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Dental cameraCommunity dentists in Stroud have a new way of assessing patients for treatment thanks to the donation of a digital camera by the League of Friends.

The community dental service, based in Redwood House, provides treatment for people with special medical or social care needs, moderate or severe learning disabilities, physical disabilities and behavioural or psychological difficulties.

The new Canon Digital SLR camera means dentists can now study digital photographs when consulting with colleagues and considering treatment.

Dentist Paul Rayner said: “A picture can be worth a thousand words! A good image can make a decision over treatment or a referral so much easier and quicker.

“Having the ability to take clear digital images gives us another tool to offer a responsive and high quality service to patients.”

The service in Stroud saw just over 4,000 patients last year. Countywide the service has seen 18,500 patients over the last year.

It has specialist equipment, such as wheelchair tippers and bariatric chairs, to ensure it can treat a wide range of people and will offer clients multiple visits to get them used to the people and environment before beginning treatment.

Dr Roy Lamb, president of Stroud League of Friends, said: “As always this donation is only possible because of the generosity of the people of Stroud.

“On their behalf we are very pleased we can provide up to date equipment which will improve the care for patients.”


20 April 2017


Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust has received Investors in People (IiP) accreditation. The balance of evidence from the online assessments, face-to-face interviews, documentary evidence and observation produced a final outcome which confirms that the Trust meets all of the requirements for accreditation as an Investor in People.

The report stated "This is a very significant achievement, especially in light of the government imposed cost reduction targets, and the size and spread of the Trust and the diversity of services it provides." Furthermore, it was highlighted that "The Trust continues to work in line with its values and in this aspect practice is not only Advanced, but very close to High Performing."


13 April 2017

As of March 2017 the Trust has vaccinated 56.2% of patient-facing staff against flu. This represents a significant increase on the uptake of flu vaccinations since last year and means the Trust has met the performance target agreed with commissioners.

A big thank you to all the volunteer Peer Vaccinators who helped us meet this target, and to everyone who has had their flu jab this season.


13 April 2017

The NHS in Gloucestershire is urging people to keep healthy over the Easter break by planning in advance, taking some simple steps and thinking twice before heading to A&E or calling 999 when it’s not an emergency.

If you are ill or injured and are not sure where to turn:

  • visit

  • download the ASAP Glos NHS App free from your App store

  • call NHS111 or

  • visit the pharmacy for advice

  • Be prepared - make sure you get any prescriptions and medicines you might need before the holiday season starts

  • Don’t forget to order your regular prescriptions in advance and make sure you collect enough medication to last throughout the Easter period

  • Remember to take your prescribed medication with you if you are visiting family or friends

  • If you do run your of your normal prescribed medicines, most community pharmacies can help if you need an urgent prescription

  • Keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home, with medicines such as paracetamol which can treat a number of everyday illnesses

  • Take early action - seek advice from your local pharmacy if you have a long term health condition and are starting to feel unwell before it gets more serious

  • Find Easter pharmacy opening hours at:

  • Use Emergency Services wisely - call 999 only when it’s a serious injury or a life threatening situation such as unconsciousness, heavy loss of blood, severe chest pain or stroke

Dr Hein Le Roux, GP and Deputy Clinical Chair at the CCG said:“Please think about planning in advance to ensure that you and your family are well prepared for Easter. The range of healthcare options available is often greater than people realise. Please remember in particular that for non-emergencies, A&E isn’t the place to go.”

If you are ill or injured and are not sure where to turn, visit, download the ASAP Glos NHS App free from your App store, call NHS111 or visit the pharmacy for advice.


12 April 2017

The Trust's Rapid Response team has been shortlisted in the prestigious Patient Safety Awards 2017.

The team is up for an award in the Patient Safety in the Community category for its work on Implementing NEWS (the National Early Warning Score) in Nursing Homes.

The next stage is a presentation to the judges in London on Friday 12 May, before a final ceremony to announce the winners in Manchester on Tuesday 4 July.


5 April 2017


NHS and social care partners in Gloucestershire have made a commitment to transform experiences of palliative and end of life care by signing up to a countywide End of Life Care Strategy.

The strategy outlines the county’s promise to offer the highest possible quality of care and support to people who are dying. It also sets out an ambition to respond better to the wishes and needs of patients and their families in relation to where they would like to be cared for and where they would like to die.

NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was recently one of two CCGs to be appointed to the NHS England End of Life Care Programme Board to represent commissioning.

Dr Hein Le Roux, Clinical Lead for End of Life Care at the CCG, said:

“Our aim is that everyone should experience a ‘good end to their life’.

