The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NUTH) is one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country, offering more nationally accredited specialist services than any other group of hospitals in the UK.
The Trust delivers healthcare services from the following six sites:
- Freeman Hospital
- Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) (including the Great North Children's Hospital)
- Campus for Ageing and Vitality (the former Newcastle General Hospital site)
- Newcastle Dental Hospital
- Newcastle Fertility Centre
- Northern Genetics Service
It has over 1,800 beds and manages over one million patient ‘engagements’ every year.
The Trust has long established credentials in providing innovative, high standard healthcare, including community services and primary care. Despite its size, complexity and national position, the Trust remains committed to the healthcare needs of local people.
NUTH’s flagship services include the Cardiothoracic Centre at the Freeman Hospital – the only centre in the UK to provide all complex cardiopulmonary surgery including heart and lung transplants for both children and adults – and the superb new Great North Children’s Hospital. A major Trauma Centre has recently opened at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, serving a population of more than 3 million.
With an annual income in excess of £850m, NUTH has sound financial standing and has just completed its fifth year as a Foundation Trust, during which all financial plans and performance targets were achieved.
The Trust attracts and retains some of the country’s most highly respected healthcare experts, with clinical teams led by nearly 750 consultants – 160 of whom are honorary academic consultants based at Newcastle University - all at the cutting edge, nationally and internationally, for the latest developments in the fields of ageing, stem cell, cancer, genetics and transplantation.
With a staff base of around 13,500, NUTH is one of the region’s major employers and has a long-standing reputation for high quality clinical care, with its staff’s commitment to excellence reflected in its consistent performance at the highest level. In 2012, the Trust was awarded a Top 40 Hospital rating for the 11th successive year - one of only five Trusts in the country to achieve this.
Chief Executive: Sir Leonard R Fenwick CBE
Sir Leonard R Fenwick CBE has worked in the NHS since he joined at the age of eighteen as a management trainee. He worked his way up towards senior management, developing a profound understanding of the organisation and workings of the NHS. He began his career at the Newcastle General Hospital, becoming senior management lead of the Freeman Hospital. In 1977, he was appointed as Chief Executive of the newly founded Freeman Group of Hospitals NHS Trust.
A major merge of the three teaching hospitals in Newcastle led to the establishment of the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust, which won the Dr Foster Hospital of the Year award in 2004. It subsequently became one of the very first Trusts in the country to achieve Foundation Trust status.
Sir Leonard R Fenwick CBE has remained at the helm of the organisation throughout the many changes in the NHS since its establishment and is the longest serving hospital Chief Executive in the NHS today. He received a knighthood for services to the NHS in 2008.