The North East covers a large geographical area extending across Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham, Teesside and into North Yorkshire at its most Southern point. With a strong track record of some of the highest NHS performance and outstanding training opportunities, we believe our NHS trusts are the very best place in the country to undertake your medical training.

We have eight NHS hospital trusts, two mental health trusts and one ambulance trust. With around 100,000 staff, serving a diverse population of three million people in completely contrasting environments, our NHS covers some of the most interesting places to work in the country. 

Find out more about each of the Trusts in our region here.

In the north east and north Cumbria, all Foundation, GP and Specialty doctors in training have a single Lead Employer model meaning you remain with the same employer throughout the entirety of your training. Find out more here.

Although this may differ from year to year, we anticipate having vacancies in the following specialty programmes:

Group 1 specialties (with general internal medicine)

  • Acute Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics
  • Endocrinology & Diabetes Mellitus
  • Gastroenterology
  • Genitourinary Medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Renal Medicine
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Rheumatology

Group 2 specialties

  • Clinical Genetics
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Clinical Oncology
  • Dermatology
  • Haematology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Paediatric Cardiology

You can visit the School of Medicine website to find out more about each specialty programme.

At NHSE NE, our commitment to our trainees is simple - we will offer all trainees the highest-quality training, supervision and support. As a trainee here you will work in integrated teams focused on providing the best care to patients, led by consultants who are keen to teach, in busy units with a wealth of clinical experience.

We have an excellent track record in responding to needs of trainees for flexible training, time out of programme and to develop sub-specialty training skills; also, development and training is set up to help trainees achieve a good work-life balance, essential for everyone’s well-being; and we pay one of the highest levels of study leave, have many academic opportunities including research and education, and pay generous relocation expenses.

The warmth of welcome in our area is famed throughout the UK; whatever your background, NHSE NE will ensure you get the best from your training and make the most of your contribution to healthcare.

In the 2023 GMC National Trainee Survey, our doctors in training once again rated the North East #1 overall and also as #1 in 7 out of 18 of the longstanding indicators the GMC uses to evaluate training.

For more information, please visit our website,

or email [email protected]

From world-class NHS facilities and clinicians to stunning landscapes, towns and cities - our region has got it all. The quality of life is excellent, the cost of living is low and we have some of the most beautiful cities, coasts and countryside in the UK. Here are just some of the highlights…

  • Cost of living: The north east and north Cumbria are two of the best value regions in the UK. With no compromise on the quality of property, culture, cuisine and entertainment, you'll be amazed at how much further your money goes. Find out more…
  • Art and culture: Since spreading its wings in February 1998, Antony Gormley's Angel of the North has become one of the most talked about pieces of public art ever produced. But that's only the beginning of the thriving art and culture scene in our region. Find out more…
  • Foodie heaven: What do you do with some of the largest open spaces, cleanest seas and rivers and freshest air in England other than take it all in on a brisk walk? The answer is simple - you use it to produce some of the finest and freshest food in the country. Find out more…
  • Going off-road: You don't get puffins everywhere, but you do get them (in their thousands!) at the Farne Islands, just off the Northumberland Coast. But puffins aren't the only thing you can see if you go off road - our region is a nature lover's paradise. Find out more…
  • A sporting chance:  If you think a long night shift is tiring, try sweating it out in the Great North Run, the world's biggest and best half marathon. And if hot-footing it from Newcastle to South Shields is not your thing, our region has a love of sport so strong and steadfast that there’s never a shortage of action. Find out more…
  • Star attractions: Did you know that the rural areas of Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water and Forest Park have the darkest skies in England? Find out more…
  • Travel and transport: No matter where you end up training in our region, you can be sure that with great transport links and infrastructure, living here means you’re never far from what you need. And with some of the lowest commuting times in the country, you'll have more of the day to enjoy for yourself too. Find out more…
  • World heritage: The north east and north Cumbria is home to two stunning world heritage sites - Durham Castle and Cathedral and Hadrian's Wall. Find out more…

You can find out so much more about our region on our Find Your Place website. Why not join in the fun with our junior doctor challenge - check out #foundmyplace to find out about our top 50 challenges for you and tweet us your adventures! You can also get involved on our Facebook page, tweet us via Twitter or check out our YouTube page.