Government departments and public sector organisations often want to know what you think about changes they want to introduce.

This page wants to highlight some of the issues that these organisations are currently asking about, locally and nationally, that could affect you and those who use health and social care services.

  • Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments (PNA) across Berkshire [Closes on 31 Dec 2017]

    Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments (PNA) look at the health needs of the local population and how these are met by the pharmacy network. PNA are used by decision makers in the NHS and other local organisations about the number & location of and services provided by pharmacies in the local area.

    Following public consultation, revised PNA reports have now been drafted for Reading, West Berkshire, Wokingham, Bracknell Forest, Slough and Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.

    To have your say on the draft report for Reading and the conclusions drawn from it please; 

    Go to Survey here…

    All information provided will be treated in strict confidence and will not be used to identify you. The information will only be used for the purpose of this consultation and will not be passed to anyone else. The analysis is done on an anonymous basis under the guidelines of the Data Protection Act.

    The final Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments will be presented to the relevant Health & Wellbeing Boards before 31st March 2018 and will be made available on Local Authority websites.

    The consultation opens on 1 November 2017, and closes on 31 December 2017.

  • Changes to catering services provided at Cedar Court, Oak Tree House and The Maples [Closes 7 Jan 2018]

    Reading Borough Council (RBC) are currently reviewing the catering service which was originally set up to provide hot meals at lunchtime to tenants and local residents at Cedar Court and Oak Tree House extra care housing services. The caterer also delivers hot meals to day service users of The Maples (based at Rivermead) and provides meals for an onsite weekly lunch club.

    The expiry of the current catering contract offers RBC an opportunity to look again at how meals are provided and how meals can be combined with new opportunities for social interaction. Using consultation feedback, the council want to design a service which is tailored to people’s individual needs and one which is sustainable in the future.

    Why Are RBC Consulting

    It has been identified that:

    • The restaurant facilities are not well supported every day
    • Those who do use the facilities are often buying snacks in preference to a hot meal
    • Some Maples Day Service users already choose to bring their own packed lunch, especially now that new fees policy means many pay the full cost and will be paying VAT.

    Therefore the council are looking at a range of options for residents and service users.

    The consultation opened on 16 October 2017, and closes 7 January 2018