RBH not a priority for inspection - as inspection starts

Last year the Care Quality Commission's risk rating for the Royal Berkshire Hospital put the hospital in the highest band of risk. As a result an early inspection was scheduled which is due to start on the 24th March. In the meantime, the Care Quality Commission has published its most recent risk rating of the hospital - which has put it in the next to lowest risk band - 5 out of 6.

The Care Quality Commission's risk rating system is called "Intelligent Monitoring". It's a good thing they told us that otherwise we might have thought differently.

Please Help Patients Association Improve NHS Online Services

The Patients Association, the patients' advocacy group founded by the late Claire Rayner, invites you to answer a questionnaire about NHS services online that you may have used. If you have used websites such as ‘choose and book’ or ‘access to your online records’ please help the Patients' Association with their project. Please click here to take part.

You can find out more about the Patients Association at their website.

South Reading CCG Board Meets in Public - Wednesday 19th March 2014 - 9am at MERL

The board of the South Reading NHS Clinical Commissioning Group meets in public at 9am-12:30pm on Wednesday, 19th March at the Museum of English Life on Redlands Road.

Trust Supervisor Monitor Closes Investigation into A&E Waits at Royal Berks

The NHS body which supervises healthcare trusts, Monitor, has closed its investigation into A&E waits at the Royal Berks.

Have your say - CQC Inspection of Royal Berks Hospital FT

The Care Quality Commission is asking for members of the public who have received treatment from the Royal Berks Hospital Foundation Trust over the past year to give their feedback as part of their inspection of the hospital trust. This includes the main Royal Berkshire Hospital site in Reading plus the Prince Charles Eye Unit, West Berkshire Community Hospital, Windsor Dialysis Unit and Royal Berkshire Bracknell Clinic (continues)

Group Meeting Wednesday, 26th February 2014

We will be meeting between 6pm and 7:30pm on Wednesday, 26th February 2014 at the University Health Centre, 9, Northcourt Avenue, Reading RG2 7HE

The main feature is expected to be a presentation on the PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service) at the Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust. There will also be an update on the Better Care Fund - the local NHS-funded social care programme - and on the CCG's progress with planning and public consultation.

NHS Care.Data Sharing Start Postponed by 6 Months – A Chance to Win Decisive Public Confidence

Surveys and statistics are essential tools in identifying patterns of disesase, effectiveness of treatments and care, and in suggesting new treatments to medical research. The power of modern computing and statistic applied to this data is currently termed “Big Data”.

The NHS has a developing programme called Care.Data to gather patient data from all GP surgeries in England. The data is to be used in health services management, preventative medicine and medical research. After some public concern and some delays in the technical programme, the start to gathering data from GP surgeries has been postponed from 1st April 2014 to Autumn 2014. (continues)

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