Posted June 27, 2017

In this section you’ll find a compilation of press coverage that we’ve received.   August 17th “West Berks residents more likely to be frequent drinkers” via    ” August 15th Homeless are being denied vital health care” via    August 10th “Homeless are being denied vital health care” via   August 3rd “Homeless are being […]

Healthwatch West Berkshire subject to limited Cyber-Attack, Thursday 22nd June 2017

Posted June 23, 2017

Healthwatch West Berkshire was subject to a limited cyber-attack on it’s email system on Thursday afternoon 22nd June 2017. This was quickly contained – all our systems are now operating safely and normally.  Our emails and attachments our now safe to open and read. If you think you may have been affected please ensure all […]

Berkshire DESP (Diabetic Eye Screening Programme) Procurement Letter


The current provider for the Diabetic Eye Screening Programme (DESP) for the Berkshire population, planning to cease delivery of the service on 31 March 2018. NHS England South (South Central) are now re-commissioning a DESP for the Berkshire area. An open procurement process has begun with the intention to commence the new service in April 2018. […]

Thinking Together 18th May 2017 video

Posted May 26, 2017

A step forward to partnership with service users and service providers for improved Community Mental Health services in the West Berkshire. We got huge acknowledgement and invaluable feedback from all the participants.

West Berkshire pharmacies Enter & View report

Posted May 25, 2017

  Healthwatch West Berkshire has carried out Enter & View for the pharmacies in West Berkshire A team of Authorised Representatives from Heathwatch West Berkshire visited 3 pharmacies including one independent pharmacy in Lambourn and talked to community, service users and staff of the pharmacies about their experiences of the service. This report can now […]

Scheme to support patients with long term conditions will benefit mental health

Posted May 11, 2017

10 May 2017 Access to NHS services supporting people with mild to moderate anxiety and depression will be made easier thanks to a pilot scheme in Berkshire West. Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups and Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have put funding secured from NHS England into extending the Talking Therapies (IAPT) scheme specifically for […]

*Important* CLOSING DATE for online registration is 12th May 2017 for Thinking Together Event

Posted April 24, 2017

We are holding an event for users of West Berkshire Mental Health services to ask questions and provide feedback about their experience since ‘ New Ways of Working’ was introduced across Adult Social Care. The event is open to Service users, families and carers, voluntary agencies and professionals to attend. This event is co-hosted by […]

Housing time bomb for carers of those with LD exploded with no solutions found

Posted April 21, 2017

In 2002 Mencap produced a report, The Housing Timebomb. It detailed how nationally provision had not and was not being planned for those with Learning Disabilities (LD), whose life expectancy increase now meant they were outliving their parents and carers in larger numbers.  Forward to 2016 and a group of angry parents and carers in […]