Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has been judged as ‘good’ – the first of its kind in the south to be given the rating.
The trust, which manages West Berkshire Community Hospital in Benham Hill, was praised in four categories out of five following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.
Services were rated ‘good’ for being effective, caring, responsive and well-led, but told safety ‘requires improvement’.
The trust was also rated ‘good’ for its community and inpatient health services, and praised for its care and treatment of patients.
Staff at the trust were also given positive feedback for being well-trained and of their learning from incidents.
Helen Mackenzie, the trust’s director of nursing and governance, said: “I am extremely proud of all our staff, who have rightly been recognised for the fantastic levels of care and professionalism they show on a daily basis.
“We will continue to focus on providing the very best possible services.”
However there were some areas where the trust was told it required improvement, in particular inpatient wards for older people, and for those with a learning disability.
The report said that some staff were not communicating well with people who had a learning disability, and that not all staff were aware of the risks that individual patients faced in the older people’s mental health units.
Julian Emms, chief executive of the trust, said: “I am delighted with our result but take on board and welcome all the findings in the report, particularly where improvements are still needed.
“We know there is still more work to be done, and we are absolutely committed to bringing all our services up to a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ level over the coming months.”