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 […]

Deal for NHS to offer exciting new child cancer therapy

Posted September 5, 2018

A deal has been struck to let the NHS offer children an expensive new cancer therapy that has been called the most exciting treatment advance for decades. CAR-T is a cutting-edge treatment for aggressive leukaemia when other drugs have failed but usually costs hundreds of thousands of pounds per patient. NHS England boss Simon Stevens […]

New drive to encourage doctors to write to patients in plain English


Guidance suggests specialists should avoid Latin terms, acronyms and convoluted language.     Hospital doctors are being told to write letters directly to patients, and in plain English, in a move the profession’s leaders hope will sweep away the use of baffling medical terminology. The initiative by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges aims to […]

How your heart age is key to heart attack or stroke risk

Posted September 4, 2018

  Public Health England is urging people over 30 to take an online test to find out their heart age, which indicates if they are at increased risk of suffering a heart attack or a stroke. They predict about 80% of heart attacks and strokes in people under 75 could be prevented if heart health […]