Sefton & North Liverpool

Southport and Sefton are two of the most attractive parts of the North West both offering broad and contrasting appeal. An area to the north of Liverpool and featuring mile after mile of scenic coast, Southport is a thriving town which built its name as a classic English resort, adjoined to the south with the busier district of Sefton, which is also regarded as a popular area to live and work.

The entire region is serviced by excellent road and rail links and is easily reachable from both the bright lights of Liverpool and Manchester, but far enough away to have its own identity.


Currently, GP training comprises of 18 months in primary care and 18 months in hospital posts.

Where possible we like you to experience a 6 month GP post early in your training. This is to help you focus on what you would wish to get out of your hospital attachments.

When you have been successful in your application to come to the Sefton and North Liverpool you will be contacted by Dr Jennifer Topping, the Training Programme Director for that area. Dr Topping will ask you to name your ideal 4 hospital posts to enhance your GP training. You may consider your previous experience when describing this – more weight would be attached to post-foundation experience.

Dr Topping will then try as much as possible, with the hospital posts available to her, to match your request. If there are not enough posts available in a particular speciality then priority will be given to the person with the higher recruitment score. We do our best when matching preferences.

You may be eligible for accreditation of transferable competencies. To qualify, you must be transferring into general practice from one of the RCGP Approved Speciality Training Programmes

If you intend to apply for less than full time training, you would need to apply formally using the HENW website.

Innovative Training Posts (ITPs) are an option offering exposure to and experience in other environments whilst continuing to work in General Practice. Fifty percent of the working week is in General Practice and the rest in the ITP. Out of hours (OOH) and formal assessments will continue during these posts. In Sefton and North Liverpool we have the following ITP Posts available: Palliative Care – Based at Queenscourt Hospice and Sexual & Reproductive Health – Based in Bootle & Ormskirk

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

01704 547471

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust provides comprehensive healthcare services to 258,000 people across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. This is an “integrated care organisation” (ICO) delivering care in hospital and the community, employing nearly 3500 staff.

Acute care is provided at Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital. This includes adults’ and children’s accident and emergency services, intensive care and a range of medical and surgical specialities. Women’s and children’s services, including maternity, are provided at Ormskirk hospital. In addition, the Trust is responsible for many adult community health services, mainly in north Sefton and West Lancashire, which are provided in health centres, clinics and at patients’ homes.

The North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre at Southport Hospital provides specialist care for spinal patients from across the North West, North Wales and the Isle of Man. The Trust also provides sexual health services for the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton. The Ormskirk site also hosts the West Lancashire Health Centre which deals with minor injuries, as well as offering drop-in GP services from 8am-8pm seven days a week. Tel 01695 588800.

Aintree Hospital

0151 525 5980

The Trust also offers posts at Aintree Hospital. This is a teaching hospital of the University of Liverpool and a tertiary centre providing specialist services to around 1.5m residents in Merseyside, Cheshire, South Lancashire, North Wales and the Isle of Man. Tertiary services include Respiratory Medicine, Rheumatology, Maxillofacial and Liver Surgery, all of which have world-class reputations.

In October 2015, the Trust Board agreed to a merger between the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust. This hospital is the headquarters of UNISON Sefton Health Branch. In 2012, the trust established an Electronic Health record system which enabled it to dispense with paper records which had previously occupied 10 miles of shelving! In December 2013 the Trust was named by Dr Foster Intelligence as having higher than expected mortality indicator scores for the period April 2012 to March 2013 in their hospital guide 2013. The Report also indicated that the hospital HSMR mortality indicator was better than expected.

Also, in the 2013 National Apprenticeship Awards, the hospital was named “Large Employer of the Year” out of a list of 100 nominations.

Available Posts:
  • Accident and emergency, medicine for elderly at Southport and Aintree
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology Paediatrics at Ormskirk
  • Psychiatry at Hesketh House

42 Kingsway

Address: 40-42 Kingsway, Waterloo, Liverpool, L22 4RQ
Telephone: 0151 920 8800
GP Trainers: Dr Gustavo Berni

Ainsdale Medical Centre

Address: Ainsdale Medical Centre, 66 Station Road, Southport, PR8 3HW
Telephone: 01704 575 133
GP Trainers: Dr. Stuart Bennett

Ainsdale Village Surgery

Address: Ainsdale Village Surgery, 2 Leamington Road, Southport, PR8 3LB
Telephone: 01704 577 866
GP Trainers: Dr Lindsay McClelland

Beacon Primary Care

Address: Beacon Primary Care, 11 Railway Road, Ormskirk, L39 3DN
Telephone: 01965 736 000
GP Trainers: Dr Ros Bonsor

Blundellsands Surgery

Address: Blundellsands Surgery, 1 Warren Road, Blundellsands, Liverpoo,l L23 6TZ
Telephone: 0151 924 6464
GP Trainers: Dr Craig Gillespie, Dr Robin Scott, Dr Nigel Tong

Bootle Village Practice

Address: 204 Stanley Road, Bootle, Liverpool, L20 3EW
Telephone: 0151 933 7447
GP Trainers: Dr Catherine Aspden

Bridge Road Medical Centre

Address: Bridge Road Medical Centre, 66-68 Bridge Road, Litherland, Liverpool, L21 6PH
Telephone: 0151 949 0249
GP Trainers: Dr Neill Carroll, Dr Naveen Sahu

