East Berkshire’s three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have been rated as ‘outstanding’ by NHS England.

This puts Bracknell and Ascot, Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead, and Slough CCGs in the top 10% in the country.

Only 21 out of 209 CCGs achieved this top rating, following an annual assessment by NHS England of 29 performance indicators, including leadership and financial management.

Dr William Tong, Clinical Chair for Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “I am proud to acknowledge receipt of the rating of ’outstanding’.

“It describes in part the value Bracknell and Ascot CCG has placed on developing and improving relationships and the way we work with our members and local stakeholders, as well as in our federation with Slough and Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead CCGs and the Frimley Health and Care Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, working towards an accountable care system.

“This has been achieved only because we work as one team of clinicians and managers in our federation of 3 CCGs. So thank you to all clinicians and managers alike.”

He added: “This ethos will allow us to break up traditional silos, making for better health and care for the people we look after.
“In addition, we have been told, following the CCG’s 360 feedback, that our 3 CCGs are rated “outstanding” for Leadership.”

Slough’s Clinical Commissioning Chair, Dr Jim O’Donnell, said: “We are delighted that Slough CCG’s commissioning capability and expertise has been recognised by NHS England as ‘Outstanding’.

“Every person in Slough should know that the highest quality services are being designed and procured for their use. They should know that in NHS England’s opinion we do this exceptionally well, that we are continually improving the quality of our services and that we are consulting with local people, listening to what they tell us and shaping services accordingly. We are in the top 10% of all CCGs nationally.

“There is still a great deal more to do and we cannot rest on our achievement. We have many further improvements in health and social care to achieve in the coming years and we will need the help and participation of local people to secure these. We also need everyone to develop a better capacity to self-care when they have minor illness to help ensure the NHS locally is sustainable into the future.”

These sentiments were echoed by Dr Adrian Hayter, Clinical Chair for Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead CCG: “Our teams work really hard to make a difference to patients and it is great that this can be recognised. This work started four years ago and has been a team effort between our member practices, a great shared executive team led by John Lisle and other members of the senior management team, as well as our partner CCGs, Bracknell and Ascot, and Slough.

“Our vision of ‘working together locally to deliver sustainable excellence in healthcare’ could never ring more true. We know that, in order to be effective, we have to deliver good performance and outcomes for our residents, as well as keeping a good eye on our finances and ensuring we have top-class collaborative leadership. This, combined with how we are leading our health and care system, bodes well for the future. Our real success is not what we do as an individual CCG, but in how we contribute and work as part of the Frimley Health and Care STP, plus the work we do with the Royal Borough is a very important element of how we get better health for our residents.”

The following is being released on behalf of Thames Hospice

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who is delighted to announce planning permission has been agreed, in principle, to build a new, state-of-the-art hospice for the community by Bray Lake, in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.The announcement follows several months of planning and consultation before the planning application was submitted.  The charity will now finalise the details, and secure the option to purchase the land from local business, Summerleaze, and start the process towards building the new hospice.

Debbie Raven, Chief Executive, Thames Hospice, said:  “This decision represents a huge step forward in the provision of specialist palliative and end-of-life care for our local community.

“Our Hospice, first opened 30 years ago, is no longer able to keep up with the volume of people who need our care and services. Pine Lodge – our much-loved existing building – has been added to, altered and expanded many times and we cannot adapt it any further. Patient numbers are increasing dramatically and we are caring for more patients with increasingly complex illnesses and symptoms. Put simply, the care we provide is outstanding – but the building is holding us back. The new hospice will allow nursing and medical teams to continue to deliver exceptional care, without hindrance.”

Set in more than eight acres, with stunning views across landscaped gardens and Bray Lake, the new hospice will have 28 inpatient beds in individual en-suite rooms. A new Day Centre (the Paul Bevan Centre) will offer a wider range of daily therapeutic and social activities for day patients and inpatients, and will allow the hospice to double its day service provision. A new Education Centre will be dedicated to promoting palliative care excellence – ensuring staff receive ongoing training so patients get the best care. We will also be able to offer education to others in our community.

