Have Your Say – Help Shape the Future of Oral and Dental Health Research

Posted November 8, 2017

“Oral and Dental research in the UK is world-leading. Nevertheless, it does not receive the funds it deserves, resulting in a small National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) portfolio of research, and a possible shortage of evidence to inform decision making. One solution to this would be to identify the research priorities in relation to […]

Newbury College Student placements

Posted November 3, 2017

Healthwatch WestBerkshire would like to welcome 2 Newbury college students Sulasha Gurung and Heather Breadmore to the team, they will be joining us for a 6 week work placement. We hope they enjoy their stay with us and look forward to see what they achieve.    

“NHS needs to do more to understand why people are returning to hospital after being discharged” – Healthwatch England

Posted October 26, 2017

On the 26th October Healthwatch England published a new analysis of NHS emergency readmissions data. “What are emergency readmissions? An emergency readmission is defined by the NHS as anyone who has to return to hospital for unplanned further treatment within 30 days of leaving. This covers unforeseen readmissions, such as people receiving chemotherapy having to […]

Hospital waits worsen – Check NHS cancer, A&E and operations targets in your area

Posted October 18, 2017

The NHS is under unprecedented pressure. Rising numbers of patients need hospital care – whether in an accident and emergency department, for cancer treatment or for planned operations and care, such as knee and hip replacements. For each there are strict targets local services are expected to meet across the UK. The performance of hospitals […]

HWWB during World Mental Health Day


This October Healthwatch West Berkshire were in Newbury on Tuesday the 10th from 1:00 – 3:00 and on Thursday 12th from 9:00 – 3:00, we were raising awareness within the local community and informing people on good mental health . On Tuesday we were at the parkway shopping centre and on Thursday we were at […]

Brighter Berkshire and Newbury SOBS Walk and Talk


Due to the success of the previous Walk and Talk groups in Reading and Newbury –  a third Walk and Talk event will be held on the 21st October. The aim to connect with others and raise awareness that 2017 is a Year of Mental Health in Berkshire and we want as many people as […]

Antibiotic D.A.T.E.S campaign


D.A.T.E.S. TO REMEMBER CAMPAIGN AIMS TO REDUCE ‘POST-ANTIBIOTIC APOCALYPSE’! With end of British Summer time and inclement weather fast approaching, Healthwatch West Berkshire is echoing the recent comments of Professor Dame Sally Davies, England’s Chief Medical Officers, with its The eye-catching ‘Antibiotics – think D.A.T.E.S.’ poster campaign, which aims to reduce the number of anti-biotics […]

‘Creative Support – West Berkshire Services’ rated ‘Good’ by Care Quality Comission

Posted October 17, 2017

The CQC inspected Creative Support – West Berkshire services 8-15th September 2017 and found the service overall ‘Good’.  This was an announced inspection as Creative Support West Berkshire is a Domiciliary Care Agency (DCA) and supported living service. The service has been improving over a number of years. A DCA is a provision that offers […]