Wiltshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board continues good progress

Wiltshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board continues good progress

People in Wiltshire are being kept healthy and well by positive partnership work according to a new report published this month.

The Wiltshire Health and Wellbeing Board 2015 Annual Report sets out some of the board’s achievements over the last year.

The Wiltshire Health and Wellbeing Board is made up of representatives of a number of local organisations including Wiltshire Council, NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Healthwatch Wiltshire and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon.

Just some of this year’s many highlights include:

  • The urgent care at home service is now available 24/7 to prevent an inappropriate hospital admission – more than 1,100 hospital admissions have been avoided since the service started
  • More services are now available seven days a week to support people discharged from hospital or to avoid a hospital admission
  • Child poverty reduction action plan has been put in place
  • Children’s Community Health Services were successfully re-tendered with plans put in place to ensure smooth transition and high quality of care
  • Child Health Improvement Strategy in place to support pregnant women and parents
  • Air Quality ‘know and respond service’ helps schools, nursing and care homes ensuring they have their medicine to hand when they need it
  • Smoking in pregnancy rates have dropped from 12.2% in 2014/15 to 9.9% in Q2 of 2015/16
  • Love your Lungs campaign reached 62,000 and one in five who had their lungs screened was referred to their GP
  • Expertise of emergency response team effectively contained and dealt with two case of anthrax
  • 24% of the local population of Calne and Devizes took part in the Beat the Street initiative to help reduce car journeys, improve air quality and increase levels of people’s physical activity
  • Troubled Families work has continued to be successful with 100% of families achieving change by the end of Phase 1 of the Troubled Families Programme
  • New information advice website went live – with more than 100,000 visits in its first six months

Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, Chair of Wiltshire Health and Wellbeing Board and Leader of Wiltshire Council, said: “Despite a tough financial climate the board has achieved some really positive outcomes over the past year as we strive to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Wiltshire.

“Our focus remains ensuring health and social care works seamlessly together and we continue to help facilitate care for people of all ages in an innovative and effective way.”

Dr Peter Jenkins, vice chair of Wiltshire Health and Wellbeing Board, chair of NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, added: “Working towards more integrated health and social is absolutely the right thing to do for the benefit of our population.

The really encouraging early progress we have made in this regard is already helping us deliver better health and care experiences.”

People can take a look at the full report by visiting

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