NHS Swindon is an independent body within the NHS family. Our job is to provide and plan health services for the 203, 850 people who live in the borough of Swindon and in Shrivenham.
Our overarching vision is to deliver excellence for Swindon by adding life to years and years to life. As a local leader for health, NHS Swindon will work with partners to:
- Drive out inequalities in health and wellbeing
- Drive up service quality and access to care
- Give people more influence, choice and control over their lives.
Each year we receive a budget from the Government. We use it to provide services ourselves or to pay for health services provided by others, whether hospital, mental health or other community services. We pay for general practitioner services and discuss with local doctors, nurses and other health professionals, what patients want by way of the range and standard of services.
We manage Swindon Intermediate Care Centre (SWICC) at the Great Western Hospital and also co-ordinate the services provided by dentists, pharmacists and opticians.
We have a board made up of non-executive directors, who are appointed by the Secretary of State for Health, together with our Chief Executive, Director of Finance, Director of Public Health and others. We also have a shadow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which oversees the delivery of the transition from primary care trust to clinical commissioning groups.
One of our most important jobs is helping people safeguard or improve their health. We have a sexual health programme; services to help people give up smoking; get fit and avoid diabetes and specialist services for children and older people. Details of these services can be found in the "Your life" section.