The Trust employs c 13,500 staff, with a gross turnover of £1bn per annum, and operates on three main hospital sites – Freeman Hospital, the Royal Victoria Infirmary and the Campus for Ageing and Vitality (known as the General Hospital site), with a number of satellite facilities and an array of community health services to the city’s 273,000 residents.
The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust was established as a Foundation Trust on 1st June 2006, and this provides a robust framework and the freedom to run its own affairs at a local level. Although the Trust must comply with national standards in delivering healthcare, it can determine and influence how this is done by developing new ways of working tailored to meet the local needs and priorities.
The Trust is classified as a teaching hospital because of its close association with the Newcastle University Medical School. It also has a high nationally acknowledged research and development profile and capability and continues to challenge and inform patient treatment and care. A number of our Directorates are designated Academic Clinical Directorates which build on our clinical research and development track record and support our academic and teaching portfolio.
Our hospitals have over 1,800 beds and we manage over 1.3 million patient ‘contacts’ every year and we provide innovative high quality healthcare. The Trust is a large, technically complex and diverse organisation and to ensure the delivery of a high quality and safe service to all, robust performance management systems are in place. Working closely with clinical and support services, the Trust ensures effective monitoring and review of quality, business and financial issues.
We have a strong history of joint working which has led to a number of strategic partnerships across health and social care, with many of these relationships translating into integrated and multi-agency pathways of care for patients.
We are an active member of the Shelford Group, a network of specialist teaching hospitals which undertakes comparative work and addresses issues of common interest.
As a Foundation Trust it is a public benefit corporation. Subsequent to the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the Trust received its licence from Monitor in April 2014. The Care Quality Commission determines the quality and standards of care that the Trust must adhere to. The Trust is licensed with the Care Quality Commission to deliver its services.