November Briefing
Register now for West Berkshire Diversity Forum
We are hosting our 2nd West Berkshire Diversity Forum via Zoom on November 10th, from 6:00pm - 7:45pm, focusing on "How Covid-19 has affected you, your family and community." 

This forum allows people to share their experience so there is learning from the communities to prevent further effects during the second wave of Covid-19

There will be a panel of speakers talking about how to cope with Covid-19 mentally and physically.

Please click 
HERE to register.

Once you register, a Zoom link will be sent to you nearer the time of the event.

Want to know more? Call us: 0163 5886 210
Email us: contact@healthwatchwestberks.org.uk

Register now for Online Thinking Together
We are holding our 5th Thinking Together event on 
19th November, 1:30pm - 3:30pm.

Tell us about the positives, the difficulties and the improvements you would like to see from services, to help manage your mental health during Covid and in future. 

There will be panel of speakers from service providers giving updates from the ‘Crisis Review’ held in March 2018.

To register please click 
HERE.

Once you have registered, the Zoom link will be shared with you nearer the time of the event.

Want to know more? Call us: 01635 886 210
Email us: contact@healthwatchwestberks.org.uk

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Virtual Board Meeting 10th November
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BHFT) are holding a Board Meeting in public next week on Tuesday 10th November.

Due to the pandemic this meeting will take place virtually.

Papers, meeting notes, video recordings from the meeting and other useful information will be published
here.
If you have a question for the Board please submit it here.
Call for better guidance on care home visits: Read Healthwatch England letter to Government

The arrival of COVID-19 resulted in many rapid changes across health and social care services, with one of them being the suspension of visits to care homes to protect residents, their loves ones and staff.

However, despite care home visits being permitted from July 2020, the sad reality for many is that visits have continued to be restricted, resulting in detrimental effects on people’s health, welfare and wellbeing.

On 8 October 2020, Healthwatch England wrote to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock to express their concerns in partnership with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and the Care and Support Alliance.

In reply, the Department of Health and Social Care has invited Healthwatch England, ADASS and the Care and Support Alliance to sit on a working group for the recently announced care home visiting pilot and to continue to share recommendations for future updates to the visiting guidance.

Click here to read more details.
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