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Nursing and Midwifery

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. 

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Opportunities for development

Tremendous opportunities exist for well-motivated and enthusiastic nurses, midwives and health visitors 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. 

Based on three major sites in the city of Newcastle, the Trust is a busy teaching organisation and is closely affiliated with Newcastle University and the Northumbria University, and has a reputation for delivering services at the leading edge of health care.

Delivering the highest standards of patient care is vitally important to us, and we continually use a range of tools to help us improve our services. There is also active public and patient involvement to ensure that the needs of our patients, relatives, visitors and carers are met.

Support and training

Active support and training is available for nurses and midwives through induction, preceptorship and ongoing staff development programmes. The continuous development of nursing staff remains a high priority for us, with a range of clinical and leadership opportunities being made available. There are also many nurses in specialist roles, Nurse Consultants, Clinical Nurse Educators and Research Nurses, who support practice development and education throughout the organisation. 

There are continuing secondment/succession planning opportunities and a regular and well-established process for promoting and sharing best practice including an Annual Nursing and Midwifery Conference and nurses regularly attending local, national and international conferences. Nursing and Midwifery practice is also celebrated through the Trust Nursing Annual Achievement Awards, local and national Nursing awards and a Trust Nursing and Midwifery Newsletter.

Nursing Recruitment

Newcastle Hospitals takes great pride in recruiting and retaining a strong and valued nursing workforce. To effectively recruit to nursing positions we now have:

  • Centralised band 2 Healthcare Assistant recruitment processes with adverts launched on NHS jobs six times a year April, June, July, August and September.
  • Centralised monthly adults' and children's band 5 recruitment with a rolling advert on the NHS jobs website
  • Bands 6 and 7, along with specialised positions, continue to be advertised on NHS jobs
  • We welcome informal visits by interested applicants
  • We welcome return to nursing applicants. You can get more information from the Programme Lead for the Return to Practice programme at Northumbria University at:

To access speciality specific information please follow the links below:

Alternatively, please contact the nursing recruitment team at:


Contact us

If you would like to find out more about our Nursing and Midwifery Service please contact any member of the Senior Nursing Team: 

Maurya Cushlow
Executive Chief Nurse
Telephone: 0191 233 1512
Liz Harris
Deputy Director of Nursing for the Royal Victoria Infirmary and Campus for Ageing and Vitality
Leads on Infection Control, Staff Bank, Hospital @ Night, Occupational Health and Nurse Staffing and Workforce Development
Telephone: 0191 282 4316/282 9432

Frances Blackburn
Deputy Director of Nursing for the Freeman
Leads on Harm Free Care, Quality of Patient Experience and Patient Engagement, Equliaty and Diversity and Safeguarding and Nutrition
Telephone: 0191 223 1407/233 1295

Chris Eddy
Deputy Director of Nursing and Patient Services
Leads on Outpatients, Medical Records, Patient Services Projects, Palliative Care and Professional Nurse Lead for Community
Telephone: 0191 223 1410 
Trust Lead for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals
Leads on Research, Education and Practice Development
Telephone: 0191 213 9493 

Melanie Cunningham
Patient Services Manager, Emergency Lead
Leads on Emergency care including Performance and Improvement, Capacity and Bed Management
Telephone: 0191 213 8298 or 0191 244 8963

Elaine Blair
Head of Midwifery
Telephone: 0191 282 9030 or 0191 282 5666

Suzanne Medows
Senior Nurse Practice Development
Leads on Same Sex Accommodation, Nursing and Midwifery Revalidation and Practice Development Initiatives
Telephone: 0191 213 9414

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