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Below you can find out more information on our Key Learning Partners.

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest mental health and disability Trusts in England employing more than 7,000 staff, serving a population of approximately 1.7 million, providing services across an area totalling 4,800 square miles.  

We work from over 70 sites across Cumbria, Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland. We have a budget of over £380 million.

We also have a number of regional and national specialist services.  

Our main sites are:-  

• St Nicholas, Newcastle upon Tyne,  

• St George's Park, Morpeth, Northumberland,  

• Northgate, Morpeth, Northumberland,  

• Ferndene, Prudhoe, Northumberland,  

• Walkergate Park, Newcastle upon Tyne,  

• Hopewood Park, Sunderland,  

• Monkwearmouth, Sunderland,  

• Carleton Clinic, Cumbria.  

We also provide services from a number of smaller units that include:-  

• Hadrian Clinic, Newcastle upon Tyne,  

• Benton House, Newcastle upon Tyne,  

• Centre of Health for the Elderly, Newcastle upon Tyne,  

• Plummer Court, Newcastle upon Tyne  

• Fairnington Centre, Hexham  

• Anderson Court, Berwick  

• Greenacres, Ashington.  

• Yewdale, Whitehaven  

Our vision   

To be a leader in the delivery of high quality care and a champion for those we serve.  


Our values   

Caring and compassionate  

• Put ourselves in other people's shoes   

• Listen and offer hope   

• Focus on recovery   

• Be approachable   

• Be sensitive and considerate   

• Be helpful   

• Go the extra mile   


• Value the skill and contribution of others   

• Give respect to all people   

• Respect and embrace difference   

• Encourage innovation and be open to new ideas   

• Work together and value our partners   

Honest and transparent  

• Have no secrets   

• Be open and truthful   

• Accept what is wrong and strive to put it right   

• Share information   

• Be accountable for our actions

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust has a longstanding reputation for providing high quality care within the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and through our community setting and Bensham Hospital, all within Gateshead. We also run a range of services from Blaydon Primary Care Centre.

As well as a full range of local hospital services, we provide breast screening services for Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland, and parts of Durham – and we are the North-Eastern hub for the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme, covering a population of around seven million people.

Established in 2005, we were one of the first Foundation Trusts in the country and since have consistently achieved the highest levels of care for our patients. As a group we employ around 4,500 staff and currently provide 530 hospital beds across Gateshead. Our primary focus is to provide excellent general health services to our local communities complemented by key specialist areas, including gynaecology, maternity, palliative care, and old age psychiatry.

We provide cutting edge care from some of our state-of-the-art facilities including a £32m Emergency care centre, a £12m Pathology centre of excellence and the beautifully designed Peter Smith surgery centre.

Our maternity services are rated among the very best in the country and our work treating gynaecological cancers has built up a national and international reputation.

We also run the Gateshead Fertility Centre, one of the top ten IVF clinics in the country which has created hundreds of new families in the North-East over the last decade.

Work together with our colleagues as an Integrated Care System (ICS) across the Northeast and Cumbria.

In the annual survey for NHS staff, we consistently rate highly as a place people would recommend others to work. In fact, most of our staff (nearly 80%) said they would recommend working at Gateshead.

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals is a major NHS provider and highly successful teaching hospital. We aspire to excel at a number of levels, as an excellent employer and to provide outstanding clinical services to the local population in Newcastle upon Tyne, while also delivering world class innovation and research which is influential on a national and global stage.

It is our ambition to be an outstanding organisation now and in the future, providing strong foundations to support our regional, national and global reach. Our specialist services include the Great North Children’s Hospital, Institute of Transplantation, Birthing Centre, Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Centre and a Major Trauma Centre

We take pride in contributing to the health and wellbeing of the city, delivering integrated services and by being a beacon organisation in the UK, leading and influencing service delivery and policy

We are committed to the development of our workforce and provide many opportunities for staff to develop, we aim to ensure we have the right staff, with the right skills, knowledge and behaviour to deliver high quality, safe and compassionate care to our patients.

We manage hospital and  community health services across Northumberland and  North Tyneside and provide services on a number of sites including the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital.  This is the first purpose built hospital of its kind in the country, dedicated to providing emergency care, with emergency care consultants working 24/7 and consultants in a range of specialities working seven days a week.  This enables students to experience extensive and diverse clinical placements offering a wide variety of learning opportunities.

We are consistently recognised as one of the top performing trusts in the country and have twice been  ‘outstanding’ overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  We are one of the North East’s largest employers, with over 11,000 staff delivering care to over half a million people across Northumberland and North Tyneside in our hospitals, in the community and in people’s homes.

As a Foundation Trust we support and value the education of pre-registration health care students as well as post graduate support for members of staff. The Trust recognise the importance of education in delivering world-class quality healthcare, excellent patient centred services and excellence in safety, quality and compliance which are fundamental priorities of the Trust. 

We invest heavily in staff to ensure that the best talent is attracted, developed, looked after, and retained in every area of the organisation. Staff satisfaction is high and our staff consistently rate us as one of the best places to work in the NHS. We aim to provide a working environment that encourages your development and values your input.  We offer a wide variety of careers, with hundreds of different jobs being carried out across the Trust.   You can find out more about career opportunities with the Trust here:

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust (STSFT) was formed on 1 April 2019 following the merger of City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust. We provide acute and community healthcare services to a core population of over 430,000 people living in and around the borough of South Tyneside and the City of Sunderland, as well as thousands of people from Durham who regularly use our services. We also provide a number of community and other services to the Gateshead population. Our Trust also provides a range of specialist services accessed by patients across the whole of the North East and beyond, serving a population of almost 1 million people. We are very proud to employ over 8,000 highly committed staff who excel every day in delivering outstanding, compassionate care to people within our hospitals, in their own homes and from our multiple community venues and outreach services. 

Our Trust vision is to : 

“To deliver nationally recognised, high quality, cost effective, sustainable healthcare for the people we serve, with staff who are proud to recommend our services”. 

To achieve this all our staff display our Trust values: 

  • Compassionate and dignified, high quality, safe patient care always the first priority. 
  • Working together for the benefit of our patients and their families or carers. 
  • Openness and honesty in everything we do. 
  • Respect and encouragement for our staff. 
  • Continuous improvement through research and innovation. 




Please see our external Trust website for further information : 

Northumbria University works with individual GP practices and with primary care networks to provide community experiences across the North east. This is an opportunity to really understand how health is influenced by environment. We have links to  practices in rural Northumberland, inner city Newcastle and coastal towns.

Public health, long term condition management, acute care, child health and working with families and communities are just some of the learning opportunities and skills which you will achieve during these placements.

At Northumbria University we will plan your placements so that you have learning opportunities in both the NHS and in private and voluntary organisations. Private and voluntary  organisations work  in partnership with the NHS to provide care services.

Our network of nursing homes and hospices are highly rated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and are committed to providing a  positive learning environment for all healthcare students.

Local government placements are very valued areas of learning for students. Excellent learning opportunities are provided by a multiprofessional Health and Social Care Team.

The 0-19 years’ service provides students with a placement rich in Public Health Learning opportunities.

Health Visitors and School Nurses are Specialist Public Health Nurses (SCPHN) who support our students to achieve many learning outcomes.

The Healthy Child programme offers families an evidence based program of interventions such as screening tests, immunisations, developmental reviews and information to support parenting and healthy choices.

Our students are supported by the SCPHN team to provide antenatal information to parents, support early years development and school health. Parents are supported by our students and multiprofessional team to make optimum health and wellbeing choices specified within the Healthy Child Programme.



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