Our Northumbria Health and Care Academy is due to open this June with its first cohort of trainee nursing associates (TNAs) starting.

Recruitment for this cohort has now closed, but a second cohort will be recruited later this year.

If you:

  • have an interest in becoming a nursing associate,
  • would like to train within Northumbria Healthcare,
  • and are interested in gaining a foundation degree from the University of Sunderland,

then we would like to hear from you. You can register your interest by emailing healthandcareacademy@northumbria.nhs.uk

Our trainee nursing associates (TNAs) will have a keen interest in working in the caring profession and 12 months of experience in a health or care setting.

You will earn a salary while receiving teaching within our new purpose-built Health and Care Academy at the Northumbria hospital in Cramlington.

Your learning experience will be reinforced through placements within our trust, where you'll have the opportunity to work alongside dedicated, skilled professionals who are keen to help and support your journey.

Our undergraduate course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), so on successful completion, you will be eligible to register with them.

Our Health and Care Academy is due to open this June on the site of the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington.

Here you can receive off-the-job training and clinical skills sessions as part of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

An ambitious partnership with the University of Sunderland means a series of academic programmes and apprenticeships are being developed to enhance the skills of healthcare staff. The partnership means the Academy is the first facility of its kind in the North, and just the second in the country.

The academy is based on the first floor of the building with a separate entrance to the ground-floor GP surgery.


Rooms and conferencing

Our academy has 4 large classrooms which seat 20 people cabaret-style or up to 50 lecture-style. All four classrooms have movable partition walls for flexible classroom sizes, accommodating up to 200 for conferences or large events. There are 4 smaller classrooms which accommodate 10 to 15 students. All classrooms have a full video conferencing set-up, interactive c-touch teaching screens with digital whiteboards and links to SMOTS observation cameras in simulated clinical practice areas of the academy.

We have a large breakout area with two pods for single-person use and multiple seating areas.

We have a fully resourced and staffed library with 12 adaptable sit/stand workstations which will offer skills sessions on referencing, essay-writing and study skills for all programmes associated with the academy.


Enjoy your breakfast, lunch or dinner at our canteen or mini mart.

Changing rooms

At the academy, we have male, female and gender-neutral changing spaces, showers and toilets available for staff and students.

The academy building is open from 8am until 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Students are not permitted to be on site outside of these hours unless they are attending an evening event. Students who wish to use the library outside of these hours can access the library within the main hospital building, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Northumbria Health and Care Academy
Northumbria Way
NE23 6NZ


Students are entitled to apply for a car parking permit at our academy. This permit entitles you to park in an available space in a designated staff parking area. A permit does not guarantee a parking space. Staff are required to pay for parking and charges are levied according to staff pay grade and hours worked.

There are disabled parking bays at the front of the Academy building which can be used by any student with a valid disabled parking badge.

There are electric vehicle charging spaces which can be used for up to four hours by those with a valid staff parking permit. There is a cost associated with these charging points and payment is set up via the provider app.

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