Health chief welcomes '˜remarkable' achievements

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has reflected on its '˜exceptional' achievements of the past year.

Thursday, 20th July 2017, 12:42 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 11:53 am
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It was a year in which the service received an outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission as it marked ten years as a foundation trust.

At the annual members’ meeting, chief executive David Evans said: “It has been another exceptional year for us in so many ways and the pressures we have seen right across the NHS make the achievements for Northumbria even more remarkable.

“I am extremely proud of our teams, those on the frontline and all of our support staff, who have responded in our typical Northumbria way by putting the needs of our patients first and above all else.”

Its ambition is to continue delivering safe, high quality patient care for people living in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

“As always, we look to the future with anticipation and will continue to listen to our patients, staff and partners so that we can learn and improve our services even further,” said Mr Evans.

“The changes we made in 2015 to transform emergency care, our positive culture of continuous quality improvement and our firm financial footing, means we are in the best possible position to embrace the challenges ahead for the NHS.”

Leaders at Northumbria Healthcare have also outlined the trust’s priorities and ambitions for 2017/18 as follows:

· working with partners to resolve urgent care provision across Northumberland and North Tyneside following the temporary change in opening times for urgent care centres which began in December 2016

· working towards a number of safety and quality priorities to improve care for patients suffering from breathlessness, abdominal pain, as well as improving timely care for frail older people

· continuing to raise awareness of sepsis – one of the UK’s biggest killers – and the importance of timely treatment which is already saving lives across the trust

· optimising patient flow throughout the healthcare ‘system’ by ensuring patients are cared for in the right place at the right time, for the right duration by the right people

· building the future NHS through innovative ‘vanguard’ programmes which will see further integration of services and the creation of an accountable care organisation in Northumberland; and the Northumbria Foundation Group working with partners across the NHS to help drive innovation and improvement.

Chairman of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Alan Richardson added: “My first full year at Northumbria has been extremely busy and I would like to pay tribute to our many thousands of dedicated staff who have worked tirelessly to put the needs of patients first. It is thanks to their hard work, commitment and dedication to delivering safe and high quality care that we continue to be one of the country’s best performing trusts.

“Delivering such a strong performance and ending the year in good financial balance in such a difficult climate for the NHS really is testament to all those working within the trust who continue to deliver the highest quality of patient care for people living in North Tyneside and Northumberland.

“What is abundantly clear to me is that Northumbria is a very innovative and forward-thinking organisation with exceptional leadership and strong clinical engagement right across the trust. Whilst there is much for us to be proud of, there is always much more for us to do and the positive culture which exists here will continue to put Northumbria Healthcare at the forefront of improvement in the NHS.”