OxfordAHSN seeking 3 new lay partners

Posted December 21, 2017

The Oxford Academic Health Science Network want to appoint three new lay partners, one for each of the following AHSN programmes: Patient and Public Involvement, Engagement and Experience (PPIEE) Programme – 1 position 1: Lay Partner, Thames Valley and Milton Keynes Patient Experience Operational Group Informatics Programme – 1 position 2: Lay Partner, Oxford AHSN […]

Fury at Thames Water over heavy handed eviction of homeless

Posted December 13, 2017

Utilities giant Thames Water has provoked fury by evicting homeless tent dwellers on one of the coldest night on the year. Some of the victims claimed what little they had, including tent poles, was damaged during the operation, leaving them completely exposed to the elements. Eviction notices dated Wednesday, Nov 29th, were addressed to “the […]

NICE are recruiting

Posted December 10, 2017

NICE are currently recruiting patients, as well as their unpaid carers and their advocates (usually referred to as ‘lay members’ at NICE) to join the committees outlined below.   Care before during and after an operation guideline committee “We’re looking for people with an understanding of receiving care before, during and after an operation and the […]

Severe Winter Weather Level 3 – 90% Risk

Posted December 7, 2017

Please be aware that on 7th December 2017 a level 3 severe winter weather warning has been issued in West Berkshire, with a 90% chance of occurrence. Arctic air is arriving from 18:00, and cold temperatures are expected during the day and night with significant wind chill. Some snow showers are likely at times. See […]

It’s World Aids Day today – You’ve heard of it, but what are the facts?

Posted December 1, 2017

HIV and Aids are among the most stigmatised conditions around. There continues to be a lot of false and misleading information out there, which leads to further discrimination of those of us living with the illness. For World Aids Day 2017, there is a lot of work being done to eradicate ignorance surrounding the conditions […]

CQC Children and young people survey results

Posted November 29, 2017

The results of the CQCs second children and young people’s survey have been published. These results reveal what over 34,000 children and young people under the age of 16, as well as their parents and carers said about the hospital care that they received during November and December 2016.   These results show mostly feedback.  Here are […]

Launch of the new Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures Website


A new website for the Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures has recently been launched. You can visit the website HERE. Adult safeguarding means protecting people in our community so they can live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. The Policies and Procedures contained in the website will support staff to respond appropriately to […]

Thinking Together November 30th Agenda

Posted November 28, 2017

We at Healthwatch West Berkshire are looking forward to our Thinking Together Action for mental health event on Thursday 30th November. Bellow you can find a copy of the Agenda of our event We thank everyone who has registered and will be attending this event. If you any further questions, contact us on contact@healthwatchwestberks.org.uk or 01635886210

NHS England Procurement of the Berkshire Diabetic Eye Screening Programme


NHS England’s Public Health Commissioning Team has undertaken a formal procurement process to re-commission the Diabetic Eye Screening Programme in the Berkshire area. The procurement process was launched in June 2017 with a market engagement event, followed by an invitation to tender commencing in September. Having concluded a thorough process, the new contract has been […]

Level 2 Cold Weather Alert for South East England


As the winter approaches it’s usually always important to stay warm, but with a Level 2 Cold Weather Alert issued from the Met Office on Monday 27th November for the South East of England, the importance of the need to stay warm is ever more prevalent. Bellow you’ll find further information, guidelines and advice regarding the […]