Who are the health and care organisations that make up BSW Together? Over the coming months the Triangle is featuring a mini profile of each of our partners in every issue, giving you an overview of the work they do and an understanding of how they are part of our health and care partnership. This month, we take a look at Wiltshire Health and Care
Wiltshire Health and Care (WHC) is a NHS partnership, formed by the three local Foundation Trusts which serve Wiltshire: Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust and Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. It is responsible for the delivery of adult community health services across Wiltshire and aims to support people to live healthy, independent lives.
WHC provides services from 11 main bases (and additional satellite sites) across Wiltshire. Inpatient wards are based on three sites: Chippenham, Warminster and Savernake (Marlborough); there are Minor Injury Units at the Chippenham and Trowbridge hospital sites.
WHC employs around 1,500 people who are based in a wide range of clinical and non-clinical roles across Wiltshire.
What does Wiltshire Health and Care do?
WHC’s services work in partnership with patients, carers, families, GPs and acute hospitals and cover a wide range of areas including at home nursing and therapy care, Home First rehabilitation on discharge from bedded care, Urgent Community Response, inpatient care, minor injury support, specialist teams to support long term condition and Musculo skeletal management and the community team for people with learning disabilities.
It also provides Long Covid rehabilitation assessment clinics for the BSW area, and as a virtual hub for Long Covid for the South West region. It is coordinating the development of virtual ward services in Wiltshire. WHC also hosts the vast majority of First Contact Physiotherapists working in primary care in Wiltshire and runs a weekly Multi Disciplinary Team process for escalated clinical concerns for over 50 Care Homes.
In total, the teams provide care (ranging from single visits/clinics to daily contact) to around 20,000 individuals and cover around 100,000 miles in travel in a typical month.
Stephen Ladyman, Chair of the Board, Douglas Blair, Managing Director. Douglas also sits on the BSW Integrated Care Board in the role of Community Provider Partner Member.
Why is Wiltshire Health and Care’s role in the BSW ICS important?
“Community services play a key role in keeping people well, treating and managing acute illness and long-term conditions, and supporting people to live independently in their own homes. Wiltshire Heath and Care is proud to be part of the BSW ICS, working with local health and care service providers so we can jointly help to improve the lives of people who live and work in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire. By working in a truly integrated way as part of the BSW ICS we will help to deliver better, more joined up and consistent health and social care for people, improve population health, reduce health inequalities and enhance productivity and value for money”– Douglas Blair, Managing Director