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 […]

News story: Prime Minister announces £500 million to relieve pressures on A&E

Posted 08/08/2013

A&E departments will benefit from an additional £500 million over the next 2 years to ensure they are fully prepared for winter. With over 1 million more people visiting A&E compared to 3 years ago, last year’s harsh winter put exceptional pressure on urgent and emergency wards. The new funding will go to A&E departments […]

Healthwatch Reading meet with RBH

Posted 06/08/2013

Healthwatch Reading met with the lead for patient engagement from the Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH) to discuss patient feedback and their recent Friends and family test scores. Healthwatch Reading sought assurances that the quality of care at the RBH is of a high standard and that patient feedback was being acted upon. Their test scores […]

Friends and Family scores revealed

Posted 02/08/2013

The first results of the NHS Friends and Family Test were launched on Wednesday. The test asks patients whether they would recommend Accident and Emergency (A&E) and inpatient wards to their nearest and dearest based on their own experience. The results provide new and unique insight into the experiences of patients and how they view […]

GP reassures Berkshire residents on NHS 111

Posted 31/07/2013

Dr Andy Ciecierski, Project Board Chair for NHS 111 Berkshire and a Reading GP, would like to advise people that the NHS 111 service in Berkshire is provided by South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust which is a respected and stable service which also provides 999 call handling. “The service has a strong clinical […]

NHS 111 service rolls out in Berkshire

Posted 23/07/2013

The new NHS 111 service was launched in Berkshire in July. It is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you access the care you need, any time, any day.