In this short video above, health professionals share what they love about living and working in Cumbria. Discover the wide range of opportunities we offer, from career progression and development to unique rotational posts and research opportunities.


Why Choose Cumbria?

Cumbria is a big community offering you the best of both worlds - a perfect mix of rural landscape with stunning scenery and an urban environment in easy reach of some of the big cities. The county’s scenic views are matched by the quality of life, the diversity of its communities and the friendliness of its people.

Thanks to major investment in Cumbria, there are huge opportunities to grow a successful career with the lifestyle benefits to match. With thousands of jobs being created in a wide variety of sectors, all on the doorstep of the Lake District, Cumbria is the perfect place to live, work and play.

With a variety of affordable housing, low crime rates and thriving cultural events, Cumbria is the perfect place to raise a family and pursue hobbies and passions. 

The county also has the added benefit of being within easy reach of the UK transport network, with access to road, rail, airports and major cities across the country.


GP practices in Cumbria consistently have some of the country’s highest levels of patient satisfaction.

The landscape of health care in Cumbria is changing, bringing new opportunities for GPs to work in different ways and support community services. NHS Cumbria CCG has opportunities for GPs to develop their career by specialising, taking part in clinical research and becoming involved in the county-wide improvement agenda.

There has been significant investment in the workforce over the last two years, through developments to services and increases in front line staff resulting in a number of new vacancies.

As well as a diverse range of practices, roles for GP's can be created to meet your needs, combining General Practice, Out of Hours, community and hospital roles, emphasising our local integrated approach to delivering health care to our population.

NHS Cumbria CCG has excellent links with Health Education England and local education providers, offering a range of education training and development packages for GPs. We also provide supportive networks for recently qualified doctors and nurses and the infrastructure to support high-quality clinical research.

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NHS England, Health Education England (HEE), the British Medical Association (BMA) and Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) have been working together to support recruitment in areas to which it has traditionally been hard to recruit.

NHS England is funding a £20,000 salary supplement to attract GP trainees to work in areas of the country where GP training places have been unfilled for a number of years.

The scheme is open to GP trainees committed to working for three years in areas identified by the GP National Recruitment Office (GPNRO) as having the hardest to recruit to training places in England.

In 2016 we filled 122 places (an 86% fill rate), and in 2017 this increased to 133 places (a 93% fill rate). In 2018, we are jointly funding 265 TERS places with HEE.

Why is the salary supplement scheme needed?

Although overall recruitment of GPs is increasing, in some parts of England a significant proportion of GP training places remain unfilled. The scheme tests whether additional financial incentives attract trainees to areas of the country with historically low fill rates.

The scheme seeks to relieve pressure on some of the GP practices in England currently facing the most severe recruitment challenges, thereby improving patient access in these areas over time.

Where are the hard to recruit training places?

Health Education England has identified a number of training places with the lowest fill rates between 2013 and 2017. The locations are:

  • Swindon
  • Somerset
  • North Devon
  • Plymouth
  • Isle of Wight
  • North Cumbria
  • Durham & North Yorkshire
  • Lancaster
  • Blackpool
  • South Cumbria
  • Crewe
  • Doncaster
  • Hull
  • Northern Lincolnshire
  • Scarborough
  • Bassetlaw
  • Lincolnshire (Boston & Lincoln)
  • Sherwood Forest
  • Norfolk
  • Ipswich
  • Bury St Edmunds
  • Hereford and Worcester
  • Stafford and Staffordshire

How were the training places identified for the scheme?

GP training directors identified those areas which had the lowest fill rates consistently over the last four years. To be fair to applicants all posts advertised within the specific area have been included in the scheme. This led to the twelve most hard to fill areas being identified which, on average, had a 50 per cent or less fill rate for the last three years.

How do trainees apply for the scheme?

Those interested in the scheme should review their preferences within their GP application within Oriel prioritising a ‘hard to recruit to’ training place. In the event that any of the hard to recruit training places is oversubscribed, standard recruitment and selection processes for training places will be applied.

For further detail, please visit the GPNRO website.

What happens if a GP trainee on the scheme leaves early?

GP trainees will need to sign an agreement to complete the three year placement, with no relocation option, prior to receiving the salary supplement. Should a trainee need to leave their training place before completing the three year placement, they would need to make a pro-rata repayment of the salary supplement.

Is the payment subject to tax?

The HMRC have advised that these payments will be subject to tax. Therefore, tax will be taken at source via the trainee’s employer payroll. Trainees are encouraged to seek financial advice and speak to their local tax office if they believe they are exempt from this tax.

View this information on the NHS England website.