Monthly Archives: October 2014

Self-Care Week – Helping you help yourself

17th – 23rd November 2014

Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group and partners, Bracknell Forest Council, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, HealthWatch Bracknell Forest and Shopmobility, have come together to empower residents to take control of their health and wellbeing.

A dedicated team will be at Shopmobility, Princess Square, to give advice and support to residents throughout the week. Organisations such as the Samaritans, Slimming World, Forestcare and many more will be at the stand in front of Shopmobility, and street doctors will be available to provide health checks and answer your questions.

Dr Martin Kittel, CCG self-care lead and Governing Body members comments: “When people take good care of their own health it has benefits for everyone. People spend less time at the GP and other appointments and get more enjoyment out of life. Our local hospitals also save time and money which is important because they will be under increasing pressure as winter draws near.”

Talking Therapies, part of Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, will be manning a stand throughout the week offering advice and answering questions from those who may be worried about their Mental Health and Wellbeing. Talking Therapies supports those who suffer with low mood, worry, stress or phobias.

Residents are encouraged to make the most of free events such as Zumba, in Sandhurst, or Tai-Chi, in Martins Heron, which are being held across the borough.

There is a chance to win some fantastic prizes during Self-Care Week by simply completing questionnaires, which will be available at events. The prizes include family tickets to The Look Out and Coral Reef, a free round of golf at Downshire Golf Club, money-off vouchers at top retailers, all generously donated by partners and providers supporting the event.

If your family is spending more time on the couch than at the local park why not visit a children’s centre during the week for family-friendly events and activities. Call in to your local children’s centre for more details.

Details of our Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNA) can be found below. The JSNAs are the means by which our local authorities and their partners assess the current and future healthcare and wellbeing needs of our local population.

Bracknell Forest JSNA

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead JSNA

The self care guide provides information, advice and links to services related to long term conditions and lifesyle factors.

Please see for more information and a full schedule of events across the borough.

Talks organised in conjunction with Magnolia House Surgery

A series of talks organised by the Magnolia House Surgery and the CCG

A talk by Mr Vaughan Tanner, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon


Date: 16 October 2014

Time: 7.30pm


Directions to the Hall: Use the Northcote house entrance in Silwood Road to Sunningdale Park and press the call button to open the barrier and then follow the road to the roundabout in front of Northcote House, turn right and there is parking immediately on your right. At the end of the car park take the footpath and the Hankey Morant Hall is diagonally on your right as you come to the buildings.

The event is free of charge, everyone welcome. Tea and Coffee available.


20 November: Strokes and their Treatment

19 February: Arthritis

19 March: Asthma

Monitor approves Frimley Park Foundation Trust takeover of Heatherwood and Wexham Park Foundation Trust

Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead CCG, Slough CCG, Bracknell and Ascot CCG and Chiltern CCG are very pleased that the acquisition of Heatherwood and Wexham Park by Frimley Park FT has been confirmed. Together with neighbouring clinical commissioning groups and NHS England, a new vision for local services can be achieved.

Dr William Tong, Clinical Chair for Bracknell and Ascot CCG said: ‘I am pleased the acquisition is now agreed and we can now move on to deliver our shared vision for transformed local services.’

Alan Webb, Chief Officer for the three CCGs in East Berkshire said: ‘This is really exciting news. We have all worked hard to get to this point and acknowledge the complexities of bringing together two acute hospital trusts. This decision will secure a bright future for local health services and I am looking forward to working with the new organisation so that we start to see the benefits for patients.’

Monitor, who announced the acquisition, issued the following press release:

26 September 2014

Monitor approves foundation trust takeover to help patients

Better care and improved health services for 900,000 people should be the outcome of the first acquisition of an NHS foundation trust by another, says Monitor.

The health sector regulator has granted final approval to Frimley Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to acquire troubled neighbouring Heatherwood & Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Frimley Park is the first FT to be rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission whilst Heatherwood & Wexham Park was placed in special measures by Monitor in May 2014. Heatherwood & Wexham Park will now benefit from coming under the strong leadership of Frimley Park.

Monitor expects the newly enlarged organisation – Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust – to provide expanded and enhanced services such as specialist elderly care and cardiology across Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire, and Buckinghamshire.

Final approval of the acquisition will also kick-start work on upgrading facilities for patients at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough and the Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot.

Monitor has conducted a detailed review of the acquisition proposals to ensure any risks concerning the sustainability of the enlarged organisation have been identified and will be appropriately managed.

The regulator also worked with Frimley Park to help it navigate the Competition and Markets Authority process. This resulted in a decision that there would be no significant loss of choice for patients following the creation of the enlarged trust.

Dr David Bennett, Chief Executive of Monitor, said:

“We’ve approved this acquisition to provide patients with better care and improved services while ensuring the sustainability of the two trusts.

“We will continue to help trusts find and utilise innovative solutions – including acquisitions or mergers – to address challenges they face with care quality, leadership and sustainability.

“This decision is proof that acquisitions between foundation trusts that represent the right balance of patients’ interests are possible. It also shows that early engagement with us is key to successfully navigating healthcare regulations that are in place to protect patients and trusts.”