PERFORMANCE: North Tees and Hartlepool Foundation Trust is above trajectory for c dif cases in the first nine months of the financial year.

It had 55 cases - including four in December - against a trajectory of 41 and a full year target of 59. An external expert has visited the trust and made recommendations.

“The commissioners are satisfied that the trust is doing all it can to achieve the challenging c dif target it has been set,” the board was told.