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Base Units

Base Units

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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:

  • Northumbria
  • Tyne
  • Wear
  • Tees

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.

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.

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.

Wear

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

Approximately 180 students are allocated to the Wear base unit 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)