Adult Community Health Services Update

Hello and welcome to your monthly update on progress regarding the Adult Community Health Services contract in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

We’re really pleased to welcome Alex Francis to the Sirona care & health mobilisation team. Many of you already know Alex, who works for The Care Forum, and she will be working closely with us to co-design and co-produce with you the VCSE element of the healthcare services contract.

You may have already seen on the Sirona website that we have an overview from the slides which were presented by Sirona’s chief executive Janet Rowse at the meeting in September which outlined our approach to the new contract. We will be adding to this section in the coming days with Frequently Asked Questions which we hope will help keep you informed on the next steps and ways you can be involved. Alex is working closely with Wendy Best, Head of Communications and Engagement at Sirona and they are liaising regarding the questions many of you are asking; the FAQ will also be on The Care Forum’s website. 

We know you have busy diaries so we are planning a calendar of workshops so you are able to save dates for the co-production work and we will share these with you as soon as they are confirmed. In the meantime, we are focusing on gathering as much information as possible about the different VCSE services which are available.

Many of you have already provided information via email or hard copy about your role within your local communities in Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire or across all three.  We are sure you know just how  difficult it is to keep this up-to-date as things change so it would be helpful if  those of you who are listed on the on the Well Aware website are able to ensure it is up to date.

If you haven’t yet set up an account – it is free to use and the website provides information on a wide range of organisations, support groups, events and activities that can help improve people’s health and wellbeing.

The Well Aware service is currently used by over 130,000 people annually, we are keen to make best use of this resource and help local residents find the support and services they need.
Registering with Well Aware is easy via this link https://www.wellaware.org.uk/register

Once you have registered you can login regularly to keep your listing up to date, including events, new activities and more and here’s information on how: https://www.wellaware.org.uk/how-to-guide.

The links can also be found on the Sirona web page.

Having all the information held centrally will help us with the mapping and ensure we capture information about everyone and you can keep your information up-to-date too; if you want to share the link on your own online presence, please do.

Contact us

Alex Francis  T: 0117 9589 347  E: alexfrancis@thecareforum.org.uk
Wendy Best: T: 0300 124 5401 E: wendy.best@sirona-cic.org.uk

If you know someone who would like to be added to the mailing list please let one of us know.

We are really looking forward to working with you.
Wendy, pictured below left, and Alex, pictured below right