National survey highlights decline in people’s experiences of community mental health services

Posted November 23, 2018

People’s experiences of the care they receive from community-based mental health services have continued to deteriorate, according to an annual survey from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The survey published on Thursday 22 November, highlights concerns around access to care, care planning and support for people with mental health conditions in relation to physical health […]

Report into children’s mental health


Nearly one in four young women have some form of mental illness, a new NHS report has found. LGBT teens are also much more at risk. The findings are based on a survey of more than 9,000 young people in England, the first update of the report in 13 years. Overall, among children aged five […]

Mental health services failing to provide long-term help to terror victims

Posted November 21, 2018

Report says that those involved in the immediate response to atrocities, such as police and paramedics, were highly regarded. People affected by terror attacks are not getting the long-term support they need because of severe shortages in mental health provision, according to a new survey. The report by campaign group Survivors Against Terror says that […]

CQC calls for new national guidance to improve sexual safety on mental health wards

Posted September 13, 2018

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is calling for new national guidance to improve the sexual safety of people and staff on mental health wards, following analysis of how mental health trusts in England report sexual incidents.  In its Sexual Safety on Mental Health Wards report published Tuesday 11th September 2018, the CQC shares its findings […]

Healthwatch chair steps down

Posted June 13, 2018

It is with great sadness we announce that Mrs Alison Foster has now stepped down as Chair of Healthwatch West Berkshire. We were especially lucky to find such a dedicated hard-working Chair, with a vast knowledge of the Health and Social Care sector.  In her time as Chair she oversaw some incredible projects resulting in […]

West Berkshire Run and Talk

Posted May 14, 2018

West Berkshire Run Together are hosting a Run and Talk on 14th May to celebrate this years mental health awareness week which is focusing on stress.   New runners must register in advance at    

Mental Health Awareness Week


Mental Health Awareness Week (14 to 20 May 2018) is about stress and how we’re coping with it. We all know what it’s like to feel stressed – it’s part of everyday life. But when you’re overwhelmed by stress it may lead to mental health problems or make existing problems worse. Mental Health Awareness Week […]

Thinking Together Co-Produced Crisis Review

Posted March 22, 2018

We are holding an event for users of West Berkshire Mental Health services to provide feedback since the last Thinking Together during Nov 2017. The event is open to Service users, families and carers,voluntary agencies and professionals to attend. This event is supported by West Berkshire Council, the Health and Wellbeing board, Berkshire Health-care Foundation […]

Thinking Together and Board Meeting Registration

Posted February 16, 2018

People can now register for both our upcoming Thinking Together and Board Meeting events. Firstly our Thinking Together event is titled “Thinking Together Co-Produced Crisis An event for users of West Berkshire Mental Health services to provide feedback since the last Thinking Together during Nov 2017. The event is open to Service users, families and […]

Brighter Berkshire event on 18th January

Posted January 23, 2018

On the 18th of January 2018 Brighter Berkshire ran an end of year and what next event in Newbury at the Council Offices in Market Street. Firstly, we at Healthwatch West Berkshire would like to thank everyone who attended. Topics discussed for this event included Highlights from the year Views from those involved and affected […]