Boom! We won the Improving Health and Social Care award

We are delighted to have won the “Improving Health and Social Care” award at the Healthwatch England national conference on 1st October, following our Work helping Rough Sleepers in West Berkshire.
In West Berkshire, health services were struggling to understand the unique needs of people who do not have a home, making it harder for them to access support.

We spoke to 14 homeless people, as well as the charities and bodies that support them, to build a picture of the challenges.
We then used the experiences shared with us to create a media campaign aimed at ending rough sleeping by 2020, seven years ahead of the Government target. Fundamentally changing how homeless people are supported locally in West Berkshire, earning us this award.

Other nominees were, Healthwatch North Tyneside, Healthwatch Manchester, Healthwatch Suffolk and Healthwatch Wakefield, whom all did fantastic work for their communities.
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We have also been in the local press since winning this award, in both the Newbury Weekly News and That's Thames Valley TV.
Please visit our website HERE to learn more.
BOB ICS
BOB ICS consultation

The deadline to submit your views on the priorities, opportunities and challenges described in the BOB report "Improving Health and Care in Buckinghamshire Oxfordshire and Berkshire" which you can read HERE, is Friday 18th October. Please email any views you have to: "communications@royalberkshire.nhs.uk
Alternatively learn more by clicking HERE
info stalls
Wellbeing Information Pop up Event

We are holding an event with Wellbeing Information pop up stalls focusing on Health, Advocacy, Senior Citizens, Building Communities Together, Volunteers and more.
This event will be at the Kennet Centre Newbury October 28th - November 1st, 10am - 3pm.
There will be a variety of activities and topics spread across the week for you to engage with, from a range of groups and people turning up such as Dementia Friends, Berkshire West CCG, Thames Valley Police and more.
Come along and say hi if you are in the area. Please click HERE to learn more. 
Traveling Help HWE
Do you need help travelling to NHS services?

Most people drive, use public transport, or rely on the kindness of family and friends to get to the doctor, pharmacist, or hospital on time. If you don’t have access to transport, it can mean that you’re late or end up missing your appointment.

Find out what support is available to help you when travelling to your GP, hospital or other NHS services by clicking HERE.
CQC Winchcombe place
Recent CQC inspections

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have inspected Winchcombe place and Birchwood.
Winchcombe Place was previously rated "Inadequate" following an inspection earlier this year and now "Requires Improvement".
Birchwood CQC
Birchwood meanwhile was was rated "Requires Improvement" back in 2017 and still "Requires improvement" despite West Berkshire Council now being the provider. Learn more by clicking HERE and/or the images to the side.
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