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NHS Foundation trust

On April 1, 2019, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust merged to form South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust (STSFT). The new Trust provides acute hospital and community-based healthcare services to a population of approximately 430,000 people in South Tyneside and Sunderland. They have a dedicated team of over 8,000 employees who provide outstanding care and collaborate to achieve the highest quality standards for their patients.

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust consists of:

  • South Tyneside District Hospital

  • Haven Court, South Tyneside

  • Palmer Community Hospital (Jarrow) 4. Clarendon (Hebburn)

  • Elmville Unit, Monkton Hall (Jarrow) 6. Sunderland Royal Hospital

  • Sunderland Eye Infirmary

  • Sunderland Children’s Centre

  • St Benedict’s Hospice (Ryhope)

  • Intermediate Care and Rehabilitation unit (ICAR) (Houghton)

  • Durham Treatment Centre

  • Gateshead Equipment Services


The majority of the city is built on a low range of hills that runs parallel to the coast. It is approximately 80 metres above sea level on average. Sunderland is divided by the River Wear, which runs through the heart of the city in a deeply incised valley known as the Hylton gorge. Several smaller bodies of water run through the suburbs, including the Hendon Burn and the Barnes Burn. The Queen Alexandra Bridge at Pallion, the Wearmouth Bridge just north of the city centre, and, most recently, the Northern Spire Bridge between Castletown and Pallion connect the city's north and south sides. The Hylton Viaduct, located west of the city, carries the A19 dual-carriageway over the Wear (see map below). The majority of Sunderland's suburbs are located west of the city centre, with 70% of the population living on the south side of the river and 30% on the north side. The city's boundaries include the seafronts of Hendon and Ryhope in the south and Seaburn in the north.


Sunderland has eighteen secondary schools, the majority of which are comprehensive. The exam results at St Robert of Newminster Catholic School, a coeducational secondary and sixth form in Washington, are excellent. Comprehensive schools, on the other hand, thrive, such as St Anthony's (for girls) and St Aidan's (for boys). Both continue to receive high marks. Sunderland is home to 76 primary schools. Doxford Park's Mill Hill Primary School has the highest 'Value Added.'

Inside the Subway Station


Bus: Sunderland has excellent bus networks that serve the entire city as well as nearby areas such as Washington and Houghton-le-Spring, as well as Newcastle and Durham. 

The Sunderland Connect Bus (700) connects many of the city's major attractions and stops at Roker Beach in the summer. Sunderland Connect Bus travel is free for University of Sunderland students and local residents with valid student ID. 

An All Day Ticket costs as little as £2.10. A weekly ticket costs £11.00 and a family ticket costs £8.00.

Metro: The Tyne and Wear Metro is a popular way to travel around Sunderland and the wider North East. Sunderland's Stadium of Light, city centre and University of Sunderland are all on the route. Metros connect Sunderland to the coast, suburbs, Newcastle International Airport, and the city centre. Direct links to Newcastle Central Station take up to 30 minutes, while Newcastle International Airport is an hour away from Sunderland's main Metro station.


Sunderland is a vibrant city in which to make memories and share experiences. The historic and cultural landmarks in Sunderland will appeal to both families and urban explorers; from museums to heritage trails, art galleries to theatres, Sunderland is rich in history while also being built for the future. 


Additionally, Sunderland's vibrant nightlife is not to be missed. The city is home to an array of fantastic bars, cafes, and restaurants serving everything from local cuisine and artisanal beers to international dishes and unique cocktail combinations, among other things.

City by night


Occupational health services on-site 

Childcare support

Throughout your pregnancy, you can attend regular 'drop in' clinics or take advantage of our organised play programme during the school holidays (for children aged 4-14 years). 

We provide childcare vouchers through a salary sacrifice scheme, which can help you save money and make paying for nursery or childminding care easier. 

We can provide emergency childcare for children aged 0 to 5. 

We have a keep in touch scheme for staff on maternity, paternity, and adoption leave, as well as bi-monthly face-to-face advice sessions with the Childcare Co-ordinator. 

Employee Assistance Plan 

All of their employees have free access to the Employee Assistance Program, which offers a variety of personal support services, including counselling, financial, and legal advice, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 


Center for Physical Fitness 

On the Sunderland site, they have a dedicated staff fitness centre that is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to midnight and Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The gym was recently renovated and includes a fully equipped gym with the most up-to-date cardio and weight training equipment, an aerobics studio, a sauna and steam room, shower and changing facilities, and a coffee lounge / relaxation area. They offer a very affordable membership package that includes access to the gym and all classes. ​

Development and Training 

Work bicycles are tax-free. 

Employee car programme 

Knowles can help you lease a brand new car. The types of cars available are limited to those with CO2 emissions of no more than 155k/mg, in accordance with the Trust's Green Travel Plan. 

Dining facilities for employees 

There's a staff restaurant on the main hospital campus, as well as one in the Education Centre and the Eye Infirmary, which serves a variety of hot/cold meals, snacks, salads, sandwiches, confectionary, and beverages. 


Employee Lottery 

This lottery is open to all employees. In addition to large cash prizes, the lottery generates funds for employee amenities and benefits such as Employee Benefits Day. 


Schemes for discounted rail and bus travel 

You can save money on rail and bus travel by using our Metro Discount Saver Scheme and Go North East's Buzzfare scheme. 


Employee Discount 

Working for the NHS entitles you to a variety of discounts on the high street and online. When you join the team, we'll send you information on how to sign up and save money.


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