About the Academy

What is the Academy?

The Academy has a huge ambition to help recruit a future workforce, develop the current workforce and support the current workforce focusing on the Recruit, Retrain, and Retain objectives.


Below is a list of some of the things we intend to do:





Volunteers in general practiceEducation and training needs analysisPractice manager leadership
Internships and work experience for schools and collegesEducation and training calendarNurse clinical supervision
Placements for Widening Access to Medicine SchemeCost effective and locally delivered trainingHealth and wellbeing strategy
Attending careers fairsShared training resourcesResilience support for general practice
Explore new joint funded posts across the local healthcare system e.g- physicians associateEducation and training plan for healthcare assistants, general practice nurses, advanced nurse practitioners and physicians associatesPreceptorship programmes
Promote nurse mentors- with the Advanced Training Practice HubDevelopment and delivery of GP Forward View practice manager development programmesProgramme for GPwSI training
Support student nurse placements- with the Advanced Training Practice HubDevelopment and delivery of GP Forward View GP leadership programmes GP/nurse retention initiatives
Support GPN Ready scheme- with the Advanced Training Practice HubDevelopment and delivery of GP Forward View practice manager and admin staff development programmesMandatory and essential training tool
Support HCA apprenticeships- with the Advanced Training Practice HubDevelopment of New Models of Care workforce modellingNurse engagement/non-medical prescribing/TARGET events



Why did the Academy begin?

The Academy has been established because general practice is under pressure with increasing workload and the national difficulty in recruiting GP’s alongside an ageing workforce. In addition, the work of the New Models of Care programme has seen the development of new roles in general practice.


In Wakefield, we have rich data about the general practice workforce collated from a three monthly workforce survey that General Practices completed. We almost always get 100% completion by general practices in Wakefield, and below is a summary table about the key findings from the general practice workforce in Wakefield:


RoleWTE 2014


WTE 2016


GP227.03 (14%)232.49 (16%)
Practice nurse130.63 (23.5%)151.96 (28%)
Direct patient care65.1 (18.2%)80.88 (20%)
Practice management448.57 (25%)478.9 (26%)


The number of GPs in Wakefield is increasing and compared nationally the number of over 55 years of age is very low.


The total numbers of other staff in the survey has increased but the concern is about the age of the nursing workforce. Nearly a third of the nursing workforce in general practice is over 55 years of age.


The Wakefield Primary Care (General Practice) Workforce Transformation Strategy, published in early 2018, can be found here, alongside the 2017/18 Year End Report here.