Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

NHS Foundation Trust

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW) is one of the largest mental health and disability trusts in England and is rated as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

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Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Hospital Sites

1. St Nicholas, Newcastle upon Tyne

2. St George’s Park, Morpeth, Northumberland

3. Northgate, Morpeth, Northumberland

4. Ferndene,Prudhoe, Northumberland

5. Walkergate Park, Newcastle upon Tyne,

6. Hopewood Park, Sunderland

7. Monkwearmouth, Sunderland

8. Carleton Clinic, Carlisle

“I did my core training in the North East and think it’s a great place to live and train. It was an obvious choice when it was time to choose where to undertake my higher training.”

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We work from more than 60 sites across Cumbria, Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland. We have a number of regional and national specialist care services. We have been rated as outstanding by the CQC.

​We have well established links with local universities and colleges, including Newcastle University, the University of Northumbria and Sunderland University, with a number of joint academic posts too. In 2013/14 the trust gained recognition from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) as the third most research active mental health trust in England judged by participation in large scale NIHR portfolio research.

​The trust has many award winning services and facilities. The most recent awards include:

  • ​Positive Practice in Mental Health award
  • Winner and highly commended for the Improving Care for People in Crisis award (Initial Response Team)
  • National Personal Safety award
  • Better Health at Work award

We were also recognised at the BMA Patient Information Awards for our self help guides and received a Nursing Times award for the Trust’s new purpose-built dementia centre.

We structure our services geographically known as ‘locality care groups’. There are three groups – north, central and south. By working in this way it allows us to focus more on local populations and their needs. The groups cover a range of inpatient settings, assessment and treatment units, forensic and specialist services, community based treatment and services for children and young people.

We have an international reputation for training, research and innovations with centres of excellence such as the regional affective disorders service, pervasive developmental service, psychotherapy service, neuropsychiatry service and the Centre for the Health of the Elderly.

Psychiatry training
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We offer a range of opportunities for trainees across all the psychiatric specialties including old age; CAMHS; learning disability; forensic psychiatry; psychotherapy and adult psychiatry. This also includes specific experience in liaison psychiatry, perinatal psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, alcohol and substance abuse, eating disorders, early intervention, assertive outreach, crisis teams, academic psychiatry, tertiary affective disorders and PICU work.

Our core scheme placements rotate every six months. Foundation placements rotate every four months and higher placements once a year.

Within our trust we are proud of our centres of excellence which include:

  • nationally recognised academic affective disorder service in Newcastle
  • centre of excellence in dementia research and clinical care in Newcastle
  • specialist mother and baby service in Northumberland
  • academic clinical service in autism
  • specialist psychotherapy services, with national leads in CBT both in psychosis and trauma.


We offer real opportunities to build a flexible and rewarding career. For example, there are opportunities for flexible training arrangements which allow you to manage your training and career while being able to factor in family needs. These flexibilities make psychiatry at our trust very appealing as a career choice for many women as well as men interested in flexible (part-time) work.

What our trainees say:

Luwai Odeh

“I am currently a trainee in Sunderland. I love the North East and I would encourage people to come here to do their training. The North East is one of the most welcoming places in the UK that I have ever been to.”

Kalpasree Bhowmik

“I am an international medical graduate and now a Core Psychiatry trainee in HENE. As a trainee, I feel valued and supported. The CNTW hospital trust offers plenty of learning opportunities. North east is definitely picturesque and lots of things to see and do! People are friendly. One can enjoy and get trained at the same time.”

Tom Lewis

“Since graduating in medicine, I have been able to buy my own property and my daily commute is either a 5 minute walk or a 15 minute car journey depending on the hospital I am working in that day. I began core training in Psychiatry in 2014 and began specialising in Old Age Psychiatry in 2017. CNTW has been an excellent employer that I have always felt listens to the concerns of trainees and aims to do its best to help”