Gloucestershire NHS apprentices best in the South West

Three Gloucestershire NHS apprentices were awarded for their commitment and service to the NHS at a special regional awards ceremony. Jess Carmen, Meg Cooke and Amanda Spencer, from Gloucestershire Care Services...

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Announcement of new Joint Chief Executive

    Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and 2gether NHS Foundation Trust are delighted to announce the appointment of a Joint Chief Executive for both organisations. Paul Roberts has been selected in the...

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Tewks very smallWe have identified the need to undertake some repair work to the flooring on the first floor of Tewkesbury Community Hospital. The first floor accommodates a 20-bed inpatient ward and an operating theatre suite. We want to complete this work before the winter period, and it will require the temporary closure of the first floor over approximately three months. The inpatient area will be closed from week commencing Monday 3 July and the theatre suite will be closed from Thursday 17 August, to enable the work to be finished as quickly as possible.

We will be working to minimise the impact on patient care, and are finalising arrangements for providing alternative capacity for the theatre and inpatient beds. Outpatient services and the Minor Injuries and Illness Unit on the ground floor will remain open during this period.

Detailed plans have been developed, led by colleagues from Tewkesbury Community Hospital.

Katie Norton, Chief Executive at Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust said: 

“We are keen to minimise the disruption for patients and staff as we address the issues that have been identified with Seddon Construction, the principal contractor for the hospital. Planning any building work in a hospital setting is always challenging, however we are keen to progress this as soon as possible to remove any uncertainty and minimise the impact for patients and our colleagues."

Julie Ellery, Matron at Tewkesbury Community Hospital said "We are so proud of our hospital and the care we are able to provide. We recognise that this work is needed and will aim to minimise the impact on our services and for our patients and their families."

Jonathan Seddon, Managing Director of Seddon Construction Limited, said: “We are working very closely with Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust to ensure the remedial works at Tewksbury Hospital are carried out as quickly and safely as possible, with the least amount of disruption to patients and staff.” 

Patients should continue to access Tewkesbury Community Hospital services as they do now, as any individuals affected by the temporary repair work will be informed about their care arrangements.


22 June 2017


Respiratory team photo smallCommunity respiratory nurses and physiotherapists in Gloucestershire have raised £250 for the British Lung Foundation with a bake sale and a raffle. 

The team’s fundraising efforts took place during the charity’s Breathe Easy Week, and will contribute towards patient information leaflets, vital clinical training and investment in research. 

The Community Respiratory service, run by Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, provides care to patients with lung diseases, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma and bronchiectasis, both in clinics and their own homes. The team can refer patients to British Lung Foundation (BLF) support groups, telephone helpline and online community groups. 

In particular during this current ‘hot weather’, respiratory patients need to take additional precautions by keeping cool using fan therapy, pacing their activity and keeping hydrated. 

Angela Wixey, Respiratory Nurse Specialist, said “Patients are very appreciative of the Respiratory service in Gloucestershire and the support the British Lung Foundation provide. We are delighted we could raise so much for the charity, as we know their services are so valuable.” 

Over 10,000 people are diagnosed every week with lung disease. If you would like support or advice, you can contact the British Lung Foundation on 03000 303 555. 


21 June 2017

Dilke smallThe Dilke Memorial Hospital Minor Injuries and Illness Unit (MIIU) will close for six weeks from Saturday 1 July to allow necessary refurbishment work to take place. The refurbishment work will offer patients a new MIIU assessment and triage facility, a dedicated waiting room and play area for children, as well as a larger waiting room for adults and an improved reception area. 

The rest of the hospital will remain open during this period.

Gloucestershire’s MIIUs offer support to adults and children (aged 1+) with urgent, but not life-threatening, healthcare needs. Whilst the unit is closed, patients will be able to attend the:

MIIU at Lydney and District Hospital – Open from 8am to 11pm or the 

MIIU at Tewkesbury Community Hospital – Open from 8am to 8pm

MIIUs provide care and treatment for sprains, cuts and wounds, skin problems, minor eye injuries and minor fractures, as well as for illnesses such as chest infections, sore throats, minor infections etc.

