Changes to Berkshire West CCG routine prescribing for over the counter medicines

Posted October 5, 2018

From 1 October 2018, Berkshire West GP practices will no longer be routinely prescribing a range of over the counter (OTC) medicines and vitamins associated with minor ailments and short term conditions. This was confirmed at the Berkshire West CCG GP Medicines Optimisation Committee on 26 September 2018. The policy is available here. This follows […]

The care funding gamble: Which? reveals lives blighted by postcode lottery

Posted April 23, 2018

Patients including older people with conditions like dementia and motor neurone disease are being hit with huge care bills because a postcode lottery sees them denied access to vital NHS funding, Which? research has found. Source: “Which?” Despite a national framework for assessments, vulnerable people in England with the highest medical needs can be up […]

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

Posted August 22, 2017

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Local West Berkshire NHS Commissioners rated ‘Outstanding’

Posted July 26, 2017

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, […]

Newbury and District CCG Set to Take on Commission of Local GP Services

Posted December 26, 2015

NHS England have announced this week that 52 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) have been delegated responsibility for the commissioning of local GP services. Among these 52 is Newbury and District CCG, which is the main local group for West Berkshire services. The NHS are hopeful that giving this local control, which will take effect from […]

Stay Well in West Berks this Winter

Posted December 14, 2015

  Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups have published the following press-release to remind you how you can keep yourself and those around you safe over the holiday period. Remember not to leave it until the last minute to pick up your prescriptions, keep plenty of food and over-the-counter medicines in stock, and keep your house […]