North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust operates from two acute hospital sites providing secondary care to the residents of Carlisle, Eden, Allerdale and Copeland. 

1. Cumberland Infirmary

2. West Cumberland Hospital




Training at North Cumbria means you'll be on the doorstep of England's largest National Park and newest World Heritage site, the Lake District.

Medical training with North Cumbria

The population in north Cumbria is approximately 340,000. We provide an extended range of district general hospital services including two A&E departments,  a full range of cancer services (oncology, chemotherapy, nuclear medicine and radiotherapy), maxillo-facial surgery and rehabilitation medicine.


We have a strong reputation for providing high quality training and have well established links with Health Education North East, Newcastle University, University of Cumbria and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Maintaining this reputation is key to ensuring the future sustainability of our services and our ability to recruit high quality staff.


In particular the Trauma & Orthopaedics department in North Cumbria runs the busiest trauma unit for a district general hospital within the region. It offers all aspects of elective orthopaedic care except spinal services. It is one of three centres in the UK that has a significant knee osteotomy service with a consultant who has a national recognition for this work.


Training at all levels (foundation, core and specialty) are trained within the department with good support given to all, appropriate to level of training. Unlike many units, the core trainees are part of the middle grade rota giving them the trauma experience they need to fulfil their curriculum requirements.


Foundation doctors are timetabled to attend clinic and theatre sessions so that they gain a wider experience within the specialty than purely being the ward doctor.

Financial incentive

If you choose north Cumbria for your foundation or specialty training you can receive a £7,000 payment as part of the targeted enhanced recruitment scheme.




At North Cumbria, we have a strong reputation for providing high quality medical training and have well established links with the Health Education North East, Newcastle University, University of Cumbria and Lancashire University.


Future developments


With some big changes underway to our health and care services, it’s an exciting time to join us and make a difference. We’ve been working closer with Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for some time and are now looking at ways to formally join our organisations together.

We’re also working closer with our health and care partners in north and south Cumbria to develop integrated care. The North Cumbria Health and Care system was recently announced by NHS England as part of the next wave of Integrated Care System and was described as ‘an exemplar for the ways in which organisations should be working together.’

National confidence in our services has resulted in North Cumbria securing more than £65m in funding which will be used to improve cancer services and for the next phase of the redevelopment of West Cumberland Hospital which has already benefitted for a £90m redevelopment in October 2015. This will also include working with UCLan to develop academic facilities and student accommodation on-site.

What our trainees say:

Rosalyn Hallewell,

Clinical teaching fellow

There’s a wonderful team atmosphere, everyone knows everyone, they’ll always stop to chat on the stairs, people ask how your days going, and are there to listen if it’s not going so well.  Because the teams are so small, often just F1, F2, registrar and consultant, you really know your seniors, and they know you.


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