Message from NHS Berkshire Health Network – July 2017

Posted August 2, 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, […]

West Berkshire has the highest level of ‘frequent drinkers’, PHE report finds

Posted July 25, 2017

West Berkshire was found to have the highest percentage of individuals drinking more than 4 days a week, a new report into the nations drinking habits found. The ‘Local Consumption Survey National Report’ collected data on drinking from 25 local authorities across the country between February and April last year. In other rates collected, West […]

Valuing Volunteering in West Berkshire Annual Survey

Posted July 20, 2017

Volunteer Centre West Berkshire is a registered charity that aims to support volunteering and community action  in all of its guises from social care to conservation from the voluntary arts organisations to heritage from  educational and community organisations and every thing in between YOU COUNT ! Help them to promote the value of your work […]

Too many care homes fail to get the basics right – Healthwatch is here to help

Posted July 13, 2017

Imelda Redmond, Chief Executive of Carers UK uses the recent CQC report revealing that ‘less than one in three homes’ are up to standard to explain the role of Healthwatch in creating real change. ‘Overall, the real story is the incredible fragility of our care services. Some are clearly improving, others are not. Some are […]

Parents and carers help GPs in Crawley become autism-friendly

Posted July 12, 2017

Parents and carers of autistic children have won an award for their work training staff at GP surgeries in Crawley to make their practices more autism-friendly.   At the Healthwatch annual conference last week, Maria Cook, Autism Support Crawley and Perry Anderson from Poundhill Medical Group together won the It Starts With You award, in recognition […]

Audit report raises warning about Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding

Posted July 11, 2017

  ‘The National Audit Office (NAO) has today published an investigation into NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding. This was partly prompted by the receipt of more than 100 complaints from members of the public about the process in England since February 2016. We were pleased to be invited to give evidence as part of the investigation.’ […]

Sport in Mind Summer Tennis sessions and updated Timetable


Sport in Mind are hosting new Summer Tennis sessions at Victoria Park every Tuesday 3.00-4.00.   Sport in Mind delivers sport and physical activity sessions to help people ( 18+) experiencing mental health issues and carers. All session are drop-in sessions and are open to all abilities with the aim of having fun in a […]