Organisational Structure

City Hospitals Sunderland is managed by our Board of Directors. An Executive Committee is responsible for the day-to-day operational management of our organisation.

As a Foundation Trust, we also have a Council of Governors elected from our membership whose role it is to help us shape our plans for the future and to comment on how the Trust is run.

Please see the dedicated Board of Directors and Council of Governors pages for information relating to our public meetings and associated agendas and papers.

The Trust’s functions are organised into a number of operational units and Trust Headquarters. Within the six main units are a series of Clinical Directorates and Departments.


Division of Surgery

  • General Surgery
  • Urology
  • Head & Neck Surgery (including Ear, Nose & Throat, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Orthodontics)
  • Ophthalmology
  • Theatres (including ICCU, Anaesthetics, Critical Care and the Day Case Unit)
  • Trauma & Orthopaedics

Division of Theatres

  • Anaesthetics
  • Integrated Critical Care Unit
  • Day Case Unit
  • Sterile Supplies Unit
  • Pre-Admission Assessment Unit
  • Out Reach
  • Psychology Services

Division of Medicine

  • Emergency Medicine (including Accident & Emergency, Cardiac Centre and Clinical Decisions Unit)
  • General Internal Medicine (including Gastroenterology, Thoracic Medicine and Metabolic Medicine)
  • Medical Specialties (including Rheumatology, Renal Medicine, Haematology and Chemotherapy)
  • Rehabilitation & Elderly Medicine (including Care of the Elderly, Neurology and Neurorehabilitation)

Division of Family Care

  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology (including Genito-urinary Medicine)
  • Paediatrics & Child Health

Division of Clinical Support

  • Medical Physics
  • PharmacyRadiology
  • Therapy Services

Division of Estates

  • Administrative Services
  • Building Maintenance
  • Engineering
  • Health & Safety/Fire
  • Project Management & Design
  • Specialist Services (Control & Information, Electro Biomedical Engineering, Environmental Information Centre, Medical Equipment Library, Medical Device Training, Renal Unit, Telecommunications/Switchboard, Asset Management)

Division of Facilities

  • Domestic Services
  • Out-Patients
  • Portering & Security
  • Transport

Departments of Trust Headquarters

  • Chairman & Chief Executive
  • Clinical Governance
  • Corporate Affairs
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Medical Director
  • Nursing & Quality
  • Performance & Information Services
  • Strategy & Service Development