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Thinking about being a GP in West Cheshire?

Cheshire has some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK and has a rich diversity of urban centres, market towns and rural communities.

The main city in the West Cheshire area is Chester. Chester is a walled city on the River Dee and is steeped in history, with Chester Racecourse being the oldest racecourse in the country. It is a University town and is a very attractive place to live with cobbled streets, a good range of shops and a newly opened theatre.  It is surrounded by pretty rural villages and countryside. Chester is close to the border with Wales and its beaches and mountains are easily accessible.

From Chester, and Ellesmere Port, there is easy access to cities such as Liverpool and Manchester where the football teams of Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City are based.

There are good schools in Chester and the surrounding areas and lots of family activities available.  Including the award-winning Chester Zoo.

More about NHS West Cheshire CCG

Cheshire represents a large geographical county covering a population of over a million residents and has a rich diversity of urban centres, market towns and rural communities. The population comprises both affluent and deprived areas, and has a slightly older population than the national average.

NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has a registered population of 263,755 and covers 35 member practices stretching from Neston and Willaston in the west, to Bunbury and Malpas in the south and Frodsham in the east.

The Countess of Chester Hospital provides secondary care services, and Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Trust provide community and mental health services.  West Cheshire CCG works very closely with these key partners, alongside our member practices and Cheshire West and Chester local authority to improve services for our patients. 

Our work to join up health and social care services has been a key focus for the last few years, and puts West Cheshire CCG and partner organisations at the forefront of transformation and improvement of care for our patients. 

NHS West Cheshire CCG works hard to support our GP member practices to allow them to lead change across our system and improve care for their populations. We have recently supported all of our practices to take part in the Releasing Time for Care programme which aims to create time away from practice to work through service improvements for the benefit of both health professionals and patients.

Interested in working in West Cheshire?

Many of our general practice roles are advertised on our website, and via a weekly bulletin.  Vacancies can also be found via the NHS Jobs website.  For a general chat about working as a GP in the area please contact our Clinical Chair Dr Chris Ritchieson to arrange a visit to the area and meet some local GPs and practice staff.

What is happening nationally to support GPs?

NHS England GP Retention Scheme

NHS England is continuing to invest in encouraging GPs who would otherwise leave the profession to stay in clinical general practice. The GP Retention Scheme replaces the Retained Doctors Scheme 2016 and delivers a number of improvements. The GP Retention Scheme was launched on the 1st April and replaces the Retained Doctors Scheme 2016.  

The GP Retention Scheme is a package of financial and educational support to help doctors, who might otherwise leave the profession, remain in clinical general practice.

Thinking of returning to general practice?

If you’ve taken a break from NHS general practice there is a direct route back through the GP Induction and Refresher (I&R) Scheme. The scheme provides a safe supported route for qualified GPs to return to NHS general practice in England after taking a break of two years or more.


Training as a GP - National General Practice Recruitment Office

The National GP Forward View – the future plans for General Practice nationally

Health Education North West

Cheshire Local Medical Committee