Neighbourhood Return Scheme – Now in Berkshire

Posted 16/05/2013

A new scheme – Neighbourhood Return, which is a free, fast community response using local volunteer searchers to help find loved ones or friends with memory problems, who have gone missing or ‘wandering’, is now working in Berkshire.

Healthwatch Reading is here!

Posted 01/05/2013

Wednesday 17 April 2013 saw the launch of Healthwatch Reading, the new consumer champion for health and social care in Reading.

Dementia and Elderly Care Conference

Posted 01/05/2013

NHS South Reading working in collaboration with South Reading Patient Voice, North and West Reading Patient Voice and Healthwatch Reading are holding a conference on 14 May to explore and share ideas of best practise from across the country on dementia and elderly care in order to identify gaps in services.

Reading Borough Council – Let’s Talk Care Consultation

Posted 01/05/2013

Modernising Day Care Services for Older Peoples. Reading Borough Council is committed to Council-run day services for older people. However, the council recognise that people are now living longer with healthier lives, and expectations of day care are now changing. As a result, the demand for traditional day services is reducing – nationally and locally.

Government launches care comparison website.

Posted 25/04/2013

The website will hold information to help people choose, compare and comment on residential care homes and home care services is now available on NHS Choices. The new care profiles provide the most comprehensive source of information on care services. Launched today by Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb, they help people to search and compare residential care homes and home care services and make confident choices about registered care for themselves or family members.

The new independent consumer champion Healthwatch launches across England

Posted 01/04/2013

Healthwatch is the new independent consumer champion for health and social care and launches across England from 1st April. The network is made up of the nationally-focused Healthwatch England leading 152 community-focused local Healthwatch. Together they form the Healthwatch network, working closely to ensure consumers’ views are represented both locally and nationally. This is the first time a national champion has been set up with independent statutory powers to act on behalf of both adults and children.

Healthwatch Reading gains Charity status

Posted 25/03/2013

On the 22 March 2013 we are pleased to announce that Healthwatch Reading was granted Charity status. Reading was among the first local Healthwatch to achieve this status.