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A healthy place to live, a great place to work.

Our workforce strategy

Our workforce plans will only be delivered through our staff, carers and volunteers.

They are the people who will work with partners to deliver reductions in health inequalities, tackle unwarranted variation in care and manage the resources we have available.

Our workforce plan sets out how we will support our staff, carers and volunteers to manage these unprecedented times and move towards a better future. It recognises that people matter and that our staff are our biggest asset and they deserve the very best support.

Our plan looks at recruiting people into health and care jobs; retaining the staff we have got through more flexible, supportive employment; and ensuring we have the right skills across all health and care organisations. All staff across all sectors are equally important to our plans. Volunteers, carers and paid staff have an important role to play and our plans will help to ensure they are developed, trained and supported.

Clinical Leadership Fellow vacancies

The Future Leaders Programme offers opportunities for Health Education England Yorkshire and the Humber medical and dental trainees to do a one year “out of programme experience” (OOPE) Clinical Leadership Fellowship to help grow and develop their personal leadership skills. Some Clinical Leadership Fellow vacancies are open to nurses and allied health professionals. Vacancies for the Programme are available here.  Applications for the Programme open on 23 November 2018 and will close at 4pm on Friday, 14 December 2018.  All interviews will take place between Wednesday, 2 January 2019 and Wednesday, 23 January 2019.  For further information visit the Future Leaders website and the Future Leaders FAQs.

The International GP Recruitment programme was created in support of the GP Forward View (GPFV), which recognises the pressures within primary care and general practice, in particular the challenge of workforce and GP recruitment. Following a successful bid to NHS England, we have embarked on a three-year project to recruit 110 international GPs to West Yorkshire & Harrogate. Find out more. [link]

West Yorkshire and Harrogate international GP recruitment


We’re looking to recruit more than 100 GPs from EAA countries as well as Australia and New Zealand.  Qualified overseas medics already in the UK but not currently practicing are also eligible to apply.

If successful you will be supported with dedicated and enhanced training programmes about general practice in England. Support will also be provided to help with General Medical Council requirements and meeting the standards of the national Induction & Refresher Scheme. We can also help with improving your English if needed.

  • Pre-employment checks are to be undertaken by ID Medical including language tests
  • Applicants will have a first interview in their own country by video conference
  • Applicants visit their chosen area as part of a Recruitment Event, which includes visiting local GP practices and having their second interview
  • If successful they will join the programme and be offered a three year fixed term contract of employment with a GP practice
  • Recruits will be provided with a minimum 3 months observership to prepare for the Induction and Refresher assessments
  • Recruits will then spend a minimum of 6 months on supervised placement
  • Following successful completion of the supervised placement, recruits will then be able to continue to practice as an unsupervised salaried GP for the remainder of their contract.

If you have any questions about the career opportunities in West Yorkshire and Harrogate please contact the IGPR Programme Delivery Manager, Lindsey Bell.

Living and working in the UK as a GP

The Royal College of General Practitioners has produced a useful guide for overseas doctors and their families. It contains information for family doctors who have never worked in the UK as a GP, including doctors from the UK who have done their speciality training abroad.

The guide will support you to make an informed decision about whether living and working in the UK as a GP is right for you, and to help you understand what is involved. You can read it here.

Working as a GP in West Yorkshire and Harrogate

Dr. Penelope Navarro, a general practitioner in Wakefield, shares her experience of coming from Spain to work in England. You can watch the film here

West Yorkshire and Harrogate is home to 2.6 million people cared for by 113,000 NHS staff with a budget of £5.5 billion.

In our area agencies work together to deliver the best possible health care as part of West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership. This includes hospitals, commissioners, local authorities, and community organisations.

West Yorkshire is made up of five metropolitan boroughs and includes the major cities of Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield. We are also recruiting for roles in the historic spa town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire.

