We are outstanding!
The Trust is regulated by NHS Improvement and the Care Quality Commission who determine the quality and standards of care.
We were last inspected in May 2019 and rur rating of the trust stayed the same. We rated it as outstanding because:
- We rated effective, caring, responsive and well-led as Outstanding and safe was rated as good. All five ratings stayed the same as our previous inspection in 2016.
- In rating the trust, we took in to account the current ratings of the services that we did not inspect during this inspection but that we had rated in our previous inspection.
- We rated well led for the trust overall as outstanding. This was not an aggregation of the core service ratings for well led.
- Our full inspection report summarising what we found and the supporting evidence appendix containing detailed evidence and data about the trust is available on our website.
About the Trust
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 – the Freeman Hospital and the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), as well as delivering Out of Hospital/Community Health Services across the region.
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was licensed as a Foundation Trust on 1st June 2006, 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.
Our hospitals have around 1,500 acute beds and we manage over 1.72 million patient ‘contacts’ every year including more than 222,600 attendances at our Accident and Emergency Department and Walk in Centres,1,289,400 outpatient attendances and approximately 6,700 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.