Agenda item

Partner Updates

To receive updates from any of the following partner organisations:


·       Wiltshire Police

·       Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS)

·       BSW Together (Integrated Care System)

·       Healthwatch Wiltshire

·       Community First


·       Melksham and Bradford-on-Avon Primary Care Network

·       Town and Parish Councils


The Area Board noted the partner updates as set out in the agenda pack; these were:


·       Wiltshire Police – Neighbourhood Team pg. 11-34

·       Community First pg. 35- 37

·       BSW Together (Integrated Care System) pg. 39-80

·       Healthwatch Wiltshire pg.81

·       Wiltshire Police - Road Safety – Agenda Supplement 1 pg.1-13

·       Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) Agenda Supplement 1 pg.15-21

·       Melksham and Bradford on Avon Primary Care Network Agenda Supplement 2


The Area Board also received an update from Social Prescriber, Sasko Spirovski, and Dr Amy Gately from Melksham and Bradford on Avon Primary Care Network (PCN). The representatives explained that the PCN involved collaborative working between the three local practices. Key points included:


·       The Joy app would soon be available to allow patients to self-refer to local health services and it was envisioned that this would assist GPs in making the most effective use of their consultation time.

·       The PCN were recruiting a Clinician Associate.

·       Queries were asked about the PCN’s view about the need for a medical centre at Verbena Court, given proposals for a new care home on the site. It was also asked whether staff had been moved from Giffords Surgery to Melksham Hospital. It was highlighted that the PCN had stated that they did not see the need for a new medical practice on the site in a letter written on 26 October 2022 in relation to a variation on a S106 agreement. The PCN emphasised the importance of communication with developers and health providers to ensure that there was appropriate health infrastructure in place for new developments.

·       It was noted that Melksham Hospital was not suitable for lone working and challenges had been faced with the PCN’s Estate Toolkit Delivery Programme.

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