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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Gloucester Rugby stars Greig Laidlaw, Jonny May and Mike Teague joined forces to back a  new campaign aimed at challenging smokers to kick the habit.

The Scotland skipper, Gloucester winger and former England and Gloucester legend all turned out to support the county’s NHS Stop Smoking Service, which is launching a ‘Kick the Cigs into Touch’ campaign with drinks coasters in pubs and animations on social media.

Greig, who was nominated for World Player of the Year after a great World Cup campaign, said: “As professional rugby players, we have to be at the very peak of physical fitness. It’s long been known that smoking can be harmful to an individual’s health, so we’re right behind the stop smoking campaign.”

The No Smoking Service is run by Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and funded through the public health service at Gloucestershire County Council.

Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for public health, said; “I’m really grateful for the support we’ve been shown by Gloucester Rugby club as we launch this campaign. We hope as many people as possible will join up to ‘kick the cigs into touch’.

“I know through my own personal experience that stopping smoking is never easy, but there’s lots of support out there if you're ready to give it a go. We have an award winning Stop Smoking Service here in Gloucestershire, and I would recommend anyone who is considering quitting smoking to get in touch and give us a try!

“Giving up smoking is probably the smartest move any smoker will ever make in their life “

The initial campaign will run into December, and will be followed in the new year with continued efforts to help smokers who want to stop.

Chair of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust Ingrid Barker added: “Get in touch with the Stop Smoking Service and you can make kicking the habit a team effort.

“The service offers free support which means you are four times more likely to quit than if you try on your own.”

  • Contact the NHS Stop Smoking Service on 0300 421 0040


Athletic staff at Lydney Hospital are aiming to go the extra mile – or 603 extra miles to be exact – to raise money for local and national charities.

Nurses, health care assistants and therapists from the hospital are holding 13 hours of triathlon – swimming, cycling, running and walking – on Friday 20 November, and are aiming to cover the 603 mile length of Great Britain, from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

The day follows a similar event in 2013, when staff from the hospital set out to swim the equivalent of the English Channel and ended up covering nearly three times the distance, raising £2,500 for charity.

Staff will be swimming lengths between 8am and 9pm as well as clocking up miles on exercise bikes and wearing pedometers which measure the distance you walk or run.

Nurse Emily Richards, who has helped organise the event, said: “We’re using Whitemead’s pool in Park End all day and we have two bikes set up next to the pool as well.

“Covering 603 miles, even with everyone taking part, is going to be tough and we’ll need everyone we can get wearing a pedometer.

 “I’m confident that just about everyone working in the hospital that day will be taking part and contributing their miles!”

In order to ensure that the sponsored length of Britain represents everyone at the hospital, staff agreed to split the money raised between five charities. It will go to Great Oaks Hospice, Great Western Air Ambulance, Children’s Opportunity Centre, Royal British Legion and Teckles Animal Sanctuary.

A day of celebration and learning for nurses across the county will culminate in the presentation of the British Empire Medal to one of the nurses by the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire.

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, which provides a range of community services, has organised this nursing celebration event to recognise the achievements of nurses within the Trust, and share best practice with colleagues from across the county.

Annie MacCallum, one of our heart failure nurses and head of specialist services at the Trust, was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June for her services to nursing.

She will be presented with her award by Dame Janet Trotter at the culmination of the event, being held at the Thistle Hotel, Cheltenham, on Thursday, November 5.

Susan Field, Director of Nursing, will open the day with a discussion on the future of nursing at the Trust, ahead of workshops on living with dementia, preventing and managing falls and caring for people with respiratory conditions.

Susan said: “Nurses are fundamental to many of the services our Trust provides and we believe that championing their work and providing greater opportunities for them to shape the future of nursing is extremely important.

“I’m delighted that we will also have a session by a patient’s family on their experiences of community nursing care, to highlight some of the great practice that is going on day in, day out across community nursing services.

“Annie is someone who has had a fantastic career and made a real difference to healthcare, both in Gloucestershire and across the country with her national involvement in heart failure care.  We are all delighted to be highlighting Annie’s achievements at our nursing celebration event, as she continues to be an inspiration for many of our nurses.”

The event is running from 8.30am to 4.30pm. Annie’s British Empire Medal presentation will begin at 4pm.

Get a health check-up, see a play and quiz the leaders of community services in Gloucestershire at an event on Monday.

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust is holding its Annual General Meeting on Monday, November 2, with a 90 minutes exhibition followed by an hour-long formal session.

