Flu Vaccination

Posted November 16, 2018

 Below is a new resource for people over 65 explaining the rationale for the supply of a TIV Issues discussed include: Why am I being asked to wait to have my flu vaccine? This year Fluad® is being delivered in phases between September and November and so you may have to wait until your GP […]

CQC welcome further improvements found at South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Posted November 7, 2018

England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals has welcomed improvements at South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust following its latest inspection by the Care Quality Commission.     A team of inspectors from the Care Quality Commission visited South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust in July and August 2018 to check the quality of three […]

Help design your Personal Health Record


This event has been cancelled Be one of the first people in Berkshire to see and feedback on a new innovative Personal Health Record which could allow you to have immediate, easy access to information about your health and wellbeing on your smartphone. An NHS support unit is looking for residents in West Berkshire and elsewhere in […]

Blooming Strong Awards: nominations open!

Posted October 30, 2018

November 25th every year marks the United Nations day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Standing Together use this time of year to celebrate the strength of women who have survived gender-based violence, or supported someone who has done so. This year, the Building Communities Together Team are joining the campaign to celebrate the […]

Care Quality Commission State of Care Report

Posted October 11, 2018

State of Care The Care Quality Commissions yearly look of the quality of health and social care in England warns of growing ‘care injustice’, with access to good care becoming more dependent on how well local systems work together ‘The state of health care and adult social care in England 2017/18‘, is out now and shows that most […]

Changes to Berkshire West CCG routine prescribing for over the counter medicines

Posted October 5, 2018

From 1 October 2018, Berkshire West GP practices will no longer be routinely prescribing a range of over the counter (OTC) medicines and vitamins associated with minor ailments and short term conditions. This was confirmed at the Berkshire West CCG GP Medicines Optimisation Committee on 26 September 2018. The policy is available here. This follows […]

BBC News – “‘Shameful’ use of restraints on disabled patients”

Posted October 2, 2018

The use of restraints on adults with learning disabilities in hospital units in England rose by 50% between 2016 and 2017, figures show. In 2017, restraints were used more than 22,000 times – once every half an hour. This was up from 15,000 times in 2016. Former Social Care Minister Norman Lamb said the use […]

Extended GP access during evenings and weekends

Posted September 24, 2018

In 2016 NHS England published the General Practice Forward View, their vision for primary care, which included a commitment to improve access for patients, including appointments at evenings and weekends. Refreshed guidance in February 2018, means that from 1 October 2018 patients will all have access to appointments from 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday […]

CQC calls for new national guidance to improve sexual safety on mental health wards

Posted September 13, 2018

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is calling for new national guidance to improve the sexual safety of people and staff on mental health wards, following analysis of how mental health trusts in England report sexual incidents.  In its Sexual Safety on Mental Health Wards report published Tuesday 11th September 2018, the CQC shares its findings […]

National GP Patient Survey has been published

Posted September 10, 2018

The GP Patient Survey is an independent survey run by Ipsos MORI on behalf of NHS England. The survey is sent out to over a million people across the UK. The results which get published annually have recently been published and they show how people feel about their GP practice.   Click on a surgery […]