Starting a Conversation about end of life care in Wiltshire

About four thousand people die each year in Wiltshire. Most are older people who had been living with a chronic condition. Compared to ten years ago, more people in Wiltshire are dying at home or in a hospice, and fewer in hospital. Care to support people at the end of life is provided by a range of services including hospitals, hospices, care homes, pharmacies, social care agencies, charities, GPs and community services.

NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Wiltshire Council are refreshing the Wiltshire End of Life Care strategy, and are interested to hear what people think is important in end of life care. This will help them to develop their plans for end of life care in Wiltshire. Healthwatch Wiltshire are supporting them to gather these views.

We are holding 3 public “starting a conversation” events across the county. These will be an opportunity for local people to hear more about the strategy, share their views on what is important at the end of life and find out more about what services are currently available.
These meetings will be held at

  • Thursday 24th November 2 – 4pm Salisbury Methodist Church, St. Edmund’s Church Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 3EF
  • Tuesday 29th November 2 – 4pm The Memorial Hall, Station Rd, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, SN4 8EN
  • Wednesday 30th November 10am – 12, St Margaret’s Hall, St Margaret’s Street, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1DE
Ted Wilson, Community and Joint Commissioning Director, NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said
“The refreshed End of Life Strategy reinforces our commitment to improving and developing end of life care and support services. Our vision for end of life care in Wiltshire is personalised, well co-ordinated and aims to empower patients to make informed choices about their care. We continue to learn and enhance work in a joined-up manner across health, social care and voluntary sector as we move forward. In an environment where resources are constrained, we are committed to make best use of those available and to deliver value for money; whilst delivering real choice for patients and meet their wishes, where possible, in the last phase of their life.”
Lucie Woodruff, Volunteer and Engagement Manager at Healthwatch Wiltshire said
“The aim of Wiltshire’s End of Life Strategy is to make sure people who are approaching the end of their life and their unpaid carers are able to access the care and support they need. We want to make sure that current services are meeting their needs. Only by hearing real stories and involving local people in decisions about services, can we really be sure that people approaching the end of their life are properly supported. These public events are an opportunity for people to find out more about end of life care locally, to share their experiences and views. ”

For more information about the meetings, contact Healthwatch Wiltshire on 01225 434218 or info@healthwatchwiltshire.co.uk. For those unable to attend the meeting, the strategy and a questionnaire can be found at http://www.wiltshireccg.nhs.uk/end-of-life-care.