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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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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

Patients across Gloucestershire are being urged to get the right healthcare advice this winter and leave the county’s two Emergency Departments to care for people with serious injuries and life threatening conditions.

Dr Tom Llewellyn, Clinical Director for Emergency Care at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said:

“Our emergency departments are very busy places, particularly during the winter months, and therefore we urge the public to do the right thing and only use A&E if they have life threatening conditions or serious injuries.

If it isn’t a genuine emergency, you are likely to receive the care you need in a more timely fashion if you access other health services available. We need to focus our time on those patients who are seriously unwell.”

If people are ill or injured and are unsure where to turn, they are advised to follow the ASAP message – download the ASAP App (ASAP Glos NHS), Search the website (, Ask NHS 111 or Pop in to their local pharmacy.

Dr Andy Seymour, Clinical Chair of NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“The choice of healthcare options is often greater than people realise, particularly for the treatment of minor ailments.

The local pharmacy is a great first port of call. Pharmacists are qualified to give advice on a range of conditions, are experts on medicines and can advise people on whether they need to call or visit another NHS service.

Candace Plouffe, Chief Operating Officer at Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, which runs the county’s community hospitals and its community nursing service said:

“We have minor injury units at all seven of our community hospital sites where we can treat a wide range of conditions including minor illnesses, sprains, simple fractures, minor burns, stitches and skin problems and would encourage people to use these where possible as an alternative to A&E.

You are likely to be seen quickly, there is free parking available and you don’t need to make an appointment.”

7 December 2016 




Pregnant women and new mums in Gloucestershire are to benefit from nearly £1.5M funding that will improve specialist community mental health support for women, their babies and families.

NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) worked with partners including 2gether NHS Foundation Trust (2gt), Gloucestershire County Council (GCC), Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust (GCS) and Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHNHSFT) to submit the county's case to government in a bid to secure funding which will be released over the next three years.

Gloucestershire is one of only 20 areas across the country to be successful in being awarded this national funding.

The funding will be used to set up a new community mental health team which specialises in supporting pregnant women, new mothers, their babies and families experiencing post-natal depression and other emotional difficulties.

Dr Jeremy Welch, GP in Tewkesbury and Clinical Lead for Maternity Services at NHS Gloucestershire CCG said:

"Improving support for pregnant women and new mums is one of our key priorities in Gloucestershire.

"Over the past few years, we have been working with and listening to women, and their partners, who have themselves experienced mental health problems around the time their baby is born. This has given us invaluable insight, and has helped us to develop our plans and guide steady improvements in care and support for women and families.

"Establishing this Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Team is an important part of our future plans, and will enable us to ensure that women have access to expert advice and information on the risks of pregnancy and childbirth on their mental health."

Dr Sally Morgan, Consultant Psychiatrist at 2gether NHS Foundation Trust said:

"The team will provide specialist care for women who have experienced severe mental illness such as schizophrenia or psychosis while pregnant or after birth, responding quickly if they become ill and helping to minimise risks to both the mother and baby. They might do this, for example, by giving medication advice, offering psychological support and providing lifestyle advice. They will also be able to offer expert advice on the risks and benefits of treatment options."

Dawn Morrall, Assistant Director of Midwifery at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:

"We are recruiting a perinatal mental health specialist midwife to be part of this team to work to ensure that women have a comprehensive plan to support their mental health during pregnancy and after the birth of the baby.

"The team will work closely with Improving Access to Psychological Therapy services (IAPT), maternity services, health visitors, GPs and community organisations which can provide advice and care for women."

Kathy Williams, cabinet member for long-term care at Gloucestershire County Council said:

"Pregnant women and new mums need their mental health to be as well cared for as their physical health. This is an important part of making sure that, right across health and social care, mental health issues are treated as seriously as physical health ones. This funding will help ensure mothers get the support they need at this critical time."

Janet Mills, General Manager for Children and Young People's Services at Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, said:

"We recognise that one in six women is affected by mental health issues and stress during pregnancy or after birth. These women need specialist care and support and this new team will help us to provide that, making sure that people get the care they need when they need it."

This development supports a number of key themes within Gloucestershire's Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), including improving mental health support, placing greater emphasis on preventing ill health, helping people to be healthy and well at home and enhancing community based services and support.

