CARE Programme 2023

CARE (Connected, Authentic, Resilient, Empowered) Programme 2023 is a multidisciplinary learning and development programme that empowers primary care professionals to play a key role in their primary care network, shape services based on population health needs and strengthen their leadership.

Focusing on wellbeing and building and harnessing resilience, the programme uses digital technology to connect primary care professionals and to support joined-up, multi-professional working.

CARE programme needs you

We are seeking expressions of interest from Primary Care nurses and wider nursing team, Community Pharmacies, Dental, Optometry services and AHP’s in Greater Manchester who want to be part of a new, innovative and ground-breaking national development programme, shaped and delivered locally by GM.

The presentation below provides more information about the CARE Programme.

Read about an example of one of the GP Nurses projects as a result of the CARE Programme who has published a blog on NHS England.

To book on, simply complete the expression of interest form below

What will the CARE programme give me?

  • The opportunity to make a difference to the patients/clients within your area of practice
  • Help you to think through your ideas for improvements and become influential in developing your community
  • Be part of a practical development programme that seeks to empower you to drive innovation, strengthen relationships and develop a bottom-up approach to care
  • Be supported to build self-awareness and resilience, which in turn will help to unlock new and exciting innovation and improved system leadership.

For more information please email

Programme delivery for 2023

  • Holistic learning through expert-led webinars 8 x 2-hour group sessions
  • Developing resilient and responsive individuals
  • Quality improvement
  • Project support
  • Enabling GPN teams and allied primary healthcare professionals to become super connectors, locally, regionally and nationally
  • Ongoing support via the CARE programme alumni

Places are limited & likely to be oversubscribed

To book on, simply complete the expression of interest form below

Further information about the 2021/22 CARE Programme

CARE’s practical and person-cantered approach has already led to more joined-up working in primary care networks in BLMK, bringing together a range of health and social care professionals as a complete care community. This is not only helping with immediate acute care need but is also supporting patients whose long-term conditions are likely to deteriorate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Testimonies about the 2021/22 CARE Programme

Watch video testimonies from people who have been involved with the CARE Programme.

Read about one of our successful candidates from our first cohort, Carol Jarvis and the continuing work on her project to create a beautiful garden at her surgery for positive mental health and wellbeing for patients:

Carole Jarvis’ thoughts on the project

I’ve been on the care excellence programme since the beginning of April.  Nurses are often at the forefront of change, and sometimes in Primary Care we are not given the opportunity to make those changes.  I’m sure there are lots of nurses who look at how things are done and want to make those changes but don’t know how, or can’t get your ideas heard.  This programme will give you the skills, time and support to do so, and put them into practice. It will help identify gaps in care , and at new ways of improving care. 

This Programme will allow you to put all those innovative ideas which you feel would benefit your patients into practice.  The course puts you in contact with other professionals to help make those changes. Primary care can be a bit lonely at times, and this allows you to network with other nurses and you can all share ideas.  It’s a very warm and safe environment where everyone is encouraged to listen and encouraged to express their idea.  You get an abundance of support from those within the group and you’re never on your own.  

The common aim is that we all have a passion to provide the best care we care to our patients, and make that care available to everyone. That may include using texting, social media or apps. 

My project is to have a community garden, to fit in with the 5 steps to a healthy mind. Which is to give, connect, take notice, learn, and be active. Covid has left people lonely and isolated, so I’m trying to bring all ages of the community together.  Not only that it has brought people at work together and motivated to help.  With the main aim to reduce GP appointments by improving mental and physical health. 

I’m using the local community to aid with the project from keen gardeners within the community, the Patient Participation Group, involving the local sheltered accommodations which are next door to the practice and the local garden centre which does a lot for people with learning difficulties. 

The key note is to start small and to expand as you learn what works and what doesn’t, and even if you have helped one patient, it’s been a success. 

And a short paragraph from another candidate:

I have found the CARE programme to be invaluable. It has helped us to form bonds and create a support network across different networks. The projects are inspirational, and it has been very insightful hearing how practices are improving their populations’ health. It is very empowering to work alongside current Nurse Leaders and Leaders in the making! 

Information for potential participants

Information for Primary Care Networks and system leaders

ShinyMind app

A key element of the support package is a wellbeing and resilience app – developed by ShinyMind with the NHS – that supports staff with their own health and to connect with others across the system. The app allows teams to connect with one another quickly and easily and create a positive and compassionate community of support. Read more about the ShinyMind app at

Download the ShinyMind app from Apple appstore | Google Play.