Welcome to Northants GP, where the standard of General Practice is high and there is a welcoming GP community which meets regularly.
The county’s two main hospitals both have excellent relationships with the local GPs. GPs in Northants have some of the most advanced Practices in the UK with extensive diagnostic facilities, which means we can cater for so much more of our patients’ needs without a referral.
Our larger Practices also offer the opportunity for a Portfolio Career enabling you to diversify your skill-set and specialise in a wider range of clinical areas that interest you. We are also federating more of our practices which means each individual GP can work across practices, with a greater say in how the practice is managed and how their own career progresses.

Whether you’re looking for an idyllic country Practice, a challenging city surgery or something in between, Northants GP has everything you could wish for.


 “Social Prescribing is great for both patient and medical services.. patients see improved quality of life and it relieves the stress on surgeries and hospitals.”

Taz Shah, the first social prescribing link worker recruited by M-WEB PCN explains why she loves working as a Prescribing Link Worker in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire is one of the first counties where GPs are jointly promoting the new NHS role of Social Prescribing Link Workers. All practices within the county work in partnership in Primary Care Networks (PCNs) to support their local population and many are now recruiting social prescribing link workers.

Social Prescribing Link Workers help people take control of their health and wellbeing. The ‘link worker’, spends time with patients to focus on what matters to them most and refers them to non-medical interventions, rather than clinical interventions. They take a holistic approach, connecting people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.

Taz Shah was the first social prescribing link worker recruited by M-WEB PCN four months ago to work across four surgeries, Moulton Surgery, Woodview Medical Centre, Earls Barton Medical Centre, Penvale Park Medical Centre. Taz’s background is in the NHS and she has worked as a Health Trainer, a Stop Smoking advisor and a Weight Management advisor.

She has also worked for Age UK and as a gym trainer, plus has experience working as a carer and as a volunteer for the British Red Cross. Her training has been is in motivational interviewing, positive psychology and mindfulness, which along with her work experience has equipped her with the skills to become a social prescribing link worker.

Taz says the skills required for the social prescribing role include being a great active listener and having empathy, and knowledge of local services and networks.  The role also requires the social prescriber to be able to build relationships with service partners and communities.

Taz says no one day is the same and because it is a new role everyone is determined that it will be a success. She explains, “As this is a new role the surgeries did not know what to expect or what the role entailed but they have provided me with amazing support. They are happy for me to take the lead and have given me the freedom to develop this non-surgical role.”

Taz joined at the same time as 14 other Social Prescribers and they all attended an eight-day induction course over three months. The Social Prescribers now meet twice a month for training and connect with each other regularly via email and What’s App to support each other, discuss good practice and issues that arise.

They all work closely with each other as a team. Each of the 15 Social Prescribers also have clinical supervision to discuss, reflect and overcome any issues they face when working with patients. Further training is planned for 2020 by NCCG, which will include Outcome Star training in January.

Taz says her role is to be the link between medical and non-medical services within the NHS. She explains,

“Medical staff identify adults that attend the surgeries too often. These visits often occur because patients are vulnerable, lonely, isolated, and have mild or long term health conditions (including mental health issues) and just need somebody to talk to.

On a day to day basis Taz works with patients to find out what is important to them. She works with them to draw up a plan to help them take control of their health and wellbeing. The help covers a multitude of things, from referring them to specialist NHS services, or other services who can assist them with things such as caring needs, housing or employment issues, sorting out debt problems, filling in forms to losing weight, becoming more active, volunteering in the community or joining a group or class.

“Patients are referred to me, but they can also self-refer. The benefits are that patients get extra time to focus on what matters to them. This takes pressure off and reduces “frequent attendants’ to the surgery and A&E. It also leads to positive outcomes for the patient such as improving their quality of life and emotional wellbeing, reducing levels of anxiety and depression, increasing physical activity and gaining friendship within a community group.  This is great for both patient and medical services.”

If people lack confidence, Taz introduces them into the community and helps them join social groups. She encourages them to take more control of their lives, to have a purpose and a reason to get up in the morning for. These meetings do not need to take place in a medical environment – they can be in a coffee shop, library or the gym where the patient feels most relaxed.

Taz recently helped a lady who was referred to her by a GP for being on long term sick leave due to stress and anxiety. During the holistic assessment the lady told her that she was working full time in Northampton, managing her own family and travelling to London each evening to care for her isolated and ill elderly mother. When her mother died she had to deal with her estate.  At the same time there were unexpected deaths in the family.  In recent years she had gained a lot of weight, had a mental breakdown and was now off work.

Taz helped the lady draw up a plan which they agreed would allow her to take greater control of her health and wellbeing.  Taz referred the lady to the ‘Activity on Referral Scheme and Weight Management Programme’ at the local gym. Together they worked out a nutritional plan and Taz supported her in the gym.