Patients can also:

Go online for care advice at:

- the national website NHS Choices (

- the local website ‘Advice ASAP’ (

- the ‘ASAP Glos NHS’ mobile app

Dial 111 for NHS 111 non-emergency advice

Contact the Out of Hours medical (GP) service via your local practice or NHS 111

Dial 999 for life-threatening emergencies

Attend A&E for emergency care


9 June 2017 


North Cots Hosp Community Hospital Association Award smallA health and wellbeing fair held at North Cotswolds Hospital (NCH) in May last year has received national recognition by winning a Community Hospital Association (CHA) Award. 

The award was given for the initial idea, hard work and planning that then went into the day. CHA committee members were impressed by the vision of the event and the breadth of agencies that were connected to promote health and wellbeing.

The event included over 25 stalls providing information and advice around health and wellbeing initiatives, interactive workshops from health professionals, fun activities, healthy refreshments and the opportunity to contribute to running a marathon during the course of the afternoon via a running machine.  It was also used to promote NCH as a health and wellbeing hub, where people could meet and find out more about the healthy initiatives available where they live, help lonely or isolated people to socialise with their community and help connect community organisations.

Former matron of North Cotswolds Hospital, Linda Edwards (now matron of Cirencester Hospital), said: “We are all really pleased to be recognised by the CHA. A huge amount of planning went into the event and we had help from the League of Friends, colleagues across the Trust, including Administration Lead Kathryn Close who was instrumental in the project planning, as well as a number of local organisations all of whom gave their time and, in many cases, donations for free.” 

Linda along with Niamh Davis (Staff Nurse ), Ellie Peters (Health Care Assistant)  and Jane Fifield (Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist) attended the award ceremony, which took place on Saturday 3 June at the Annual CHA Conference in Manchester. Linda and Jane also presented an interactive session to attendees, further explaining the planning process.

Linda added” It was a great event (despite the British weather!) to promote Health and Wellbeing!". 

13 June 2017


North Cots Health and Wellbeing Fair 1 















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North Cots Health and Wellbeing Fair 2



beckyBecky Fortnam, a Speech and Language Therapist in the Children’s Complex Care Team, is running in the Cheltenham Challenge Half Marathon this Sunday, to raise funds to support Children’s Services at the Trust.

Becky, 25, has been part of the team for two years, working out of the Rikenel Health Centre in Gloucester, the Coleford Opportunity Centre and the Heart of the Forest Special School.  

Becky said: “I see about 25 children a week with some very complex needs and taking part in this challenge to raise valuable funds for items beyond our NHS budget, is just one more way I can help them.”

So far, Becky has raised about £200. You can support Becky and Gloucestershire’s children’s community health by visiting her Virgin money fundraising page below.

Thank you, Becky!


12 June 2017

The Gloucestershire Musculoskeletal Clinical Programme Group was 'Highly Commended' at the 2017 Health Service Journal Value in Healthcare Awards.

A total of 13 NHS services committed to working together to develop an ‘integrated MSK model’ which was showcased at the awards ceremony in London on Wednesday 24 May.

Chris Boden, Head of Countywide Services, said: “We were delighted to be a finalist at the HSJ Awards for what has been a rewarding and effective piece of partnership work.

“The design of consistent clinical pathways for MSK service users across organisations, as well as the adoption of collective standards, has created a better experience for patients and a more cost-effective service for commissioners.

“This has been the first phase of a programme to offer integrated, timely and high quality care in our MSK services (physiotherapy, podiatry & MSKCAT) and we are looking forward to continuing our progress this year.”

Trust colleagues involved in the MSK Clinical Programme Group are Sarah Morton (Adult Physiotherapy), Sarah Nicholson (Adult MSK Physiotherapy), Louise Bevan (MSKCAT), Caroline Hooper (MSKCAT), Tina Craig (Podiatry) and Chris Boden (Podiatry).


