COMMERCIAL: Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust has taken on hosting the North East Quality Observatory.

Quality observatories were established for most English regions, hosted by strategic health authorities, following the Darzi review in 2008. A paper to the foundation trust’s board of governors says: “The trust will be hosting the North East Quality Observatory from April. This represents an exciting opportunity both to retain and develop expertise in the areas of demographic, epidemiological and quality analysis, but also to develop a business which meets a significant unmet demand nationally.”