We understand the importance of ensuring our county’s GP practices have the resources they need to meet growing demand from patients – and our work in this area has been bolstered by the appointment of Catherine Wills as NHCP’s new workforce programme manager for primary care.

Catherine Wills

Catherine (pictured right) has worked closely with primary care colleagues in the East Midlands region over a number of years through her previous roles in 3Sixty Care Partnership and as regional workforce planner and project manager for NHS Health Education England.

Catherine’s experience lies in Strategic Workforce Planning and she has previously led on workforce transformation, education commissioning and new role development, including supporting clinical pharmacist pilots in general practice.

A priority for Catherine in her new role will be leading on initiatives to recruit and retain staff in general practice through collaboration with all our partners.

Recent activity we’ve already achieved in this area includes:

  • Securing £350,000 national funding from NHS England and Health Education England for recruitment and retention, some of which has been invested in training and development for practice staff and in developing test sites for retention schemes
  • In October Northamptonshire was confirmed as one of only two areas nationally to lead on a GP nurse training post pilot, which will see up to 10 newly-qualified or returning nurses trained for practice nurse roles across the county
  • Implementation of the ‘SWiPe’ project to at three clusters of GP practices to assess their activity, finance and capacity and help them develop workforce plans. The evidence gathered through this project will help to inform future investment plans for primary care – and could also expand to community and social care.

For further information about workforce development in primary, community and social care workforce, contact Catherine on C.Wills1@nhs.net.