New roles

Primary Care Academy (HMRPCA) is supporting the Primary Care Networks (PCN) to understand how the new roles will be embedded across Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale ICS (integrated care system). As the local Training Hub, HMRPCA will support future workforce planning as one of their core functions.

In total there are 15 new roles and information about them is developing all the time. Click on each of the headings below to read some basic information about the new roles and what each is expected to do.


  • Care Coordinator 
  • Clinical Pharmacist 
  • Pharmacy Technician 
  • Dietitian 
  • First Contact Physiotherapist 
  • GP Assistant 
  • Health & Wellbeing Coach 
  • Mental Health Practitioner 
  • Nursing Associate 
  • Occupational Therapist 
  • Community Paramedic 
  • Podiatrist 
  • Social Prescribing Link Worker 
  • Physician Associate 
  • Advanced Practitioner


In the coming months, HMRPCA will be developing the information on this page, with more details of the education and training pathways, sample job descriptions (as they become available) and links to work in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale - progressing the role out of this new workforce.


AHPs Listen Platform 

A listening event for the public and the community of Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) to help shape the future of Allied Health Professions. This is an opportunity to reshape how Allied Health Professionals deliver care as we recover and rebuild for our future. 

This online workshop is a safe, anonymous space where we can come together to co-create a plan for Allied Health professionals will deliver care for the next five years. 

Our online conversation is similar to a physical workshop but it’s more flexible and inclusive and means we can hear from everyone. 

It is anonymous – your name is not attached to anything you share so you have the opportunity to be open, honest and frank in your feedback! 

  • You can join the online workshop from any computer, tablet or smartphone 
  • Everyone is welcome to join the conversation 
  • You can visit as many times as you like, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at a time that suits you 
  • Everyone can read, rate and comment upon the ideas of others 

Visit the AHPs Listen to register! 

ARRS Connect

ARRS Connect is an automated portal, allowing Individuals who fall under the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme to connect with Employers seeking their roles to employ – across Greater Manchester Primary Care.

By signing up to the GM Careers Platform and creating an ARRS connect profile, Employers have the opportunity to search for ARRS roles seeking employment, upload job descriptions and alert individuals to live vacancies. Individuals from those ARRS roles, can customise their profile with a CV, profile image and effectively search Employers looking to recruit them.  Once your profile is created you will receive connection and match notifications, straight to your inbox.

The portal is a free digital tool created by Greater Manchester Primary Care Team and will be launching in July. Sign up now, to receive a unique link to create your profile once the portal opens.

Sign up here: ARRS Connect Early Adopter Form    

Further Phases of ARRS Connect are planned and will eventually include all clinical and non-clinical Primary Care roles.
For further information, please email Natasha Odita – Primary Care Workforce Programme Manager 

CASE STUDY - Trainee Nursing Associate 

1. Your tasks on daily basis: 

Review appointments including observations and phlebotomy, ECGs, wound care, urinalysis, immunisations, NHS Health Check appointments and follow up, health promotion, escalating care, providing support for our registered carers. 

2. One difference you have made working in this role: 

Being able to provide more comprehensive support to the patients I care for whether that be through escalating concerns to a GP or signposting to services to address the wider determinants of health. 

3. What do you enjoy about your role? 

I enjoy gaining valuable experience during my placements within the four fields of nursing -mental health, learning disabilities, adult and paediatrics. I like the fact that I can care for patients in a more holistic manner and being able to learn and work at the same time! 

4. What challenges do you found working in this role? 

The transition from HCA to TNA has been difficult for the team to adapt to as I have been in my previous role for several years. Being the first Nursing AssociateI have had to fly the flag for my role and break down barriers, however, I have enjoyed helping people to understand where my role fits into a general practice setting. 


Your Future Nurses Infographic 

This version reflects the updated routes into the profession and the increased number of nurses registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Following the introduction of the nursing degree apprenticeship, the nursing associate role and initiatives such as the return to practice there are now more options than ever available to develop registered nurses within the workforce as well as the traditional university route. 

Starting from January 2021, a blended nursing degree combining digital and traditional elements of learning will be available and help to attract those who may previously have had barriers to a nursing career. 

With so many different routes available, this can create a confusing picture and so they have created this infographic to help employers make the most of the new and established routes into nursing. 

You can learn more about each of the different routes and good practices, from the NHS Employers' web page


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