South Tyneside and Sunderland

NHS Foundation Trust

On 1 April 2019, South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust was created following the merger of City Hospitals Sunderland and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trusts. We are now one of the largest NHS Trusts in the north east of England with an annual turnover of over £550m and a dedicated team of over 8,000 staff who provide acute hospital and community based healthcare services to a population of around 430,000 people in South Tyneside and Sunderland.

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South Tyneside Hospital Sites

1. South Tyneside District Hospital

2. Sunderland Eye Infirmary

3. Sunderland Royal Hospital

4. Durham Treatment Centre

5. Palmer Community Hospital (Jarrow)

6. Clarendon (Jarrow)

7. Sunderland Children’s Centre

8. Elmville Unit, Monkton Hall (Jarrow)

9. St Benedict’s Hospice (Ryhope)

10. Haven Court, South Tyneside

The 2018 GMC trainee and trainer surveys ranked us within the top trusts nationally, and the best acute trust regionally, in terms of overall trainee satisfaction.

What we provide at South Tyneside and Sunderland Hospitals

Through our #OneTeamOneTrust approach we work together to ensure that patient care is at the heart of everything we do.

We are proud of what we do and the fact that 94% of our patients are likely to recommend our services. We offer a range of highly specialist services to patients not only from across South Tyneside and Sunderland but the wider North East, including:

  • Community healthcare services to people living across South Tyneside, Sunderland and Gateshead
  • Acute hospital services to people living in South Tyneside, Sunderland and parts of North Durham
  • Specialist hospital services to wider regional population with people coming to us from all over the North East, including audiology, bariatrics, cardiology, head and neck surgery, haematology, neonatal, neurology, ophthalmology, orthodontics, renal medicine, spinal service, urology and vascular

We are proud of the fact that about one quarter of the consultants working us had part of their training at here. This stands as a witness to our motto that we are ‘a great place to learn and work’.

Our specialties:

  • Sunderland Eye Infirmary is the region’s specialist eye hospital and a regional centre of excellence for ophthalmology (add link) services.
  • Our specialist services at Sunderland Eye Infirmary include a Cataract Treatment Centre, Glaucoma Unit and a Macular Unit, providing specialist care for thousands of people across the North East and beyond who have eye related health problems.
  • Sunderland Royal Hospital is one of three tertiary centres in the region providing specialist services, such as vascular surgery to over 860,000 people across the North East and beyond.
  • We also provide many specialist in reach services from South Tyneside District and Durham Treatment Centre including ophthalmology and renal medicine.

Recent new developments:

  • State-of-the-art Critical Care Unit
  • Chemotherapy / infusion treatment unit
  • Dedicated urology and renal treatment centres
  • Second cardiac catheterisation lab
  • World-class adult and children’s emergency departments – the first to be paper free at the point of care
  • Upgraded endoscopy unit and development of central scope cleaning department
  • 3D Da Vinci robot used in a range of specialities
  • Development of a new endovascular theatre – the first phase of our new specialist vascular unit
  • £5.4 million Durham Treatment Centre
  • Multi-disciplinary Sunderland recovery at home service, offering nursing visits, therapy and treatment 24/7
  • Investment of more than £200,000 in cutting edge ultrasound technology
  • £9million Haven Court – a centre for excellence integrated health and social care for elderly patients
  • £1.4million surgical centre at South Tyneside District Hospital
  • One of 18 Trusts nationally to be awarded Global Digital Exemplar status and are helping to lead the digital transformation of the NHS.

Some of our outstanding facilities

  • State of the art critical care unit
  • Chemotherapy / infusion treatment unit
  • Day of surgery admission unit
  • Dedicated urology treatment centre
  • Centralised pre-admission assessment clinic
  • Cardiac catheterisation labs
  • World-class adult and children’s emergency departments – the first to be paper free at the point of care
  • Brand new Durham Treatment Centre
  • Recently refurbished Renal suite
  • Upgraded endoscopy unit and development of central scope cleaning department
  • 3D da Vinci surgical robot extended use to a range of specialities
  • Dedicated bariatric out-patient unit
  • Endovascular theatre – the first phase of our new specialist vascular unit

Why work for us?

We are a values based organisation that has a strong culture of openness and honesty and very much values every member of staff. We are a large teaching hospital with close links to our local universities.

Our team is the backbone of our organisation and ensures that we provide safe, high quality patient care and excellent patient experience. Working with us you will be fully supported, but encouraged to develop your skills and knowledge with the help of our experienced and friendly team.

We have a highly enthusiastic and experienced faculty of trainers who ensure a balanced workload and encourage trainees to develop autonomy with appropriate support. Learning and teaching are integrated into service provision providing trainees with numerous opportunities to acquire practical experience.

Educational opportunities across both sites are open to trainees at both of our hospitals, and training posts have been integrated where there has been potential to improve quality.

Our Path to Excellence transformation programme across South Tyneside and Sunderland is exploring new and innovative ways of delivering high quality, joined up, sustainable care that will benefit local people both now and in the future. It’s an exciting time to train with us.

We have a long standing ‘train the trainers’ programme, which is mapped to the new GMC requirement for trainers. We were also involved in the successful bid to develop a new medical school at the University of Sunderland.



Simulation training

Our trainees have access to first-class simulation training from our dedicated simulation suites. We also have access to University of Sunderland’s wonderful simulation facility and immersive suite. 

First class research and innovation

We have a dedicated research and innovation team who support and develop ideas. The  award winning work of our team is renowned regionally, nationally and internationally and many of our colleagues are involved in wider projects and sit on national and international boards and councils

Gold standard Armed Forces Friendly employer

We hold the gold award from the Ministry of Defence for the work we do to support colleagues who are involved, or want to be involved with the armed forces and have also signed the Armed Forces Covenant.

Unique opportunities

We offer our trainees a unique and valuable opportunity to undertake clinical programmes in Walawalkar Hospital in Dervan, on India’s west coast, as part of our partnership with SVJC charitable trust. The main purpose of the trips to Walawalkar Hospital is to educate, perform and assist surgical procedures as well as check medical equipment to improve patient safety in the hospital. Funds raised for SVJC Charitable Trust support some of the air travel costs and shipments of donated equipment.   

What our doctors say:

“Sunderland is very supportive with good learning opportunities.”

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a trainee at Sunderland Royal Hospital.”

“I have really enjoyed my time at Sunderland. Moving from the south to a new area was daunting, however everyone has been so friendly and supportive that I couldn’t have wished for a smoother transition.”

“Great clinical supervisor, very proactive, takes an interest in ensuring e-portfolio requirements are met.”

“Excellent Educational Supervisor, very thorough and supportive.”