NHS England to Consult on Corporate Form of Accountable Care Organisations

NHS England has halted the introduction of a new form of health provider - the Accountable Care Organisation - pending public and parliamentary consultation. Currently we have 8 Accountable Care Systems which are collaborations between CCGs and NHS providers to work in an integrated way to re-organise care pathways and their funding, but these have no separate corporate existence

Patient Experience Recorded by Care Opinion

You can record your patient experience or read the experiences of others at the Care Opinion web site. Care Opinion is a not-for-profit organisation which offers a web site for recording patient reactions and provider responses at www.careopinion.org.uk. Search for "Royal Berkshire Hospital" or "Berkshire Healthcare" for local organisations.

Meeting of SRPV - Wednesday, 31st January 2018 - Loneliness, Isolation and Health

South Reading Patient Voice will meet at 6pm on Wednesday, 31st January 2018 at 94, London Street RG1 4SJ (please use rear door through car park) to hear speakers from Reading Voluntary Action to hear about the influence of loneliness and isolation on health and discuss plans for improving these aspects of people's lives.

The meeting is open to all patients living in the South Reading Clinical Commissioning Group area (most of Reading South of the River Thames) and others by invitation.

NHS Providers warning - More Funding or Lower Standards

Chris Hopson, in a letter to the Health Secretary, said that the current winter pressures marked a watershed moment for the NHS and that the Government must accept that the service could no longer deliver what was required of it under current funding. He said that key decision on increased funding were needed by the 2018 budget in November at the latest. Read more here.

Royal Berkshire Hospital judged Outstanding by CQC

On 11th January 2018 the Care Quality Commission gave the Royal Berkshire Hospital, which it had inspected at the end of 2017, a rating of Outstanding, although it was only able to give the Trust as a whole a rating of Good since it had not inspected the four satellite locations of the Trust. Click here to read the full report.

Reading Health and Wellbeing Board meets at 2pm on 19th January 2018

The Reading Health and Wellbeing Board meets in the Civic Offices on Bridge Street at 2pm on Friday, 19th Janaury 2018

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Planned Surgery Cancelled to Free Hospital Beds for Winter Surge

From reports by The Guardian" and also the BBC we learn that hospitals have been instructed to some planned operations to free up hospital beds for an expected surge in in-patients over the winter months. As yet we have no information about the application of this instruction locally.

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