The Trust employs c 14,000 staff, with a gross turnover of in excess of £1 billion per annum, and operates on two major hospital sites – Freeman Hospital and the Royal Victoria Infirmary, as well as delivering Out of Hospital/Community Health Services to the city’s residents.
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust was licensed 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 Newcastle University’s 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 around 2,170 beds and we manage over 1.67 million patient ‘contacts’ every year including more than 201,300 A and E attendances, 1,260,900 outpatient attendances and approximately 6,400 deliveries. 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 multiagency 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.
The Trust is regulated by NHS Improvement, the Care Quality Commission determines the quality and standards of care.