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Job Vacancy

Thinking about working in England’s most beautiful county*?

*It isn’t the UK’s top tourist destination for nothing.

Why should you come and work in Cumbria?

Countryside view

We currently have the following vacancy available:

Salaried GP/GP Partner - 6 sessions preferably (negotiable)

During these difficult times, there’s a huge amount of benefits to working in a rural practice, with wide open spaces and clean country air! So if you’re looking for a change of scenery, it doesn’t get any better than this!

Due to an upcoming retirement, we’re looking for an enthusiastic, dedicated and self-motivated GP to join our friendly team at the Upper Eden Medical Practice in Kirkby Stephen.

Please Note: The start date for this vacancy is the end of October/beginning of November 2021.

At the Upper Eden Medical Practice we have a genuine, family orientated approach to our patients and we pride ourselves on delivering an exceptional quality of care. With a list size of 6700 patients, we all enjoy the rewards and recognition that comes from really knowing our patients and you could contribute in making our practice even better!

We actively encourage special interests and we will always support you to ensure that you maintain professional stimulus as well as your own personal development. We’re also a training practice, and we’re keen to encourage new GP’s to embrace and promote our values and high standard of patient care.

Lying with the Pennines to the east and the Lake District Fells to the west, the beautiful Eden Valley around the River Eden is a mix of lush green countryside, traditional towns and attractive sandstone villages. Surrounded by this spectacular scenery, the ancient market town of Kirkby Stephen in the Upper Eden Valley is an inviting prospect for anyone who loves the outdoor life and would appreciate the benefits of living in one of the most scenic locations in England. We have excellent schools and a great 6th Form, making it an ideal location if you have a family. Kirkby Stephen also has the added benefit of being only 10 minutes from the M6 and West Coast mainline railway, so you can reach the likes of Manchester and Newcastle with ease!

So if you'd like to work in an established practice, with a dedicated team of GP partners and a great support team, then we’d love to hear from you!

But please don't take our word for it. The following testimonials were provided by two GP’s who wanted to share their experiences of the practice:

I joined the Upper Eden Practice for a short term contract in early 2019. I had been previously working in rural Scotland for a number of years so was a bit apprehensive about working back in a busy English practice. I needn’t have worried!! The practice is wonderful! The GP’s are very friendly with a mass of varied experience between them. The nursing, reception, secretarial, management and pharmacy teams are just lovely. So supportive and happy to help with any queries (which I had a great deal of, working with a new prescribing system and never having used EMIS web before!).

The patients were so welcoming and having 15 minute appointments meant I felt I could really get to know them and provide a good service to them.

This is a job where you can really enjoy being a GP, in a stunning setting with friendly and resilient patients and great colleagues. If I was staying in England I’d be staying here!!

- Dr Sarah Elliott, MBChB (Salaried GP)

Since retiring from a local rural practice I have been a very regular locum at Kirkby Stephen for the last 8 years. The practice is a wonderful example of family medicine with a wholly

excellent team of doctors and staff. The patients are resilient and the area is a joy to work and live in. Their reputation is fully deserved and I can thoroughly recommend them.

- Dr David Unwin, MA, MB, BChir, MRCGP (Locum GP)

If our vacancy sounds appealing, we would encourage you to come for an informal visit where you can take a look around, meet the team and enjoy our beautiful location!

For further information or if you would like to arrange an informal visit, please contact our Practice Manager Andrew Pearse, Dr Matthew Galea or Dr Davina Solomon, on 017683 71369. To apply please email your CV and cover letter to or post them to Andrew Pearse, Practice Manager, Upper Eden Medical Practice, Silver Street, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria CA17 4RB.

Closing date: 31st July 2021

Tel: 017683 71369

Click here to download the job description.

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