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Patient Engagement Weekly Bulletin – Thursday 24th April 2019

Posted on 27th April, 2019 in News


The Podiatry service in Somerset needs to change in order to make sure we have enough specialist staff to look after our patients. We are planning to reduce the number of sites where we provide a podiatry service from 20 to 13. This may mean that some patients will need to travel further for their podiatry appointments.

We are asking for patient and carer views about our plans and how this might affect our patients. For more information and to give your views, please see https://response.questback.com/sompar/podiatry2019 or email myvoice@sompar.nhs.uk.

Lucy Nicholls

Patient and Public Involvement Manager

Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

2nd Floor, Mallard Court
Express Park, Bristol Road
Bridgwater TA6 4RN

Tel: 079 202 666 92

Email: Lucy.Nicholls@sompar.nhs.uk

Twitter: @LucySomerset

Subject: SINePost April 2019

The latest edition of SINePost is now available on the Somerset Intelligence website:


The SINePost e-newsletter is produced each month by the Somerset Intelligence team at SCC as part of its role in collating, analysing and disseminating data and research. It draws attention to the latest facts, figures, reports and analysis on Somerset. Links are provided to source material should you wish to find out more.

Included this month:-

· Housing: On average, full-time workers in Somerset in 2018 could expect to pay 8.7 times their annual earnings on purchasing a home, according to latest affordability estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

· Child Health: The health and wellbeing of children in Somerset is identified as ‘mixed’ in the latest annual child health profile from Public Health England.

· Elections: The number of local government electors in Somerset has declined marginally to 419,744, in the latest snapshot published by the Office for National Statistics.

· Marriage: Numbers of marriages of opposite-sex couples in Somerset increased marginally to a total of 3,151 in 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics.

If you have any comments or questions, please contact me.

Toby Atkins

Information Analyst

Business Intelligence

Customers and Communities

Somerset County Council

Taunton, TA1 4DY

01823 359228


Carers Support Group Volunteers required in Somerset: Bishops Lydeard, Creech St Michael, Dulverton, Minehead, Taunton, and Wellington; plus telephone Befriender based in Victoria Gate, Taunton.

About the opportunities
There are over 60,000 unpaid carers in Somerset supporting a loved one who is elderly, ill or disabled. Help make their life a little better! Somerset Carers Service is looking for friendly, approachable people to help make sure the local Carers Group runs smoothly. The groups give Carers the chance to take a much-needed break, socialise and access the support they need. Engage, on behalf of Community Council for Somerset (CCS) are looking for volunteers to support Carers Groups in the West Somerset & Taunton area. The volunteers would be required to:

· Meet and greet guests at the carers groups.

· Keep the group talking

· Make tea and coffee.

· Have good listening skills.

About CCS (Carers Support Service)
Community Council for Somerset (CCS) supports people who live and work in Somerset communities. They do this through a range of diverse projects which bring together people who care about local community life in Somerset. One of their projects is the Carers Support Service. This service is for those who regularly look after someone in a caring capacity. The Somerset Carers Service can support carers by offering advice and guidance. Caring for another person is very rewarding, but can be overwhelming and lonely at times. Somerset Carers Service can help link individuals to groups & events in their area. It also finds facts and information that will help the person that is being cared for with their particular needs.

What are they looking for?
People who are happy to help with practical tasks and are good listeners.

Practical Considerations
Sessions are either weekly or monthly depending on the group you choose to support.

For more information please visit:

Should you wish to volunteer for the Carers Service, you can download an application form by clicking here

Subject: JOB OPPORTUNITIES closing date for all vacancies is Thursday 25th April 2019

The Community Council for Somerset (CCS) works to support community groups, organisations and individuals in Somerset, through a range of diverse projects.

They are currently recruiting a Quality and Performance Manager. This is a newly-created post, supporting the senior management team in embedding a “quality by design” approach. Applicants will usually work from the Taunton office and must have excellent organisational, analytical and planning skills.

35 hours per week (Full time), Initial 18 month fixed term contract ( extension subject to funding), Salary is £30,600 per annum.

CCS is also recruiting for the following positions:

Village Agent for Sedgemoor
Village Agent for South Somerset
Village Agent for Somerset West and Taunton
Mendip Agent Team Lead
Transport Agent
Carers Agent for South Somerset
The closing date for all vacancies is Thursday 25th April 2019. Interviews will be held during the week commencing 29th April.

Find out more here.


Please see the info below and posters attached about activities happening this weekend or coming up soon for children and young people with SEND. If you are able to share this information within your networks it would be very much appreciated.

Brean SEND Play Session https://www.dropbox.com/s/ned7mw71d23d1v5/SF%20poster%20FRONT%202019%20WEB%20READY.pdf?dl=0
Frome Sports Festival https://www.dropbox.com/s/ned7mw71d23d1v5/SF%20poster%20FRONT%202019%20WEB%20READY.pdf?dl=0
Pan Disability Football https://www.dropbox.com/s/b05eiwwn7xzjm5l/England%20Talent%20Day%20-%20Calling%20all%20Pan-Disability%20players%20aged%207%20to%2016.msg?dl=0

Selworthy Saturday Drop in Club

Come along, have fun, make new friends – cooking, arts & crafts, Wii games, all ability bikes and outdoor!!

Monthly on a Saturday term time: 27th April, 18th May, 15th June, 13th July 2019

Selworthy School, Selworthy Road, Taunton, TA2 8HD

10am – 1pm, for 0 – 18 years, siblings welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent / carer, £3 per child

Contact the Short Breaks office on 01823 358117 for more information.

No need to book, just turn up and have fun!

Laura White – Short Breaks Development Officer

Somerset County Council

Children’s Social Care, Short Breaks Team

B1 West Smart Office, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY

Mobile No. 07557 003951



Please find attached issue 17 of the Somerset Equality Officers Group (SEOG) newsletter. In it you will find information on:

1. Update on Somerset Equality Officers Group

2. Update on the Joint Equality Objectives from 1st April 2019

3. Work plans for 2019/2020

Kind Regards

Corporate Equalities Team

Somerset County Council

Email: Equalities@somerset.gov.uk