NHS England Head Signals Return to Community Hospitals

IN an interview on 31st May 2014 in the Daily Telegraph, Simon Stevens, head of NHS England, signalled a change of thinking on centralisation, ahead of a major speech. He said, "The NHS must stop closing cottage-style hospitals and return to treating more patients in their local communities".

Mr Stevens warned that British hospitals have become among the worst in western Europe at caring for local populations, because too many services have been stripped out and centralised.

Request for a Patient Representative on the NHS England Board

Thames Valley NHS England has written to the new head of NHS England, Simon Stevens, asking for a lay/patient representative to have a place on the board of NHS England. The text of the letter to Simon Stevens is below:

Dear Mr Stevens,.

The Patient Partnership Leads of the Strategic Clinical Networks, along with Area team and other colleagues, offer you a very positive welcome to NHS England.

CCG Governing Body Meets In Public - 9.00-12.30, 4th June 2014

The Governing Body of the South Reading NHS CCG will meet in public from 9.00am to 12.30am on Wednesday, 4th June 2014 at the Museum of English Rural Life in Redlands Road, Reading. Papers on strategy, patient engagement, quality and safety, finance and new services will be presented. The papers will be available at the CCG website from midday on 28th May. There is an opportunity to submit questions for the Governing Body which can relate to any aspect of NHS care funded through the CCG.

Are you a Carer? Carers Week 9th-15th June 2014

Carers week 2014 takes place in Reading from 9th to 15th June. See the attached programme of events for a range of activities covering a wide spectrum of carers' concerns, including advice on Carers Allowance, picnic by the Thames and introduction to new technology to support carers.

Group Meeting, Wednesday 28th May 2014

We will be meeting between 6pm and 7:30pm on Wednesday, 28th May 2014 at 6pm at the Communicare office behind Wycliffe Baptist Church, Cemetery Junction (see attached Agenda for directions) .

Jean O'Callaghan new Chief Exec of RBH

We are informed that the new Chief Executive of the Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will be Jean O'Callaghan. Jean's background is as Director of the South Australian Health Commission and then as chief executive of Bedford Hospital then Dorset County Hospital. We wish her all success in this important post and look forward to hearing her ideas on the development of RBH and its place in our local health services.

Care.Data project to be piloted at 500 practices

Data is a valuable resource in the NHS. Careful study of the statistics of disease and mortality can lead to understanding that saves lives - like the understanding that smoking cigarettes can cause lung cancer.

Data relating to hospital episodes has been collected and studied for many years.

The new "Care.Data" program is intended to allow data held at GP surgeries to be studied in a similar way. Data is to be anonymised and linked to hospital and other medical data and permission is given for this on a project by project basis.

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