Cumberland House

Address: Cumberland House, 58 Scarisbrick New Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6PG
Telephone: 01704 501 500
GP Trainers: Dr Timothy Irvine, Dr Marc Roseberry

Ford Medical Practice

Address: Ford Medical Practice, 91-93 Gorsey Lane, Litherland, L21 0DF
Telephone: 0151 949 2000
GP Trainers: Dr Brian Fraser

Glovers Lane Surgery

Address: Glovers Lane Surgery, Glovers Lane, Netherton, L30 5TA
Telephone: 0151 524 2444
GP Trainers: Dr Peter Goldstein

Norwood Surgery

Address: Norwood Surgery, 11 Norwood Avenue, Southport, PR9 7EG
Telephone: 01704 226 973
GP Trainers: Dr Ahmed Al-Dahiri, Dr Simon Tobin, Dr Abdul Zubairu

St Marks Medical Centre

Address: St Marks Medical Centre, 42 Derby Road, Southport, PR9 0TZ
Telephone: 01704 511 700
GP Trainers: Dr Samantha Weston, Dr Tim Quinlan

Strand Medical Centre

Address: Strand Medical Centre, 272 Marsh Lane, Bootle, L20 5BW
Telephone: 0151 922 1600
GP Trainers: Dr Anna Ferguson, Dr Massimo Gozzelino

The Grange Surgery

Address: The Grange Surgery, 41 York Road, Birkdale, Southport, PR8 2AD
Telephone: 01704 560506
GP Trainers: Dr Louise Forshaw

The Village Surgery

Address: The Village Surgery, 12 Elbow Lane, Formby, L37 4AW
Telephone: 01704 878 661
GP Trainers: Dr Liam Grant


With over 22 miles of coastline boasting a number of beautiful sandy beaches and stunning natural beauty, Southport has recently been listed by the Sunday Times as one of the best places to live in Britain.

The accolade recognises locations around the UK that offer the best quality of life to the widest number of people – attractive features such as a positive community spirit, good local shops and services, as well as pleasant outdoor spaces. This is exactly what Southport represents!

Easily accessible from all over the North West, with its close proximity to Liverpool and Manchester and excellent car, coach and train transport links, Southport can certainly offer a great way of life for people of all ages.

Surrounded by great countryside and wildlife, Southport’s reputation was established long ago as a classic English resort. With floral displays in its parks and gardens being a particular feature and the superb annual Southport Flower show a popular attraction, the town is also known for top-class shopping along Lord Street’s impressive Victorian Boulevard.

With one of the oldest piers in the UK stretching proudly across Southport beach, a walk to its furthest point is highly recommended.

With its wide streets and wonderful architecture, it is even rumoured that Napoleon re-modelled certain parts of Paris on his knowledge of Southport during his stay in the town during in the mid-19th century.

Today, Southport is as much about the future as the past and the town centre has been revitalised following the refurbishment of Kings Gardens and the opening of the new museum at the multi million pound Atkinson, Southport’s home to music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history.

Southport also has some great restaurants, pubs and nightlife. Indeed, the former Liverpool and England footballer Steven Gerrard is looking to bring the first Michelin star to Southport through his restaurant, Warehouse.

Further afield, the area is known for its world-class golf courses and Southport will again host The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in 2017.

Housing and Schools

Whilst Southport is known for its high-end housing and luxury developments, there is a great variety of affordable housing stock close to the town itself. Local schools also have a good name and Ofsted recently rated five secondary schools in the area as outstanding.


Directly to the south of Southport, Sefton is the most northern local authority in the Liverpool city region, situated between the Mersey and Ribble estuaries. Close to the sea and countryside, its principal towns are Bootle, Formby, Crosby and Maghull. With a combined population of around 280,000, it is bordered to the west by 22 miles of beautiful and ecologically significant coastline – a mixture of magnificent sand dunes, beaches, woodlands and wetlands.

With areas of outstanding natural beauty, arts, culture, shopping and nightlife all within easy reach and boasting some of the most attractive residential areas in the UK, Sefton provides some of the North West’s most desirable places to live and work.

Commuting within the borough is very straightforward. Providing excellent connections to the national motorway network via the M57 and M58, Sefton brings the National Parks of Snowdonia, the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District all within very easy reach.

Both Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester International Airport are between 30 and 45 minutes away. Travelling in the borough could not be simpler, with regular electric rail services running throughout the area, along with a comprehensive bus service.

The borough has something for everyone, – encompassing world-renowned nature reserves, thriving business and retail centres, top class leisure facilities and some of the best countryside locations in the country, where you can savour breathtaking views or take relaxing walks through secluded woodland.

The town of Crosby has shot to fame in recent years as home to the incredible Another Place artwork by Antony Gormley. The series of “Iron Men” stretch out across Crosby beach, looking out to sea in what has become an internationally acclaimed visitor attraction.

Sefton is also home to one of the biggest and most successful shipping ports in the world, The Port of Liverpool, with cargo departing and arriving from around the globe 24 hours a day.

The variety that this area of West Lancashire has to offer is exceptional – making it a great place for young professionals and families to be based.

Housing and Schools

A major benefit of living in the borough is the wide range of affordable and good quality housing in the towns, suburbs and villages with properties ideal for the first time buyer and upwards. The area also has many excellent schools from which to choose.