‘People and place’ model highlights changing healthcare and community support

A key feature of 2016/17 has been local GP practices working in closer partnership and grouping themselves into 16 GP ‘clusters’ across the county. This approach has been agreed by the system and community and mental health staff are working with the practices to support the ‘place based approach’ to care. And in many areas of Gloucestershire, other health professionals,... Read More

Better support for patients with respiratory conditions

Steps are being taken in Gloucestershire to offer better advice and support to patients with lung disease. During this year, the NHS Trusts, CCG and partners have been actively seeking feedback from patients and carers on how services could be improved and how to better help people to manage their condition. Patients have fed back that they can find it hard to understand their disease,... Read More

Better support for patients at risk of falling – 6,000 home visits this year

Health and social care leaders in Gloucestershire are placing a greater focus on preventing illness and injury in older age and on developing community support across the county to help people stay independent for longer. Services have been working together to offer better advice and support to older people in particular, who are at the greatest risk of falling. In Gloucestershire,... Read More

CCG supports Heads up Cheltenham and good mental health

The CCG is proud to support Heads Up Cheltenham, a year of partnership activities to promote good mental health in the town. The initiative is being led by Cheltenham Borough Council to encourage people to think about their mental health, as well as that of their friends and families. Every year, one in four people will experience a mental health problem. This tends to be something... Read More

Improving medication prescriptions for older people

Four GP practices in Cheltenham employed a prescribing pharmacist to focus specifically on helping older people who take multiple drugs with their prescriptions. The pharmacists started by carrying out full medication reviews with patients, and with agreement from the patient’s GP, made some appropriate and beneficial changes. This approach has had several benefits to both... Read More

Supporting the health, social and emotional needs of frail adults

A new Frailty Service in the South Cotswolds is helping people who are frail, or at risk of becoming frail, to feel safe and supported. By understanding peoples’ individual needs and priorities, the team works with individuals to develop plans that meet their health, emotional and social needs. The service works closely with GPs, hospital doctors and community health care staff... Read More

Expert clinical pharmacy advice in GP practices

GPs in five practices in the North Cotswolds are working more closely with clinical pharmacists to improve prescribing support for patients. Clinical pharmacists are highly qualified healthcare professionals and are experts on medicines. They can offer helpful advice and support to people who are taking one or a number of medicines. Joint working between clinical pharmacists and... Read More

Care professionals recognised at special awards evening

Care professionals and community champions from across Gloucestershire were recognised for their outstanding and dedicated service at the first ever Gloucestershire Health and Social Care Awards at Gloucester Cathedral this winter. The event, which also included appearances from the Caring Chorus, GDance and Gloucestershire Young Carers, celebrated all that’s great about health... Read More

The Daily Mile – keeping Gloucestershire’s children active

Thanks to funding from the NHS in Gloucestershire, primary schools across the county are being encouraged to improve the fitness, health and wellbeing of their pupils through The Daily Mile™ initiative, a simple programme that gets children walking, jogging or running for 15 minutes each day. The Daily Mile is easy to implement and is great fun for both pupils and teachers. ... Read More

Sepsis initiative wins Nursing Times Award for Patient Safety Improvement

The CCG has won a Nursing Times Award for Patient Safety Improvement for its work to raise awareness of sepsis and support medical staff Although very common, sepsis can be life-threatening. It often arises from infections such as pneumonia, urinary tract infections, cellulitis and abdominal conditions. If sepsis is detected early, most people make a full recovery, so early identification... Read More