Health priorities for West Yorkshire and Harrogate include:

  • Integrating urgent care to make services outside the A&E easier to understand Improving planned care
  • Reducing the differences in the care received
  • Strengthening maternity care to improve safety and women’s health before, during and after pregnancy
  • Improving health and wellbeing for those affected by cancer
  • Reducing strokes by rolling out best practice for atrial fibrillation care in GP practices
  • Preventing ill health by reducing smoking, obesity and alcohol misuse
  • Ensuring hospitals work better with each other and the wider health and care network
  • Develop a consistent mental health service, including suicide prevention and support for children and young people
  • Expansion of the primary care network model focusing on healthy hearts

For more information on the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership visit

Living in West Yorkshire and Harrogate

West Yorkshire and Harrogate are located in the heart of the North of England. We are part of Yorkshire, the ‘White Rose’ county, which is home to the Tour de Yorkshire and world famous brands such Yorkshire Tea.

West Yorkshire is nestled between three national parks and bordered by Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire as well as North and South Yorkshire.

We have vibrant cities, including Leeds which is the country’s biggest legal and financial centre outside London. We also have industrial heritage towns and pretty hilltop villages. Most of the region's cities are less than an hour's travel from magnificent moorlands, mountains and rivers.

West Yorkshire and Harrogate has a fantastic history and heritage with plenty of arts, sporting and cultural attractions. People come from across the world to visit Yorkshire, in fact tourism contributes £8bn per year to the local economy.

Our area is modern, forward thinking, incredibly diverse and has fantastic opportunities for general practitioners to establish themselves in communities and contribute to their local NHS.

Moving to West Yorkshire and Harrogate


West Yorkshire and surrounding areas offers affordable house prices and a diverse range of housing types available – from new-build flats and apartments, to quaint cottages, terraced houses and detached executive homes.

Throughout the region many of the mills and factories of its industrial past have been converted into stylish loft apartments. There are many new-build housing developments springing up across the region, ideal for both young professional couples and families.

The regions more rural areas are hidden gems for families seeking a peaceful village life with easy access to West Yorkshire’s cities.


West Yorkshire is well connected by motorways, the M62 heading east to west and the A1 and M1 north to south.

Many commuters and residents favour bus travel or the extensive local train network. A cycling superhighway opened in summer 2016, running from Leeds city centre along the A647 to Bradford’s new Broadway Shopping Centre.

You can fly to 75 destinations across Europe and around the world from Leeds Bradford Airport and connect to many more. The airport is also a hub for many economy airlines such as Jet2 and Ryanair, as well as more established airlines like British Airways and KLM.

Leeds is only two hours away from London on the train, however, the second phase of the High Speed 2 rail scheme will cut journey times to just 1 hour 20 mins.


West Yorkshire boasts the largest concentration of Higher Education Institutions outside of London, with nine universities and over 39,000 graduates each year.

It also has a wide selection of state and independent schools, with 2 of the top 10 state secondary schools in the North of England, located in Skipton and Halifax.


Temperatures vary from 3°C to 19°C. In the summer months the weather can reach up to the low 20°Cs.  2018 was an exceptionally hot summer reaching up to 30°C in some areas. In the winter months there will often be snow, particularly in the higher areas on the moors and more remote villages.

Places in West Yorkshire and Harrogate

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Bradford is built on a rich industrial heritage and once known as the wool capital of the world. Today it is famous for being one of the most culturally diverse towns in the UK. It is the world’s first Unesco City of Film, reflecting its rich film heritage. The area includes many picturesque towns and villages such as Skipton, Settle, Ilkley, Saltaire and Keighley. Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven sit alongside the heart of the most spectacular countryside across the Yorkshire Dales National Park, known for its wild and windswept landscape. 


Calderdale, which takes its name from the nearby River Calder, offers a fascinating blend of countryside, waterways and charming market towns such as Ripponden and Todmorden. Hebden Bridge in the Upper Calder Valley, has long been a bohemian haven for writers and artists. Halifax is the main commercial, cultural and administrative centre of Calderdale.  The town was a centre of wool manufacturing from the 15th century and prospered thanks to its mills, many of which have been converted to other uses.


