Addressing Long-Term Workforce Challenges in General Practice in Greater Manchester

Greater ManchesterGeneric Health Relevance
Start Date: 1 Apr 2017 End Date: 30 Sep 2019

Addressing Long-Term Workforce Challenges in General Practice in Greater Manchester: The Greater Manchester primary care workforce study (current) GP Access Fund Evaluation

The intervention

NIHR CLAHRC Greater Manchester (GM) is working in partnership with the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) in collaboration with the ten GM Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to investigate long-term workforce challenges in general practice across the region, in line with the Workforce Strategy of the GM Health and Social Care Partnership.

Why is it important?

At present, there is not a clear understanding of the current workforce landscape or the associated challenges facing GM general practices. To address those gaps in current knowledge, CLAHRC GM will:

  • Assess the composition of the general practice workforce and how this varies across GM;
  • Identify key factors that are affecting the recruitment and retention of general practice staff;
  • Explore key issues affecting the introduction and embedding of new ‘non-medical’ roles into GM general practice;
  • Share learning about addressing workforce challenges across the region to support providers/CCGs in future workforce planning.

By feeding back our findings to key professionals in real-time we can provide guidance for workforce development across GM over the coming years.

The process

The project will focus initially on a baseline mapping exercise of the current workforce landscape across all 10 GM CCGs, drawing on data captured through existing tools, as well as additional data gathered by the project team. The next stage of the project will focus on the challenges of recruiting and retaining GPs within practices in GM, as well as identifying the barriers to and facilitators of the successful uptake and integration of new roles. In the final stage, the learning generated from this work will be fed back to key primary care stakeholders, including general practices, CCGs, and workforce leads, through facilitated workshops and network meetings during 2018.

The evaluation will be supported by qualitative focus groups and interviews with providers from a variety of practices as well as leads from commissioning groups across the region.



NHS England

The 10 Clinical Commissioning Groups across Greater Manchester:

NHS Bolton CCG


NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CCG

NHS Manchester CCG

NHS Oldham CCG

NHS Salford CCG

NHS Stockport CCG

NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG

NHS Trafford CCG

NHS Wigan Borough CCG


Professor Damian Hodgson