South Tyneside and Sunderland Healthcare Group

The South Tyneside and Sunderland Healthcare Group (STSHG) is a strategic alliance between City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust (CHSFT) and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust (STFT).

Both Trusts have been working closely together since March 2016 and share an ambitious vision to transform local healthcare services in South Tyneside and Sunderland. Together, we signed a formal partnership agreement in April 2016 and you can read the Memorandum of Understanding here.

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Vision, aims and values


To deliver nationally recognised high quality, cost effective, sustainable healthcare for the people we serve with staff who are proud to recommend our services.

The path to excellence


  • To provide a wide range of high quality, safe and accessible healthcare services;
  • To ensure financial performance provides value for money;
  • To recruit, retain and motivate skilled and compassionate staff who are proud to act as ambassadors of the services they provide;
  • To be the employer of choice in the North East of England; and
  • To listen, learn and innovate.


  • Compassionate and dignified, high quality, safe patient care always the first priority.
  • Working together for the benefit of our patients and their families or carers.
  • Openness and honesty in everything we do.
  • Respect and encouragement for our staff.
  • Continuous improvement through research and innovation.


Although CHSFT and STFT remain individual statutory organisations, the Path to Excellence work being undertaken by STSHG is overseen by a Group Board which is Chaired by Neil Mundy, Chair of STFT. For further information relating to Group Board membership, see below.

Board membership

Neil Mundy - Chair, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust (and Chair, South Tyneside and Sunderland Healthcare Group) - Neil Mundy became Chairman of South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust in January, 2016. He is a chartered public finance accountant with many years’ experience in healthcare and economic regeneration, He has held both Executive and Non-Executive roles in public, private and third sector organisations in the North East and London. He is Vice Chair of the Joint Audit Committee for the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable of Northumbria Police and is Senior Independent Trustee of Age UK Northumberland.

John Anderson - Chair, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust (and Deputy Chair, South Tyneside and Sunderland Healthcare Group) - Mr Anderson has been Chairman of City Hospitals Sunderland since 2008. Mr Anderson sold his main business (Mill Garage Group) in 1993 and has since devoted his time to public/private partnerships. He is Regional Chairman of Coutts & Co (Private Banking), RBS Group, Sun FM and Durham FM Radio. He is Executive Chairman of Milltech Training Ltd, a company that assists young people into work through apprenticeships. He is Chairman of the North East Business and Innovation Centre. In 1996 Mr Anderson was honoured with the CBE for his services to education and training and in 2006 was awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion. He has been a member of the NHS Provider Board since 2013.

Ken Bremner - Chief Executive, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust - Ken Bremner has been Chief Executive of City Hospitals Sunderland since 2004. He is a qualified accountant and joined the Trust in 1988 becoming the Finance Director in 1994 and then Deputy Chief Executive in 1998. Mr Bremner is a member of the SAFC Foundation of Light Development Board and chairs the Sunderland Partnership Executive. He is also a Non-Executive Director of the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria.

Allison Thompson - Non Executive Director, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust - Allison joined the Trust in November 2012, she is a positive, agile and results driven Executive Director with a highly successful background. She has built her career on solid, business, commercial and marketing foundations over a 24 year period and latterly held Executive positions as Chief Operating Officer and HR Director. Allison has a track record of significant commercial and restructuring success throughout her career.

Stewart Hindmarsh - Non Executive Director, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Clinical Services Review Programme

A Clinical Services Review programme is now underway the purpose of which is to look at clinical services and make recommendations to STSHG on the future configuration of services to ensure we are able to continue to provide high quality and sustainable services in the future for the communities both Trusts serve. To support and manage this process a Clinical Service Review Group has been set up which is Co-Chaired by:

  • Dr Shahid Wahid - Medical Director (STFT) and
  • Peter Sutton - Director of Planning and Business Development (CHSFT & STFT)

Patrick Garner, Programme Manager, will be leading this review process with clinical leaders from the specialties being reviewed. Terms of reference for this group, along with the timescales for these reviews can be found below:

Clinical Services Review Group Terms of Reference - updated September 2016

South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust and City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust with South Tyneside and Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Groups are working together as South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Partnership

This partnership is supporting the programme of Clinical Service Reviews.

The partnership has a dedicated website which has been set up to provide more information for the general public and news on how you can be involved. The website can be found here

Latest news

​There has been universal agreement from bodies representing health, travel and transport organisations and interest groups in South Tyneside and Sunderland to work together and resolve issues raised during the ‘Path to Excellence public consultation.

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt highlights patient safety agenda at visit to South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trusts

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