this prestigious award. Everyone in the Practice Team works tirelessly to provide outstanding care for our patients and I think it is wonderful for our staff to have been recognised in this way.”

Voting is now open and people have until 10 August 2018 to show their support for Northlands Surgery in one of two ways:

The final three shortlisted surgeries will be announced on 3 September and will be invited to attend this year’s Awards Event, which takes place on 30 November in London.

The General Practice Awards are an annual celebration of the hard work, innovation, and dedication taking place in primary care across the UK, showcasing the very best projects, teams, and leaders and sharing in achievements.

A full list of the awards and nominees can be found at www.generalpracticeawards.com

The Wiltshire Vision

Local system leaders in health and social care invite anyone living in Wiltshire to take part in the development of our vision for the way we provide health and care services in the county.  Your views will help us to build and develop our health and wellbeing strategy, which sets the direction for services supporting people to live as well as possible.

We’d like you to help us to understand what Wiltshire people consider to be the most important factors in their health and care.  The feedback you give us will also help us work out how to prioritise the money we have to help people manage their own health and wellbeing, and what support people need to live independently in their own communities for as long as possible.

Everyone – no matter what age – is welcome to contribute.  This is your county, so please share your thoughts with us.

The survey is open from until noon on Tuesday 3 July 2018 and can be accessed here: Your Wiltshire Vision 2018

Alternatively click here to access the printed version of the survey which can be completed and returned via email or post.

 

New dads in Wiltshire, B&NES and Swindon get support in the early weeks of fatherhood with the launch of mobile app

A new app, aimed at new dads in the Wiltshire, BANES and Swindon area, is to be launched this week. The “DadPad” app is a new easy-to-use resource to support dads in the early days and weeks following the birth of their child. DadPad contains practical information on topics including advice on how to change nappies, what to know about breastfeeding, support with bottle feeding and how babies like to be held. The aim of the app is to support dads across B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire to enjoy their new babies and feel more confident about fatherhood.

Lucy Baker, Programme Director for Maternity the B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire Maternity Transformation Partnership said:
“We’ve had loads of conversations with dads, who have told us that they want information on how to care for their new babies, so that they can be more involved right from the start. The DadPad has practical advice which dads can access quickly and easily to help support them in caring for their newborn.”

The DadPad app is also designed to help prepare dads-to-be before the birth of their baby, and can be used as a quick reference tool after their baby is born.

Jerry Wickham, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Public Health and Public Protection, said:”As a dad and granddad myself, I know from personal experience that this app will really help new dads. It’s user-friendly and full of hints and tips to help new dads truly enjoy the experience of fatherhood and to offer them reassurance and support – particularly in those early weeks and months.”

The DadPad was previously launched in Wiltshire as an online and printed leaflet. It is now available in an updated version as a free to download app. Visit the DadPad website to download the app: www.thedadpad.co.uk/app