The three local infrastructure support organisations in Berkshire West, Reading Voluntary Action, Volunteer Centre West Berkshire and Involve Wokingham, work closely with the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) and healthcare providers in the area to promote and support health and wellbeing.
We seek to ensure that the voluntary sector can be involved in decisions that impact on the health and wellbeing of the communities we support, and that voluntary sector providers are valued partners in the delivery of services.
The CCGs in Berkshire West often work as a federation, commissioning services for people living in Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham. To reflect this, we have developed this resource page, with links to the statutory healthcare agencies working in Berkshire West.
The Clinical Commissioning Groups
The CCGs are responsible for commissioning (buying-in) and managing most of your hospital and community health care services. Commissioning includes planning, designing and paying for your NHS services (e.g. planned and emergency hospital care, rehabilitation, most community services and mental health and learning disability services)
GPs and other clinicians are also now responsible for engaging with local people to ensure that the services they are paying for meet your needs.
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BHFT)
BHFT provides specialist mental health and community health services to a population of around 900,000 within Berkshire. The Trust operates from more than 100 sites across the county including community hospitals, Prospect Park Hospital, clinics and GP Practices. It also provide health care and therapy to people in their own homes.
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (RBFT)
RBFT is one of the largest general hospital foundation trusts in the country. The Trust provides acute medical and surgical services to Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire and specialist services such as cancer, dialysis and eye surgery to a wider population across Berkshire and its borders.
South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation (SCAS)
SCAS provides 999 emergency services, as well as non-emergency patient transport services and NHS 111 services across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire.
Healthwatch gives people a powerful voice locally and nationally. At a local level, Healthwatch Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire each works to help local people get the best out of their local health and social care services. Whether it’s improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow.
Local Infrastructure Support Organisations in Wokingham and West Berkshire
Reading Voluntary Action and our colleagues in Wokingham and West Berkshire, support the voluntary and community sector, providing advice, training, networking opportunities and events. We seek to ensure that the voice of the sector is heard in decisions that affect the lives of local people and communities.