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Please have a look at our engagement activity below, in particular our Governing Body Patient and Public Engagement Activity updates. From 1 April 2018 there will be a single Berkshire West CCG report which will also be published here. 

If you have any questions about this page please email our Communications Team at: ppiteam.berkshirewest@nhs.net.

 

These reports provide an update on the engagement activities carried out by Newbury and District CCG.
The report covers the following areas:

  • CCG Engagement with Partners on Community Engagement
  • Other patient and public engagement activity locally
  • Communications activity

The reports for 2017/18 can be downloaded below:

These reports provide an update on the engagement activities carried out by North and West Reading CCG. The report covers the following areas:

  • CCG Engagement with Partners on Community Engagement
  • Other patient and public engagement activity locally
  • Communications activity

The reports for 2017/18 can be downloaded below:

These reports provide an update on the engagement activities carried out by South Reading CCG.
The report covers the following areas:

  • CCG Engagement with Partners on Community Engagement
  • Other patient and public engagement activity locally
  • Communications activity

The reports for 2017/18 can be downloaded below:

These reports provide an update on the engagement activities carried out by Wokingham CCG.
The report covers the following areas:

  • CCG Engagement with Partners on Community Engagement
  • Other patient and public engagement activity locally
  • Communications activity

The reports for 2017/18 can be downloaded below:

In spring 2017 Newbury and District CCG and North and West Reading and South Reading CCGs held events to talk about health plans for the future.

Newbury and District CCG held their event at Shaw House on 30 March 2017. This was chaired by Adrian Barker, the CCG’s lay member for public participation and engagement. The CCG’s Clinical Chair, Abid Irfan, chaired a Q&A session. You can view the presentation from this event here along with the report.

The joint North and West Reading CCG and South Reading CCG event was held on 9 March 2017 at Reading Town Hall and chaired by the CCG’s Lay Member for patient participation, Wendy Bower.

Both events included a panel of representatives from the CCG and relevant local authority who gave presentations to the audience outlining plans for the future. These covered areas such as the local authority’s health and wellbeing strategy; the priority areas for the CCG, including primary care, mental health, planned care and urgent and emergency care;the Accountable Care System; and, the Sustainability and Transformation Plan for Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West (BOB). The report from the event is available here.

Meanwhile in a break from tradition, Wokingham CCG decided to pilot a new approach to communicating and engaging with their local communities using social media rather than a traditional face-to-face meeting with their audience. People in Wokingham were encouraged to take to social media to find out about plans for healthcare in the borough over the next two years.

Senior GPs and managers recorded short films in which they describe how key challenges will be addressed and the improvements to services patients can expect to see as a result. The films were shared via the CCG’s Twitter account over the course of the week. You can view the film in full below and download the report here.

The NHS in Berkshire West is operating within tight financial restraints and the cost of healthcare is increasing. These factors mean that the CCGs need to take a new approach to commissioning healthcare to ensure that the CCG can:

  • Prioritise resources for those most in need.
  • Continue to tackle health inequalities and improve health and health outcomes for our local population.
  • Fulfil its statutory duty to operate within its allocated resources..
  • Ensure best value for NHS money.
  • Deliver the ambitions for improving health care described in the NHS Five Year Forward View.
Proposing changes
  • To stop funding (and therefore GPs stop prescribing) gluten free foods
  • To stop funding (and therefore GPs stop prescribing) over the counter medicines
    The process for repeat prescriptions
  • Patients would no longer be able to get travel vaccines funded by the NHS
  • Reducing the prescribing of vitamins and other nutritional and health supplements
  • Sunscreen and camouflage preparations would no longer be available on the NHS
  • To stop prescribing Liothyronine for thyroid disease

The consultation document is available here, along with the analysis of responses.

In May 2016, as part of our programme to transform services in Berkshire West, the Berkshire West CCGs looked at how best to deliver efficient, high quality care that meet the needs of patients in the last phase of their life, the needs of their family and is sustainable and affordable for the coming years.

NHS commissioners began a programme to transform local NHS services. This programme will ensure that people continue to experience safe, effective, high-quality care. It builds on feedback from the previous autumn, when we asked people for their views about the Berkshire West Primary Care Strategy and the future of NHS services.

In planning for the future, we need to make sure that services meet the needs of patients effectively, whilst achieving the best value for money.

The End of Life (EOL) project is part of this programme to transform local NHS services. It aims to ensure that patients who have been diagnosed as being at end of their life will have choice about where they are cared for and subsequently die, as well as avoid going into hospital for care that can and should be provided in their preferred place. The project also aims to ensure a personalised experience of the last phase of life that is as good as possible, including support to families, friends, carers and all those who are important to the dying person.

To shape end of life and palliative care services, we asked people to give us their views via an online survey on the Berkshire Health Network The survey closed in May 2016 and the feedback and views gathered will be used to inform how service develop in the future.

In 2015 group discussions took place with local doctors to finalise our Primary Care Strategy. Further details of this engagement and the final strategy are available here.