School engagement 

School engagement is important for those considering a career in the NHS and Primary care, by helping to promote Primary care as an employer of choice e.g. careers fairs and Springpod, our virtual careers learning platform. 

If you wish to enquire about getting involved in engagement activities or have a query please email:

Work experience

Work experience can help an individual learn more about a desired career by gaining valuable practical knowledge. It can also help to develop aspirations for previously unconsidered career options. 

At the moment Primary Care Services North Cumbria is promoting a virtual work experience programme from Springpod which is open to anyone aged 16 and over.

Full information and registration can be found here. 

University of Cumbria:

TNA Programme Lead 

Susan Little 


TNA Principle Leader 

Julie Mulinga 


Carleen Hawkins 

Senior Lecturer Nursing 

Associate Adult Pathway Lead 

3rd Yr Co-ordinator 


Fay Codona 

Senior Lecturer Adult Pathway Lead 

2nd Yr Co-ordinator 


Anne Marie Horn 

Senior Lecturer Nursing 

1st Yr Co-ordinator 




TNA Course Leader 

Kevin Wright 

Senior Lecturer 


RNDA Course Leader 

Tracey Kearns 

Senior Lecturer 


School of Nursing & Midwifery Official Correspondent to the NMC 

Tara Brookes 

Deputy Associate Dean 


Tyler Warburton 

School of nursing & midwifery (nursing)  


What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a formal training programme which supports the development of the workforce.  Apprenticeships are an ideal way to grow our own workforce from entry level to introduce new people into the NHS up to degree level to further their careers all the way up to master’s level. 

Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of areas and role and new apprenticeships are being developed all the time.  For a full list of what’s available check out the Institute for Apprenticeships web page

Are there any entry requirements for apprenticeships?

Apprentices are required to have Maths & English at GCSE grade A-C / 4-9 or Functional Skills Level 2 qualifications. 
You must be able to provide the certificates as proof as part of the application process.  

Apprenticeships in primary care  

Apprenticeships in primary care can be used to develop new and existing staff in both clinical and non-clinical roles. Apprenticeships can be used to develop skills in administration, customer service, and in specialist back-office skills, such as finance and IT.  

Apprenticeships are also available for roles such as: 

• Optical assistants  

• Healthcare assistants  

• Practice Managers  

• Team Leaders  

• Dispensing assistants  

• Dental nurses  

• Dispensing and pharmacist assistants  

• Pharmacy technicians 

How can I express an interest or find out more?

Please e-mail: and we will direct your enquiry to the relevant teams.