BSW CCG Fortnightly News

Latest updates and engagement opportunities

Information and advice: severe respiratory illness in babies and children Across the region we are seeing an increase in severe respiratory illness in children as restrictions ease and people mix more, with cases higher than usual for this time of year and further increases expected over the winter months. Symptoms of severe respiratory infection in children include high temperature of 37.8 degrees or above (fever), a dry persistent cough, difficulty feeding, rapid or noisy breathing (wheezing). Most cases of respiratory illness are not serious and clear up within 2 to 3 weeks, but parents should contact their GP or call NHS 111 if:

  • Their child struggles to breathe
  • Their child has taken less then half their usual amount during the last two or three feeds, or they have had a dry nappy/not been to the toilet for 12 hours or more
  • The child has a persistent high temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius or above
  • Some children under two, especially those born prematurely or with a heart condition, can suffer more serious consequences from these common respiratory infections.

Further information and advice can be found on the CCG website at – Children’s health.

Optometry PPE Engagement Panel

The Department of Health and Social Care is recruiting panel members for Optometry Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) engagement panels to gather feedback on the quality and quantity of PPE provided to meet service needs. The purpose of the panel is to provide end-user customers the opportunity to discuss their (Covid) PPE provision experiences, in order to improve the service of the Department of Health and Social Care PPE cell. The meeting will take place on a monthly basis. If you would like to express an interest in joining, please email the DHSC Optometry team ( with your name, role and panel preference.

Support for the Armed Forces community including veterans and their families

Op COURAGE provides specialist care and support for Service-leavers, Reservists, Veterans and their families. Their experts understand the Armed Forces and military life and are either from the Armed Forces community or highly experienced in working with Serving personnel, Reservists, Veterans and their families. They will work with you to make sure you get the right type of specialist care, support and treatment. The service can be contacted directly for self-referral, by GP referral, a charity or by someone else, such as a family member or friend. For more information, visit – Mental health support for veterans, service leavers and reservists.

Would you like to join the Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Our Health Our Future Panel?

The Our Health Our Future Panel is one of the ways for the CCG to engage with those living in BSW to get their views on health and care issues. In line with the CCG’s value of “inclusive”, the online panel is made up of a representative sample of the population from across the region. Panel members will take part in regular surveys throughout the year as well as form focus groups from time to time. The CCG is working with independent market research specialists Jungle Green to develop its panel. Jungle Green ( is a Bristol based market research agency that is working on behalf of the CCG to support the Our Health Our Future panel.

Join the Our Health Our Future panel

Preparing for adulthood transitions roadshow

You can still sign up for the preparing for adulthood transitions roadshow sessions running which started on 20-24 September 2021. The transitions roadshow is a virtual event for 2021, and is for parents, carers and professionals who support young people aged 14+ with additional needs as they prepare for adult life. The roadshow will provide advice and information about what services and opportunities are available to support young people as they prepare for adulthood. Organisations taking part represent employment, education, social care, health, voluntary sector services, community and sports activities, financial services and others.

Sign up for the Preparing for Adulthood Transitions Roadshow now

New £1million fund to help faith groups support communities

A “new deal” between faith groups and the government to capitalise on efforts to help communities during lockdown has been forged thanks to a new £1million pound fund. Faith groups will be able to apply for a share of the £1million Faith New Deal Pilot Fund for projects providing innovative solutions to issues such as food poverty and poor mental health.

Visit – New £1 million fund to help faith groups support communities for more information.

Learning disability newsletter

In the latest edition of the learning disability newsletter ( – Learning disability newsletter: Issue 13) readers can find out about a range of topics including; the signs of lung cancer and what to do, smoking and e-cigarettes (vaping), healthy eating and the NHS app and how you get it.

Are you interested in the future of assistive devices?

Freehab is an exciting project that involves designing assistive, wearable robotic devices for physiotherapy rehabilitation. To inform the design of these exciting devices, the Freehab project want to collect data about how the human body moves using state of the art technology. If this project peaks your interest and you do not have any physical or health impairment that affects mobility, then you could be able to take part! For more information in the Freehab research and the project in general please contact or take a look at their website:

MHRA launch public consultation on future of medical device regulation

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) are seeking views from across the medical devices and healthcare sectors, medical practitioners, patients and the wider public to inform the future approach for the regulation of medical devices. Feedback can be given online at – Consultation on the future regulation of medical devices in the United Kingdom until 23:45 on Thursday 25 November 2021. Webinars about this consultation and how to respond are available to book, aimed at both the healthcare professional and industry ( -MHRA consultation on future medical devices regulation in the UK – Industry) and at patients and the public ( – MHRA consultation on future medical devices regulation in the UK – Public).

