We are one of the largest integrated care providers in England. Our 8,000 staff serve a population of around 650,000 people.
We were authorised as a Foundation Trust on 1 February 2007,
under Section 6 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and
Standards) Act 2003.
As a Foundation Trust, the Board of Directors is accountable to the
Council of Governors. Local people can become members of the Foundation
Trust and can vote in elections to the Council of Governors.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community