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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Jenny TurnerJPGJenny Turner, Staff Nurse at North Cotswolds Hospital, featured in the recent Sunday Time Alternative Rich List. Jenny, now 77, has been a nurse for 61 years and has not had a day off sick since 1957.

The Alternative Rich List celebrates people who have a wealth of life experience and achievement - congratulations Jenny!

Read the full List here.

11 May 2017


We know that death, dying and bereavement tend to be topics which many people are not comfortable talking about.

However, the NHS in Gloucestershire is encouraging people to talk about these important issues as part of a campaign to promote awareness of the benefits for people becoming more active in planning for a “good” death, whether this is their own death or that of a loved one. Importantly, people are also being encouraged to think about this in advance of ill health.

During this year’s national Dying Matters Awareness Week (8 – 14 May), the NHS Health Information Bus will be out and about around the county, encouraging people to think about what they can do to prepare themselves and others for the inevitable reality of death and dying and to support friends, family or neighbours when they are affected by these issues, such as following a bereavement.

Dr Emma Husbands, Consultant in Palliative Care at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“Talking about and planning for death and dying is never easy, whether this is about yourself or the people you care for.

However, we all need to have the chance to have these difficult conversations, to help us express our priorities for end of life care and enable the people we love to talk to us about their wishes. This knowledge can help us focus care for each individual.”

The NHS Information Bus will carry lots of information about death and dying, with experts on hand to discuss people’s concerns. The aim is to create a friendly space for people to ask questions about end of life care issues, such as making a will, planning a funeral or coping with bereavement.

Dr Hein Le Roux, clinical lead for end of life care at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

“We took the Information Bus around the county last year, and it was so successful we wanted to do it again.

Lots of people had so many questions, or said they were glad to be able to talk about death. It can be an awkward subject but if we can’t talk about it we only make it more difficult to deal with. Please come along and have a chat with us.”

The theme for this year’s Dying Matters week is “What Can You Do” as it challenges people to do something practical. This might be something for themselves, like making a will, or something for someone else who is bereaved, or caring for a dying relative. This could be something as simple as cooking a meal or walking the dog, but can make a huge difference to someone coping with death or bereavement.

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

“Nurses are extensively involved in supporting people and their families when nearing the end of their life. This ranges from having sensitive conversations with individuals about their end of life choices, recognising any deterioration and providing compassionate care so that any death is dignified.

It’s also important to remember that our nurses continue to support different faiths and beliefs and that they provide care that respects spiritual and religious needs as I believe that if these supportive approaches are present, it helps family members in grieving for  someone they love.”

About 1% of the UK population dies each year, which means about 6,000 people will die in Gloucestershire this year, and each of those deaths will affect many more people in different ways.

8 May 2017


Becky Fortnam smallBecky Fortnam, a Gloucestershire Care Services Speech and Language Therapist, is the first NHS staff member to sign up to tackle the Cheltenham Challenge Half Marathon on Sunday, 18 June, 2017 to raise money for the Children’s and Young People’s NHS service in Gloucestershire. Becky, 25, has been part of the Children’s Speech and Language Team for two years, and primarily works with children with complex needs and Learning Disability. Becky works at a variety of places within the Gloucestershire community. Becky supports children and young people at Rikenel Health Centre in Gloucester, Coleford Opportunity Centre and the Heart of the Forest Special School.  Becky said: “I see a range of children each week with a variety of complex needs. Taking part in this challenge to raise valuable funds for items beyond our NHS budget, is just one more way I can help both the children and staff I work with.”  You can support Becky and Gloucestershire’s children’s community health teams here.

28 April 2017


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