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The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the United Kingdom with over 1,800 beds, 14,000 staff and an annual income of £1billion.

We have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally, and have been rated an ‘outstanding’ organisation by the Care Quality Commission.

We provide innovative, high standard healthcare, including community services and primary care. We’re also the second largest provider of specialised services in the country and support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders. Yet despite our size, complexity and national position we remain committed to the healthcare needs of local people.

In 2017/2018, we came into contact with more than 1.84million patients across our seven main sites and community services including the Freeman Hospital, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Campus for Ageing and Vitality, Newcastle Dental Hospital, Newcastle Fertility Centre, Northern Genetics Centre, and Cramlington Manor Walks.

These include a range of flagship services which deliver cutting-edge care (supported by state-of-the-art diagnostic services in both radiology and pathology) and are a catalyst for innovation to support pioneering clinical practice in the NHS, including:

  • The Cardiothoracic Centre at The Freeman Hospital – providing complex cardiopulmonary surgery, including heart and lung transplants to both children and adults, with some of the best clinical outcomes in the country
  • Great North Children’s Hospital  – providing a full range of children’s health services including immunology treatments where we are recognised as one of the leading clinical research units in Europe for paediatric immunology and infectious disease
  • The Great North Trauma and Emergency Centre – one of two trauma centres serving the Northern Trauma network which extends from the Scottish Borders to Yorkshire serving a population of more than 3 million
  • The Newcastle Centre for Cancer Care – one of the country’s most advanced centres providing state-of-the-art cancer care and highly specialised chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments including Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) for malignant and benign tumours
  • The Institute of Transplantation – where the first successful heart transplant on a child was carried out - as well as the first single and dual lung transplants in Europe

We provide innovative, high standard healthcare, including community services and primary care. Yet despite our size, complexity and national position we remain committed to the healthcare needs of local people.

You can see our full service portfolio.

Delivering high profile national services through experts in their field

The Trust is also at the forefront of pioneering treatments such as mitochondrial donation at the Centre for Life - a form of IVF in which the future baby’s mitochondrial DNA comes from a donor egg to avoid passing on inherited diseases – and PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis, a drug to prevent HIV).

And our patients, both children and adults, will be amongst the first in the world to receive CAR-T cell therapy which marks a new era of personalised medicine for treating lymphoma and leukaemia.

A lot of our work is underpinned by a world-class programme of research and innovation for which we have an enviable reputation and this has been strengthened through our partnerships the North East and North Cumbria Academic Health Science Network, National Institute for Health Research, Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) and Newcastle Academic Health Partners – a collaboration between the Trust, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University which focuses on improving the health and opportunities for people living in Newcastle and the surrounding area.

New and exciting partnerships

We are also proud of our new and existing partnerships with local people, patients, neighbouring NHS organisations, universities, local authority and charitable bodies.

For the seventh consecutive year, our organisation topped the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) research activity league table with 18,773 patients participating in research studies, including 964 participants in commercial research studies.

Newcastle Hospitals is also one of 11 NIHR Medtech and Invitro Diagnostics Co-operatives (MICs), leading to the launch of ‘Diagnostics North East’ – an overarching structure bringing together all the components of a unique and innovative diagnostics infrastructure to aid diagnostic development for industry and academia.

The NIHR Biomedical Research Centre in Ageing & Long-Conditions was also renewed and continues to provide infrastructure for the considerable volume of high quality edge research in ageing and long-term conditions.

The parallel brand to Diagnostics North East, known as Therapeutics North East, also received a £7million grant for a National Advanced Treatment Centres for Cellular Therapies, a project being delivered in partnership with centres in Scotland.

Strong track record in financial management

With an annual turnover of over £1bn, the Newcastle Hospitals has a sound financial standing and has just completed its ninth year as a Foundation Trust during which all financial plans and performance targets were achieved. 

We are committed to investing in our infrastructure to ensure continual provision of the highest quality services and have recently completed one of the country’s largest capital investment schemes in excess of £304m. This investment included the unveiling of the UK’s very first Institute of Transplantation, dedicated to all forms of solid organ transplant surgery.

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