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September/October 2019
Ted Wilson
I’m delighted to be the new face of this newsletter as I take up the role of Acting Chief Operating Officer for Wiltshire. I have been with the CCG since its inception seven years ago, most recently in the role of Director of Community Services and Joint Commissioning where I have worked closely with partner organisations across the county, particularly Wiltshire Council.

September and October have been busy months as we successfully moved through the processes necessary to merge with Bath and North East Somerset and Swindon CCGs. Earlier in the year we started building one management structure for the three CCGs to take us into the future and a lot of those roles are now in place, with some vacancies still to be filled.

Two big national campaigns started in October - Every Mind Matters, a campaign to help you manage and maintain your mental health and Stoptober, encouraging people to break up with smoking.

As the days turn colder, we are gearing up for winter and the pressure it brings to health and care services. Our acute hospitals are already feeling the pressure, so we are working in partnership with them to improve the transfers of care out of hospital back into the community.

It’s important we all do our bit to keep healthy this winter so I encourage you to get your flu jab and take care of yourselves and your loved ones to stay well this winter. 

Best wishes

Ted Wilson
Acting Chief Operating Officer for Wiltshire
Latest News
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CCGs to merge
Over September and October we've been progressing the proposal to merge with Bath and North East Somerset, and Swindon CCGs.

In September, the GPs in the region voted in favour of the merger proposal. Following this the Governing Bodies of the three CCGs agreed to submit an application to merge to NHS England and Improvement. This application was made with a proposed merge date of 1 April 2020.

We are pleased to say that NHS England and Improvement have approved our application and we will become BSW CCG in April next year.

We will continue to provide you with updates over the coming months.

Join Young Healthwatch Wiltshire
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Healthwatch is calling on the young people of Wiltshire to join their team to help make sure the views of children and young people are listened to.

They want to hear from children and young people aged 14-25 who have something to say about the health and social care services they use - and who want to help others get their voices heard. 

Young Healthwatch Wiltshire is open to anyone who wants to make a difference to their community and has an interest in the rights and wellbeing of young people.

Find out more about volunteering with Healthwatch on their website.
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Mental wellbeing
Age UK Wiltshire and local mental health organisations with the support of NHS Health Education have made a short film on the importance of mental health awareness at work.

The film features people who have experienced poor mental health as a result of pressure and stress at work - sharing their perspectives about the kind of support they needed from their managers and the best approach to mental wellbeing at work. 

We've shared the film with our staff - you can find it on the Age UK Wiltshire website.

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Protecting the supply of medicines if there is a no-deal EU exit
The government and NHS organisations are preparing for EU Exit and are working hard to ensure patients continue to receive the medication they need if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

The information for patients on the NHS website has recently been updated and explains the government’s multi-layered approach to ensure that medicines continue to be available if there is a no-deal EU exit.

The FAQs on the NHS England website, which support discussions between healthcare professionals and patients about medicines and medical products, have also been updated.
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Our Health Our Future - the results
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Earlier in the year we asked the people of Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire to help us shape the future of local health and care services. 

More than 2000 people took part in Our Health Our Future by completing a survey and talking to us at events and on the streets.

People taking part in the survey said they would like to be given the opportunities, advice and information they need to live healthier lifestyles and be more aware of symptoms of diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure so they could seek help earlier.

They said it should be easier to see staff at surgeries and waiting times for appointments and operations in hospitals should be reduced.

Lots of respondents also said they didn’t always feel listened to or taken seriously by the health and care professionals they saw. Younger respondents said they would value better access to mental health services and support.

The survey results, alongside separate findings collected by independent health champion Healthwatch, will now be used by health and care leaders as they develop plans for how services across the area will be organised over the next five years.

The Our Health Our Future website has the full results.
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We don’t need to wait until we are struggling with our mental health; there are lots of things we can do to protect ourselves and prevent problems escalating, just as we do with our physical health.

Every Mind Matters offers a range of useful resources that help spot the signs of common mental health concerns, provides practical self-care tips and guidance and, importantly, explains when to seek further support.

It also has a free NHS-approved online tool on the Every Mind Matters website, which helps people build an action plan to deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, improve their sleep and help them feel more in control.

A dedicated ‘Helping Others’ guide is also available within the suite of digital resources, to provide advice on how to support others who may be struggling with their mental health.

To learn more about how to look after your mental health and create your own action plan, visit the Every Mind Matters website.
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Stoptober is back, encouraging smokers in England to ‘split up’ from smoking - it's not you... it's them! 

Two thirds of Stoptober participants agree that the support of friends and family is important to their quit attempt. So, this year Stoptober will be calling on friends, family and colleagues to step up and support a smoker through their quit attempt this October.

We have more information about Stoptober on our website.
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