Farewell to Steve Rowlands as new Chair of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group is elected

Following a two year term as Chair of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (Wiltshire CCG), Dr Steve Rowlands will be stepping down on 30th June 2015 and handing the responsibility of Chairing the commissioning of Wiltshire’s health services to newly elected Dr Peter Jenkins.

Dr Jenkins, who was elected through a majority vote process by the Wiltshire GPs who make up the CCG membership of 58 practices, will be responsible for shaping the CCG with members of its Governing Body.

Dr Steve Rowlands comments: “Much has changed since I began my clinical career a number of years ago, but what remains unwavering, regardless of what job people do within the NHS, is the commitment to delivering the best possible service, where the patient is at the centre. This theme has been core to Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group since it was authorised in 2013.

“As with the NHS nationally, the CCG has been faced with challenging financial constraints which has meant that we have had to make some difficult decisions. However, our vision has always been to provide people in Wiltshire with the right services, at the right time, locally to them.

“I’m proud to have been part of helping to develop health services in Wiltshire that are aligned to the needs and demands of a growing and increasingly ageing population, now and into the future.”

Commenting on his new post, Dr Jenkins, who is currently Senior Partner at Avon Valley Practice said: “I’m delighted to be voted as the new Chair of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group. Having spent two years as the GP Medical Advisor to Wiltshire CCG, I have a sound understanding of the organisation. I’m under no illusion that with the current financial challenges facing the NHS, this will be an easy role; however, I’m committed to ensuring that the CCG is in the best possible position to enable it to deliver on the objectives set in its five year plan.

“Providing fair access to high quality, locally delivered health services, with people encouraged to take a personal responsibility for their health, is key. Health services in Wiltshire need to adapt to current and future demand and population trends. I’m convinced that by continuing to work closely with our partners across health and social care services, as well as voluntary organisations, we will be able to provide strong, sustainable health services now and for future generations”.

Deborah Fielding, Chief Officer at Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, remarks: “Our CCG has undergone a rapid period of development and the process has been successfully overseen by Steve as our Clinical Chairman. In particular, Steve has made significant contributions to the way we’ve been able to re-shape primary care services closer to home. On behalf of the CCG Board I want to thank Steve for his outstanding commitment to health care services in our area, and the changes he has overseen. I’m confident that Peter will build on the great work already happening within the CCG to continue to drive it forward and to explore new opportunities and ways of working, and I look forward to welcoming him on 1st July.


PRESS RELEASE: Thursday 4 December 2014


GPs from NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) re urging people to make sure they choose the most appropriate care for their ailments this winter.

Forecast colder weather this week indicates that winter has arrived, bringing with it increased demand on NHS services particularly from elderly and vulnerable patients.

Dr Peter Jenkins, GP Medical Adviser for Wiltshire CCG, said: “Even without severe weather – such as snow or prolonged sub-zero temperatures – the arrival of winter invariably means the NHS as a whole faces considerable challenges in dealing with greater numbers of patients.

“The NHS nationally and locally plans thoroughly for that increased demand, but we also need help from people in finding the most appropriate way to treat their ailments.”

Colder weather and viruses lead to an increase in the number of people – particularly those with a respiratory condition – being admitted to hospital as an emergency.

The CCG has therefore produced the following list of top tips to help people plan and ensure they are able to receive the most appropriate and timely treatment during winter:

  • Ensure you have sufficient over-the-counter medicines to treat minor ailments such as coughs, colds, cuts and scratches. The NHS Choices website has further information about sensible items to keep in your medicine cabinet at home.
  • If you feel unwell, particularly if you are elderly, seeking early advice from your GP or pharmacist could prevent a minor ailment becoming more serious. The NHS Feeling Under the Weather? campaign is aimed at people over 60 – or anyone aged over 45 looking after elderly relatives or neighbours – encouraging them to get early health advice.
  • If you have an ongoing medical condition requiring repeat prescriptions, ensure you have sufficient supplies to avoid running out when you GP surgeries is closed or over the Christmas holiday period.
  • Your local pharmacist is a good source of information, advice and treatment for a wide range of minor ailments.
  • For urgent medical needs that are not emergencies, NHS 111 is a free national phone number able to provide advice at any time on where and how to receive the most appropriate treatment.
  • This year’s NHS Flu campaign is encouraging all those who are eligible for the free flu vaccination to take up the offer. It is targeted at those with long-term health conditions, pregnant women and parents of children aged 2-4. Wiltshire CCG is supporting the campaign by providing background advice and guidance on who is eligible for a free flu jab and the important of getting one.
  • Keep a look-out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours to ensure they are staying safe and well.
  • If you have any symptoms of vomiting or diarrhoea, stay away from hospitals – including visiting friends or relatives. Norovirus, often called the winter vomiting bug, is highly contagious and can spread quickly in hospitals.
  • Don’t go to a hospital A&E department or dial 999 for an ambulance unless it is for a serious or life-threatening emergency.

“Clearly there are times when attending A&E or dialling 999 is the right course of action. However, using these services for less serious conditions does not mean a patient will receive quicker treatment, and may result in a delay for someone else whose condition is serious or even life-threatening,” said Dr Jenkins.

“Taking a few easy and sensible precautions now, along with using the best way to receive treatment if needed, can help ensure the NHS continues to provide high-quality, appropriate care for everyone needing it this winter.”