Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust was created in April 2006, following the merger of County Durham and Darlington Priority Services NHS Trust and Tees and North East Yorkshire NHS Trust.
In July 2008 we achieved foundation trust status under the NHS Act 2006. As a foundation trust we are accountable to local people through our Council of Governors and are regulated by NHS England/Improvement and the Care Quality Commission, the health sector regulators.
In June 2011 we took over the contract to provide mental health and learning disability services to the people of Harrogate, Hambleton and Richmondshire. On 1 October 2015 we took over the contract to provide mental health and learning disability services in the Vale of York.
In December 2014 we were awarded the ‘Gold Standard’ by Investors in People (the highest level of accreditation). This is a nationally recognised people management standard which assesses how well organisations manage and develop their staff.
In March 2020 the Trust was rated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) ‘good’ for effective, caring and well-led. However, we have been rated ‘requires improvement’ in the areas of safe and responsive. This has resulted in an overall rating of ‘requires improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following the Trust-wide inspection of our services in late 2019. We are working quickly to actively address the areas of improvement required.
We provide a range of mental health, learning disability and eating disorder services for the people living in County Durham and Darlington, the Tees Valley and of North Yorkshire.
With approximately 7,500 staff and an annual operating income of almost £400 million we deliver our services by working in partnership with local authorities and clinical commissioning groups, a wide range of other providers including voluntary organisations and the private sector, as well as service users, their carers and the public.
TEWV serves patients across a large geographical area. Our main towns and cities are Durham, Darlington, Middlesbrough, Scarborough, Whitby, Harrogate, Ripon, Vale of York and there are numerous smaller seaside and market towns scattered throughout our patch. We are also in the catchment area for the largest concentration of armed forces personnel in the UK (Catterick Garrison).
Read more about the Trust’s achievements over the past decade in our special commemorative brochure “TEWV – the first ten years”.