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

5 December 2016

- Gloucestershire named as one of 24 sites delivering training for new ‘nursing associates’

- Role aims to transform nursing and care workforce across England

- 32 nursing associates to be trained by the University of Gloucestershire, in collaboration with local NHS Trusts and led by NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

Gloucestershire has been named as one of the new sites to deliver training for an important new NHS nursing role.

Health Education England (HEE), the body that coordinates the country’s clinical training, has announced that Gloucestershire was one of 24 sites that will deliver the second wave of training for the new ‘Nursing Associate’ role, a new healthcare position that sits alongside existing nursing care support workers and fully-qualified registered nurses to deliver hands-on care for patients. 

Led by Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, The University of Gloucestershire will spearhead training in the new roles, in collaboration with Gloucestershire County Council and local NHS Trusts 2gether, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust.

Nursing Associates in training will also have the opportunity to work with other partners Millbrook Lodge - the Order of St John Care Trust, Sue Ryder, Leckhampton Court Hospice and the South West Ambulance Service Trust, who represent a variety of places where they might provide care for patients.

Training for 32 nursing associates will start in 2017, with the initiative aiming to create over 1,000 new nursing associates nationally.

The Department for Health, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and the Royal College of Nursing are predicting a national shortage of registered nurses of almost 50,000 this year. Gloucestershire has been experiencing its own nursing shortages - it is estimated that the county needs around 450 new nurses a year which poses significant challenges for NHS Trusts serving Gloucestershire and for the nursing profession generally.

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

This is a great opportunity for Gloucestershire’s health community. Nurses have a hugely important role in community services. A skilled associate nurse workforce will offer greater support to our registered nurses, and help the Trust continue to provide high-quality person-centred care. The new role will provide a clearly defined practice and education pathway, which will help the healthcare community create the conditions for sustainable workforce development, and innovative practice for the people of Gloucestershire. This is an exciting time; I look forward to meeting these nurse associates in the near future.

Stephen Marston, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Gloucestershire said: 

"Given the importance of the health service, we are delighted to have been given the green light to deliver the second wave of training for the new nursing associate role alongside our NHS partners.

"The role will be crucial to the future of nursing and the health service, and this collaborative approach will enable our students to get the hands-on experience they need to provide a high standard of care to NHS patients in the future.”

Gloucester MP Richard Graham said: 

"This is another big step forward on our University's journey to teaching health skills, whether through degrees or higher apprenticeships. And it opens the door for my constituents to become among the first wave of Nursing Associates in the country".

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About the University of Gloucestershire

The University of Gloucestershire is a diverse, vibrant community of 12,000 students and 1,600 staff.

The university is based across four campuses in Cheltenham and Gloucester. Organised over eight academic Schools – Art and Design; Business, Computing and Technology; Education; Health and Social Care; Liberal and Performing Arts; Media; Natural and Social Sciences; and Sport and Exercise. 

The university has long excelled in education, media, sport and fine art. 

Some quick facts about the university – read more on our website: 

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 ranks us 27th out of 123 for teaching quality and 40th out of 123 for overall student experience. The 2017 Good University Guide says the “word is spreading” about the quality of the experience the University of Gloucestershire offers students and praises its “Outstanding Student Satisfaction.” 

Training teachers since 1847 – outstanding primary and secondary school training as rated by Ofsted in 2015. 

We are in the UK’s top 20 universities for best courses and lecturers, student support and international (What Uni Student Choice Awards 2016) 

95% of our graduates are in employment or further training within six months of completing their degrees (Destination of Leavers in Higher Education data 2015). 

Students rank us highly for ‘high quality staff and lectures’, ‘good environment on campus’, ‘good personal relationships with teaching staff’ and ‘good library and library opening times’ (Times Higher Education Student Experience survey 2016).

Through our Your Future Plan programme every year more than 3,000 students on a placement or internship. 

Worked with GFirst LEP to establish The Growth Hub at our Oxstalls campus, which supports businesses in the area through promoting skills, innovation and enterprise. 

Staff and students volunteer 18,000 hours for community projects supporting more than 150 organisations. 

We are ranked ‘First Class’ and the 8th most sustainable university in the UK (People & Planet University League, 2016)

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