Who we are
Find out how Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust came about and what it means for us to be a Foundation Trust.
The Trust works from more than 70 sites across Cumbria, 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 7,000 people working for us and a budget of over £380 million.
The services we provide are divided into four sections, which are organised geographically into “locality care groups”. These are known as North, Central, South and Cumbria.
Now, more than ever before, health and care services need to work together to deliver the right care, at the right time and in the best place. The NHS Long Term Plan, published 7 January 2019, makes it clear that integrated care systems (ICS) are central to bringing together local organisations, to redesign care and improve health.
Creating an ICS for the north east and north Cumbria is not about developing a new organisation or structure. It’s about looking at ways of working differently for the benefit of all patients and staff. An integrated care system will bring together health and social care organisations to agree joint priorities and decide how best to deliver efficient services where there is a common need or opportunity. By collaborating and making best use of combined resources, including technology, data, money and our workforce, we have a shared focus on improving the health and wellbeing of people in all communities.
An integrated care system will support joint decisions and make it easier to work ‘at scale’ on common issues which are bigger than one organisation, clinical commissioning group (CCG) or local authority area. Alongside the ICS, most work to plan and tailor care for local populations and communities will continue to be done through integrated care partnerships (ICPs) between hospital trusts, GPs, community-based health and care services and the third sector. The ICPs will also be working across local boundaries to reduce some of the costs associated with planning and delivering services, in addition to sharing what works best to improve the health of local people.