Voice of Disability

Posted August 30, 2019

Healthwatch West Berks launches its co-produced Voice Of Disability Report Although the Disability Discrimination Act and the Equality Act that followed have made huge improvements to the lives of those living with both physical and mental disabilities, there are still enormous barriers to everyday health and wellbeing in West Berkshire. Railway stations are a prime […]

BBC News – “‘Shameful’ use of restraints on disabled patients”

Posted October 2, 2018

The use of restraints on adults with learning disabilities in hospital units in England rose by 50% between 2016 and 2017, figures show. In 2017, restraints were used more than 22,000 times – once every half an hour. This was up from 15,000 times in 2016. Former Social Care Minister Norman Lamb said the use […]

Press Coverage

Posted June 27, 2017

In this section you’ll find a compilation of press coverage that we’ve received. Click any image to enlarge it. 29th August 2019 – Healthwatch West Berkshire nominated for Healthwatch England national award. We are proud to have been nominated for a Healthwatch England “Improving Health and Social Care” national award, thanks to our work tackling […]

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 […]

CQC Reports – Acorn House and The Slater Centre

Posted February 22, 2016

Acorn House Overall – Good Safe – Good Effective – Good Caring – Good Responsive – Good Well-Led – Good   Acorn House in Purley-on-Thames is registered to provide care and support for up to 5 adults with learning disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders.   The Care Quality Commission (CQC) conducted an unannounced inspection of […]