Engagement Bulletin – 23 October 2019

Sedgemoor Older People’s Forum

Today we attended Sedgemoor Older People’s Forum to talk about developments in primary care, digital services and urgent care and to listen to the views of local people.

Sarah Moore (Programme Officer, Primary Care) introduced the group to Primary Care networks and the additional workforce that these networks will bring. Jess Brown (Digital Programme Officer) explained the benefits of integrated electronic records particularly around end of life care and the work being done with the SIDeR project. James Warren (Urgent Care Project Manager) talked about staying well this winter including options for accessing urgent and emergency care in Somerset.

The presentations were well received and those attending shared their experiences of using NHS services in Somerset. At the end of the session the group were keen to share how much they valued these services with one person summarising with “thank god for the NHS”. The views gathered will be used across the organisation to inform future commissioning decisions.

Survey of Annual Health Checks for people with a Learning disability

Skills for Care, NDTi, VODG and Learning Disability England are working on increasing the number of health checks for people with a learning disability. They would be really grateful if you could complete this short survey by
17.00 on Friday 1 November.  They particularly want to hear from:

  • People with a learning disability (and/or autism)
  • Family members, carers or friends
  • Doctors and those that work in doctor’s surgeries that do and don’t offer Annual Health Checks
  • Health and social care providers that support people with a learning disability.

The online questions are available by clicking on the link below.

Click here for the Online Survey

Anticoagulation Achievement Award for Yeovil District Hospital’s Ambulatory Care Team!

Congratulations to the Ambulatory Care Team at Yeovil District Hospital for winning an Anticoagulation Achievement Award! This year’s celebrations were held in the House of Parliament on World Thrombosis Day (Wednesday 9 October).

Thrombosis or venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a potentially fatal condition where clots form in the blood (usually due to long periods of inactivity, such as staying in a hospital bed) – it’s vitally important that we take steps to reduce the risk of patients developing this very serious condition, so this award really is worthy of much celebration!
Click here for more information on World Thrombosis Day

Think you need medical help right now? NHS 111 is available to offer advice on the best course of action.

On 21st October, NHS England and NHS Improvement is introducing a new campaign to increase awareness on how NHS 111 can help you decide the best course of action to take when you have an urgent, but non-life-threatening health concern.

NHS 111 provides you with a convenient way to get the right help or advice when you need it. Whether over the phone or online, NHS 111 will ensure that you get the right care, from the right person, as quickly as possible. So, if you think you need urgent medical help, you can now call 111 or go online at 111.nhs.uk.

‘Help Us Help You’ know what to do.

Click here for the latest NHS 111 TV advert


The SINePost e-newsletter is produced each month by the Somerset Intelligence team at SCC as part of its role in collating, analysing and disseminating data and research. It draws attention to the latest facts,
figures, reports and analysis on Somerset. Included this month:-

  • Indices of Deprivation: Parts of Bridgwater, Glastonbury, Highbridge, Taunton and Yeovil have been classified as within the 10% most deprived neighbourhoods in England, in the latest official measure of relative deprivation from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
  • Migration: Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) figures indicate that numbers of non-UK nationals registering for a National Insurance Number in Somerset have increased for the second successive quarter, following a period of general decline.
  • Transport: Numbers of reported road accidents in Somerset have continued to decline, according to annual figures published by the Department for Transport.

Health: A total of 1,011 people successfully quit smoking in 2018/19 through Somerset’s Stop Smoking Service, according to statistics released by NHS Digital.

Click here for more information

Care Quality Commission – State of Care Report 2018/19

Ian Trenholm, Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission, has introduced the CQC’s annual report on the quality of health and social care in England. The State of Care report looks at trends, shares examples of good and outstanding care, and highlights where care needs to improve.

In this year’s State of Care 2018/19 report, the CQC has found that too many people can’t get access to the right care at the right time and that services are struggling to cope with increased demand. However, despite the challenges around demand, and the significant funding and workforce pressures felt by sectors, Ian Trenholm recognises that good quality care has largely been maintained due to the hard work of staff and volunteers who care for people across health and social care services

Click here to read Ian Trenholm’s full introduction

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