in the North East and North Cumbria

Specialty training is different

Your specialty training years are demanding. They will challenge your character, your mind and your heart, but with this hard work and vast learning experience comes the unique reward of directly improving and saving people’s lives. Despite this being challenging, you will be supported all the way.

When choosing where to train, you are choosing a place to call home for the foreseeable future. The training has to be outstanding and your surroundings have to match up to the job. We know our region has it all, and choosing us could be the best decision you make.

“I moved to the area because I wanted an improved work life balance, and I’ve definitely found that here. I’ve never worked somewhere quite like this, it definitely has a special place in my heart.”

Rachael Eaton, CT2 in psychiatry. Find out more about Rachael’s story here.



We are number 1!

In the most recent GMC national training survey, our trainees scored our region as number one in 17 out of 18 of the survey’s quality indicators.  Year-on-year we consistently score as the highest, or amongst the top, regions for multiple aspects of training.

Build your career

Our outstanding training practice and extended learning opportunities make our NHS trusts very special places to undertake your medical training. We offer a range of options, in addition to your medical training, to help you progress and become an exceptional leader, as well as a highly competent medical professional. Known as the ‘Pyramids’, this programme consists of four areas that cover; professionalism; teaching, training and supervision; leadership and management; and research and academic training.

Applying for specialty training

We are keen to hear from the best and brightest applicants to help us deliver the highest quality healthcare for our communities. Applications for 2018 recruitment are through the national recruitment portal, Oriel. You can also view full details of all of our posts on the Health Education England – North East website.

If you choose north Cumbria for your specialty training you can receive a £7,000 payment as part of the targeted enhanced recruitment scheme.

When applying to the North East and North Cumbria, your host employer will be Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (known as the Lead Employer Trust or LET), meaning just one employer for the entirety of your training.

Our Lead Employer Trust is on hand to support you with any questions you might have about your application to our NHS trusts and can be contacted .

Applications are through Oriel

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One employer, one contract, one less thing to worry about

Regardless of which trust you work in, as a specialty trainee in our region you will be employed by a single employer known as the lead employer trust (we call it the LET!).

What is the LET?

We are here to make sure your employment, whilst training in the North East and North Cumbria, runs as smoothly as possible. We are hosted by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Your statutory rights for continuous employment are held by one Trust holding contract of employment and remaining on one payroll system.

What does the LET do?

We work in partnership with Health Education England North East to ensure you are supported throughout your career. We handle all human resources and payroll matters including payment of travel expenses, study leave expenses and most importantly, making sure you get paid!

We carry out all pre-employment checks and there is a dedicated helpdesk for you throughout your employment should you need to get in touch.

We manage all your statutory rights such as maternity, paternity and special leave. We work closely with all 11 NHS trusts and local general practices to ensure that your rotations go smoothly too.

Nine out of 11 NHS trusts are members of our regional collaborative bank which allows doctors to work additional shifts (at the level in the specialties they have the competence to work in). The system allows you to be paid weekly where your payslips are available on the electronic staff record (ESR) portal (where you will also see your monthly payslip).

Feel free to contact us if you would like to know more or have any questions.



A new edition to our medical training offer in the North East and North Cumbria is MELISSA – the training and simulation bus. On-board MELISSA is the latest simulation equipment, a clinical suite and control room, as well comfortable seating areas and a range of educational tools. MELISSA is used for all types of training and for reaching staff in more remote and rural parts of our region.