Nurse recruitment

Do you pride yourself on your standard of nursing knowledge and skills? Can you demonstrate compassion in caring for patients? If so, we have vacancies in a variety of specialties and would like you to consider joining the team.

Whether you are considering joining us or are already a valued member of our nursing and midwifery team, there has never been a better time to work at City Hospitals Sunderland.

We are all about developing our staff to fulfil their potential and realise their ambitions. We want to recruit and retain the very best and so you can be sure that if you work with us you will be give every opportunity to take your career as far as you want it to go - and be supported every step of the way!

To find out more about what it's like to work for us check out our nurse recruitment brochure.

You can also view all out current vacancies on the NHS Jobs page.

Why work with us?

We have around 5,000 members of staff working across our various sites. We are a values based organisation that has a strong culture of openness and honesty and very much value every member of staff. We are a large teaching hospital with close links to our local universities. Collaboration, innovation and development is at the heart of everything we do.

We have worked in alliance with South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust since 2016 to develop and improve healthcare service across Sunderland and South Tyneside. We have made huge strides and as a result are now exploring a merger between the two Trusts, which if successful will come into force in April 2019.

Some of our outstanding facilities

  • State of the art critical care unit
  • Chemotherapy / infusion treatment unit
  • Day of surgery admission unit
  • Dedicated urology treatment centre
  • Centralised pre-admission assessment clinic
  • Cardiac catheterisation labs
  • World-class adult and children’s emergency departments – the first to be paper free at the point of care
  • Brand new Durham Treatment Centre
  • Recently refurbished Renal suite
  • Upgraded endoscopy unit and development of central scope cleaning department
  • 3D da Vinci surgical robot extended use to a range of specialities
  • Dedicated bariatric out-patient unit
  • Endovascular theatre – the first phase of our new specialist vascular unit

Our team is the backbone of our organisation and ensures that we provide safe, high quality patient care and excellent patient experience. Working with us you will be fully supported, but encouraged to develop your skills and knowledge with the help of our experienced and friendly team.

Our Path to Excellence transformation programme across South Tyneside and Sunderland is exploring new and innovative ways of delivering high quality, joined up, sustainable care that will benefit local people both now and in the future. It’s an exciting time to join us.

Nurse development

Working at City Hospitals Sunderland is both challenging and rewarding and we are committed to ensuring our nurses develop their full potential and are equipped with the skills to be able to deliver first class care to their patients.

Professional development

In order to ensure that that staff are fully aware of the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities available, we have worked in partnership with our local education providers (Northumbria University and Sunderland University) over recent years to develop a collaborative approach to CPD.

Preceptorship Accredited Based Learning

City Hospitals Sunderland has delivered a Preceptorship programme for newly qualified nurses since 2001. It is based on the 6 core skills in Knowledge and Skills Framework and also on developing and improving the clinical skills required of a newly qualified staff nurse. This process was strengthened when the trust began to work collaboratively with both local universities.

The overall strategy for Preceptorship was reviewed and a CHS Accredited Preceptorship Handbook was developed in partnership with the Universities. We were first Trust to launch its accredited programme with Northumbria University in 2008. The CHS handbook was then used as a best practice example and starting point for other trusts who were considering going down this route. Successful candidates who do not have a degree can earn 20 credits at degree level upon completion of a structured portfolio of evidence and a 2,500 word essay reflecting on their progress during the 6 month Preceptorship period. All preceptees will be expected to complete a structured portfolio of evidence.

The AWBL Preceptorship Handbook is reviewed and updated each year in order to maintain currency. The current handbook has been restructured to provide comprehensive guidance to both the candidate (preceptee) and the supervisor (preceptor). The Practice Placement Facilitator and Preceptorship Co-ordinator continue to work collaboratively with the Lead for Preceptorship at Northumbria University and more recently Sunderland with regard to marking, moderation and submission processes.

Join City Hospitals Sunderland's Nurse Bank

NHS Professionals (NHSP) is the leading provider of managed flexible worker services to the NHS. More than 100,000 general and specialist nurses, doctors, midwives, administrative and other healthcare professionals have registered with our bank. NHSP services Acute, Mental Health and Community Trusts across England, along with Social Enterprises.

NHSP work in partnership with City Hospitals Sunderland managing the day to day temporary staffing bookings for the nurse bank.

If you are not currently a permanent member of staff at City Hospitals Sunderland and would like to join the bank in order to be able to work additional shifts at the Trust, then please apply on the NHS Professionals website, selecting ‘Nursing & Midwifery’ as your profession.

For more information please contact the NHS Professionals team at Sunderland Royal Hospital on 0191 569 9803.


If you would like an informal chat with regard to registered nursing opportunities at City Hospitals Sunderland, please do not hesitate to contact:

Andrea Stubbs, Lead Nurse

0191 5656256 Ext 42698

Dennis Little, Workforce Development & Education Manager

0191 5656256 ext 42060

Julie Mills, Matron for Emergency Care

0191 5656256

Vicky Bowmaker, Employee Services Manager

0191 5656256 ext 42591

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