Primary care is at the heart of the NHS and the public has high levels of trust in their GP and practice team. 

However, we know that primary care is under increasing pressure due to a growing number of patients with complex health needs, population growth and rising public expectations.

Salford CCG has a clear vision for primary care to transform in a way that is sustainable and fit for the future and this is supported by our primary care workforce strategy. Additionally, key NHS publications recognise the need to shift care closer to home and that primary care workforce development is therefore essential for primary care transformation.

Our locality plan ‘Start Well, Live Well, Age Well’ sets out our approach to improve health and wellbeing across the city and remove health inequalities in Salford. We are committed to working with our partners to develop a highly skilled, flexible workforce which can deliver the ambitious objectives detailed in the plan to provide more integrated services, closer to home. This means that we must support the primary care workforce to train, learn and work differently.

We know that practices are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit GPs, Practice Nurses and suitably skilled administrative staff, so we will work collaboratively with our partners to make primary care in Salford an attractive place to learn and work. Our goal is that practices can recruit and retain the best primary care professionals in the right numbers to meet local needs. At the same time, our aspiration is to expand the skills within primary care by developing new roles and new ways of working to complement the traditional general practice team.