We want to ensure that people are given the opportunity to express their preferences about where and how they are cared for, supported and die, and to make it possible for health and social care services to work together to enable their wishes to be met.

It is important for all of us providing end of life care to encourage people to talk about their choices, and to ensure that every individual is able, to the best of our ability and circumstances, to have the best death possible, and that their wishes are respected.

We also want to support families and carers during the difficult times both before and after their loved one’s death.”

The CCG and its partners, including the county’s hospices, care homes, community services and hospitals, have developed 12 key aims to ensure that people receive care that meets their individual needs.

These include ensuring that the many services people need are well coordinated, so that patients receive seamless care that meets their individual priorities, needs and preferences and that end of life care is appropriate, timely and communicated sensitively.

Another important area of work that will be taken forward is around Advanced Care Planning. This is a voluntary process of discussion and review which enables someone who has capacity to indicate their preferences and wishes for the future, meaning that their wishes can be identified, respected and adhered to.

Emma Husbands, Consultant Palliative Medicine at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHNHSFT) and Chair of the End of Life Care Quality Group, said:

“GHNHSFT are committed to working collaboratively with our countywide colleagues to address such a crucial aspect of all of our lives.

We have now distilled the twelve principles into a strategy to ensure that we embed all aspects of delivery of end of life care.

Death is a part of life and as organisations, staff and patients, we are working together to ensure that we enable personalised care to be as good as it can be right up to and including the end of life.”

Cllr Dorcas Binns, cabinet member for older people at Gloucestershire County Council and Vice Chair of the End of Life Strategy board said:

“Death is a subject we don’t talk about much, but everyone has to face at some point.

I want to make sure all professionals who look after people in their last days have the specialist training and skills they need to give the best quality care.”

Susan Field, Director of Nursing at Gloucestershire Care Services (GCS) NHS Trust said:

“GCS is committed to supporting people to live through life limiting conditions and illness and helping them and their families prepare for their death, helping people to die with dignity.

End of life care touches all parts of ours services, with our nurses being at the heart of care in the last days of life.  They work closely with the patient’s family, GP and specialist services to ensure that people are able to pass away with dignity, receiving compassionate bespoke care in the place of their choosing, surrounded by those who matter to them.  End of life care is multi-dimensional, providing holistic care including physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual support.

End of life care is provided in a range of settings which includes care in the community, such as community hospitals, within patient’s homes, care homes and hospices. Our Trust is committed to working collaboratively with countywide colleagues, to make sure that regardless of the care setting, the quality of care should be of the highest standard and compassionate care must be at the forefront, after all we only have one chance to get it right.”

End of Life Care is a priority within the Gloucestershire Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) and the publication of the strategy represents an important step in making improvements happen.

To read more about the STP and find out about how you can get involved, visit the STP website at: 


21 March 2017


Joseph BarnettJoseph Barnett is currently an IT Business Admin Apprentice at Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust. Joseph is also completing a Level 2 NVQ in IT User. 

"I had started a course in Health & Social Care at college, but heard about apprenticeships and decided that was the way I wanted to go. I started looking for opportunities online, and came across an IT apprenticeship at Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust. I’ve always liked IT, having studied it for one of my AS levels, and I wanted to get into the NHS. 

I started my apprenticeship in October 2016 and have been working with the Trust’s IT team based in Brockworth. I help with phone queries from colleagues across the county on the IT Service Desk. I've also helped out with a mobile phone roll out - this involved setting up the phones and visiting Trust sites to help colleagues use them. I have also helped one of my colleagues with some computer imaging for all of Trust compluters, which I then helped to deploy across the county. All this means that my days are quite varied. 

I’ve learnt a lot since I started, as there has been a lot of on the job training. I feel my interpersonal skills have really developed, as there is so much face-to-face communication. I’ve also learnt a lot about team work…it’s all been really invaluable. The apprenticeship is due to finish in August 2017, and afterwards I will look for other opportunities in the Trust or find a job outside of the organisation. I’m really enjoying my experiences so far, and am looking forward to the year ahead!" 

Find out more about Joseph in this video here. 




 8 March 2017 



MTC2 awards 2Daniel Reynolds, Community Link Officer, and the Community Equipment Service team have won the outstanding engagement category at the Meeting the Challenge 2 (MtC2) Good Practice event hosted by Gloucestershire County Council. The awards recognised the hard work and dedication of staff working on MtC2 projects.

The award was given to the team for their role in the #handitback project and for using innovative forms of public engagement to increase equipment return and reuse. The event was an opportunity to share good practice amongst colleagues and recognise their inspiring achievements.


2 March 2017