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A ceremony later this month to mark Holocaust Memorial Day is being shared by staff from the NHS and students from Gloucester’s High School for Girls.

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust has organised the event on Friday, January 27, which marks the date when the camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated by Russian troops during the final months of the Second World War.

For the past year the Trust has been the custodian of the ‘Legacy of Hope’ baton – a ceramic work designed by students from the National Star College as a reminder of the importance of Holocaust Memorial Day.

Ingrid Barker, chair at Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, said: “A defining principle of the NHS is that everyone counts. As an organisation we celebrate and embrace all the cultures in our community and we provide care irrespective of background or ethnicity, status or religion.

“So the Trust is proud to have held the Legacy of Hope baton over the last 12 months and equally happy to be passing it on so that the lessons of the Holocaust continue to be heard.”

The baton was passed to the Trust by St Peter’s High School in Tuffley on the same date last year and it will be passed on to representatives from the High School for Girl’s at the culmination of this year’s event.

Ashley Hathaway, head of humanities at the school, said: “A group of students will be researching the impact of the Holocaust in preparation for the Memorial event and delivering readings to those present.

“These students will then become ambassadors within the School, using the baton to help to deliver assemblies and talks to fellow students in order to keep the events of the Holocaust uppermost in people's minds.

“We believe that this is an essential part of students' education as memories fade and there are fewer Holocaust survivors to pass on their experiences".

The event will be held from 11am to 12 noon at the Friendship Cafe, on Painswick Road, Gloucester with Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire Dame Janet Trotter, Mayor of Gloucester Cllr Neil Hampson and Sheriff and Deputy Mayor of Gloucester Cllr Said Hansdot all expected to attend.

Health professionals provided targeted advice for black and minority ethnic communities at an education event in Gloucester.

More than 170 people headed to the Friendship Café, at the Chequers Bridge Centre in Tredworth, on Wednesday 30 November for presentations and information to help maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The diverse cultural mix kept five separate translators busy as a day of presentations was translated for people from India and Eastern Europe, China and Pakistan, and for speakers of Arabic and Bengali.

The audience was given information about conditions and health services including support available for people with cancer from Macmillan Next Steps, Prostate Cancer UK and Maggie’s Cancer Support, as well as information about diabetes, blood pressure, cardiac rehabilitation, podiatry and eye disorders.

Ingrid Barker, chair of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust which organised the day, said: “I am so proud of the work our Community Partnerships Team is doing to help ensure minority ethnic groups are aware of the services available to them, and to tackle health inequalities in our communities.

“The feedback we received from the day was outstanding and this is something we plan to build on as services continue to develop.”

People from South Asian communities are up to six times more likely to have have type 2 diabetes than the general population. Those who do develop diabetes are up to three times more likely to also develop heart disease.

Gail Pasquall, head of the Trust’s diabetes team, said: “The community health day presented clinicians with a fantastic opportunity to develop partnerships with these communities which can have a long-lasting impact on health.

“For example, our service is looking at the idea of diabetes champions, so that members of different communities can have a point of contact for support and signposting.

“We might also look at having a permanent presence at the Friendship Café. There are a lot of positives to take from this event.”

Feedback from the day from attendees included praise for the range and clarity of information provided, and requests for further events in the future.

Haroon Kadodia, who works in partnership with the Trust to co-ordinate these events, said: “One of the greatest assets of partnership working is the pooling of resources, and the sharing of experience and expertise, in order to reach people who, for various reasons, can find themselves excluded or marginalised from the wider community in which they live.

“The success of this  event - and others over the past two years – is a clear demonstration of Gloucestershire Care Services’ commitment to working with partners such as Gloucestershire County Council to enable local people to build better, healthier and more knowledgeable communities, and work effectively within a multi-racial society.”

If you would like an event like this in your local community, please contact Rachel Merchant at or call 0300 421 8265.


26 January 2017 





The next Trust Board Meeting will be taking place on Tuesday 24 January 2017, from 12.30pm at Oxstalls Tennis Centre, Gloucester. 

Board papers will be available in advance of the meeting from Tuesday 17 January 2017 - you can find these on our website here. Members of the public are welcome to attend. 


16 January 2017




Clare Lait 3Listen to Clare Lait, Specialist Community Physiotherapist, talk about the Macmillan Next Steps service on BBC Radio Gloucestershire (about 50 minutes into Anna King's show - spoke about how the specialist Rehabilitation team provides physical and emotional holistic support to people in the county after cancer treatment. 

You can find out more about the service on our website here

12 January 2017 

LiA Big TicketGloucestershire Care Services is the first Community Trust to have a National Case Study on our Listening into Action (LiA) work over the past three years. In the Case Study you can read testimonials from colleagues, find out about some of the Teams and Schemes and compare Pulse Check results here


21 December 2016 


Our Trust is pleased to welcome the Lymphoedema service, which will be moving into premises at Southgate Moorings in Gloucester, from Wednesday 21 December 2016. 

The Lymphoedema service is run by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is moving out of its current site at Wheatstone Hospice in Barnwood to share premises with our dental team.

Our two Trusts are working closely together to align this service more closely with our community services, including the Tissue Viability and Complex Leg Wounds teams, and to encourage joint working and sharing of good practice.

The Lymphoedema service can be contacted on 0300 422 8750. Please be aware that it will be closed from Monday 19 December to Wednesday 28 December 2016.

15 December 2016


On Wednesday 30 November a Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Study Day took place at Dowty’s Sports and Social Club. The study day organised by the Trust and the MND Association focused on creating a vision and plan for the implementation of NICE guidance in Gloucestershire. MND web

Sally Hayden, MND Clinical Co-ordinator at the Trust welcomed colleagues to the day and introduced the first speaker Dr Geraint Fuller, Consultant Neurologist at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (GRH) who provided a detailed overview of MND.

This was followed by Professor Kevin Talbot, Oxford MND Care and Research Centre who gave an insight into current  research around MND. Colleagues then had the opportunity to  take part in two workshops; continuity of care and planning for the future. Before lunch, a presentation around palliative care for those living with MND was delivered by Dr Emma Husbands, Palliative Care Consultant at GRH.

After lunch delegates participated in workshops aimed at identifying gaps in the care provided to people living with MND.

Sally Hayden said “It was great to have so many colleagues from MND professions sharing knowledge and best practice. The speakers were inspiring and provided a great deal of knowledge which we hope attendees can take back and use in their areas of work.”

15 December 2016



The NHS in Gloucestershire is today urging people to plan in advance and take some simple steps that might help avoid a few festive perils:

  • 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 festive period

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

  • If you do run out 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

  • If you are ill or injured and are not sure where to seek help, visit, download the ASAP Glos NHS App free from your App store, call NHS 111 or visit the pharmacy for advice

  • 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. Further advice can be found 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

To find your nearest pharmacist, including details of opening hours over the festive and New Year period follow this link.

Alternatively visit to help find the most appropriate service for your needs.

9 December 2016