We are one of the country’s top performing NHS foundation trusts, looking after the wellbeing of around half a million people across Northumberland and North Tyneside – one of the largest geographical areas of any NHS trust in England.

We provide hospital and community health services in North Tyneside and hospital, community health and adult social care services in Northumberland.  We provide care from three general hospitals – Hexham, Wansbeck and North Tyneside, community hospitals in Alnwick, Berwick, Rothbury and Blyth, an integrated health and social care facility at haltwhistle, an elderly care unit in Morpeth and outpatients and diagnostic centres at Sir GB Hunter in Wallsend and Morpeth NHS Centre

In June 2015 we opened The Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital (The Northumbria) in Cramlington. This is the first purpose-built hospital of its kind in the country, with emergency care consultants working 24 hours a day, seven days a week and specialists in a broad range of conditions on site seven days a week

Our community teams provide NHS care outside of our hospitals in a variety of settings. In addition we provide adult social care services in Northumberland to support people who need help to live independently at home. We pride ourselves on providing joined up care for patients and giving people the support they need to return home after a stay with us, and have strong relationships with GPs to deliver seamless care for patients.

In March 2015 we were chosen as a ‘vanguard’ site by NHS England – one of eight sites in the country to be tasked with taking a national lead on transforming care for patients. For more information, click here.

In May 2016, we became only the fourth trust nationally to be rated 'outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission.

In August 2016, we were given the green light by NHS Improvement to establish a ‘foundation group’ which will help drive innovation and improvement across the NHS. Northumbria Foundation Group has been created to help us share our knowledge, expertise and support to other NHS organisations across the country. For more information and to see the services on offer click here.

We are one of the largest employers in the North East with around 9,500 dedicated members of staff. Our employees helped make us the best place to work in the NHS 2015. 

We aim to attract, develop and retain the best people available in every area of our organisation regardless of age, gender, disability, race or sexuality.

We provide a working environment that encourages development and values staff input, with lots of opportunities for training and progression. We actively engage and communicate with our staff to make sure they feel informed about what is going on in the trust and we work hard to create a culture where staff feel empowered to set the quality standard and strive for excellence.

From time to time it becomes necessary for employees and employers to agree to mutually end the employment relationship. An example of this is use of the voluntary severance scheme where staff leave employment to assist cost reduction programmes. Such schemes have Treasury approval.  To ensure the individual is clear about the consequences of taking such a step, and to end the employment relationship in a managed way, both parties enter into a settlement agreement. The employee has to take independent legal advice on the agreement and the participating solicitor signs a declaration to this effect. To ensure the employee is very clear on their ongoing rights to make protected disclosures or ‘whistleblow’ the agreement includes the following clause: 

1.1 For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this Agreement shall prevent you disclosing information:
   1.1.1 pursuant to any order of any Court of competent jurisdiction; or
   1.1.2 which has come into the public domain otherwise than by a breach of confidence by you or on your behalf.  
1.2 Equally, nothing in this Agreement, including but not limited to clauses 10, 11 and 12, shall prejudice any rights that you have or may have under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 ("PIDA") (or any other enactment which PIDA amends) and/or any obligations that you have or may have to raise concerns about patient safety and care with regulatory and other appropriate statutory bodies pursuant to your professional and ethical obligations including those obligations set out in guidance issued by regulatory or other appropriate statutory bodies from time to time.
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