Nottingham City Council to Rejoin Integrated Care System

Health Service Journal reports that Nottingham City Council, which suspended involvement in its area’s integrated care system, has said it will rejoin, subject to agreement it will be able to veto “proposals that may result in privatisation or outsourcing”.

NHS 111 service available online in Berkshire

The NHS 111 service for medical advice and referral is now available at The service works like the NHS 111 telephone service but is available through an internet web browser on your computer or smartphone. It will also be available via the NHS app.

SRPV Meeting - Wed 24th April 2019 - National Diabetes Prevention Programme - Liz Fowler, ICS

South Reading Patient Voice meets at 6pm on Wednesday, 24th April 2019 at Reading Community Learning Center, 94, London Street, RG1 4SJ.
Liz Fowler of the Berkshire West Integrated Care System will talk about the National Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Health and Social Care Workforce - Recommendations for Action

The King's Fund, Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation have issued a joint plan for the Health and Social Care workforce, which is a make-or-break factor in the operation of the NHS. Without changes to present practice, nursing vacancies could reach 108,000 in 10 years time, they say.

A&E Departments Saved At Charing Cross and Ealing Hospitals

The Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock has decided that extensive reductions of facilities, including A&E departments at Charing Cross and Ealing hospitals, will be cancelled.

Cancer scans contract in contention at Oxford

One of the imaging techniques used in treating cancers is Positron Emission Tomography (PET). The technique can be used to locate secondary cancers (metastases). It is often combined with CT which is an X-ray imaging technique. Some colorectal cancer patients from the Royal Berkshire Hospital are referred to the Churchill Hospital (part of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foudation Trust) in Oxford, a centre of excellence for cancer treatment.

Mortality Decrease Has Slowed - Life Expectancies Suffer

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries has produced its latest estimates of mortality and described recent changes in its estimates in this informative blog post . With the new understanding life expectancies for both males and females at age 65 have reduced by over a year since 2015.

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