A&E waits at worst level for 15 years in England – See how your local Hospital is doing

Posted February 15, 2019

A&E waits in England have reached their worst level since the four-hour target was introduced in 2004. The deterioration in performance came after hospitals appeared to be coping well in the early part of winter. During January, only 84.4% of patients were treated or admitted in four hours – well below the 95% threshold. It […]

CQC Maternity survey 2018 results

Posted February 6, 2019

CQC – “Many women are positive about their maternity care, but improvements still needed” Findings from the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) national survey of more than 17,600 women who gave birth in February last year show that many had a good experience, particularly in relation to interactions with staff, access to midwives and emotional support […]

NHS to offer paid-for genetic blueprints that predict health risks

Posted January 28, 2019

The 100,000 Genomes Project produced thousands of genetic blueprints sequenced from NHS patients with cancer and rare diseases. The NHS will allow people to pay for a report of their genetic blueprint that can predict major health risks. Genetic data will be used to put together a health report that, it is claimed, can predict […]

Dementia Questionnaire

Posted January 25, 2019

On 28th March 2019 the West Berkshire Dementia Action Alliance are hosting their Understand, Stand Together dementia conference. This is aimed at individuals and organisations that influence or impact the lives of people affected by dementia in West Berkshire. Exploring how we can work more cohesively together, looking at the challenges and opportunities that we […]

Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub Jan Newsletter

Posted January 14, 2019

Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub have recently released their January 2019 Newsletter. You can read this newsletter by clicking the image below. In this Newsletter there is information about West Berkshire News, Wellbeing groups, Young People Survey dates, Understanding the core elements of healthy lifestyles for children and more.

NHS Long Term Plan to tackle major killer conditions and save up to half a million lives

Posted January 7, 2019

The NHS Long Term Plan, published today, will save almost half a million more lives with practical action on major killer conditions and investment in world class, cutting edge treatments including genomic tests for every child with cancer. The blueprint to make the NHS fit for the future will use the latest technology, such as […]

Healthwatch England Annual report

Posted December 24, 2018

The Healthwatch England annual report which you can read by clicking the image below, has recently been released. We’re delighted to see that the Homeless and Rough Sleeper report that we produced is highlighted on page 33. Click the image below to go to the Healthwatch England website to take a look. 

“Failure of Care Quality Commission to make sure NHS employs ‘fit and proper’ directors”

Posted December 20, 2018

“A Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman report published on December 19th 2018 reveals significant weaknesses in the way the Care Quality Commission (CQC) used the NHS ‘fit and proper’ person test.” The Ombudsman carried out an independent investigation into a whistle-blower’s complaint about the CQC’s oversight of the appointment of a Chief Executive to an […]

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust suspends new dermatology referrals

Posted December 10, 2018

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation trust has taken the decision to suspend all new dermatology referrals that don’t meet the two week wait pathway criteria, due to a national shortage of available dermatologists. The following statement was issued from Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust: “The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (RBFT) has taken the difficult decision […]

Voice of Disability

Posted November 30, 2018

We’ve had some press coverage about Voice of Disability in the Newbury Weekly news on November 29th 2018. On November 15th we held our Voice of Disability event at the Catholic Hall in Thatcham. It’s purpose was to get people with disabilities, their carers, family and friends together to discuss the services that people with […]