The Diabetes Bus will be out and about in Wiltshire over the coming days. Members of the public are invited to come along and get tested to see if you are at risk of diabetes.

The Bus is available at the following places between 9am and 5pm:

Tuesday, October 28: Pewsey (Pewsey Market, Outside Bouverie Hall)
Wednesday, October 29: Amesbury (Car park, SP4 7DR)
Thursday, October 30: Bradford on Avon (Station Car park, BA15 1DQ)
Friday, October 31: Calne (Sainsbury’s car park, The Pippin, SN11 8JG)
Saturday, November 1: Salisbury (Market Square, Guildhall, SP1 1TL)

The bus is part of the Healthy Lifestyle campaign, which is being organised by the CCG, Wiltshire Council and Diabetes UK.

Dr Steve Rowlands, Chairman of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This is a great opportunity to work with our colleagues at Wiltshire Council as we are all only too aware of the increasing impact that diabetes is having on our communities and by taking our messages on the road we aim to increase people’s awareness of this condition to enable them to take positive lifestyle actions.”

Prevalence of women giving birth who classed themselves as smokeNew figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show that Wiltshire has the highest levels of immunisation for most routine childhood vaccinations, with MMR coverage for children aged two and over hitting the WHO target of 95%.  The average for England overall is below the WHO target at 92.7% so this is excellent news for WIltshire.

The full report can be viewed here:


The 100 Day Challenge is an internal programme launched by Wiltshire CCG and Wiltshire Council on 1 September, to improve the way health and social care professionals work together for the people of Wiltshire.  It will end on 9 December 2014.

Healthier for longer – Wiltshire CCG launches future health plans

People in Wiltshire are being asked to support plans to encourage them to take more responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. This is just one of the principles the NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)  is proposing as part of a five year plan to improve healthcare services.

In addition, the CCG, has developed a model which will provide more care at home or in the community ensuring that there is fair and equal access to services across the county.

Wiltshire CCG is the organisation responsible for planning and paying for all NHS services in the county and is led by local GPs.  It has prepared a draft five year plan which sets out its plans for changing the structure of healthcare services in Wiltshire.

Staff from the CCG are visiting a wide range of organisations and community groups to gain feedback and opinion on the plans. In addition, there are also a series of public meetings. Some meetings have already taken place.

Dr Stephen Rowlands, Chair of Wiltshire CCG, said:

The next five years will be a period of change for healthcare services in Wiltshire.  Our Five Year Plan is all about supporting people to live healthy, independent lives in their own homes and communities.  We need to keep people out of hospital as much as possible and we will need people to take more responsibility for their own health and the health of others to help us do this.”

“I would encourage anyone with an interest in healthcare to come along to one of our public meetings if they want to understand what these changes will mean for them and their local NHS services.”

Anyone who would like to attend future events or would like further information should contact Wiltshire CCG’s Communications and Engagement team on 01380 736010 or

Maternity Contract Awarded

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning group has awarded the Royal United Hospital Bath the contract to run maternity services at the hospital’s Princess Anne Wing and community maternity services in Chippenham, Trowbridge, Frome, Shepton Mallet and Paulton.

RUH will be responsible for providing these services, currently provided by Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, from June 2014 until 2017.

The procurement process to appoint a new provider was shared between four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), with Wiltshire CCG taking the lead role.  This culminated in the detailed evaluation of two submissions by a panel, made up of specialists and clinicians. The governing bodies of all four CCGs have subsequently ratified the recommendation.

The decision to award the contract between two reputable Trusts was a difficult one and both Trusts set out their strengths and capabilities in their submissions. The final decision was not linked to cost, nor did it require any change or reduction in existing services to patients. Staff affected by this change will all remain within NHS employment and retain their terms and conditions.

In the coming months Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal United Hospital will be working together closely, to ensure that patient continue to experience high standards of care and support and that staff are supported through the transfer process to a new NHS employer.

New Patient Transport Services

Patients who have a non-emergency medical need and require help with transport to reach their hospital appointment can now benefit a high quality service with extended hours. The new transport service, provided by Arriva transport Solutions, will run 24 hours, 7 days a week, which is an extension of existing services, as previously, some ran only Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Arriva will run a single access centre which will provide a convenient booking and enquiries service across the region. Through the use of modern technology and systems, the service will be able to manage demand for patient transport efficiently and will co-ordinate and provide journeys in and out of Wiltshire. The service will offer flexibility to respond to changing needs; for example, new healthcare locations and flexible times for pick up and return home including evenings and weekends.

