The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals

NHS Foundation Trust

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust employs around 16,000 staff and inpatient care is based on two major hospital sites – the Freeman Hospital and the Royal Victoria Infirmary, which incorporates the Great North Children’s Hospital.

As a leading teaching hospital, we have a strong history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, research-led services and innovation.

As well as delivering health services to the city’s 273,000 residents, we’re the second largest provider of specialised health services in the country and provide a wide range of care and treatments regionally and internationally.

We support many people who have a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

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Our patients rated the ‘overall experience’ at Newcastle Hospitals as the best in the North East.

Welcome to Newcastle Hospitals

Newcastle Hospitals provide care for patients from all over the country, from every walk of life, and covering a wide range of illnesses and conditions.  Around 30% of our patients come from outside Tyne and Wear, to take advantage of the quality of our care and expertise.

As a designated trauma centre, we have a major emergency department serving the wider region.  Our many specialist services include cutting-edge care from our state-of-the-art Northern Centre for Cancer Care and numerous paediatric specialties from our Great North Children’s Hospital.

We are also renowned for our pioneering expertise in transplant surgery and are one of Europe’s leading lung transplant centres.

Anyone choosing us for their medical training will be offered excellent and varied opportunities throughout their career, combined with access to a fabulous and vibrant city, surrounded by stunning countryside and coast.

As a teaching hospital we work closely with Newcastle University Medical School – acknowledged nationally for its research and development capability which continues to challenge and inform patient treatment and care.

Clinical research and development are embedded in how we work and support our academic and teaching portfolio.

As a leading centre for research and clinical trials the Trust provides some of the best drug and surgical treatments for patients locally and regionally.

Medical training with Newcastle Hospitals

We have 72 specialty training programmes and 73 foundation programme rotations provided within the Trust with around 500 experienced supervisors to support and guide you during your training with us. We have an active medical education team available to provide a wide range of advice and support.


State-of-the-art training facilities


“We offer a range of innovative educational opportunities, including junior doctor leadership and introduction to medical education programmes.


We’ve invested heavily in our training facilities, which include a state-of-the-art surgical training centre and two purpose-built education centres, which feature a real-life operating theatre, simulation suites, full size wards, outpatient consultation rooms, nurses station and lecture theatre.


And our new clinical skills academy is leading the design and delivery of a 21st century curriculum, to equip our teams with the skills, knowledge and expertise to deliver excellent, high quality care.”


Opportunities in leading-edge research


At Newcastle Hospitals, we are proud of our world-leading reputation for research excellence and the difference it can make to patients’ lives.

In an average year, we recruit more than 12,000 people to clinical trials and are consistently one of the best performing NHS organisations nationally for research activities. With over 500 trials running in the majority of clinical areas at any one time, we are recognised nationally and internationally in specialities such as cancer, child health, robotic surgery, rare disease, and transplantation.

The delivery of our research programme is facilitated through a strong partnership with Newcastle University, which hosts one of the UK’s top medical schools, and a large proportion of research funding is awarded on the strength of this collaboration.

What our trainees say:

Georgina Clarke

“I chose to train in Newcastle because it is a great city and a few of my friends came here for foundation year and absolutely loved it. Everyone is really supportive, wants the best from you and wants you to do well.”

Ravi Mistry

“The deanery and hospitals here are really keen to take into account trainees experiences, they frequently ask us for feedback and they actually do respond to it, which does make a change, it feels like your voice is being heard.”