June 2018


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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!

Linda Prosser, Interim Chief Officer

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In the news!

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. 



News archive

Read more news from Wiltshire CCG in our news archive.

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.


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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