School of Medical Education

Base Units

Base Units (Clinical Learning Centres)

Overview

Base units, or clinical learning centres, are a group of hospitals and general practices within the region where our medical students undertake the majority of their clinical training.

Students will spend Years 3, 4 and 5 in a clinical base unit.

High-quality training

Our regional medical school comprises four base units.

Each one draws upon its own particular strengths to deliver high-quality undergraduate and postgraduate training. They are:

Each base unit is led by a Clinical Sub-Dean; a senior clinician committed to the aims and objectives of the programme.

Each Clinical Sub-Dean co-ordinates the Unit Leads responsible for the delivery of individual clinical attachments, eg child health.

Point of contact

The first point of contact for student support is the base unit office.

All students will still have access to student support provided by the University, Medical School and their personal tutor.

Northumbria

The Northumbria base unit enjoys the best of both worlds, with one half located only 10 miles from Newcastle near the beautiful North East coastline. The other is on the other side of the country in the heart of the stunning Lake District.

Approximately 150 students are allocated to the Northumbria base unit each year, although a number choose to study at its hospitals as part of the student selected component of the programme.

Highly regarded

The base unit enjoys excellent facilities, which are highly regarded by current students. The hospitals which make up the Northumbria base unit are:

  • North Tyneside General Hospital (Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Wansbeck General Hospital (Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Hexham General Hospital (Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital (Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Cumberland Infirmary (North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust)
  • West Cumberland Hospital (North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust)

In addition, the base unit enjoys a close relationship with a number of general practices where students spend time in Years 3, 4 and 5.

Mental health and disability expertise 

They are able to draw upon the services of the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

This is one of the largest mental health and disability trusts in England, to provide teaching and learning opportunities in this key area.

The base unit office is located at North Tyneside General Hospital.

Hospitals in the base unit enjoy an excellent reputation for foundation training programmes following graduation.

Tees

The Tees base unit is located in the south of the region and has had close links with Newcastle University for many years.

Students are allocated to the Tees base unit in each year of the course. A number choose to study at the base unit hospitals as part of the student selected component (SSC) of the programme.

Excellent facilities

The base unit enjoys excellent facilities, which are highly regarded by current students. The hospitals which make up the Tees base unit are:

  • James Cook University Hospital (South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
  • University Hospital of North Tees (North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Darlington Memorial Hospital (County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Friarage Hospital, Northallerton (South Tees NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Bishop Auckland Hospital (County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust)

In addition, the base unit enjoys a close relationship with a significant number of general practices, where students spend time in all five years.

NHS Foundation Trust

We are able to draw upon the services of the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust to provide teaching and learning opportunities in this key area.

The base unit office is located at James Cook University Hospital.

Hospitals in the base unit enjoy an excellent reputation for foundation training programmes following graduation. They offer a number of clinical academic foundation programmes, as well as the traditional foundation programmes of clinical rotations.

Tyne

The Tyne base unit is based within the city of Newcastle and Gateshead and so is located very near to the University. Indeed, one hospital is joined onto the Medical School itself.

Approximately 200 students are allocated to the Tyne base unit each year, although a number choose to study at the base unit hospitals as part of the student selected component of the programme in Year 4.

Hospitals

The base unit enjoys excellent facilities, which are highly regarded by current students. The hospitals which make up the Tyne base unit are:

  • Royal Victoria Infirmary (Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Freeman Hospital (Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust)

City GPs

In addition, the base unit enjoys a close relationship with a number of general practices in and around the city where students spend time both in Later Years.

We are able to draw upon the services of the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

This is one of the largest mental health and disability trusts in England. They provide teaching and learning opportunities in this key area.

The base unit office is located at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Foundation training

Hospitals in the base unit enjoy an excellent reputation for foundation training programmes following graduation.

They offer a number of clinical academic foundation programmes as well as the traditional foundation programmes of clinical rotations.

Wear

The Wear base unit is located in and around the Sunderland and Durham areas.

Approximately 180 students are allocated to the Wear base ynit each year. A number choose to study at the base unit hospitals as part of the student selected component of the programme.

The base unit enjoys excellent facilities, which are highly regarded by current students. The hospitals which make up the Wear base unit are:

  • Sunderland Royal Hospitals (Sunderland Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust)
  • University Hospital of North Durham
  • South Tyneside General Hospital (South Tyneside NHS Foundations Trust)

Close relationship

In addition, the base unit enjoys a close relationship with a number of general practices where students spent time their Later Years.

We are able to draw upon the services of the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, which is one of the largest mental health and disability trusts in England.

They provide teaching and learning opportunities in this key area.

The base unit office is located at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Excellent reputation

Hospitals in the base unit enjoy an excellent reputation for foundation training programmes following graduation.

Base Unit Map

We have 17 base units, all over the North East region.