Specialty Training


A warm welcome from Specialty Training. Within Health Education England  we coordinate and facilitate the training of secondary care specialties within the north east and Cumbria.

We work closely with clinicians in every specialty either through a School structure and / or through a Specialty Training Committee, to provide the highest quality training, supervision and support.  This is evidenced by our being continually ranked as one of the best in the country by trainees in the annual NTS GMC survey.

Our main areas of work include:

  • Supporting trainees in achieving their full potential and becoming the best consultants they can be;
  • Ensuring we successfully recruit to the agreed number of specialty trainees in order to meet the needs of patients in our region;
  • Developing our faculty of clinical educators to design and deliver high quality education and professional development.

All of our training programmes offer you an exceptionally varied training experience.  We have a first class support structure of experienced and knowledgeable staff here to help you and support you during your training.  We have comprehensive policies and processes so you can be assured we conduct our business in a fair and transparent way. All Specialty training programmes are operated in accordance with the Gold Guide and GMC regulatory requirements.

To contact a member of the specialty team please refer to our contact list

For all HR, Recruitment or Employment queries please contact your relevant HR Officer in the Lead Employer Trust (LET) or telephone the helpdesk 0191 275 4782.

Whether you are considering applying to one of our training programmes, a current trainee, or involved in delivering education and training we hope you find all the information you are looking for and more on these pages (if not, tell us and we will change it!).

North Cumbria Targeted Enhanced Recruitment Scheme 2021

Dear Doctor in Training

Many specialty trainees have expressed reluctance to being placed at North Cumbria University Hospital NHS Trust due to the additional commuting that this often entails. We understand that for some trainees this places significant extra demands upon their time and sometimes upon their financial situation. In recognition of this and to incentivise trainees being placed in North Cumbria University Hospitals we have secured an agreement that any specialty trainee, regardless of grade, placed there from August 2021 will be eligible for a single “Targeted Enhanced Recruitment Scheme” gross payment of £7,000 for a 12 month placement (or pro rata if the placement is less than 12 months). This will be subject to terms and conditions and the payment will be subject to tax. Note that there is nothing we can do about the payment being taxable as regulations are set by HMRC not ourselves. The payment is being generously provided by North Cumbria Integrated Care and Cumbria, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trusts.

The intention is that you will receive payment via your employer, the Lead Employer Trust, within the first couple of months of your training placement in North Cumbria. We are informing our networks of this now to make doctors in training aware prior to making their ranking selections because in some specialties, trainees are asked to express choices about where they are placed and this information may affect their choices. For rotations where you will automatically be placed at North Cumbria University Hospitals as part of your required training programme, you will also be entitled to receive this payment.

It is important to remember the final decision on trainee placement allocation will remain with your Training Programme Director who will take into account curriculum requirements, the individual trainee’s needs and fairness.

Very many thanks for your continued commitment to the NHS and to the North East and North Cumbria.


Dr Richard Bellamy

Deputy Dean and Director of Specialty Training


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