Staff testimonials

Don’t just take our word for it…

Prof Rudy Bilous

“The commitment of the trust to academic development by the creation of the academic division, which puts education and research at the centre of what South Tees is about, is both far sighted and in my view quite exceptional. There are few other NHS organisations nationally where this can be said and it is clear from conversations with colleagues around the country that I am fortunate to work here.”

Rudy Bilous, chief of service for the academic division


Paul Reading

“Compared to my experiences at other hospitals over the years, the working environment at James Cook is excellent both in terms of facilities and work colleagues. I have been able to foster a successful sub-specialist interest in sleep medicine with encouragement and support from both management and fellow neurologists. From my perspective as a clinician, in a time of increasing financial “austerity”, the trust has generally managed to maintain morale and avoid some of the more stringent cuts that are occurring elsewhere in the health service.”

Paul Reading, consultant neurologist


Adrian Rathmell

“The James Cook University Hospital is able to provide a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for cancer patients and there is a real commitment from the specialist multidisciplinary teams to provide the best possible care. An exciting new development project within the organisation has seen a major investment in chemotherapy and radiotherapy facilities (including TomoThearapy), enabling oncologists to be at the leading edge of developing and implementing the very latest anti-cancer treatments.”

Adrian Rathmell, clinical director of radiotherapy/oncology


Nicky Laking

“I have worked in this trust since 1988 and over the time I have seen the hospital grow to an organisation that delivers truly exceptional care. They have helped me achieve the goals I set myself and supported me through my nursing career, be that clinically or academically.

“The hospital despite its vastness has a warmth and friendliness of a ‘cottage hospital’. I work with some truly inspirational people who like me enjoy working within this great team.”

Nicky Hand, nurse consultant and lead cancer nurse


Dr Douglas Muir

“My post as an interventional cardiologist in South Tees allows me to stretch my professional ambitions to the full. There is a collaborative team culture within the cardiothoracic division and trust which has allowed me to develop my practice into new subspecialty areas, enhancing job satisfaction. Colleagues are extremely supportive and the range of specialties within the trust means that help is always on hand for difficult clinical problems.”

Dr Dougie Muir, consultant cardiologist


Dr Chandra Kumar

“It has been a pleasure to work at The James Cook University Hospital initially as a trainee and latterly as a consultant. I have always received appropriate support and encouragement towards personnel developments and establishing clinical services. The support provided by my chief executive has been tremendous especially recommending me for the Platinum Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence award and for The Times Top British Doctor awards.”

Professor Chandra Kumar, consultant anaesthetist


Nursing acute“The unit has a high turnover of patients and requires staff who thrive on working at a fast pace, but enjoy seeing the results of the care given and the improvements in the patients.”

Rachel, ward 28


Acute medicine team

“Seeing patients arrive on the ward acutely unwell but leave several days later in a much improved condition allows a feeling of job satisfaction that cannot be found easily elsewhere.”

Heather, acute medicine


Acute nursing staff“I love being able to work on a ward where the care we deliver varies from nursing the acutely ill through to palliative management and always delivering excellent patient-centred care.”

Gracey, acute medicine