It’s International Women’s Day!

Posted: 08/03/23

International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Women are an invaluable part of the NHS, making up more than three quarters of the organisation’s workforce.

This International Women’s Day, we’re highlighting the achievements of some of the incredible women who support or work for Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW), a provider of mental health and disability services in the North East:


North East student shortlisted for national nursing award

Chloe Hawkins, a nursing student from Hexham, has been shortlisted for the Student Nurse of the Year Award in the Learning Disabilities category of the Student Nursing Times Awards. Find out more Chloe’s story



CNTW nurse fronts national campaign

CNTW nurse Monica Silviya DSouza has been featured as part of an NHS England campaign aiming to highlight the support available and opportunities for internationally recruited nurses to progress in their NHS career. Read more about Monica.



Mum shares her experience to help others

A mother hopes has shared her experiences in a booklet written for CNTW to encourage parents struggling with their mental health to seek professional help. Read more.



Local NHS Peer Supporter designs fridge magnet to help people seeking support 

Mel Christie, a Peer Supporter at CNTW, designed a fridge magnet to make it easier for people to seek help for their mental health. Find out more about Mel’s story.




Virtual Event

NHS staff from across the country are also invited to join a virtual event to be held on Zoom from 10am to 12.00pm, where you will hear from our NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard; Dr Bola Owolabi, director of healthcare inequalities at NHS England; and Claire Barnett, executive director at UN Women. You will also see presentations from organisations that are doing great work to progress gender equality and make a positive difference for women working in health and care.