Providers challenged to capture patient stories

Posted 19/07/2013

Health and social care organisations could be more imaginative in they way they capture public views on their services, an event run by Healthwatch Reading heard this week.

Local people influence home care rethink

Posted 19/07/2013

Homecare agencies will be compelled to provide a better service to older and vulnerable people, thanks to a project co-run by Healthwatch Reading.

Healthwatch Reading Board Elected!

Posted 02/07/2013

Healthwatch Reading held its first AGM on Monday 1st July 2013 at which the first Healthwatch Reading Board was elected. Board Members will be expected to shape and drive the work of Healthwatch Reading. They will be strategic and influence policy, planning, commissioning and delivery of health and social care.

Increased use of inpatient specialist palliative care services in England

Posted 20/06/2013

A PHE-commissioned report shows an increase in the availability and use of inpatient specialist palliative care beds in England. The report, published by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) and Public Health England’s National End of Life Care Intelligence Network, shows that the mean number of patients seen in inpatient units is at its […]

CQC launches consultation on the future of inspection and regulation

Posted 18/06/2013

Plans to change the way health and social care is regulated have been published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). CQC is inviting people to give their views on its plan to ensure health and social care providers give people safe, effective, compassionate and high quality care. These plans follow from the recommendations made in the Government’s response to Robert Francis’ report into failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Patients First and Foremost, alongside comments from service users, the public and other reviews.

Patient Participation Awareness Week 1st-8th June 2013

Posted 23/05/2013

Patient Participation Groups are groups of patients who work together with their GP practice to ensure the patients perspective is at the heart of local provision so that services are of high quality and continuously improve. Get involved with your PPG.

Is your number up? Ambulance Service Campaign

Posted 22/05/2013

South Central Ambulance Service are asking “Is your number up?” Their campaign highlights that illness and injuries can occur at any time, they are asking people to ensure their house name or number is clearly visible from the road by day and night, so that if required, emergency services can find the address quickly and easily.