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Patient Engagement Weekly Bulletin – Wednesday 31st July 2019

Posted on 5th August, 2019 in News

Subject: Announcing our new Chief Executive

We are pleased to announce that James Rimmer will be joining us as Chief Executive for Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group from 01 September 2019.

He will take over from David Freeman who has been acting up as Chief Officer. David will return to his substantive role as Chief Operating Officer as from 01 September 2019.

David has provided much valued leadership and vision during the critical time following the departure of former Chief Officer, Nick Robinson. He has led us in making significant progress in improving the financial position in Somerset and making sure that health services are safe and available when people need them.

David has ably led real change in our organisation and we are deeply appreciative of everything he has achieved. We are delighted that David will remain with us as we move forward together.

We welcome James joining us and look forward to him becoming part of our team. His joining us is an exciting opportunity to continue and accelerate the positive work and culture change that we already have underway.

James has a wealth of experience and expertise from provider organisations that will support us to further improve the way we work as a system to support the people of Somerset.

James was previously Chief Executive at Weston Area Health NHS Trust. He has successfully led Weston through a challenging period of public consultation and change and created a future that means they can now merge with University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.

He has also held a number of senior management roles in other organisations including University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust and Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Subject: Welcome to Emily

We are delighted to welcome Emily Taylor as our new Engagement Lead Officer.

Many of you will know Emily from her former role as Manager of Healthwatch Somerset.

You can contact Emily via emily.taylor37@nhs.net

Subject: Last chance to have your say: help us put the patient and public voice at the heart of everything we do

Somerset CCG Communications and Engagement Strategy Survey

We want to put the patient and public voice at the heart of everything we do.

Our communications and engagement strategy will help us to achieve this together.

We want your views on our draft objectives. We also want your ideas about what actions may help us achieve our objectives.

Click here to have your say: https://response.questback.com/nhssomersetccg/eciabqfizl

The survey closes today.

Subject: Ever thought about a career in nursing?

Here in Somerset we want to increase the opportunities for people of all ages to train as nurses. But we need your help to do it!

To help us get our plans right and make sure our training courses are accessible to everyone we want to hear from anyone who has ever thought about a career in nursing.

If that’s you, please take five minutes to complete our short survey: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Somerset_nursing_survey/

Your views will help us make sure we can offer a nursing career to as many people as possible.

Subject: Patient and public engagement report 2018-19

Our patient and public engagement report 2018-19 is now published.

It was approved by our Governing Body last week and is now available on our website:

Go on – take a look!


Subject: Vacancy – Manager, Healthwatch Somerset

Healthwatch Somerset is looking for a new manager. You can find out more information about the vacancy on their website: https://healthwatchsomerset.co.uk/about/vacancies/

The closing date is midnight on Sunday 18 August 2019.

Subject: Vote for Compass Disability Services

Compass Disability Services have been selected as finalists in the Persimmon Homes and Team GB Building Futures Fund 2019!!

Voting is open from until 27 September 2019, you can vote daily and all you have to do is click on the link below and select Compass Disability Services. It’s as simple as that!!


Top prizes range from £100,000 to £5,000. A top prize would allow Compass Disability Services to update their facilities and open a weekly swim club to boost water confidence/competence in young people with special and/or additional needs and those from low income families. It would also allow them to recruit and train additional swim coaches as well!!

Please do visit the site and give them a vote (or two) if you can.

Subject: Sendias survey

The National Children’s Bureau and the Department of Education would like to know about your experience of Sendias.

Sendias stands for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service.

Please take part in this short survey:


Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey, your views are really important.

Subject: Settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families

Diversity Voice have received funding from the Home Office to provide support to vulnerable EU citizens by assisting them to apply for ‘Settled’ and ‘Pre-settled’ status.

EU citizens will need to apply for settled (or pre-settled) status before 31 December 2020, in order to guarantee their right to remain in the UK. The application is free of charge, but it is a digital process which may present barriers to certain vulnerable groups or individuals. The benefits include not only the right to remain, but it also provides a simple way to demonstrate rights to work, housing and benefits in the UK.

The Home office has a full list of vulnerable groups, but our work will involve beneficiary groups such as:

  • Carers
  • The elderly
  • Homeless / rough sleepers
  • People with disabilities or long term health conditions
  • Victims of domestic abuse
  • Gypsy, Roma and traveller communities
  • Victims of modern slavery and/or trafficking
  • LGBT groups
  • Care leavers
  • Other vulnerable or at-risk groups

Our support will provide a bilingual outreach worker (Polish/English, but all other EU languages will be available via our in-house interpreters), who will run drop-ins (for one-to-one support) and Workshops (for information about the scheme, and assisted group application sessions) at convenient venues across the area, which includes Somerset, North Somerset, North West Dorset, East Devon, and West Wiltshire.

If you are interested in finding out more about our service, or have clients who would benefit, please contact us for more information on eussenquiries@diversityvoice.org.uk

Subject: New contact details for Puriton Parish Council

Puriton Parish Council has new contact details:

The new email address is clerk@puritonparishcouncil.org and website is www.puritonparishcouncil.org