Welcome to NCGPTP

We look forward to meeting you and feel sure you will enjoy training with us.
We are an innovative and flexible training programme, offering each trainee a tailor-made three year rotation. Clinical experience is offered across a wide range of GP training practices and hospital specialities, including some exciting integrated training posts. Our close knit GP Training Programme team and our excellent GP Trainers offer comprehensive educational and pastoral support throughout the 3 years of training and beyond. We are proud of our philosophy of making this support individual to each Trainee’s needs.

Introductory session

We invite all those allocated a training place with the North Cumbria programme to come and meet us at an Introductory Session which is planned for each new intake. (This is in addition to a one to one telephone discussion to plan your rotation).

You will meet the rest of the group who are starting training with you as well as the training programme team and GP Trainees who are currently on the programme. You will have the opportunity to participate in a group teaching session. A tour of the hospital is offered to all who have not worked here before. A tour of the practice to which you have been allocated may be arranged with prior notification.

We are happy to provide a complimentary lunch but unfortunately, travel and subsistence cannot be reimbursed.

Being a trainee

Contract of employment

During your training you are employed by a Lead Employer Trust (LET). The LET will be the employer for GP trainees for the duration of their GP training and any queries relating to salaries, holiday, study leave, terms and conditions of service should be discussed with them. You will receive a Welcome Pack including your formal employment contract directly from the LET.


The salary will be based on the Trainee Practitioner scale with variations for those GP Trainees entering the Programme with additional relevant experience. Details of the current scale can be obtained from the LET.


You are responsible for organising and managing your own accommodation during GP Training. The Programme may be able to signpost options for new trainees, unfamiliar with the area, looking for inspiration. We suggest that you bear in mind travel-to-work time when choosing accommodation.

Claiming expenses

The LET will advise you of any expenses that can be claimed and how you go about it.

Driving License

On starting their first appointment to General Practice, all GP Trainees must have a full current driving license. In the unfortunate situation where a trainee does NOT possess a full driving license when in a General Practice post, he/she will be expected to provide equivalent transport for themselves - e.g. a chauffeured service while 'on call'.

Planning your training

At your initial telephone contact with a Training Programme Director you will have the opportunity to consider the details of your training plan. This will take into consideration your preferences, your learning needs and may be influenced by the availability of different posts at specific points in your training.

Here are links to programme outline, allocations, training practices, integrated posts, hospital posts and special opportunities.

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