We have won the HWE Improving Health and Social Care award

Posted October 4, 2019

We are delighted to have won the “Improving Health and Social Care” award at the Healthwatch England conference on 1st October. Following our success, we have been on That’s Thames Valley TV and in the Newbury Weekly News. In West Berkshire, health services were struggling to understand the unique needs of people who do not have a home, […]

Your Health Matters – Suicide and Mental Health

Posted September 23, 2019

Suicide and Mental Health was covered in the Newbury Weekly News on 19th September 2019 under the “Your Health Matters” section. A scan of this page is posted down below, so feel free to take a look and consider sharing your own experiences with us about these topics. Your feedback matters to us. Call us: […]

BOB (Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire) launch their 5 year plan

Posted September 10, 2019

Statement from Fiona Wise – Executive Lead for BOB ICS “The Buckinghamshire Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Integrated Care System (BOB ICS) has today published an interim report on the development of its five year plan. “The report, called Improving Health and Care in Buckinghamshire Oxfordshire and Berkshire West, describes the range of organisations involved in […]

CQC Declare Your Care Campaign


The CQC (Care Quality Commission) want to hear about good care as part of their #DeclareYourCare campaign. This month they are encouraging young people to share their feedback on care. Declare Your Care is a year-long, campaign focusing on four key population groups which are known to have lower awareness of CQC. This adds to […]

Mental health and the journey to parenthood

Posted September 9, 2019

Healthwatch England have published a new report “Mental Health and the Journey to Parenthood” In Healthwatch Englands new report, Healthwatch Engalnd share what parents have told them about their experiences of mental health problems during and after pregnancy, and call on services to give people more opportunities to talk about their mental wellbeing. It focuses […]

Healthwatch West Berks launches its co-produced Voice Of Disability Report

Posted August 30, 2019

Read the report and our recommendations by clicking the image below Although the Disability Discrimination Act and the Equality Act that followed have made huge improvements to the lives of those living with both physical and mental disabilities, there are still enormous barriers to everyday health and wellbeing in West Berkshire. Railway stations are a […]

Healthwatch England National Awards shortlist showcase – Improving health and social care

Posted August 29, 2019

Find out why five Healthwatch were nominated for our award celebrating the real changes they’ve helped make to people’s health and social care experiences. Healthwatch is there to make sure health and care works for you. We do this by collecting your views about services, listening to your experiences of care and working with partners […]

Thousands of children growing up in shipping containers, office blocks and B&Bs

Posted August 22, 2019

Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, has published new research which shines a light on the thousands of children growing up in homeless families. The report, “Bleak houses: Tackling the crisis of family homelessness in England”, reveals the terrible reality of how some children are living in converted shipping containers and office blocks, and […]

Healthwatch West Berkshire Nominated for Healthwatch England National Awards 2019

Posted August 13, 2019

Healthwatch across England listen to people’s views on health and social care services and let those in power know what’s working and what could be improved. Each year, Healthwatch celebrate the difference this makes to people’s experiences, at the Healthwatch Network Awards. More than 406,000 people spoke up about the improvements they would like to […]

20 hospitals in England due to receive an extra £850m funding for upgrades to outdated facilities and new equipment have been revealed

Posted August 5, 2019

Boris Johnson has given the green light to 20 new building and infrastructure projects in the NHS in England. The £850m package will pay for new wards, intensive care units and diagnostic centres as well as refurbishing some existing facilities over the next five years. None of these Hospitals are in WestBerkshire however. “It’s part […]