As well as health checks by the community nursing team, the exhibition will include a performance by Gloucestershire Voices, a self-advocacy group for adults with learning disabilities and displays on:

  • Community hospitals

  • Dental services

  • Healthy lifestyles

  • Rapid Response Service

  • Children’s Health

  • Healthwatch

The formal session will include an overview of the Trust’s financial position, a summary of key achievements over the last 12 months and a look ahead to future plans for community services.

Chair Ingrid Barker said: “This event offers people the chance to get a full overview of the wide-ranging work of our Trust and to meet and question members of the board about the services which matter to them. I’m looking forward to meeting and hearing from the communities we serve.”

Members of the public will also have an opportunity to put questions to members of the Trust board.

The meeting will be at Blackfriars in Gloucester, with the exhibition running from 3pm to 4.30pm and the formal session between 5pm and 6pm.


The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) report into Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust has praised staff across the organisation for delivering care with kindness and compassion, and with a strong, visible patient-centred culture. The inspectors gave an ‘Outstanding’ rating for care in the seven community hospital inpatient services, and highlighted that patient expectations were exceeded.

Inspectors also concluded that the Trust’s leadership in the majority of service areas was ‘Good’, with some inspiring examples of innovation. In total, two thirds of areas across the Trust were rated as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’, but overall the Trust had a rating of ‘Requires Improvement’.

Where specific concerns were raised by the CQC about issues in the Minor Injuries and Illness Units, immediate action was taken by the Trust in June to comply with CQC recommendations – evidence of this was provided to the CQC during the course of the inspection.

The CQC inspected the Trust’s seven community hospitals, adult community services, urgent care services, children and young people’s services, end of life care, and sexual health services in June, and dentistry in August 2015.

Paul Jennings, Chief Executive, said: “We fully take on board the CQC’s findings. We will continue to do what we’re great at – caring for our patients – being kind, compassionate and always promoting people’s privacy and dignity.

"As a relatively young NHS organisation, the Trust is still developing systems to capture a complete view of all our activities, along with a robust IT infrastructure to support our geographically dispersed work force. I fully recognise that the Trust requires improvement, primarily in respect of our organisational processes, and I’m confident that each and every one of us will reflect on the feedback, and strive to become better in the areas highlighted for improvement.”

“There were a number of areas highlighted as outstanding practice within the report, such as how patients’ individual needs are met in all our community hospitals, the seven day service provided by the children’s community team, and the collaborative working in sexual health.”

“As a Trust, we’re keen to continuously improve, and we have already completed actions which needed urgent focus. For the remaining areas, we have developed realistic, detailed, short, medium and long-term improvement action plans. We are also ensuring that we recognise all the good practice, and are seeking to make this outstanding. We look forward to welcoming the CQC inspectors back at a later date, to provide an update on how we are progressing against our plan.”

The CQC is an independent regulator of health and adult social care whose job is to make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care by monitoring, inspecting and regulating services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety.

  • The full report and ratings are available on the CQC website here

  • For more information please contact the Communications Team on 0300 421 6492 or email


Outside Ciren smallerPatients and visitors to community hospitals and other community services across Gloucestershire may meet the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) Chief Inspector of Hospitals team later this month.

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust will be welcoming the team on Monday 22 June and they will stay until Friday 26 June for a routine inspection which has been planned since January.

The inspection will not disrupt services, and any patients, service users or visitors who encounter a member of the CQC teams are invited to give their view on the care they have received.

Milsom outside smallA two-year project to provide new premises for sexual health services in Cheltenham has reached fruition with the opening of a new purpose-build clinic in the town.

Historically, contraceptive services have been provided at St Paul’s Wing at Cheltenham General Hospital, while genito-urinary medicine has been delivered at Benhall Clinic.

But following a search for, and purchase of, a new site followed by a custom-rebuild to provide the best possible facilities, Gloucester Care Services NHS Trust has opened its new clinic in Milsom Street.

Mike Roberts smallerGloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust has announced that Dr Mike Roberts has been appointed as Medical Director. Mike joined the Trust as Deputy Medical Director in July 2014 and will now take over as Medical Director from Jo Bayley, who is continuing to work as a GP in Gloucester as well as with the Care Quality Commission.

Mike has extensive experience of health service management, having previously served as Professional Executive Chair for West Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust (PCT), Medical Professional Lead (and Responsible Officer) for Gloucestershire PCT and as a member of the Gloucestershire Local Medical Committee. Mike also has a particular interest in clinical governance and is a member of the Performance Advisory Group of NHS England, which deals with complaints and concerns about GP performance.

He said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as a permanent colleague within the Trust. I qualified as a Doctor in 1982, then worked in a number of hospitals before becoming a GP in Gloucester in 1990. My extensive clinical knowledge and ongoing experience as a practising GP will hopefully provide many benefits to colleagues and service users across the Trust.”