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Meet the Team

Lead Training Programme Director (LTPD)

Dr Karen Smith

Main Base - Carlisle

GP since 1990
GP Tutor since 2003
GP Appraiser since 2004
Training Programme Director 2006-2011
Lead Training Programme Director since 2011

Practice: Brunswick House Medical Group, 1 Brunswick Street, Carlisle, CA1 1ED
Tel: 01228 515808

Karen is responsible for the overall management and development of the Programme, Trainer appraisals and development, and HEE and national networking.



Training Programme Director (TPD)

Dr Rick Tranter

Main Base - Whitehaven

GP Partner at Mansion House Surgery, Whitehaven
Trainer/Educational Supervisor since 1995
Training Programme Director since 2002

Lead TPD for the Whitehaven teaching base

Rick is also a supervisory trainer, and lead for intending and new trainers at the West teaching base.



Training Programme Director (TPD)

Dr Eric Bater

Main Base – Whitehaven

Senior lecturer in General Practice UCLAN

GP Trainer

TPD since


Training Programme Director (TPD)

Dr Natalie Hawkrigg

Main Base - Carlisle

GP Partner at Caldbeck Surgery since 2000
Trainer/Educational Supervisor since 2002
Training Programme Director since 2008

Lead on Communication Skills Training

Natalie is responsible for the teaching programme and is lead on Communication Skills teaching, and Trainer development.

Natalie is also a supervisory trainer, and lead for intending and new trainers.



Training Programme Director (TPD)

Dr David Low

Main Base - Carlisle

Training Programme Director since October 2012

Partner Brampton Medical Practice since 1997.

Trainer/Educational Supervisor since 2008

David is responsible for development of the teaching programme and communication skills teaching.



Training Programme Director (TPD)

Dr Tim Sanders

Main Base - Carlisle

Training Programme Director 2008 - 2012, and again since 2015.

Trainer/Educational Supervisor since 2014

Tim is lead for the hospital posts, and integrated training posts.


Training Programme Director (TPD)

Dr Heather Naylor

GP Partner at Distington near Whitehaven

Trainer/Educational Supervisor since 2012

Training Programme Director since March 2019

Heather is responsible for development of the teaching programme and supporting trainees


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