Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust: Healthcare from the heart of your community

What we do

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health and community health services to a population of around 900,000 within Berkshire.

We operate from more than 100 sites across the county including our community hospitals, Prospect Park Hospital, clinics and GP Practices. We also provide health care and therapy to people in their own homes.

The vast majority of the people we care for are supported in their own homes. We have 216 mental health inpatient beds and 180 community hospital beds in five locations and we employ more than 4,000 staff.

Working in partnership with patients and their families is really important to us as this helps us to provide the best care in the right place. We support people with long-term health problems to manage their own lives as much as we can, so they can stay at home and do not need to be in hospital.

We organise our services around the six areas of Berkshire, to match the local authority boundaries. We call these Localities. Each Locality Director works together with a Clinical Director to make sure that our service management is informed by clinical knowledge and expertise.

We work closely with our commissioners to develop services that meet the needs of our diverse population – aiming to help people remain independent at home as far as possible. We provide many of our services in partnership with Local Authorities and also work closely with GPs, voluntary sector organisations and others.

We support the education of the future NHS workforce by working in partnership with Health Education Thames Valley and 10 universities, including the Universities of Reading, Oxford, Oxford Brookes, Southampton, Surrey and West London. We train a wide range of healthcare professionals including future doctors, nurses, psychologists, special care dentists, occupational therapists, health visitors, dieticians, audiologists and physiotherapists. These learners may be part of the care teams delivering our services and will work in a manner consistent with the NHS Constitution.

As a Foundation Trust we are accountable to our local communities through our members and governors; to our commissioners through our contracts; to the Care Quality Commission through the legal requirement for registration and meeting standards for the care we provide and Monitor through our NHS provider licence.