2 June 2017 


Sue Arthurs Volunteer North CotswoldsOn a Friday morning at North Cotswolds Hospital, Sue Arthurs is making her way round the ward with a trolley full of teas, coffees and refreshments. She has a chat with every patient she passes, and makes sure they have everything they need. If a patient is due to leave hospital that day, Sue will help them to complete their discharge paperwork.  She volunteers at the hospital once or twice a week, and finds that every day is different: “One minute I can be helping out with the rounds, and then the next I’m making up beds. I help out with all sorts of jobs, you just fit in with what the staff or patients need that day, and I find it all really interesting.”

Sue has always been involved in volunteering one way or another. She ran a local play group, has been on a Scout Group Committee and has fundraised for local and national charities. She started by volunteering once a week at a local primary school when she retired, and while waiting for a blood test at her GP surgery one day, she spotted a poster calling for volunteers at North Cotswolds Hospital. She has now been volunteering there for over four years.  

Sue has a personal connection with Moreton-in-Marsh – she has lived in the area all her life, and her children were all born at the old hospital. One of her daughters now works there as a community nursery nurse. “I can remember the old hospital vividly. Some of my relatives were cared for there, and it’s wonderful to be giving back to a place that has been so good to my family.” 

So what is it about volunteering there that really appeals to her? 

“It’s a fantastic way to meet new people – the staff and patients are very friendly and nice. You know you are making a difference as well, it’s so rewarding.”  

Angie Pinchin, Admin Assistant at the hospital says “We are very lucky to have such a friendly, caring group of volunteers; it makes my job so much more enjoyable working with such lovely people."


1 June 2017



Staff AwardsGloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust colleagues celebrated their achievements at the Trust’s annual Celebrating You awards last week.

There were three separate events during the day on Wednesday 17 May held in Coleford, Gloucester and Cirencester to enable as many colleagues as possible to join the celebration and recognise the excellence in work carried out in community services and community hospitals in the county.  

Individuals and teams were nominated by colleagues in 11 categories, either for clearly demonstrating the values of the Trust – caring, open, responsible and effective or excellence in a particular area of work or area.

Amongst the winners were the Macmillan Next Steps team, a joint project between the Trust and charity Macmillan to support people who have lived with cancer in Gloucestershire, the Princess Anne Day Surgery Unit at Stroud, and Kevin Gannaway Pitts, who has set up Health and Hustle fitness groups to improve the health of co-workers. The awards also included recognition of the role of Trust volunteers and apprentices across the organisation.

Katie Norton, chief executive at Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, said; “We had over 230 nominations this year for individuals and teams and it was inspiring to see how valued colleagues are by their teams and the amazing work they are doing to live the Trust’s values. 

“It’s a testament to the work across the Trust that it was so very hard to select our final short-lists, let alone the winners.

“The events themselves were an absolute pleasure – supportive, celebratory and full of positive stories about the work we do. With more than 2,700 colleagues working for the Trust across the Gloucestershire these awards help everyone come together to recognise outstanding contributions and demonstrate the full extent of the Trust’s work” 


Values Award – Caring 
Princess Anne Day Surgery Unit, Stroud Hospital
Blessie Irving, Nurse at Cirencester Hospital

Values Award – Open 
Zena Trigg and the Hadwen Nursing Team 

Values Award – Responsible
Time to Care Team 
Helen Heath, Health Care Assistant, Gloucester

Values Award – Effective 
Complex Leg Wound Service   

Understanding You Award – Community Hospitals
Julie Lerigo, Stroud Hospital

Understanding You Award – Integrated Community Teams
Katherine Stratton, Tewkesbury

Understanding You Award – Countywide Services 
Macmillan Next Steps  

Understanding You Award – Children and Young People’s Services 
Rose De Greef, Community Nursery Nurse, Brockworth

Understanding You Award – Support Services 
Kevin Gannaway-Pitts, Clinical Systems Team

Achievement Award – Volunteer of the Year 
Amy Jeffries, Conversation Partners Scheme
Peter Harney, Conversation Partners Scheme

Achievement Award – Apprentice of the Year 
Chelsea Burnham


22 May 2017