Our Values: Compassionate | Aspirational | Resourceful | Excellent

Who we are and what we do

How we fit into the NHS structure

This section provides planning documents outlining how we fit into the NHS structure.

Junior doctor with patient

The local NHS structure

NHS England

NHS England is an independent body whose main role is to improve health outcomes for patients in England. Its responsibilities include:

  • providing national leadership for improving outcomes and driving up the quality of care
  • overseeing the operation of clinical commissioning groups
  • allocating resources (funding) to clinical commissioning groups
  • commissioning primary care (GP services, pharmacists, opticians and dentists)
  • commissioning specialist services (e.g. neonatal care and renal dialysis)

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)

NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are made up of doctors, nurses and other NHS staff. Every GP practice has to be a member of a CCG. CCGs are responsible for planning and funding local health services such as:

  • planned hospital care
  • urgent and emergency care (including out-of-hours)
  • rehabilitation
  • most community health services (such as district nursing and health visiting)
  • mental health and learning disability services

Our local CCGs are:

Health and wellbeing boards

Every local authority has a health and wellbeing board to act as a forum for local commissioners across the NHS, social care, public health and other services. The boards are intended to:

  • increase democratic input into strategic decisions about health and wellbeing services
  • strengthen working relationships between health and social care
  • encourage integrated commissioning of health and social care services

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 patient services.

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 in England.

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.

Organisational structure

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 departments

For more information including contact details please see  Wards and Departments and Our Locations.

Useful Contacts

Corporate and Information Governance

Royal Berkshire Hospital Foundation Trust
London Road
Reading
RG1 5AN

0118 322 6743

foi@royalberkshire.nhs.uk

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    Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust,
    London Road,
    Reading,
    RG1 5AN
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