Major improvements in performance for patients in Berkshire

Shorter waiting times for patients are just one of the improvements Royal Berkshire NHS foundation Trust has made, leading to our decision to end regulatory action on the quality of services at the trust.

How the trust has progressed

The trust was originally found in breach of its licence to provide healthcare services in December 2014, following concerns raised by the Care Quality Commission. Since then, we've worked closely with the trust to ensure progress – such as increasing the number of staff in the trust’s maternity unit – was properly made.

The trust board has also been significantly strengthened by the addition of a new Chief Executive, Jean O'Callaghan, Chair, Graham Sims, and Chief Operating Officer, Mary Sherry. 

We still have some concerns about the trust’s finances and are actively working to support the trust operate more efficiently.

Kate Holden, Delivery and Improvement Director (South Central) at NHS Improvement said: 

“The improvements made by the trust, working together with NHS Improvement, are great news for patients. The people of Berkshire want to be able to access high quality care quickly, and the hard work done by their local NHS has enabled this to happen.  

“Like many NHS trusts, Royal Berkshire Hospital needs to provide services more efficiently, and we’re working closely with the trust to ensure it delivers the best for both patients and taxpayers.”

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