Introduction to working in Cornwall

Thinking of relocating to Cornwall? We can support you in your journey.

Are you a GP that has recently relocated to Cornwall or have you started to think about making the move? Planning a getaway in our sunny county and would like to work at one of our practices during your stay and benefit from a contribution towards your holiday? Find out all the opportunities available to you, read what support you can receive and how you can experience first hand working with us.

Working Holiday Scheme

This scheme offers the chance for GPs and other primary care clinicians to benefit from a contribution towards their holiday accommodation cost in return for a minimum of 4 paid sessions at practices across Cornwall. Past sessions were worked as part of this scheme by locum GPs from as far away as Canada, supporting practices in Cornwall to cover their vacant shifts.

Please see below the terms and conditions for this scheme, and contact us for further details.

Terms and Conditions

We operate this scheme through our digital Staff Bank platform RotaMaster. Please note you will need to ensure the following information is available and in date;

  • Copy of CV
  • ID- Passport/Driving Licence (both if available)
  • DBS check (note this must be dated within the last 3 years)
  • GMC membership- current registration
  • Confirmation you are on the England performers list
  • Your Immunisation record
  • References- 2 contacts we may approach via e-mail or signed written references
  • Confirmation of indemnity (for work not covered under the GP contract)
  • Any restrictions on practice

This must be provided upon application and this information will also be reviewed by the individual practice/s the locum shifts will be worked at. If there are any outstanding concerns on the GMC database, we would not be able to progress your application under this scheme.

Please provide your full name with which you are listed on the NHSE Performers list, this will also be checked to progress the application.

Please note:
You cannot be currently working for a practice within Cornwall.
You must not already be regularly working in Cornwall as a locum.
You must not currently be a resident within Cornwall.

The Cornwall Training Hub, hosted by Kernow Health CIC, will reimburse you for 25% of your holiday accommodation cost up to a maximum of £500 per week. A maximum of 2 weeks will be offered to any one individual for 8 sessions. You must supply the Cornwall Training Hub a copy of the confirmation of booking and /or invoice for your accommodation cost.

The funding is dependent on your agreement to fulfil 4 sessions in any one week of your holiday period, within a GP practice in Cornwall, as outlined in your application form. The funding will be reimbursed to you upon the completion of the sessions along with the payment for the four sessions.

We will advertise your availability across a practical geography, within 25 miles of your holiday accommodation. Where there is not a practice within this radius we will liaise with you. If you have not set your accommodation, we will advertise your availability to the areas outlined in your application form. The sessions must be booked by a practice through Kernow Health CIC.

Every step will be taken to match you to a practice within a timely period prior to your arriving in Cornwall. If for any reason we are unable to offer you the four sessions, unfortunately we are unable to reimburse you any of your holiday accommodation.

Full details of the practice will be given to you upon confirmation of your sessions, including a contact name, full address and directions, details of the clinical system and any locum handbook where available.


"We have had such a lovely time here in Cornwall and really appreciate all your help in arranging the clinics. The Trescobeas and Stennack practices were a pleasure to work at. The staff and the patients were all so lovely and would love to return to work in Cornwall in the future if any roles became available. In October we move to Australia for 2-3 years but will be returning for 2-4 weeks every summer. This experience has helped us decide that we definitely want to return and work in Cornwall when my son starts pre school in 2-3 years. I would love to keep in touch if possible about any roles becoming available in the future."
Dr David Sutcliffe
"Had a really great time at some lovely surgeries and definitely helped in my decision to relocate to Cornwall with my family"
Dr David Cartland
"Having found the scheme for holiday locum GP's in Cornwall quite late in the year, I was impressed by the efficiency and clarity with which locum work was organised. I was offered 2 weeks of work but was only able to get accommodation for one of them, my fault for leaving things so late! I was allocated work at 2 lovely practices where I was well looked after and everybody was very supportive even made me cups of tea. Even though it was the week after the bank holiday I was not over stretched and staff at both practices were happy to help with queries and issues relating to " local knowledge" I am definitely up for a repeat next year, in fact I have already applied"
Dr David Miller


Relocation Offer

Grants to cover relocation costs for GP’s!

Kernow Health CIC has been allocated funding for a pilot scheme to provide grants to cover relocation costs for GP’s moving from outside the county to fill a GP post in Cornwall. Read the policy here.

Newly Qualified GPs

Recruiting and Retaining Newly Qualified GPs in Cornwall

If you are a Newly Qualified GP we have a range of support offers to help you transition into your first role.  We have a well established New to Practice programme, together with a very successful mentoring programme.  We can also offer additional clinical supervision, peer support groups  and if you are an International Medical Graduate, we can also help you with visa sponsorship.

To find out more visit our early carer information.

International Medical Graduates

International Medical Graduate Support

If you are looking to stay in Cornwall when you qualify, or move to Cornwall once you have qualified, we can help you find a Practice and support you with your visa sponsorship.

We also have a range of additional support to help you transition into your new role, including peer support, a International Medical Graduate Ambassador, mentoring and clinical supervision opportunities.

For more information, please visit our IMG information.

New to the area handbook

Beginning work in a new area can be challenging, and we are aware that the local primary care landscape may look very different. We hope to give you an insight into the local provision of medical services, as well as information and organisations which may be helpful as you start your new role (or job search).

This HANDBOOK has been written to help guide you through the process, providing information and contacts to help you with the practical tasks that need to be undertaken.

Out of county support info - schools, jobs and accommodation

For information on local schools, accommodation, job vacancies and more, please read our helpful ‘Out Of County Support’ document found HERE.

Current vacancies

On this page you will find current vacancies and opportunities within Kernow Health CIC and General Practice across Cornwall. Click here for further information

Staff Bank flexible working opportunities

Seeking staff from all disciplines to join our Staff Bank for flexible working opportunities. Click here for more information