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Who we are and what we do

How we fit into the NHS structure

This section provides planning documents outlining how the Trust fits into the NHS structure.

The local NHS structure

NHS England is an independent body whose main role is to promote and support a comprehensive health service in England. Its responsibilities include:

  • Providing national strategic leadership for improving outcomes and driving up the quality of care
  • Allocating resources (funding) to Integrated Care Boards (ICBs).
  • Monitoring the operational and financial performance of all ICBs, and the NHS organisations within each ICB.
  • Commissioning some specialist services (e.g. neonatal care and renal dialysis)

lntegrated Care Systems (ICSs)

Integrated Care Systems are geographical groupings of health and care organisations formed to develop ‘place-based plans’ for the future of health and care services in their areas. They are made up of two parts, Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) and Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs).

An integrated care board (ICB) is a statutory NHS organisation which is responsible for:

  • Managing the local NHS budget.
  • Developing a plan for meeting the health needs of its population.
  • Commissioning and arranging for the provision of health services, including 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, primary care (GPs) and some specialised services.

An Integrated care board (ICP) is a statutory joint committee of the ICB and local authorities in the area. Its responsibilities include:

  • Supporting partnership working.
  • Developing an ‘integrated care strategy’, to address the wider health care, public health and social care needs of the population.

Our local Integrated Care System is Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West (BOB ICS).

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 outstanding care for our community”

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust provides acute hospital services to the people of West Berkshire and specialist services to a wider population. The trust became a Foundation Trust in June 2006.

The Trust 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 a 19 bedded intensive care unit and our services for children, cardiology and the elderly continue to develop in line with the national frameworks for patient services.

Digital technology now plays a key role across the Trust and with the wider local NHS, allowing referrals to take place electronically for most of our specialities.

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.

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