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Being one of the largest integrated organisations in the country, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital and community services to a population of over 650,000. It is also an ambitious and innovative organisation with a talented workforce of over 7,000 members.
The trust provides hospital services from two acute sites;
Darlington Memorial Hospital and 
University Hospital of North Durham
And six community hospitals:

  • Bishop Auckland Hospital 

  • Chester-le-Street Community Hospital 

  • Shotley Bridge Community Hospital 

  • Sedgefield Community Hospital 

  • Richardson Hospital 

  • Weardale Community Hospital


It has a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland. The trust provides care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield, and Weardale. In addition, it gives services to over 80 other community-based settings and providing care in patient's homes.


Durham is also known as the City of Durham, a cathedral city and civil parish in the district and county of Durham, England. The city is on the banks of the River Wear.

Sunset on Motorway


Rail: Durham station is situated on the East Coast Main Line between Edinburgh Waverley and London King's Cross. From the south, trains enter Durham over a Victorian viaduct, high above the city. A second station, Durham Elvet, had also served the city. It opened in 1893, serving passengers until 1931, goods until 1954. 
Road: By road, the A1(M), the modern incarnation of the ancient Great North Road, passes just to the east of the city. The road's previous incarnation (now numbered A167) passes just to the west.
Durham Market Place and its peninsula together formed the UK's first congestion charging area which was introduced in 2002. 
Bus Station: Durham bus station was located off North Road, a short walk from the cathedral, university and railway station. It was managed and owned by the county council. In February 2021, the bus station was demolished to make way for a £10m redevelopment, due to take 18 months to complete. Currently, scheduled buses run from temporary stands on North Road and Milburngate. The former station was served by Arriva North East and Go North East's local bus services, with frequent routes running in and around the North East England region. The bus station had 11 departure stands (lettered A–L), each of which was fitted with seating, the next bus information displays, and timetable posters.
Air: Durham's nearest airports are Teesside Airport within the county to the south-east and Newcastle Airport to the north, both of which are located 25–30 miles (40–48 km) from the city by road.


The education system in Durham consists of primary, secondary, college or sixth form and university education. 

Schools: There are a number of primary schools in the city of Durham. The state secondary schools are Belmont School Community and Arts College, Durham Johnston Comprehensive School, Framwellgate School Durham, and St Leonard's Catholic School. Apart from that, The Chorister School, Durham High School for Girls and Durham School are the three independent schools in Durham.

Further Education: New College Durham is the city's largest college of further education, which was founded in 1977 as a result of a merger between Neville's Cross College of Education and Durham Technical College. The college operated on two main sites near the city of Durham: Neville's Cross and Framwellgate Moor.

University Education: Durham is home to Durham University. It was one of the first universities to open in England for more than 600 years and is claimed to be England's third oldest after the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Durham University has an international reputation for excellence, as reflected by its ranking in the top 150 of the world's universities.

Students in Classroom


​There are plenty of tourist sites in Durham. And one of the major sites is Durham Cathedral, which is an incredible Norman place of worship and has been at the heart of the city since the 11th century and makes up Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site. Open Treasure, Durham Castle, Oriental Museum, Ivesley Equestrian Centre, etc. are leisure spots in Durham. 


The Care Quality Commission, UK, has inspected and gave an overall rating of "Good" to County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust. In addition, the trust also received a "Good" rating for the Effective, Caring, Responsive, and Well-led categories.

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is the provider of the widest range of services across the largest number of sites in the North of England. The trust consists of two acute hospitals, six community hospitals and 80 community sites, serving a population of over 650,000. 

All staff working for the trust have access to a comprehensive programme of training courses and learning opportunities. It has several teams in learning and development who will happily discuss learning opportunities open to you.

In addition to the programme of learning opportunities available, annual performance and development appraisal is mandated for all of its staff.

As an NHS organisation, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is committed to playing its part in delivering a health service where equality, diversity and human rights are embraced and communicated in the everyday work of our staff.


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