University hospital status

We have strong links with the Universities of Newcastle, Durham and Teesside.

Medical students James Cook Hospital

The trust is the lead for the Teesside base unit for the regional Medical School for Newcastle University.

In this role we co-ordinate the placement and teaching of around 80 students during their third and fifth years and host similar numbers during their special study component option modules in year 4.

Members of the trust assist with teaching on year 1 and 2 of the medical degree programme which is run at Durham University Queens Campus in Stockton.

In addition we provide training for nursing and professions allied to medicine for students from Teesside University.

To help us fulfil this teaching role we have a purpose built clinical teaching area in the South Tees Institute of Learning, Research and Innovation as well as two linked lecture theatres with audio-visual connections throughout the hospital. We also have a large and well-stocked library and IT suite.

There are now over 20 clinical professorial posts across the trust with honorary chairs at the Universities of Durham and Teesside. In addition there are two established chairs, one in clinical medicine and one in rheumatology from Newcastle University.

Several consultants have job plans which include a major teaching component and as such are closely involved in curriculum development and delivery across the regional medical schools.

Those members of staff who undertake regular teaching are eligible for either teaching associate or in some situations honorary clinical senior lectureship at Newcastle University.


Newly appointed colleagues are welcome to approach the undergraduate directorate if they wish to get involved in medical and other undergraduate teaching.

The academic division also has the research and development directorate  (R & D) and part hosts the research design service (RDS) for the northern region.

Any member of staff who wishes to undertake clinical or other research is welcome to approach the RDS and/or the R & D directorate for help and advice. There is also a small clinical trials unit available for phase three studies and members of staff interested in exploring this facility should in the first instance contact the R & D directorate.