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The James Cochrane Practice is an innovative, vibrant and expanding GP Surgery in Kendal. We are keen to attract caring, motivated and passionate colleagues, with excellent communication and clinical skills. We hope you can consider joining our well-established family practice and help us build our team fit for an exciting future.

Why work with us?

 We can offer you an invigorating and supportive working environment with excellent opportunities for career development. You will be working alongside compassionate colleagues, who strive for a good work / life balance while achieving high-quality patient care.

Would you like to put your passion into practice seeing patients supported by a large and diverse team? If this sounds appealing, why not come and talk to us. We can offer flexible working packages, and sessions.

We currently have the following vacancies, click on the links for details.


Long Term Conditions Nurse

We are looking a long term conditions nurse, up to 37 hours per week.

Long Term Conditions Nurse

*Closing date: 31st July 2019

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

We are looking an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, up to 37 hours per week.

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

*Closing date: 31st July 2019

General Practitioner

We are keen to attract caring, motivated and passionate GPs, with excellent communication and clinical skills. We hope you can consider joining our well-established family practice and help us build our team fit for an exciting future. We are a training practice with lots of learning opportunities and this supports our passion to develop future GPs.

We are looking for a Partner GP (7 sessions) and/or salaried GP (up to 6 sessions)

GP vacancy

*Closing date: 31st July 2019

Medical Receptionist

We are looking for someone with natural customer service skills and the ability to understand and respond to individual patient needs, ensuring that our patients are looked after at all times. Experience within a similar role is desirable however full training will be given.

37 hours per week over 5 days (Monday – Friday). This role is to cover maternity leave for 12 months.

Receptionist vacancy

*closing date 5th July 2019

*These job adverts will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received. Please apply as soon as you can, if interested.

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About The James Cochrane Practice

The James Cochrane Practice takes care of the community in Kendal and the surrounding areas. We operate 2 surgeries, Helme Chase Surgery situated in the South of the town and Maude Street Surgery situated in the North. We provide GP and nursing appointments at both sites and can dispense medication to patients living more than 1.6 kilometres outside of Kendal, within our Practice boundary.

We are strongly committed to the future of General Practice and support a host of nursing and medical trainees.

Our History

Dr James Cochrane started the practice in 1913 practising from a small building at the corner of Maude Street; he was joined by his brother, Dr Alec Cochrane in 1918. In 1927, a small purpose built surgery was built which was situated where our Maude Street Surgery stands today. The practice continued to grow with the formation of the National Health Service in 1948, and the linking with a neighbouring practice in 1958.

In 1995, the James Cochrane Practice purchased the former Helme Chase Maternity Home on Burton Road in Kendal; the building was converted into a surgery to our own specifications and opened as a second site, the Helme Chase Surgery as we know it today.

Car Parking

Car parking for patients is available at Helme Chase Surgery.

Please allow extra time to park as spaces are limited and fill up quickly during peak times, and you may need to find alternative parking off site.

Patients needing to park their vehicles to attend Maude Street Surgery will find on road or multi-storey car parking nearby.

Car Parks Near our Maude Street Surgery


The practice was last inspected by the CQC in November 2016, you can find our full report here CQC 2016

Publication of Earnings

All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average) for GP’s working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.

The average pay for GP’s working in the James Cochrane Practice in the last financial year before Tax and National Insurance was £52,342, this is for 1 full time GP, 9 part time GP’s and 0 locum GP’s who worked in the practice for more than 6 months.

It should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the practice, and should not be used to form any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparison with any other practice.