I arrived in Newcastle 10 years ago, a senior trainee on an inter-deanery transfer with a toddler and a 3 month old baby. I had many months to settle into life in the North East before I had to think about work.
We enjoyed trips to the beach, swimming, splashing in the water play Tyne at the Discovery museum and many afternoons in the park. It was a wonderful introduction to this fabulous Northern city. This region has much to offer a family with outstanding state schools, coast, city and countryside.
I am very much settled in Newcastle from both a professional and personal perspective. I’ve been an ICM/Anaesthesia consultant in Newcastle for 5 years now. I’m fortunate to have fantastic colleagues and the opportunity to practice critical care in a department that looks to the future and strives for excellence.
Many of our trainees work flexibly and combining critical care training with family commitments is entirely possible both as a trainee and afterwards as a consultant.
Consultant in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine
I have met a wide variety of people living in the north-east of England who do not originate from here. The reasons people end up living here are as wide-ranging as the reasons that brought them here in the first instance and it is far more cosmopolitan than you might expect.
Durham and Newcastle Universities attract students from all over the world because of their academic credentials and reputations of good student life. It is not surprising to me that many students choose to stay in the region after their studies.
Why? Quite possibly the same reasons I still live in the north-east some 20 years after first taking a speculative post in Sunderland as a newly accredited anaesthetist from overseas.
I trained in South Africa and spent a further 6 months in paediatric anaesthesia at JCUH (then South Tees) and the RVI before taking up a Consultant post in Sunderland 20 years ago. I have never looked back.
Compared to a great many other regions in the UK the north-east boasts less traffic and congestion, lower population density yet with easy access to the UKs most beautiful areas to explore and enjoy: north Yorkshire, The Lakes and Northumberland with the wilderness of Scotland not much further. Fast rail connections have you in London in 3 hours, Edinburgh in 1½ and York in 45 minutes; a network of accessible regional airports gets you anywhere in the world while local ferries link to Amsterdam and Norway and beyond.
Abundant open space, parks, cycle tracks, walking trails, world class concert halls, museums and historic sites abound and contribute to a diverse quality of life and a work / life balance that you might not expect at first glance. The history of the north is rich and fascinating too: the Vikings, the Romans, the Prince Bishops and the cross-border conflicts. It all happened here.
Give it a try. What’s the worst that can happen? You like it and never leave.
Sunderland Royal Hospital