How we fit into the NHS structure
This section provides planning documents
outlining how we fit into the NHS structure.
The local NHS structure
Created by the Government in 2002 to manage
the local NHS on behalf of the Secretary of State, there were
originally 28 strategic health authorities (SHAs). On 1 July 2006
this number was reduced to 10. Fewer, more strategic
organisations should deliver stronger commissioning functions,
leading to improved services for patients and better value for
money for the taxpayer. A map of the old and new SHAs is available
from the Department of Health.
Strategic health authorities are responsible for:
- developing plans for improving health
services in their local area
- making sure local health services are of a
high quality and are performing well
- increasing the capacity of local health
services - so they can provide more services
- making sure national priorities - for
example, programmes for improving cancer services - are integrated
into local health service plans
- strategic health authorities manage the NHS
locally and are a key link between the Department of Health and the
Note: Berkshire Healthcare
NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Berkshire East, NHS
Berkshire West and South Central Ambulance Service
are other NHS bodies within the local SHA that we work with on
a regular basis.
Who we are
This section provides details of the
Trust organisational structures and key personnel.
"Working together to provide excellent
healthcare for the local community and beyond."
The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
provides acute hospital services to the people of West Berkshire
and specialist services to a wider population. We were a three star
trust before becoming a Foundation Trust in June 2006.
The hospital has a long and proud history
of providing excellence in healthcare and we strive continuously to
improve patient care by developing our services and listening
better to our patients.
TheTrust provides a wide range of services,
including a large maternity department where around 5,500 babies
are born each year and one of the busiest Accident and Emergency
Departments in the country.
We have an eight-bedded intensive care unit
and our services for children, heart patients and the elderly are
all being developed in line with new national frameworks for
On an average day in our hospitals, 1,250
patients are seen in our outpatient departments and around 100 more
are admitted for routine surgery. We have a dedicated day surgery
unit, opened in 2001, which contributes to our treating more than
70 patients a day as 'day cases', one of the highest day case rates
Around 70 emergencies are admitted on a daily
basis, either through Accident and Emergency, through our
assessment wards, or directly onto wards. A dedicated bed
management team helps to keep waits for admission to a minimum.
We have one of the best equipped x-ray
departments in the country, with two of the latest magnetic
resonance imaging scanners, plus a new paperless picture archiving
and communication system. This allows digital images of x-rays and
scans to be seen simultaneously by clinicians in various parts of
the Royal Berkshire at any time.
Electronic links with GPs are increasing, and
'direct booking' is now common in many specialities, allowing
referrals by e-mail for much of our day case surgery.
We work very closely with our colleagues in
health and social care to make the most of extra funding now
arriving in the health service for the benefit of local people, in
line with the NHS Plan and local priorities.
Please see section below on senior staff and
management board members.
Lists of, and information relating to, organisations
with which the authority works in partnership
Senior staff and management board members
For detailed information relating to Board and
Executive team please see Board and
Executive team section.
Location and contact details for all public-facing
For more information including contact details
please see Wards
and Departments and Our
Royal Berkshire Hospital Foundation
0118 322 5335