More patient information about the service can be found here: Non-Emergency Patient Transport Information Leaflet

The single access centre will also provide information and advice for those patients who do not meet the current Department of Health eligibility criteria. This will include signposting to alternative transport options, including voluntary and community providers. Healthwatch Wiltshire is also providing information and advice for patients who may need help with transport but who are not eligible for the service provided by Arriva. Their details can be found here

New patient transport service for Wiltshire

There will be a new provider of non-emergency patient transport services for Wiltshire from later this year. Following a thorough procurement process, Arriva Transport Solutions has been selected as the preferred bidder to run services across Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset, Gloucestershire and Swindon.

Currently the non-emergency patient transport service is being provided by a number of private and NHS transport service organisations. The retendered contact will be provided by one organisation with a clear strategy for the provision of a tailored, high quality service, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The new provider will operate a single point of contact designated telephone number to enable patients and health representatives to book the transport quickly and receive advice and support about non-emergency patient transportation. Through the use of modern technology and systems, the service will be able to manage demand for patient transport efficiently and will co-ordinate and provide journeys in and out of the county.

The service will offer flexibility to respond to changing needs e.g. new healthcare locations, on the day requests and flexible times for pick up and returning home including evenings and weekends.

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group Chief Officer, Deborah Fielding said,

“Providing eligible patients with the best patient transport service which can meet their medical and mobility needs is extremely important to us as a Clinical Commissioning Group. We want patients in Wiltshire to experience safe, timely, clean and comfortable transport. Subject to contract, there will be one organisation responsible for co-ordinating all non-emergency patient transport and this should help to deliver a consistent and joined up service for all our patients who need advice about transport or need to be taken to their appointments.”


Clinical Commissioning Group authorised in Wiltshire

On Thursday 14 March, the NHS Commissioning Board announced that clinicians in Wiltshire have been given the green light to become responsible for planning and securing health services for Wiltshire people.

NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) were authorised in the fourth and final wave of authorisations. This means that the CCG has met national set criteria during the assessment process which took place in December last year.

Wiltshire CCG will formally take responsibility for commissioning services from 2nd April 2013, overseeing a budget of approximately £519 million. It has been operating in shadow form since July 2011.

Dr Steve Rowlands, Chair of Wiltshire CCG, said: “This is great news for the CCG and local people. Our member practices and staff have worked hard since July 2011 to be ready to take on our full responsibility for planning and securing health services for local people. We look forward to demonstrating that we can be a highly effective organisation in serving the people of Wiltshire from April 2013”.

Debbie Fielding, Accountable Officer for Wiltshire CCG, said: “the NCB Commissioning Board announcement is a vote of confidence for Wiltshire CCG. We are very grateful to all our clinicians, our partners, members of the public, staff and stakeholders who have helped us to reach this important milestone. It remains our priority that we continue to work together with local communities and with our partners to improve health and health services for people in Wiltshire”.

During the assessment process the CCG was commended for a number of areas of strength and good practice including:

• The unification of Wiltshire, especially as the CCG has developed as three groups in a short time span. Wiltshire CCG has a strong unified centre, whilst maintaining the distinctive characteristics of the 3 Groups, including a degree of financial autonomy. This gives Wiltshire CCG scale and sustainability.

• The approach taken by the CCG to improve patient experience of mental health services and through its work around dementia. The improvement in the timeliness of treatment was highlighted as a particular achievement. The panel noted the CCGs ability to question and challenge data from providers and enact change.

• The approach to commissioning for outcomes on adult placements was particularly effective (A panel member even wanted to know more about it to implement a similar scheme in their home healthcare trust). The CCGs approach to Information Governance and its commitment to sharing information securely.

The panel were also impressed by Wiltshire CCG model for integrated care with the patient at the centre being emphasised as an important aspect, the robust management of the significant work required with the Commissioning Support Unit and the awareness of minority groups and ways in which the CCGs is trying to engage with them.

Authorisation is a rigorous national process with external assurance designed to ensure that the new clinical commissioning groups are ready to take on their statutory role of commissioning health services for patients in their local communities from April 2013. The assessment tests each CCG against a range of criteria and involves a wide range of expert assessors.

Wiltshire CCG is one of 48 CCGs authorised in ‘wave four’ of the process.

Wiltshire CCG will be responsible, from April 2013, for commissioning emergency, urgent care, Including ambulance services and out-of-hours services, and planned care for anyone present in our geographical area.

The areas that the CCG are responsible for include:

• Community Health Services
• Maternity Services
• Elective hospital care (planned care)
• Rehabilitation services
• Urgent and emergency care including A&E, ambulance and out-of-hours services (unplanned care)
• Mental Health services
• Older people’s healthcare services
• Healthcare services for children
• Healthcare services for people with learning disabilities
• Continuing healthcare
• Abortion services
• Infertility services
• Wheelchair services
• Home oxygen services
• Treatment of infectious diseases