Update 2: 30 June 2021

During June a series of clinical workshops continued across the catchment area of the Royal United Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to review and refresh the guiding principles for our system’s health and care model and ensure it meets the future needs of our population and help us in our journey to recovery from Covid.  Shaping a healthier future is about creating a new future of outstanding health and care with prevention at its core and intervention, when and where it is needed, and working together to help our communities enjoy healthier lifestyles.  A number of patient champions have been involved in the workshops, bringing their lived experience to inform the discussion and wider engagement is planned for the autumn.

Engagement highlights during the month were the publication of #BSWTogether, our new e-newsletter for our 34K strong workforce across BSW. This bi-monthly publication is being distributed via each of our partner organisation’s internal communication channels.  Our Senior Responsible Officer Tracey Cox and Independent Chair Stephanie Elsy also briefed Wiltshire & Swindon MPs on BSW developments and our response to the proposed NHS Reforms. 

On 18 June lead representatives from the Voluntary Community & Social Enterprise (VCSE) infrastructure organisations in each of our three places (B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire) and Healthwatch met with Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire (BSW) Partnership system leads to consider how we further develop voluntary sector engagement and participation at both place and system level. The critical role played by the VCSE sector was acknowledged and everyone was thanked for their ongoing support to our communities.   Representatives at the meeting agreed to work together to build on the involvement of VCSE partners already happening at place to make sure VCSE partnership working is also embedded in the decision-making processes that are developing at a system-level across BSW. The group agreed to meet again to co-produce plans for VCSE involvement in our developing ICS. At the end of June we submitted a draft of our Partnership development plan to NHS England and Improvement.  This document plays a key role in outlining the current and future development needs of our three Integrated Care Alliances and Integrated Care System and is line with NHSEI’s design framework that was published earlier this month. You can download the design framework on the NHSEI website.