CQC threatening criminal prosecution of practices who fail to register a manager

Posted August 9, 2017

The CQC is issuing threats of criminal prosecution or £4,000 fines to practices who fail to provide up-to-date details of their ‘registered manager’. A template letter, which has been circulated to LMCs to pass on to their practices, warns that the CQC ‘have grounds to suspect you have committed a criminal offence’ by ‘failing to […]

Winchcome Place care home remains rated ‘Good’ by CQC

Posted August 8, 2017

‘The service continued to work to keep people as safe as possible, by the way care was delivered; in terms of health and safety; premises maintenance and the provision of competent staff. The service had a robust recruitment process to ensure as far as possible, suitable staff were employed. Ongoing work was being undertaken to […]

Berkshire West CCG looking for Patient leads for the integration of MSK services programme

Posted August 4, 2017

**Berkshire West looking for Patient leads for the integration of MSK services programme** **DEADLINE – FRIDAY 11TH AUGUST** “Message from NHS Berkshire Health Network Have you had treatment from the NHS in Berkshire West for a problem with your muscles, bones or joints? NHS commissioners are looking for people who have used local NHS musculoskeletal […]

Merger of the four Berkshire West CCGs


‘The GP practices across all four CCGs voted last week to create a single CCG for Berkshire West with four localities. Running four separate CCGs has resulted in a lot of duplication and inefficiency. The CCGs now want to focus clinical and managerial leadership on developing new primary care organisations that bring groups of GP […]

Great Western Hospital, Swindon rated ‘Requires Improvement’ by CQC report


The CQC published an inspection report on Great Western Hospital, Swindon today, summarising that the hospital ‘required improvement’. The inspection was conducted in March and the report states that since the inspection the hospital has already made improvement. ‘The inspection team inspected the following six core services at Great Western Hospital: • Urgent and emergency services […]

Message from NHS Berkshire Health Network – July 2017


Message from NHS Berkshire Health Network Welcome to the July edition of BHN Update. This edition includes news about the latest rating for the four Clinical Commissioning Groups in Berkshire West, information about support services for veterans, news about the latest health campaigns being supported locally, a new pledge to improve diabetes education sign-up and […]

The CQC determine ‘No Action Required’ on an Oak Tree Dental Practice inspection

Posted July 26, 2017

The CQC recently determined that the Oak Tree Dental Practice in Mortimer, Berkshire would not receive a formal inspection based on the comment cards and patient satisfaction survey. The CQC stated in the report: ‘We reviewed 23 CQC comment cards and the practice patient satisfaction survey. Patients were positive about all aspects of the service […]

Local West Berkshire NHS Commissioners rated ‘Outstanding’


The local GPs, nurses and managers who run the four NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Berkshire West were celebrating this week. All four CCGs in Berkshire West have been rated ‘outstanding’ in NHS England’s annual ratings of CCGs. Only 21 CCGs were awarded an ‘outstanding’ rating for 2016-17, out of a total of 209, […]