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"I am currently carrying out a research project in younger stroke patients. The aim of the study is to improve the quality of life in stroke patient's by using information technology to aid and improve communication. Nurse led research gives me an opportunity to explore a specific area and add to the knowledge base which informs practice and contributes to patient care."

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Nursing roles

This page gives you some details about the main nursing roles across Newcastle Hospitals.

There is more information about nursing as a career on the NHS Careers website.

You can also find out about recognising our staff from the uniforms they wear.

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A matron is an experienced nurse who is a strong leader and responsible for supporting the development and translation of professional, operational and organisational standards into practice at a local level.

Sister/Charge Nurse

A Sister or Charge Nurse is an expert nurse responsible for leading the continuing development of services. They maintain overall responsibilities for ward/department planning, delivery and quality of care


A Midwife is a practitioner who has successfully completed the course of studies in midwifery, and has gained the qualifications needed to be registered and/or legally licensed to practice midwifery. They can give supervision, care and advice to women during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period.

A Midwife also conducts deliveries on her own responsibility and cares for newborns and infants. You can find out more about midwifery as a career.

Nurse in a specialist role

An expert clinical practitioner who performs specialist-nursing procedures, taking a lead role in the planning, delivery and evaluation of specialist nursing care for designated groups of patients.

Staff Nurse

A qualified nurse who provides excellent nursing care and contributes to the management of the ward/department, and  supervises student nurses and Healthcare Assistants.

Assistant Practitioner Critical Care/Theatre

An unqualified nurse who through a recognised NVQ training programme provides a high quality patient care under indirect supervision of a qualified nurse in critical care or recovery.

Healthcare Assistant (HCA)

An unqualified nurse who provides high quality patient care under direct supervision of a qualified nurse.

Student Nurse

Newcastle Hospitals regularly has a number of both pre and post-registration Nursing and Midwifery students on placement from Northumbria University in Newcastle. We are able to give them a diverse range of very valuable learning opportunities. All students are allocated a mentor, who supports their learning and provides close supervision. Patients are entirely free to accept or decline student involvement in their care

More information

For more information about nursing roles at Newcastle Hospitals, please contact:

  • Liz Harris, Head of Nursing for the RVI - tel: 0191 223 1407
  • Frances Blackburn, Head of Nursing for the Freeman Hospital - tel: 0191 213 7187
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