Your Career

As the largest health care provider in the North East of England, employing over four thousand nurses, midwives and health visitors, we provide an unparalleled range of opportunities. Working at Newcastle Hospitals Trust is both rewarding and challenging and the contribution of nurses and midwives is widely recognised and highly valued to ensure that the highest quality of care is provided.

Nursing

If you want a career that’s interesting, rewarding and challenging, nursing will give you plenty of scope to do exactly that.  

People from all walks of life and with all types of health problems depend on the professional skills and care of nurses. A combination of people skills and initiative is essential for the hands-on care that all nurses are required to provide. 

We provide healthcare for the whole of Newcastle in both acute and community settings, with a national and international reputation for nursing. We are one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country offering the second highest number of specialist services than any other group of hospitals in the UK. Our hospitals have over 1,800 beds and we manage over 1.72 million patient ‘contacts’ every year and we are one of the top performing Trusts in the country.

The Acute Hospitals have the latest state of the art equipment enabling us to be at the forefront of developments in nursing and healthcare, all housed in a modern environment.  We have clinical skills centres on both acute sites with simulation suites to assist in teaching clinical staff.

The Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) is right in the heart of the City which includes the Great North Children’s Hospital, Trauma Centre, Assessment Suite and 44 in-patient Wards and Departments. The site has 3 critical care units and 33 operating theatres.

The Freeman Hospital, including the Institute for Transplantation and Northern Centre for Cancer Care, is a nationally and international renowned centre of excellence a few miles out of the city centre. The site has 29 in-patient areas, 2 theatre suites with 24 operating theatres and cath lab.

We also provide a wide range of specialised and non-specialised adult and paediatric community services.  These services all support people within the Newcastle upon Tyne community and beyond, either in their own home or through community based clinics and outreach centres.

We currently employ around 4500 Registered Nurses and we pride ourselves on growing our own talent.

Frequently Asked Questions

What opportunities are available for Adult and Paediatric Nurses?

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Tremendous opportunities exist for well-motivated and enthusiastic nurses to develop their skills and experience in a range of specialties. We have a well-established Nursing and Midwifery Strategy to ensure that this valued and supported workforce are equipped to meet the future challenges of healthcare provision.

As a Teaching Hospital we are committed to lifelong learning and have a broad portfolio of internal study days and courses.  We also have close links to Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside Universities who provide modules for our continual academic and professional development.

We have a wide range of long term career options and want to ensure no member of staff leaves our Trust for anything other than a positive reason. We have clearly defined yet flexible career pathways no matter what stage of your career you are it. Pathways exist for:

  • Clinical Academic and Research Careers
  • Advanced Practice Roles
  • Nurse Specialist and Nurse Consultant Pathways
  • Nursing leadership and management routes

How do we recruit Adult and Children's Nurses?

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For Band 5 Adult and Paediatric Nurses we advertise and interview on a monthly basis with the exception of December. If you are a new registrant due to qualify, we recommend you apply for the interviews 4 months before you are due to qualify. If you apply before this you are unlikely to be shortlisted.

The post will be advertised on NHS jobs and can be found here. The interview dates are included with each advert. Please make sure you check this date as we are not able to offer an alternative date. We do however offer interview slots from 8:30pm to 3pm. All of our band 5 posts are included in a single adult or paediatrics advert. The advantage of this is that you only have to attend for one interview which gives you access to all of the band 5 posts that are available on the day.

When you attend the interview you will be given a list of all wards and departments that are recruiting that day. You will be asked to select up to three areas of interest. If successful at interview, we will always try and offer you your first choice of post. However, if that’s not possible, we would then look at your second and then third choice. If successful, we will always offer you a specific post, you won’t go into a “pool” to await a suitable post with the exception of some posts in Paediatrics.

You will also be able specify if you have a preference for working at the RVI or Freeman. Some of our services are delivered on both sites. You will be asked if you would like full or part time work. If you select part time, we will ask how many hours you would be interested in.

We welcome any queries regarding specific posts you can contact us at NursingRecruitmentQueries@nuth.nhs.uk 

For other posts, Band 6 and upwards and some specialised nursing posts, you can view them here. Each vacancy has a named contact, if you have queries about that specific post.

What if I have never been to the Trust before – can I come for a visit?

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We encourage staff to come for a visit if you have never been to the Trust before. This gives you a chance to see what services we offer and what posts might be available. It also gives us a chance to give you a warm welcome and say hello.

If you are interested please email Ian Joy, Senior Nurse for Nursing and Midwifery Staffing, at ian.joy@nuth.nhs.uk and he can arrange a visit with the most suitable person.

Do you welcome return to nursing applicants?

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We absolutely do. You can get more information from the Programme Lead for the Return to Practice programme at Northumbria University at ann.macfadyen@northumbria.ac.uk

Meet our Nurses

Meet Caroline

Caroline is a Sister on Ward 9 at the Freeman Hospital which specialises in Older People's Medicine. 

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Meet Sarah

Sarah Louise Richardson is a Staff Nurse on the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit. 

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International Recruitment

We have been recruiting internationally for many years in both the Philippines and Ireland. Find out about why our Philippines staff love working for Newcastle Hospitals. 

Sound right for you?

Yes... now it's time to find you a job. We advertise and interview on a monthly basis with the exception of December. You can find out all about how we recruit nurses in our FAQ section above. 

If you apply for a post and are invited to interview, on the day you will be given a list of all wards and departments that are recruiting that day. You will be asked to select up to three areas of interest. If successful at interview, we will always try and offer you your first choice of post. However, if that’s not possible, we would then look at your second and then third choice. If successful, we will always offer you a specific post, you won’t go into a “pool” to await a suitable post with the exception of some posts in Paediatrics.

We welcome any queries regarding specific posts you can contact us at NursingRecruitmentQueries@nuth.nhs.uk

For other posts, Band 6 and upwards and some specialised nursing posts, you can view them here. Each vacancy has a named contact, if you have queries about that specific post.

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