North Cumbria can offer a range of opportunities for those working in primary care.

We have urban and rural practices, we are developing a mixed primary care workforce and our strong collaborative approach there are opportunities to design roles across organisations.

There are also opportunities to link into research, teaching, specialism and management and leadership.

For GPs we welcome trainees, established practitioners and newly qualified GPs for whom we can guarantee study time to explore opportunities of your own interest through our supported Fellowship Programme.

For nurses we offer a range of specialist roles and a new Nursing Fellowship Programme with additional support.

We are developing other roles, you can read more below:

Why consider north Cumbria?

We can offer a range of opportunities and experiences in communities that value their primary care teams. We can offer a range of roles - that you may be help to develop - to suit you and your ambitions. We would urge you to get in touch to have a chat about what may be possible via:

What can we offer people wanting to work as GPs?

•    Flexible working
•    Partner roles
•    Salaried positions
•    Roles across organisations

What type of Practices do we have?

•    Traditional Practices, Social Enterprise Providers and a Not-for-Profit collaborative
•    Trainee positions
•    Newly qualified support through our Fellowship Programme
•    Experienced roles
•    Rural and Urban
•    Small and Large
•    In person and remote opportunities

What opportunities do we have?

We have Practice nurses, nurse practitioners and opportunities to specialise in specific areas such as diabetes, long term conditions and children’s health.

You can find out more via:

Information if you are interested in developing or working here.

We currently have 5 PAs working across north Cumbria. If you are interested in training to be a PA or joining as a PA you may want to contact them for a chat about the opportunities and experience here.

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Rebecca Lander - Eden Primary Care Network iCAT
    Rebecca qualified as a PA in the US and has vast experience working across many countries and specialities. She works on the iCAT team, across the Eden PCN GP practices performing patient clinical assessments and co-ordinating appropriate care with the individual practice clinical teams.
  • ​​​​​​​​Lori Verey - Lakes Medical Practice Penrith
    Lori qualified as a PA in 2008 and has worked in primary care and secondary care.  She has worked at the Lakes Medical Practice for 5 years now. She is also involved with PA student supervision and works as a PA Ambassador.  To contact her directly email
  • ​​​​​​​​​​Kia Nicholson- Fellview Practice, Whitehaven
    Kia qualified from UCLAN in 2021.  Originally from Whitehaven she is delighted to continue working in the area.  She started working at Fellview in January and is enrolled on the Preceptorship scheme.  Her work currently focuses on acute on the day face to face cases with some telephone triage.  She also has particular interests in Mental Health and Women’s Health which she hopes to build on in the future.
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​Stephanie Kelly – Workington primary care centre.
    Stephanie qualified from UCLAN this year and started her induction at Workington last month.  She will work alongside a multidisciplinary team and will focus on acute on the day patient assessments initially.
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​Kinza Ali -Lowther Medical Practice- Until recently Kinza worked at Lowther Practice doing a split preceptorship across primary and secondary care at West Cumberland hospital.  If you’d like to hear more about split preceptorships. Please contact

Training - The University of UCLAN runs a PA course at Whitehaven.  Hosting PA placements is an opportunity to understand further the PA role prior to employing a PA.  Placements are 6-8 weeks long and £102/day funding is available.  Practices don’t need to be training practices.  For further information contact course leader Tim Smith at:

Support for employing a PA in primary care:


  • Physician Associates are included in the Additional roles funding scheme.
  • HEE North East and North Cumbria Preceptorships- Financial funding and provision of weekly GP led teaching.  In addition to ARRS, preceptorship funding is available to Practices and PCNS employing a newly qualified PA (within their first 2 years of practice) or PA new to working in primary care. Please contact for more details.
  • PA Ambassador support. Five PA Ambassadors work across the North East and North Cumbria to support PAs and their employers. Please contact them with questions or for further information at

Future events:

PAs in primary care across North East the North Cumbria webinar: PAs and their supervisors talk about how the role works in practice.  For further information and to sign up for the event please contact

We have a range of roles including:

  • Physicians Associates
  • Medical Support Workers
  • Social prescribers and allied link workers
  • Care and Wellbeing co-ordinators
  • Pharmacy
  • Paramedic
  • Mental Health workers

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