Here is information about our current or recent projects and consultations.
1. Community mental health services review
We are working with Bath and North East Somerset Council to review how we can improve community mental health services locally.
Thank you to everyone who shared their views in our recent public consultation. We will be sharing a summary report in Summer 2019.
Find out what people have told us so far and what we are planning to do about it, here.
2. Transforming Maternity Services Together review
Thank you to everyone who took part in our consultation and shared their views with us. There were many suggestions for how we can improve services and these will help inform our future plans.
Since we started this process in 2017, more than 4500 mums, families, staff and partners in the community have shared their views and ideas about how to deliver a safe and positive birth and maternity experience for families in B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire, as well as prepare them to approach parenting with confidence.
Our proposals have been rigorously examined by the South West Clinical Senate and an independent expert panel which included a GP, an obstetrician, representatives of mums and dads, a midwife and a quality improvement lead. We have also consulted with a joint B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire Health and Overview Scrutiny Committee and worked through the NHS England assurance process.
A final set of recommendations will be submitted to a joint meeting of the BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Groups Governing Body on Thursday 16 January 2020 where a decision will be made. This meeting will be in public and will take place at the Lackham Campus, Wiltshire College from 10am – 12 noon. More information will be available on the CCG websites shortly and papers will be published on the sites in advance of the meeting on 9 January. If you have any queries, please email us at maternity.transformationBSW@nhs.net
3. Our Health, Our Future campaign
In January 2019, the NHS published its Long Term Plan, which sets out key priorities and ambitions for the service over the next ten years. The plan aims to make sure the NHS is fit for the future:
- giving everyone the best start in life;
- delivering world-class care for major health problems such as cancer and mental health; and
- helping people to age well.
Health and care organisations from across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire are now putting a plan together to make sure you and your loved ones are able to get the support you need to live well. We want to make sure that you can easily find and use local health and care services, and that these services will support you to stay healthy and happy now and in the future.
We’d like to thank everyone who shared their views, either through our survey, at a face to face event, or on social media. People’s experiences and views have been shared with local decision makers and will help to shape the priorities in a new Long Term Plan for BSW. The plan will be published on our website over the coming months.
The findings from the campaign are also being shared widely with commissioners and colleagues in local health and care organisations to inform the development of services in the future. You can read what people told us in our campaign overview, which is also available in Easy Read format and Arabic. For more detailed information, please read the engagement summary and full survey analysis.
Find out more about the Our Health, Our Future campaign here.
For more information about the NHS Long Term Plan, you can read a summary, watch this video, or read the plan in full at: www.longtermplan.nhs.uk.
4. Reablement Services
The Council and NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are reviewing the way reablement services are delivered in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), to identify new ways of working and improvements that could be made.
We have developed a proposal for how services might work in the future and from September to November 2019, members of the public and staff gave us their views on this proposal. Find out more here.
5. How can we support more people to access cardiac rehab?
Cardiac rehab sessions are currently provided at the Royal United Hospital (RUH) in Bath.
We want to expand this service, so that more people can get cardiac rehab closer to/at home, including exercise, information, and support with their diet and mental health.
Thank you to everyone who filled in our recent survey or chatted to us. Here is a summary of what everyone told us.
The RUH and Virgin Care are working together to develop a new community cardiac rehab service in B&NES, which will be introduced in the Autumn 2019. The new service is being developed to make sure that people who have had a cardiac event or a diagnosis of heart failure can access good quality rehab so that they stay healthy and regain any lost confidence.
In line with feedback we’ve had from local people:
- the venues and time of the rehab classes will be more accessible;
- there will be an option for home-based rehab for people who prefer not to join a class;
- and partners/family members/loved ones will be able to attend the education sessions (that are part of the programme) too.
The service will focus on proactively tackling health inequalities amongst different communities, to make sure that anyone who needs heart failure or cardiac rehab is supported to do it.