Social care pressures reflected in Ombudsman’s annual review of complaints

Posted November 30, 2018

“It’s no longer just one-off mistakes; we’re seeing problems with systems, policies and the way procedures are being applied…” That’s the view of Michael King, Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO), as the service launches its annual review of adult social care complaints. Over the past year, the Ombudsman has become increasingly concerned about […]

National survey highlights decline in people’s experiences of community mental health services

Posted November 23, 2018

People’s experiences of the care they receive from community-based mental health services have continued to deteriorate, according to an annual survey from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The survey published on Thursday 22 November, highlights concerns around access to care, care planning and support for people with mental health conditions in relation to physical health […]

Report into children’s mental health


Nearly one in four young women have some form of mental illness, a new NHS report has found. LGBT teens are also much more at risk. The findings are based on a survey of more than 9,000 young people in England, the first update of the report in 13 years. Overall, among children aged five […]

Mental health services failing to provide long-term help to terror victims

Posted November 21, 2018

Report says that those involved in the immediate response to atrocities, such as police and paramedics, were highly regarded. People affected by terror attacks are not getting the long-term support they need because of severe shortages in mental health provision, according to a new survey. The report by campaign group Survivors Against Terror says that […]

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 […]