Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of mental health, learning disability and neurological care services across North East England.
The Trust works from more than 60 sites across Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland. We also run a number of regional and national specialist services. Along with partners, we deliver support to people in their own homes, and from community and hospital-based premises.
We have more than 6,000 people working for us and a budget of over £300million.
The services we provide are divided into three geographical localities, North, Central and South covering the full range of services in each locality.
In 2016, we were one of the first NHS Trusts of our kind to be given an ‘outstanding’ rating by the Care Quality Commission.
There have been some dramatic changes that have helped shape how we care and support the people we serve. For instance, we have been able to provide some state-of-the-art facilities, which have dramatically improved inpatient services.
Between 2006 and 2016, we opened eight new buildings, ranging from a specialist dementia centre to a large 122-bed hospital.
In community services, we have introduced Initial Response Teams to provide 24-hour access to urgent mental health care through one single phone number. We put in place a number of other services too, such as a support service for veterans and a street triage service that works in partnership with Northumbria Police.
In 2015, the Health Service Journal named us as one of the top 100 NHS Trusts to work for.
More recently, the Trust was chosen by NHS Improvement to lead the way in mental health care, picking us as its strategic partner in developing its mental health improvement programme.