About Us


Our Vision

At the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, our vision is

‘Working together to provide outstanding care for our community’

We have a rich history of providing healthcare to the people of Reading, west Berkshire and south Oxfordshire. Our legacy is one of innovation and change, always looking ahead to the challenges of the future, and the health and wellbeing of the people we serve.

To make our vision a reality, we will be working in partnership with our staff, patients and visitors, our health and social care colleagues, and with other local organisations across the community.

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We will look to innovate, make the best use of new technologies and learn from our failures and our successes so that we are better today than yesterday.

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It is a challenging time to be working in the NHS but the dedication of our staff means that we are in a strong position to deliver. Services at the Royal Berkshire Hospital have been rated as ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission and as a Trust we achieved a ‘good’ rating. We offer some of the shortest waiting times in the country and the outcomes we achieve are amongst the highest for a hospital of our type.

We are confident that we can build on these successes by harnessing the capabilities of our staff, driven by our values which underpin our learning culture. We work hard to listen and engage with our staff about the issues that matter to them and invest in them so they can develop their skills and build fruitful and rewarding careers.

Our strategy ‘Vision 2025’ sets out who we are and what we stand for, as well as describing the current challenges we face and our priorities for the future. We hope it inspires you and gives you confidence, that the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has the vision, the determination, and the people it takes to create an even better future for our patients.

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Our Values

Our values are a focus for how our staff and volunteers work with each other to provide care for our patients. These values are a set of guiding principles to refer to when making decisions and interacting with people and they help us to work together to continuously improve the organisation and ourselves.



All our relationships are based on empathy, respect, integrity and dignity. In every interaction and communication, we treat colleagues, patients and their families with care and understanding.



We live within our means. We respond to the challenges of today and tomorrow in effective, efficient, innovative and optimistic ways.



We strive to continuously improve, to be the very best that we can be – as individuals and as an organisation.



We commit to excellence in everything that we do – placing patient safety and quality at our heart. We learn from mistakes, we do what we say we are going to do and hold ourselves and colleagues to the highest standards.

Our Strategic Priorities

To support the delivery of our vision we have identified five strategic priorities:

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  • Provide the highest quality care and ensure that safety and quality for every patient is our top priority and all our services are outstanding every day of the week.
  • Invest in our staff and live out our values to ensure that we can recruit, support, motivate, develop and reward the highest calibre staff.
  • Drive the development of integrated services by working with our system partners and harnessing modern technology to deliver more care closer to home, provide a seamless service for patients and support improvements in wellness and prevention.
  • Cultivate innovation and transformation to make the most from advancements in medical practice and technology.
  • Achieve long-term financial sustainability which will allow the Trust to invest in developing and improving services for patients and renewing the buildings from which we operate.

At the beginning of each year we will identify priority actions in each area as part of our operational planning cycle. The Board will monitor progress against each priority on a regular basis and report on our performance in our annual report. In March 2017 we launched ‘What Matters’, a big conversation with our staff about our values and how this affects all of our behaviours.

In the first nine months, more than 3,000 staff across all occupational and professional groups, specialities and Trust locations have taken part in ‘What Matters’. We continue this conversation and will build a values-based behavioural

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We believe that a diverse leadership team makes better decisions and ensures better outcomes, so we welcome people from under-represented groups to apply for this opportunity. In recruiting to our Trust, we are committed to equality of opportunity for all. We believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve. We especially welcome applications from candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic heritage, LGBTQ+ communities, and from people with lived experience of disability.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone to have an immediate impact in a newly created post, to take ownership of the function, by delivering outstanding care for our women and birthing individuals.

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