About us

HMR Primary Care Academy – An Institution for the Advancement of Primary Care.

HMR Primary Care Academy is the vision of Dr Gill Tonge a GP in Middleton and commissioned by HMR CCG. The Academy is an innovative solution to addressing the ongoing difficulty in recruiting, developing and retaining GPs, Practice Nurses and Primary Care Staff in HMR.

Vision & Mission

Our vision is to develop the primary care work force in order to facilitate the recruitment and retention of well trained and motivated staff by:

  • building strong relationships with stakeholders across HMR
  • promoting HMR as a prime location in which to live and work
  • raising awareness about innovative projects and training in primary care
  • signposting to and providing high quality local training and educational opportunities
  • improving access to peer support and networking
  • fostering coaching and mentoring networks
  • promoting leadership development

Vision & mission

Vision & mission


The Academy workplan is guided by priorities identified in discussions with key primary care stakeholders and consider current local work programmes and priorities in primary care organisations.

We plan to:

  • hold discussions with key stakeholder via attendance at various forums
  • to look at national work programmes, priorities and recommendations
  • to look at the potential for savings and improving efficiency
  • to discuss opportunities for improving quality of patient care and improving safety

Academy Launch

The launch of HMRPCA was, attended by our stakeholders, GP’s, Practice Managers, Nurses, Health Care Assistants, reception and administration staff, CCG members, Schools, Universities,HEE and the local mayor was held on 13th September at Rochdale Football Club.

Vision & mission

Our Values

Our Values


Working closely with stakeholders is essential and we will involve and include relevant organisations across HMR.


We will share ideas and information relating to primary care workforce development with end users and stakeholders, via social media, regular communications and at local meetings and educational events.


We are creating a modern and exciting platform of information and ideas to motivate and inspire career progression and retention in primary care.


We will signpost and provide support at all career stages via the HMR Primary Care website.

Future Aims

HMR Primary Care Academy is supporting implementation of the NHS strategic direction, the Five Year Forward View and the programmes that support it, particularly the GP workforce 10 point plan, which stresses the urgent need to recruit doctors and nurses into general practice, retain current staff and support returners.

To help future proof General Practice in HMR by providing clinical and non-clinical staff with the necessary workforce skills, values and support tools, such as mentoring to improve the quality and continuity of safe primary care services in HMR.

To promote HMR as the first-choice career location for GPs, Nurses and other health professionals planning their future and highlight the many benefits of living and working in the area with an emphasis on introducing roles emerging and apprenticeships available.

Future Aims


To demonstrate that HMR values its primary care staff and their essential role in securing the sustainability of the NHS and acknowledges the need to nurture and support career development.

To implement recruitment and retention initiatives to support GP Practices.

To grow our own staff by working with local training providers, schools, colleges and universities.

The Academy will support practices and system leaders to respond to the changing needs of local health and care systems and helps to avoid future vulnerability by understanding and planning for future change now.

Research and development - To identify those members who would like to be involved in research and form links with universities /networks.

We believe primary care is the heart of the NHS and key to sustainability and transformation.

The Academy was formally launched on Thursday 13th September 2018 at Rochdale Football Club with representatives from key stakeholders across HMR invited.

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