Plastics, Ophthalmology and Dermatology

At Newcastle Hospitals, our Plastics, Ophthalmology and Dermatology departments are part of the same Directorate. This page gives you details about what it's like to work in these departments.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Nurses_Ward_5.jpgOur Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery department is a large regional centre providing surgical and non-surgical plastic and reconstructive treatments in the specialty areas of hands, breast reconstruction, head and neck cancers, skin cancers and laser. 

We are the regional centre for specially-commissioned burns and cleft lip and palate services. We run both elective and emergency services for adults and children, and our trauma service deals with large daily numbers of onward referrals mainly from the Emergency Department.


The Newcastle Eye Centre is a large regional centre providing both surgical and non-surgical treatments for the vast majority of ophthalmic conditions in adults and children. A significant area of the work includes cataract surgery, and we provide services in other key specialties: diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmic disease, corneal disease.

We treat both elective and emergency patients and host the Eye Emergency Department.


One of the largest Dermatology centres in the country, we provide a regional service south from Berwick and Northumberland, and west to Hexham.

We have a large nurse-led phototherapy department which provides more than 23,000 treatments per year. We also provide a range of specialist services including paediatrics, severe psoriasis and dermatology surgery which provides a regional Mohs service for the treatment of skin cancers.

The department also has a wide range of nurse-led services including eczema, psoriasis and minor surgery. We provide extensive outreach clinics across Northumberland and also have services based in South Tyneside, delivering Community Dermatology closer to home.

Working here

Shift patterns

We operate a varying shift pattern to meet the needs of the individual services.

Staff groups

We have the following staff working within the departments:

  • Matron
  • Sister/Charge Nurse
  • Clinical Educator
  • Nurse Specialists
  • Outreach
  • Staff Nurses
  • Assistant Practitioners
  • Healthcare Assistants
  • Ward Clerks
  • Housekeeper.

Staff training

We provide a preceptorship package that gives staff excellent structured preceptorship supported within supernumerary practice:

  • regular study and learning opportunities working with Clinical Educators in the clinical area
  • very varied directorate which offers opportunities to rotate to enhance skills and knowledge
  • friendly and supportive workplace (Clinical supervision in operation)
  • ongoing access to affiliated university courses and in house study days.

More information

For more information about working in Plastics, Ophthalmology and Dermatology, please contact:

You can find out more about our Plastics Service, our Ophthalmology Service, and our Dermatology Service.

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