Now the lady is back at work with a positive mental attitude. She has lost a stone in weight, is eating healthily, and regained her self-confidence and purpose. Her relationship with her teenage daughter has transformed and she is attending classes at the gym with her. Taz says this is a perfect example of what a Social Prescriber can do for a patient.

She adds,

“The exciting thing about this role is as the NHS makes a success of it more Social Prescribers will come into the system creating a strong network within the community and relieving stress on surgeries and hospitals.”

Leading the way in recruiting ‘Social Prescribers’

Social prescribing empowers people to take control of their health and wellbeing through referral to non-medical ‘link workers’ who give time to focus on ‘what matters to me’. Emerging evidence suggests that social prescribing can improve people’s health and wellbeing and reduce workload for healthcare professionals and demand for secondary care services[i].

A recruitment campaign for eight ‘Social Prescriber Link Workers’ has just been launched by Northampton Health and Care Partnership to fill roles within general practices across the county, including:

  • Northamptonshire Rural PCN (Practices include: Crick, Byfield, Greens Norton & Weedon, Long Buckby, Saxon Spires)
  • Daventry PCN (Practices include: Abbey and Danetre)
  • Blue PCN (Practices include: St Lukes, Bugbrooke, Park Avenue, County, Brook)
  • Royal Parks PCN (Practices include: Kingsthorpe, Langham Place, The Pines, Queensview, Kings Heath)
  • Rockingham Forest PCN (Practices include: Lakeside Corby, Studfall and Headlands)
  • Brackley & Towcester PCN (Practices include: Brackley, Towcester, Brook and Springfield)
  • Kettering & Southwest Rural PCN (Practices include: Drylands, Mawsley and Burton)
  • M-WEB PCN (Practices include: Moulton, Woodview, Earls Barton, Penvale)
  • ARC HUB PCN (Practices include: Eleanor Cross, Rillwood, Danes Camp)
  • Grand Union PCN (Practices include: Abington, Greenview, Abington Park, King Edward Road, Leicester)
  • MMWF PCN (Practices include: The Mounts, Maple Access, Weston Favell (Dr Dias), Weston Favell (Dr Molla), Favell Plus)

 Catherine Wills, Workforce Programme Manager at Northampton Health and Care Partnership says:

“This is an exciting time for GPs in Northamptonshire. All practices within the county have come together to work in Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and are working to support their local population. As part of this many PCNs are recruiting their first Social Prescribing Link Workers, a role that empowers people to take control of their own health and wellbeing.  “Through personalised support, social prescribers can help people that don’t necessarily require clinical treatment, by referring them to community groups and voluntary organisations running a wide range of activities from benefits advice, singing and cooking classes, to sports, gardening and housing help. This in turn eases pressure on GPs. We look forward to receiving applications for our first recruits in social prescribing.”

Roles and career paths

Within General Practice there are a number of other roles and career paths, for example: Nurse Practitioner, Practice Nurse, Healthcare Assistant or Assistant Practitioner.

Nurses are an important part of delivering care in General Practice, and the increasing shift of care from hospitals to General Practice provides nurses with a really exciting career choice.

General Practice Nurses work in GP surgeries as part of the primary healthcare team, which might include healthcare assistants, pharmacists and dietitians. In larger practices, you might be one of several practice nurses sharing duties and responsibilities and in others you might be working on your own, taking on many roles. There are also a number of non-medical roles, for example: Practice Manager, Receptionist, Health records staff, Medical secretaries, Administration staff or IT.

Receptionists are very often the first person patients see so they use customer service and administration skills to welcome people to the surgery or medical centre.

Health records staff make sure that details of patients and their care are recorded and stored. They work with patients and other staff. Practice Managers manage the overall running of General Practices.

There’s never been a better time to work in General Practice in Northants so why not check out the extensive opportunities that are available today. https://northantsgp.co.uk/vacancies

Why work for us?

Ten reasons why Northants General Practice could be your best move:

  1. Well paid with a future pension
  2. Optional out-of-hours and weekend working
  3. Flexibility of the role: partnership, salaried or locum, rural or urban, full-time or part-time
  4. Portfolio Career possible
  5. Opportunity to become a GP with a special interest
  6. Job satisfaction in the continuity and personal nature of the care you provide – patients refer to you as ‘my doctor’
  7. It’s not about coughs and colds – a GP is a general physician managing complex conditions
  8. Seeing people get better and being there throughout their recovery – a GP is the patient’s advocate and companion on many journeys
  9. Managing, not being – you are in charge of your working day
  10. Every day is different and interesting.

Why become a GP in Northants?

  • The standard of General Practice is very high and there is a welcoming GP community which meets regularly.
  • For young GPs we offer extensive training throughout the county with the opportunity to develop specialisations too.
  • Northants has some of the most advanced practices in the UK, some with extensive diagnostic facilities.


  • There’s the opportunity for a Portfolio Career enabling you to diversify your skill-set and specialise in a wider range of clinical areas that interest you.
  • Whether you’re looking for an idyllic country practice, a challenging city surgery or something in between, Northants GP has everything you could wish for.

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