PERFORMANCE: Learning disability services run by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear FT have been praised by the Care Quality Commission.

The trust was among a minority of providers found to be fully compliant with key standards in both safeguarding and welfare in a nationwide review of all 145 hospitals and care homes caring for those with learning disabilities.

Only 35 of the services, which included those run by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, met both standards with no concerns.

The review was prompted by a BBC Panorma expose of abuse at the Winterbourne View residential hospital in Bristol.