Share your views to help shape the future of equipment services

Healthwatch Wiltshire are looking for people to share their experiences of the county’s Community Equipment Service. Healthwatch are working with Medequip, who provide equipment such as walking frames, wheelchairs and hoists, to find out what people think of the service, what they like about it and what they think could be improved. All feedback provided within the survey is anonymous and confidential. If this appeals to you, click here to take the survey.

Children and young people asked for their views on LGBTQ+ services

Healthwatch Wiltshire are looking to hear the views of children and young people and what they think of local health and support services for young LGBTQ+ people. Anyone aged 11-25 who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or anyone who is questioning their sexual or gender identity are being invited to share their experiences of support that they have received and their ideas of what else they’d like to see in schools, colleges, workplaces and the local community via an online survey. The survey is anonymous and feedback will be shared with NHS leaders and other decision makers to help improve local services.

Covid-19 information

Information about Covid-19 vaccinations If you have any queries about the Covid-19 vaccination please check the frequently asked questions section of our website, which is being refreshed and updated regularly.

Answer to frequently asked questions can be found at

Government reveals Covid-19 winter plan

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has now outlined the government’s Covid-19 autumn and winter plan, which it in includes: 1. Covid-19 booster jabs to be offered to adults over 50 years old, adults with health and social care conditions and frontline health and social care workers. 2. Covid-19 vaccinations to be offered to young people aged 12-15 3. NHS Test and Trace will continue to work to identify contacts of people who test positive. 4. Flu vaccine take up will be encouraged for all over 50s 5. Public health messaging, including the expectation to wear face coverings in crowded places remain all important. The Prime Minister also revealed a Plan B – additional measures that could be introduced if circumstances warranted it. Those circumstances, built on data, would include the number of hospitalisations, how quickly any surge in case numbers happens and the overall condition of the NHS, and it’s ability to cope at the time. The Plan B toolbox includes:

  • Compulsory face coverings in some settings
  • People asked to work from home
  • Vaccine passports could be introduced, requiring proof of vaccine take up before being allowed to entry to some venues

Covid-19 response: autumn and winter plan 2021

Covid-19 mobile lateral flow testing van 19-26 September 2021

The testing van will offer people the chance to have a rapid lateral flow Covid-19 test supervised by a trained person, and will also let residents know how to access free tests locally. You can book ahead of time or turn up on the day. The van will be available from 9am-5pm seven days a week in September on the following schedule.

  • Friday 24 September – Keynsham Health Centre
  • Saturday 25 September – Ashton Way Car Park, Keynsham
  • Sunday 26 September – Behind the Guild Hall, Bath

The outreach team aboard the van will also talk to people about the Covid-19 vaccination and provide information on the support available to help individuals isolate, as well as answering any other Covid-19 related questions

Book a test at

Pregnant? Have you had your Covid-19 vaccine? NHS England have released new resources encouraging women who are pregnant to get their Covid-19 vaccine. View the Information sheet and decision aid: Updated 20 August 2021 for more information.

Swindon Covid-19 vaccine insight survey

The care forum have recently been awarded grant funding from Swindon Borough Council to deliver insight work into vaccine hesitancy. The insight work is designed to help understand what all communities in Swindon are thinking and enable the care forum to consider the wider context of decision making that people have when choosing to not be vaccinated. A survey has been created for anyone travels through, lives in and/or works in Swindon in order to better understand people’s decision making process; The survey is currently live.

Take the Swindon Vaccine Insight survey

Coronavirus: how to stay safe and avoid the spread

The website has published a guide in various languages ( – Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread) advising people how to stay safe and avoid the spread of Coronavirus. The list of available languages can be found in the top right corner of the website article.

Walk in Covid-19 vaccinations

If you live in England are aged 16 or over you can get a Covid-19 vaccination from a walk in Covid-19 vaccination site without an appointment. You don’t need to be registered with a GP or bring ID, but it may be handy to bring your NHS number if you know it. If you are visiting a walk in centre for your 2nd vaccination, please ensure that your first jab was at least 8 weeks prior.

Find a walk in centre near you.