On the borders of the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors national parks, Harrogate has a wealth of attractions on its doorstep, like Fountains Abbey (a world heritage site) and Studley Royal. Famous for being a Victorian spa town, Harrogate also has a rural district that contains the medieval city of Ripon, a  designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and four charming but very different market towns - Boroughbridge, Knaresborough, Masham and Pateley Bridge.


Kirklees forms part of the south Pennines and Peak District National Park and is named after Kirklees Priory. Novelist Charlotte Brontë, was a frequent visitor to beautiful Spen Valley, inspired by the rugged hills, historic houses and local people. Huddersfield‘s town centre is fast becoming a hub for trendy bars and clubs, restaurants offering global cuisine and a fantastic range of shops. Outside of the centre, you will find scenic walks and cycle routes connecting to picturesque market towns such as Denby Dale and Holmfirth.


Leeds is a melting pot of culture, art, music, nightlife, shopping, sport, sightseeing and food and drink – especially street food. It has more listed buildings than any other city outside London, as well as many museums and art spaces. Leeds nightlife is highly acclaimed with music playing a key part of the city’s culture. Latitude and Leeds Festival are two of the world’s biggest annual music festivals and the city boasts a wide variety of live music venues, from the O2 Academy to the First Direct Arena.  Leeds is also regularly voted as the one of the best places to live in the UK.


National Coal mining museum med.jpgCelebrate the area’s art heritage with a visit to The Hepworth Gallery and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, set in glorious grounds and home to both permanent pieces and changing exhibitions. The National Coal Mining Museum offers a chance to experience the world underground in an industry which supported many of the surrounding communities. Nearby Pontefract is famous for its liquorice, horse racing, castles and carnivals, whilst Castleford’s industrial past has been replaced by adrenalin-pumping pursuits such as laser questing, trampolining and indoor skiing/snowboarding at the Xscape Centre.

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Things to do in West Yorkshire and Harrogate

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West Yorkshire has an inspiring cultural history - UNESCO World Heritage sites at Fountains Abbey and Saltaire, five national museums, many stately homes, cathedrals and Roman and Viking archaeological sites.

Leeds is home to four major theatres and two renowned performing arts companies - the award-winning Opera North and Northern Ballet.

Bradford has a flourishing arts and creative scene with attractions such as the National Science and Media Museum, Cartright Hall and the Impressions Gallery.

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With over 200 Asian restaurants and the title of Curry Capital of Britain for six years in a row, an Indian meal in Bradford is a must.

The Trans Pennine Real Ale Trail gives you an on opportunity to explore real ale pubs all within walking distance of railway stations.

Food festivals are very common and allow you to try some of the best local produce on offer, such as the Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival, Skipton and the Great British Food Festival at Harewood near Leeds.


Markets 2 (2).jpgTrinity Leeds is one of the largest shopping centres in Europe, with over 120 shops, bars and restaurants and its own cinema.  Leeds is also home to the recently opened Victoria Gate, which offers high end designer brands alongside high street shops. Independent stores and eateries are plentiful at the Corn Exchange and the historic Kirkgate Market.

Other towns and cities have their own shopping destinations such as Bradford's Broadway Shopping Centre, Wakefield’s Trinity Walk Shopping Centre, Junction 32 Outlet Centre in Castleford, and White Rose Shopping Centre in Leeds.


West Yorkshire has a strong sporting heritage, known as the birthplace of rugby league and home to many well-regarded sports teams such as the Leeds Rhinos, Leeds United AFC, Bradford Bulls, Bradford City AFC, Bradford Ice Arena, Castleford Tigers, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Halifax Town AFC, Huddersfield Giants, Huddersfield Town AFC and the Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

It has played host to several international sporting events including BBC Sports Personality of the Year, the Yorkshire Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour de France and the Rugby World Cup 2015. Yorkshire is home to some of the country's finest golf clubs, with three having hosted the Ryder Cup.

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The size and shape of the workforce

Total workforce split by sector and job roles in West Yorkshire and Harrogate