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Northumbria marks special birthday with 20 days of celebration for staff

Friday, 20 April, 2018

This month Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has marked its 20th birthday by celebrating its staff.

The trust was formed on 1 April 1998 and to engage its 10,000-strong workforce it has run prize draws and competitions and shared tips for leading a healthier lifestyle across 20 days.

The trust was established when three NHS trusts and Hexham General Hospital merged to create one of the largest and most geographically diverse NHS acute trusts in England.

When it was set up, the trust made a commitment to local people to provide world-class care at every stage of their treatment. Today, Northumbria is proud to consistently be rated as one of the country’s top performing NHS trusts and nationally recognised for delivering high quality care.

In that time, the NHS has seen big changes in the way care is delivered and is currently facing some of the toughest challenges in its 70-year history. The trust is constantly evolving by embracing new technologies, ways of working and methods of care.

Chief executive Jim Mackey kick-started the celebrations with a video message to staff:


Notable achievements over the last two decades include:

  • Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission
  • Opening The Northumbria, the country’s first purpose-built, dedicated emergency hospital
  • Opening one of the country’s first integrated schemes to have health and social care under one roof in partnership with Northumberland County Council
  • Working with partners to open Morpeth NHS Centre, bringing together outpatient, diagnostic, community and primary care
  • Taking over responsibility for community services in Northumberland and North Tyneside, and adult social care services in Northumberland
  • Launching the UK’s first nurse-led chemotherapy service at Hexham General Hospital
  • Launching a registered charity ‘Bright Northumbria’


Here’s to the next 20 years!