Thames Valley Integrated Urgent Care (IUC) Service

Posted September 19, 2017

New Thames Valley Integrated Urgent Care (IUC) Service is launched – embargoed until 00.01 on Tuesday 5 September 2017. People across the Thames Valley (Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire) will have new and improved access to urgent care services from (5/9). The new Thames Valley IUC 111 service will help people access a wide range of […]

Brighter Berkshires July yellow day.

Posted September 12, 2017

During July Brighter Berkshire took the initiative to raise awareness for Mental Health by setting up July yellow day. This day involved wearing yellow during one Friday of your choosing in July in order to raise awareness of Mental Health. Many individuals and organizations got involved, among these were Healthwatch West Berkshire. We wanted to […]

August Newsletter

Posted September 1, 2017

Bellow is a copy of our August Newsletter.  In this newsletter we cover some of our reports that we’ve made over the past few months, spread awareness of our upcoming board meeting and touch upon various other bits and pieces. Click the image bellow with “Newsletter” in it to have a read through. We hope […]

Abicare Services Ltd rated ‘Good’ in CQC inspection report

Posted August 22, 2017

After having done an inspection that took place on 25th July 2017, the CQC released a report on Abicare Services in Thatcham. It was Overall rated GOOD. Overall summary of findings: People were protected from risks to their health and well being and were protected from the risk of abuse. Safe recruitment practices were followed […]

August Bank Holiday Monday 28th – GP and Pharmacies closed. Get stocked up!


The CCG reminds people to ‘make sure their medicine cabinets are stocked up and their repeat prescriptions ordered in time for the August Bank Holiday on 28 August’. Over the bank holiday most GP and pharmacy services will be closed, therefore please be prepared and order your repeat prescriptions with plenty of time The CCG […]

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 […]