Trusts Should Actively Explore Private Patient Services, advises NHS England

According to Health Service Journal, internal draft guidance from NHS England to healthcare trusts advise: "Trusts should continue to actively explore and develop opportunities to grow their external (non-NHS) income… Private patient services continue to be a significant source of material opportunity in the NHS."

Demand for private treatment has risen during the pandemic with provider Spires reporting income up 80% since 2019.

The NHS waiting list for treatment is currently at 6 million and may reach 14 million before it starts to come down.

Reading Health Inequalities Conference - online 11.30am - 1.00pm Thu 31st March 2022

Reading's annual Health Inequalities conference will be held from 11.30am to 1pm on Thursday 31st March 2022.

Please see the information flyer available below.

The meeting is organised by Utulivu. Speakers from Reading Borough Council, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and the University of Reading will be among those giving presentations use
Meeting ID: 767 479 2806
Passcode: 689916

Southcote Wellbeing Day - exhibition 2pm - 4pm Saturday 19th March

South Reading Patient Voice will be at Southcote Wellbeing Day. We are hoping to talk to people about unmet need from the NHS.

Consultation on the Terms of Reference for the Covid-19 Inquiry

The national inquiry into the handling of Covid-19 has published draft terms of reference for.consultation. The consultation is open until 7th April. For more about this click here .

South Reading Patient Voice meets at 6pm on Wed, 16th March 2022

South Reading Patient Voice meets at 6pm on Wed 16th March 2022 online via Zoom. Alison Foster, MA, RMN, Programme Director - Building Berkshire Together - Hospital Redevelopment will talk about
the Royal Berkshire Redevelopment Programme.

To attend please contact Information Officer, Tom Lake

Primary Care Commissioning Committee meets at 10am on Thursday, 17th March 2022

The combined Primary Care Commissioning Committees of the BOB Integrated Care System meet from 10am - 12noon on Thursday 17th March.

To observe the meeting please click on this link .

See below for papers.

Reading's Health and Wellbeing Board meets 2pm Friday 18th March 2022

Reading's Health and Wellbeing board meets at 2pm on Friday 18th March 2022 via Microsoft Teams.

The agenda covers Covid-19 impact, matters relating to the organisation of the nascent Integrated Care System, integrated working between local authority and NHS, the new joint Health and Wellbeing strategy for Berkshire West as a whole, an update on the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment an input to NHS planning and the state of health in Reading.

To observe the meeting please email NIcky Simpson at

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