Practice Profile

We are a rural dispensing practice, situated in the Lake District National Park. The practice is situated in purpose built premises in the centre of the village of Caldbeck, on the edge of the Northern fells. The surgery is fourteen miles from Carlisle, and the practice area has 4,400 patients spread over approximately 100 sq. miles.

We have 5 permanent GP partners, (4 3/4 time and 1 who works 2 days), 2 practice nurses and a healthcare assistant. The practice is an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to teamwork and high quality patient care.

We are under the umbrella of Allerdale CCG. Out of hours care is covered by NHS 111 Service and Cumbria Health on Call. We are proud to be a training practice, working with the North Cumbria GP Training Scheme.

Our practice nurses are skilled in delivering acute as well chronic disease care. This includes giving immunizations, removing stitches, giving injections, treating minor injuries and other general health matters. We also have nurse leads in diabetes, asthma, cardiac care, Practice Nurse Clinics, travel health and chronic airways disease. In addition we have a nurse lead Practice Nurse Clinic, anticoagulation monitoring service and weight clinic.

Our attached staff include district nurses, a midwife, health visitor and a psychologist who works closely with the practice.

We also participate in the local BASICS immediate care scheme for which we attend most emergencies and road traffic accidents in the area.

The practice has close alliance with the Northern Fells Group and we have a Caldbeck Surgery Charitable Fund of which donations from patients or their families, are used to provide services to patients in special need.

We have been noted as leaders in patient involvement with our Caldbeck Patient Participation Group , which is a patient involvement focus project. We have an excellent in house educational program with a commitment to providing training and appraisal to all practice staff.

In 1998 we were awarded Kings Fund Organisational Award for achievement of high standards in primary care. We also participate in national collaborative projects.