Consultation on compulsory vaccination for frontline health and care staff

The government has previously said that staff working specifically in care homes, and visitors – such as trades people and professionals who access those care homes, will need to be double Covid-19 vaccinated by Monday 11 November, unless exempt. But now the government is also proposing compulsory Covid-19 and flu jabs for frontline NHS and care workers. The government has launched a six week consultation to look at whether the requirements should apply for health and social care workers ( – Consultation on mandatory vaccination for frontline health and care staff) – those in contact with patients and people who receive care. If agreed, it would mean that only those staff who are fully vaccinated, unless exempt, would be able to be deployed to deliver health and care services. The government says that 92 per cent of NHS staff have had their first dose, and 88 percent have had both doses of Covid-19 vaccine. Ministers are urging the remainder to take up the offer now, to keep themselves and those they care for safe. The consultation document has been translated into Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Kurdish, Nepali, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian and Urdu

Most vulnerable to be offered Covid-19 booster vaccine

Millions of vulnerable people are to be offered a Covid-19 booster vaccine from the week of 20 September 2021 as the government confirms it has accepted the final advice from the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The programme will be rolled out to the same priority groups as previously. This means care home residents, health and social care workers, people aged over 50, those aged 16-49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe Covid-19, adult carers, and adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals will be prioritised. However, there will be flexibility in the programme, allowing all those eligible to receive their booster from six months after their second doses. This approach will allow more vulnerable people to be given their booster quicker. The move will ensure the protection the vaccine provides for those most at risk of severe illness from Covid-19 will be maintained over the winter months. Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) yesterday shows people who haven’t been vaccinated account for around 99 per cent of all deaths involving Covid-19 in England in the first half of the year.

Book or manage your Covid-19 vaccination

Do you know anyone who is not yet vaccinated? Are you looking for facts or information as to how to get your vaccine? The NHS website has a dedicated page where you can book your vacccination as well as manage your appointments, so why not check it out at – Book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination and help protect yourself, others and the NHS

Bringing outdoor walks indoors during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond The University of Edinburgh are inviting people aged 65 and over who live in the UK and have limited access to outdoor spaces to take part in their latest study. The purpose of the study is to find out whether older adults could benefit from watching nature walks at home. The study itself involves watching a short video clip and taking an online survey, and the process will take around forty minutes to complete. If this is something that interests you, you can sign up at

Press releases

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Other information

BSW Partnership board meeting in public – 1 October 2021 The BSW Integrated Care System (ICS) will hold a board meeting in public on 1 October 2021. Members of the public are welcome to attend as observers to find out more about the Partnership, our progress as an ICS and our plans for the future. The meeting will be from 9am to 12pm and will be held virtually via Zoom. You can request to attend and observe the meeting and submit a question to the BSW Partnership board by emailing Please note you will need to submit questions a minimum of five working days before the meeting date, i.e. the Friday before the meeting (5pm on 24 September 2021). We sometimes receive a lot of questions and reserve the right to respond only to a few of these during the meeting to allow sufficient time for all items and proceedings. All questions we receive and the responses will be published online. You will shortly be able to download papers for the meeting at – Board meeting in public – 1st October 2021.

From previous weeks as still relevant

Twelve month vision for the BSW Referral Services (RSS) The BSW referral services support the referral process between a patients GP practice and hospital providers. If a patient has been referred routinely to be seen at a local hospital, it is likely that the referral was processed by this service. The CCG Governing Body has approved a programme of work in relation to referral services for the remainder of this year to March 2022. This work includes the creation of a multi directorate cross organisational steering group (BSW RSS steering group) to support the development of a future vision for the service. BSW CCG would like to establish a patient representative sub-group to support the work and to help inform the decision making of the BSW RSS steering group. The current plan is for the group to have three meetings between September 2021 to March 2022 (expected to be October, December and February). Each meeting will be no longer than one and a half hours and will be held virtually. If any patients that have experience of the BSW referral service within the last 12 months are interested in joining the sub-group or would like more information then please email

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) launches review of methods and processes for health technology evaluation NICE are launching a review ( of its methods and processes for health technology and stakeholders are being given to 13 October to comment. The review is the most comprehensive that NICE have ever undertaken, with the public consultations covering proposed changes to the way that NICE develops recommendations across its health technology evaluation programmes, as well as proposals to clarify the topic selection and routing criteria used to determine what treatment, devices or diagnostics are selected for NICE guidance development.