As a major NHS provider and highly successful teaching hospital we aspire to excel at a number of levels.
We need to maintain our ability to be an excellent employer and to provide outstanding clinical services to the local population in Newcastle upon Tyne, while also delivering world class innovation and research which is influential on a national and global stage.
We need to be able to identify where – and how – we are working with different partners to have appropriate reach.
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Our ambitions are stated at five levels which relate to our activity across the Trust.
In our organisation: To be an outstanding organisation now and in the future, providing strong foundations to support our regional, national and global reach
In Newcastle: To be a full civic partner, contributing to the health, wealth and wellbeing of the city, and delivering integrated services
In the region: To be an anchor organisation in the North East and Cumbria as a clinical systems leader and a regional provider of services, creating and supporting a sustainable system
Nationally: To be a beacon organisation in the UK, leading and influencing service delivery and policy
Globally: To realise our capability internationally using our outstanding foundations, enhancing our global reach
What this means
In our organisation
To be an outstanding organisation now and in the future, providing strong foundations to support our regional, national and global reach.
Our services will continue to be at the cutting-edge, developing and applying the most recent research and innovation, further developing personalised medicine and treatments and giving more people than ever the opportunity to take part in ground-breaking research.
Services will be delivered at home, or as close to home as possible, with hospitals only providing services that cannot be delivered in this way.
We will be an employer of choice and be the most flexible employer in our NHS peer group by 2022.
Innovative health services will be supported by an electronic health record and digital Paperlite systems in the Trust that are also fully interoperable with the health records of our partners.
Service delivery will be supported by sound financial management and delivered from excellent estate, in partnership with HSNL and Interserve. We will be fully sustainable for the future and carbon neutral by 2040.
Our business strategy will continue to be one of innovation, efficiency and growth. Growth will come from collaborations with other health partners, innovation and commercial enterprises. This is supported by our market analysis.
To be a full civic partner, contributing to the health, wealth and wellbeing of the city, and delivering integrated services.
We aim to improve the health, wealth and wellbeing of our local population and reduce health inequalities through prevention, earlier diagnosis and by delivering outstanding care and treatment.
We want citizens of Newcastle to receive the best, fully integrated services delivered seamlessly with our primary, social care and voluntary sector partners, making every intervention clinically meaningful and holistic, and co-producing services with them wherever possible. We will work to develop a whole system ‘command centre’ to manage our resources together to achieve best value.
We also take our social value responsibilities as a major employer – and as a public body spending large amounts of public funds – very seriously. We see a clear role for the Trust in helping to generate wealth for the local economy and to increase employment more widely.
In the region
To be an anchor organisation in the North East and Cumbria as a clinical systems leader and a regional provider of services, creating and supporting a sustainable system.
We provide a number of services at a regional and sub-regional level but our role is greater than this. More and more we see ourselves as a partner in, and leader of, clinical networks supporting vulnerable services and creating a sustainable system. We are an important system leader in successful service and pathway transformations.
To be a beacon organisation in the UK, leading and influencing service delivery and policy.
As well as providing nationally commissioned services in some specialties, we are also the national leaders at the forefront of a number of clinical innovations. Working with our partners at Newcastle City Council and universities, we seek to address the ‘grand challenge’ of our ageing society and create better services and outcomes for our local populations.
We were recently named an Academic Health Care Centre, strengthening the close relationship with Newcastle University. To achieve this, we will work in partnership to translate cutting-edge discoveries in bioscience into real benefits for patients, integrating existing infrastructure like our Biomedical Research Centre and translational capability in diagnostics and therapeutics. This, in turn, will increase the complexity of therapeutic options available for patients underpinned by developments in diagnostic techniques.
The potential of diagnostic advances is demonstrated by developments in genomic medicine which offers the hope of prediction of disease before symptoms become obvious, allowing earlier treatment and better outcomes. In addition, genomic medicine and other developing techniques may lead the way to truly personalised medicine with treatment options being determined by an individual patient’s DNA. Through our academic partnership we will maintain and expand our reputation in rare diseases, using the power of genetics to inform improved diagnosis and better treatments.
As a Global Digital Exemplar we will be digitally mature and enabled, taking opportunities to develop artificial intelligence across clinical services, leveraging the benefits of working in partnership with the National Innovation Centre for Data based in Newcastle.
Our achievements as a leading provider of clinical and enabling services, with exemplar and world-renowned staff, will allow us to influence national policy.
To realise our capability internationally using our outstanding foundations, enhancing our global reach.
We will continue to employ an international workforce supporting people to settle locally but retain links to their global communities.
We will seek to expand our international services – for example Paediatric Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID), and also aim to influence future care and treatment by leading and participating in international research.
Our staff already provide an enormous amount of support to other countries to improve health and wellbeing and develop their own health systems.
We want to continue to appear in the global top 100 hospitals, and to continue our international reputation for delivering outstanding care, being a top employer and working with partners to transform health and care delivery.