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North and West Reading Locality Team

NHS Berkshire West CCG has a North and West Reading Locality Team to ensure locality sensitive commissioning within the Integrated Care System (ICS), managing relationships between the CCG and local authorities, GP alliance organisations, acute and community services, the voluntary sector and the public. The North and West Reading Patient Voice Group has been established to act as a two way communications channel between the Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) in the CCG area and the CCG teams. 

The Berkshire West CCG North and West Reading Locality Team

  • Dr Andy Ciecierski, GP Locality Lead
  • Maureen McCartney, Operations Director
  • Steph Francis, Reading Locality Manager
  • Lesley Wakefield, North and West Reading Administrator

Reading Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

A Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) looks at the current and future health and care needs of local populations to inform and guide the planning and commissioning (buying) of health, well-being and social care services within a local authority area.

The Reading Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is used to assess the needs of Reading’s population. It highlights the key requirements of the borough and assesses how we might best meet these needs with a range of partners. 

Reading’s Health Profile

Reading’s Health Profile is available here. This contains information about the health of people in Reading as well as health inequalities and local priorities.

Health and Wellbeing Strategy

This is Reading’s second Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategy. It sets out the areas we will focus on from 2017 to 2020 to improve and protect Reading’s health and wellbeing. An increasing demand for health and social care services, at a time of downward pressure on NHS and local authority budgets, means that the NHS, local authorities and their partners have to consider new ways of working to deliver the outcomes that people need.

Reading’s Health and Well Being Strategy is available here.

Health and social care integration

The Better Care Fund (BCF) is a programme spanning both the NHS and local government which seeks to join-up health and care services, so that people can manage their own health and wellbeing, and live independently in their communities for as long as possible. Reading's Integration and Better Care Fund Plan covering two years, from 2017 to 2019 is available here. 

North and West Reading GP Alliance

The Alliance is a company jointly owned by seven practices from the North and West Reading CCG area; Balmore Park, Emmer Green, Western Elms, Tilehurst, Theale, Mortimer and Pangbourne.

The Role of the Alliance

  1. Primary Care Sustainability – This includes workforce planning, estates planning, joint working including both clinical and back office functions. Finding a workable model for the introduction of 7 day working.
  2. Representing Primary Care in the Accountable (now called Integrated) Care System – We need to ensure work is only moved into primary care if we have the capacity to deliver it and it is properly remunerated and supported.
  3. Developing new clinical pathways that allow patients to managed more effectively but also generate income for the Alliance and the practices which in turn will feed into primary care sustainability. Examples include projects in MSK, respiratory, ENT and Cardiology.

Alliance Board

Dr Rupert Woolley – Alliance Chair, GP Pangbourne
Rupert has been a partner at Pangbourne since 2009. He has been a CCG board member since 2012 leading on planned care projects and chairing the council of practices for the last 2 years.

Dr Hannah Cunningham – GP Balmore Park
Hannah is a partner at Balmore Park Surgery, where she has worked since 2013.

Dr Anil Chauhan – GP Western Elms
Anil has been a Partner at Western Elms Surgery since 2006. He has been a CCG Board Member since 2015 leading in Urgent Care and Care Homes projects. He has successfully mentored GP Registrars, Nurses and Clinical Pharmacists through various training programmes.

Eiliis McCarthy – Practice Manager Balmore Park
Eiliis has been Practice Manager at Balmore Park Surgery since October 2016. Prior to that she manged Reading Citizen’s Advice. She has worked as a freelance HR consultant and was Deputy Director of HR at the RBH for 10 years.