North East Strategic Health Authority
Newcastle upon Tyne
The North East Strategic Health Authority was launched on 1 July 2006, to replace the two previous strategic health authorities for Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham and Tees Valley.
As one of 10 new strategic health authorities across the country, we have responsibility for the development of health services in the North East, on behalf of the Department of Health. Our role is to make sure that services are fit for purpose, that quality and improvement targets are met and that NHS organisations in the region, such as primary care trusts, hospitals and the ambulance trust, are providing well-planned, good quality services that meet the needs of local communities.
The NHS North East covers an area from the Scottish border, down to North Yorkshire and across to the Cumbrian border in the west. With a population of around 2.6 million, the region has eight hospital trusts, 12 primary care trusts, one ambulance trust and two specialist trusts providing mental health and learning disabilities services.