Berkshire Carers Service Winter Newsletter

Posted 21/11/2013

Berkshire Carers Service’s latest newsletter is out. This issue focuses on Carers’ Rights to mark National Carers’ Rights Day. Read the newsletter here or visit the website at to download the latest issue.

Winter help on hand for vulnerable Reading residents

Posted 21/11/2013

People in Reading who face ‘heat or eat’ dilemmas this winter could receive emergency support or other assistance under the local Winter Watch scheme just launched. The scheme aims to help people on low incomes, those aged over 60, families with very young children, and residents with disabilities or health concerns. People in these groups […]

Opportunities for public contributors

Posted 07/11/2013

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) currently have three opportunities for public contributors. One is on the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) reference group who advise on public and patient involvement across the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies (NETS) programmes; and the other two are on the research funding board of the Public […]

Inspectors target Royal Berkshire Hospital over nine ‘risk’ alerts

Posted 01/11/2013

Higher than expected weekend death rates and eight other areas of concern have been discovered at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust by health inspectors. The Care Quality Commission today revealed that the trust was being prioritised for an inspection visit after an ‘intelligent monitoring’ exercise had uncovered four areas of ‘elevated risk’ and five […]

Healthwatch Voices Forum hears from people with learning disabilities

Posted 01/11/2013

People with learning disabilities sent a powerful message on how they would like to be treated better by health and care services, at an event held by Healthwatch Reading this week. The highlight of the event was a presentation given by David, Carol and Jeremy, service users of Talkback, an organisation that supports adults with […]

“Iconic Pictures of Berkshire” Photographic Competition

Posted 01/11/2013

Berkshire Healthcare were recently awarded almost £1millon to enhance the environment for dementia sufferers. The money will be used to improve the environment on two wards at Prospect Park Hospital in Reading. Dementia sufferers benefit greatly from having access to photos  and memorabilia that help spark memories and encourage conversations with family and staff. We […]

Chief Medical Officer: Prevention pays – our children deserve better

Posted 24/10/2013

Report on children’s health makes strong case for change as data shows five excess child deaths per day in UK compared to Sweden.     Report on children’s health makes strong case for change as data shows five excess child deaths per day in UK compared to Sweden Billions could be saved by investing in […]

RBH seeks feedback on outpatients and day surgery

Posted 23/10/2013

The Royal Berkshire Hospital will be one of the first NHS trusts in the country to trial a new questionnaire asking people about their experience of outpatients departments and day case surgery. Since April earlier this year, patients in every NHS hospital trust in England have been asked about their experience in A&E and inpatient […]

Visitors’ and migrants’ access to NHS: independent adviser appointed

Posted 22/10/2013

Sir Keith Pearson appointed to advise Department of Health on recovery of NHS costs from overseas visitors and migrants.     Sir Keith, who is Chair of Health Education England, will work with senior NHS leaders to achieve a more effective NHS in terms of: raising awareness of eligibility rules identifying patients who are not […]

Cameras could be installed in care homes

Posted 18/10/2013

Hidden cameras could be placed in Reading care homes to check residents are not being mistreated, under national proposals published this week. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says it wants to “discuss the risks and potential benefits of mystery shoppers and hidden cameras to monitor care, and whether they could contribute to promoting a culture […]