Debbie Raven continued: “Thames Hospice is a vital part of the local community and its expansion will address ongoing end-of-life care needs. Once built, the new hospice will be an unrivalled state-of-the-art facility for the residents of East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire, and one I know they will be incredibly proud of. We hope to open the doors of the new facility in 2020.”

Commissioners in East Berkshire have launched an online video to keep kids safe in the summer holidays.

Called ‘Keep your kids live and kicking this summer’, the video highlights the risks of leaving babies and infants unsupervised near water or open windows, particularly when parents and carers get distracted.

Up to 60 children drown every year in the UK. However, most of these deaths could be prevented.

Babies and infants need constant supervision around water – whether this is in the bath, paddling or swimming pool, by ponds, rivers or lakes. They also need supervision around open windows.

Debbie Hartrick, Associate Director of Safeguarding for east Berkshire’s three NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGS), said: “While incidents of drowning or near drowning in east Berkshire are thankfully rare, it is really important that the safety of infants and children around water and open windows remains at the forefront of our minds, especially at this time of year.

“Pools, ponds and baths can keep your kids cool in the hot weather. However, water can also be dangerous for children if parents and carers don’t pay attention.

“Young children can drown in fewer than 2 inches (6 centimeters) of water, in only 20 seconds. If they are very young, you won’t even hear them. They can slip under the water without making a splash or a sound.

“Young children don’t understand that a fall can kill them – just as they don’t understand that water can kill them.”

She added: “Getting distracted by a mobile phone, talking to other people, or wandering off when your child is around water can lead to tragedy.

“By spreading these key messages, we can all help to keep our young children live and kicking this summer.”

As part of the campaign, the CCG will be seeking the support of local schools and other establishments to help raise awareness of this video and its key messages

East Berkshire Primary Care Out of Hours has been awarded a contract to run the Slough Walk in Centre and Chapel GP Practice at Upton Hospital.

Fiona Slevin-Brown, Director of Strategy and Operations for the three east Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups, said:

“We are delighted to announce the awarding of this contract to East Berkshire Primary Care. Over the coming months we will continue the conversation with our patients and partners about the future of local health services to ensure these are designed to improve the health outcomes of local residents.”

Children see big improvements in local mental health services

Children and young people in East Berkshire have seen big improvements in mental health services, thanks to local NHS commissioners.

Plans to transform child and adolescent mental health services began in December 2015, and, as a result, our children and young people now have more support than ever before.

Among other new services, Kooth, offers online counselling for children and young people aged 11 to 19.

Alongside this, CAMHS transformation has funded an increase in face to face counselling provision via Youth-Line which offers face-to-face counselling for 11 to 25 year olds in Bracknell and Ascot and
No 22/Youth Talk which offer a similar counselling service for children aged 11 years and over in Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead and Slough.

In addition Autism Berkshire has been funded to provide a wide range of support across East Berkshire for children and families affected by autism.

The Autism Group works in Maidenhead with teenagers and young people with autism up to age 25 years, as well as their parents and carers.

The Special Parenting group offers parenting support for children with behavioural and sleep difficulties as well as children pre and post ADHD and autism diagnosis.

An enhanced crisis support service has also been funded, which aims to provide rapid evidence based psychological support to children and young people in crisis.

CAMHS transformation has also worked with the Oxford Academic Health Science Network to deliver mental health training to over 500 teachers and health care professionals helping them to support children and young people in distress.

Dr Katie Simpson, GP mental health lead for the East Berkshire Federation of Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “It is important that children and young people have the right support if they are feeling down, anxious or stressed out. The services we have commissioned aim to promote good mental health, tackle problems early to prevent them getting worse and make it easier to get the right support when it is needed.”

For more information about these services please visit the Mental Health Services for Children & Young People Transformation Plan webpage.