Located in the north-east of Wiltshire, Swindon is the county’s largest settlement, with a population of more than 220,000 people.
A thriving town, with a history rooted deep in industry, Swindon has expanded greatly within the last 10 years, mainly due to its competitive house prices and its proximity to nearby large towns and cities, such as Bristol, Bath, Reading, Oxford and London.
Although an attractive place to live and work, especially for new families and high-earning professionals looking to commute, Swindon’s health landscape is marred by a number of challenges. There is a sharp contrast in life expectancy depending where in the town people live. Some studies have suggested that men in the more affluent areas of Swindon could live up to nine years more than those in the more deprived areas.
Other challenges facing Swindon are similar to those that affect other towns and cities, such as ageing populations, growing obesity levels and an increasing number of people falling victim to drug and alcohol misuse.
Despite this, Swindon is in a fantastic position to build its health economy into something truly integrated.
The Great Western Hospital, located to the south of the town, not only provides acute healthcare, but also community care and, more recently, primary care services. Having a single provider for a wide range of services ensures that care can be more joined-up, and puts Swindon in a position that is unique of other similar-sized towns.
Priorities for Swindon:
Working with communities
Under each of these areas are a number of further, more-detailed priorities that showcase where the Swindon Integrated Care Alliance is heading.
Significant work programmes under way
- Exploring enhanced intervention in some of the town’s most deprived areas to see if benefits can be achieved
- Enable staff to work flexibly across the whole system through new approaches
- Reduce autism and learning disability waiting lists, and clear any backlogs that exist
- Encourage people to take up self-care programmes, which is backed-up by enhanced community support
Swindon Primary Care Networks
Brunel PCN 1
Clinical Lead: Dr Febin Basheer
Elm Tree Surgery
Ridgeway View Family Practice
Victoria Cross and Eldene Health Centre
Brunel PCN 4
Clinical Lead: Dr Sarah Bruen
Blunsdon Surgery (branch)
Hermitage Surgery (branch)
Taw Hill Medical Practice (branch)
Brunel PCN 2
Clinical Lead: Lisa Allison
Carfax NHS Medical Center
Great Western Surgery
Wyvern Health Partnership PCN
Clinical Lead: Dr Sue Adams
Hawthorn Medical Practice
Lawn Medical Centre
Old Town Surgery
Priory Road Medical Centre
Brunel PCN 3
Clinical Lead: Dr Richard Stainton
Ashington House Surgery
North Swindon Practice
Freshbrook Surgery (branch)
Ridge Green Medical Centre
Park Lane Practice
Great Western Healthcare PCN
Clinical Lead: Dr Amit Srivastava
Abbey Meads Medical Practice
Crossroads Surgery (branch)
Penhill Surgery (branch)
Moredon Medical Centre
Working with the voluntary and community sectors
The BSW Partnership works with a wide range of voluntary and community sector organisations across Swindon. During the Covid pandemic, our voluntary sector partners played a key role in helping to support vulnerable members of our communities. Although there are too many to list here at present, some of the organisations we work with in Swindon include:
Voluntary Action Swindon is the Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) in the Swindon area and supports other charities and coordinates local voluntary activity. The organisation also acts as a forum through which local voluntary and community organisations and statutory sector organisations can communicate with each other and work together.
Swindon Advocacy Movement (SAM). Working alongside people with autism, mental health issues, learning disabilities and dementia, SAM challenges inequality and social injustice, and enables many hundreds of people to have a voice who would otherwise not be heard.
Swindon Carers Centre is a charitable organisation, which is part of the Carers Trust Network, established to provide help and support to the 21,000 unpaid carers in Swindon.