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County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

We are one of the largest integrated providers of care in England - serving a population of over 650,000 and with over 2 million patient contacts a year. That makes us the largest in the region. We are rated 'Good' by the CQC with 'outstanding' end of life care.

We were the lead trust in establishing a pioneering regional collaborative between NHS organisations and Healthcall which has resulted in the development and bringing to market of a number of technology based platforms and solutions to improve patient care including the care home digital project, which in 2020 won a HSJ patient safety award

We have a very strong track record of success in research and consistently participate and perform well in regional, national and international studies. We created the Durham Tees Valley Research Alliance with South and North Tees Foundation Trusts to create the first of its kind in the country.

Last year we were involved in 95 clinical trials across 25 specialties with more than 2,068 people participating.

In Darlington we carry out over 10,000 operations a year in 11 state-of-the-art operating theatres following a £30m investment which was completed in 2019.

We have a centre for excellence for orthopaedic surgery at Bishop Auckland Hospital with 4 clean air theatres specialising in hip and knee surgery. We also have a cataract centre of excellence at Bishop Auckland Hospital

In 2018, the Trust won the contract to provide Integrated community services across County Durham. It formalised the strong partnership working with primary care and the local authority across the county which has gone from strength to strength in the following years and which benefits patient care through the establishment of locality based integrated ‘teams around patients’

We have a network of eight community hospitals which provide a range of services from the heart of their local communities. Patient care is delivered by multi-disciplinary team including primary care and secondary health and social care professionals.

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