GPs likely to become named clinician for vulnerable older people

Posted 12/09/2013

There are two weeks left to comment on government’s new proposals to improve care for vulnerable older people.     Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has revealed that on-going engagement on the government’s proposals to improve care for vulnerable older people shows GPs are the current favourite to fulfil the role of the named clinician responsible […]

Healthwatch Reading acts to support families hit by suicide

Posted 10/09/2013

Families in Reading left reeling by suicides of loved ones will receive better support in the future, thanks to action by Healthwatch Reading. The town’s independent health watchdog today (September 10) launches a new guide, Support after Suicide, after it found that families of people who had killed themselves after being recently discharged from Prospect […]

Care Homes Project seeking Patient Representative

Posted 10/09/2013

The Care Homes project, led by Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (BHFT) , is looking in detail at Nursing and Care Homes across the West of Berkshire in collaboration with commissioners , providers and patient representatives.

Local Clinical Research Network hosts announced by the NIHR

Posted 05/09/2013

Organisation: Department of Health  Page history: Published 4 September 2013 Policy:Increasing research and innovation in health and social care To recruit more NHS patients into clinical trials, 15 NHS and Foundation Trusts will host local NIHR networks from April 2014. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Local Clinical Research Network will distribute £280 million […]

Suicide and Patient Safety – A Healthwatch Reading report

Posted 02/09/2013

Healthwatch Reading today publish their report on ‘Issues raised by the community regarding the number of suicide’s and patient safety at Prospect Park Hospital in Reading’. This two year project began as an investigation into the number of suicides at Prospect Park Hospital and through local peoples feedback evolved to identify gaps in support for […]

Summer edition of Care Junction Newsletter out now!

Posted 20/08/2013

The latest edition of Reading Borough Council’s Newsletter Care Junction is out now. It is aimed at everyone involved with care and support services in Reading. You can read the latest version by visiting the following link,

Participants sought for University of Hull Social Care research study

Posted 19/08/2013

The University of Hull are undertaking a research project called Relocation, Portability and Social Care Practice. The research is concerned with the experiences of people who receive adult social care support and/or funding who have moved from one English local authority area to another for employment, to study or for other reasons (such as to […]

A&E target breach at Royal Berkshire Hospital

Posted 19/08/2013

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is being investigated for repeatedly breaching the NHS’s four-hour waiting target for accident and emergency services. Health watchdog Monitor said the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust breached the target three times in 21 months. The trust said the investigation was not linked to the quality of care it provides […]

Next steps for children’s congenital heart surgery

Posted 12/08/2013

The next steps for reviewing the provision of children’s heart surgery across England have been published by NHS England. Plans for a workable solution by June 2012 have been set out by NHS England chair Sir Malcolm Grant in a letter to the Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt. The plans aim to ensure that future […]