What we do

Primary Care Redesign

Theme lead: Professor Joanne Reeve, Dr Puja Verma, Dr James Bennett (Academy GP Portfolio Fellows)

We work to tackle modern clinical, workforce and service-level challenges through our expertise in defining, driving and evaluating the Knowledge Work of primary healthcare.

Our goal is to establish the Academy as a recognised centre of expertise in the Knowledge Work needed for the redesign (development, delivery and evaluation) of person-centred primary healthcare.


Developing the WISE General Practice workforce: the WISDOM project

Contacts: Professor Joanne Reeve, Dr Annabelle Machin, Dr Johanna Reilly, Dr Emily Lyness

Funding: Health Education England Yorkshire & Humber

GP roles are changing and so is the scope of professional skills needed for modern practice. The national WISE GP programme, led by Professor Joanne Reeve, recognises a need to champion professional scholarship at the heart of modern General Practice. Working in partnership with Health Education England (HEE) Yorkshire & Humber, the Academy of Primary Care has been commissioned to deliver the WISDOM project (WISe skills DevelOpment Mooc). WISDOM will provide an on-line learning platform that can be used flexibly by learners to develop the extended skills of clinician scholarship – how we find, create, use and learn from knowledge-in-practice-in-context.

The work is being delivered by three WISE GP Fellows working with the Academy – Dr Annabelle Machin, Dr Johanna Reilly and Dr Emily Lyness. We will be launching the MOOC in 2022 and then evaluating how it is used in order to inform future workforce development projects.

Defining the Knowledge Work of Person-Centred Care

Contact: Myriam Dell Olio

Funding: Hull University PhD Cluster Funding 

Myriam’s PhD is a qualitative study examining the changing face of primary care and its impact on people living with long-term conditions and multi-morbidity. Myriam’s work is defining the conceptual underpinnings of person-centred care, and considering the knowledge work for patient and professional alike.

Her systematic review informing this work was recently published in the European Journal for Person-Centred Care – a paper for which she was awarded the 2020 ESPCH Qualitative Research prize.  

Educating for the Knowledge Work of Person-Centred Care

Contact: Dr Aarti Bansal

Funding: NIHR In Practice Fellowship

Dr Bansal's work takes a fresh look at the pedagogical questions involved in developing person-centredness in medical students and doctors. Person-centred care is considered central to the delivery of high-quality medical care and yet evidence points to an erosion of person-centredness in medical students as they progress through training. This is despite well-established consultation skills training in medical education based on a person-centred framework.

Dr Bansal's research is based on the hypothesis that there may be a gap in the current educational strategy for person-centred practice which focusses on the skills of person-centred practice without always orientating medical students and doctors to the underpinning theory, concepts and evidence. She is undertaking a realist review of the literature on person-centred educational interventions to understand how, why, and in which contexts educational interventions work to support the development of person-centredness.  

Developing the WISE General Practice Workforce: WISE GP Programme

Contact: Professor Joanne Reeve

The WISE GP Programme was established to help tell a new story of building a career in General Practice underpinned by clinical scholarship. It arises from a partnership between the Society for Academic Primary Care and the Royal College of General Practitioners, and is led by Joanne Reeve.

WISE GP focuses on the knowledge work of everyday practice in primary healthcare: the tasks of finding, generating and using knowledge that are an integral part of everyday clinical practice. Clinicians work with knowledge when they make decisions with patients, undertake quality improvement activities, and engage with teaching, learning, research and leadership.

But clinicians describe a number of barriers to knowledge work in everyday practice. WISE GP was established to tackle those barriers.

The Academy of Primary Care is a lead partner in this important national initiative. 

Developing the WISE General Practice Workforce: WISE Academy

Contact: Professor Joanne Reeve and Dr Puja Verma

The Academy hosts an Academic Clinical Training Programme for GPs, along with an extended scholarship programme linked to the national WISE GP programme. This is known as the WISE Academy.

WISE Academy was established to support local GPs and GP trainees interested in extended training and career development opportunities. Our goal is to support development of scholarship skills for clinical practice, portfolio GP careers and/or university-based academic careers.

The group includes GPs on formal Academic Clinical Training programmes including NIHR Academic Foundation, Academic Clinical Fellowships, Doctoral Fellows, and In Practice Fellowships. We also welcome GPs on a range of fellowships including leadership programmes and other local programmes. Our goal is to provide resource and support for GPs in the First 5, Last 5 and Middle 25 years of their career.

We are developing a programme of masterclasses, peer support and mentorship for GPs across our region.

For more information on how we are working to support GP careers, please contact Puja or Joanne.

Developing the WISE General Practice Workforce: the Catalyst Programme

Contacts: Dr Puja Verma, Dr James Bennett, Professor Joanne Reeve

Funding: In preparation 

The Catalyst programme is a novel professional development programme designed to support changing education and workforce needs across the primary care workforce. 

We are working in partnership with the regional Primary Care Board to develop, deliver and evaluate novel, research-led educational interventions to address the changing professional development needs of GPs across our community.

Our initial work supports New to Practice (First 5) GPs develop the extended skills in clinical scholarship needed to tackle modern challenges associated with multimorbidity and problematic polypharmacy. A second programme will focus on the extended skills needed for portfolio development for mid-career (Middle 25) GPs.

Evaluating Knowledge Work

In conjunction with partners from across the Northern network of the Society for Academic Primary Care, and as part of our involvement with the NIHR Quality Safety and Outcomes Policy Research Unit, we are developing innovative work to evaluate the knowledge work of clinical practice.