STRUCTURE: Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will take on community services from North Tyneside PCT and Northumberland Care Trust, and adult social care for Northumberland, from 1 April.

A trust statement said: “Patients accessing these services such as those provided by district nurses, health visitors and social workers will not experience an immediate change…

“However, over time, these changes will mean that the trust can further improve quality by creating a more seamless pathway of care for patients.”