CARE Programme

CARE Programme

What is CARE?

CARE is a learning and development programme that empowers primary healthcare professionals to play a key role within their primary care network, to shape services based on population health needs and to strengthen their leadership. Focusing on wellbeing and building and harnessing resilience, the programme connects primary care professionals and supports joined-up, multi-professional working.

The programme focuses on:

  • Building personal resilience and wellbeing
  • Improving understanding of population health
  • Developing leadership for system impact


Originally designed for General Practice Nurses, CARE is now available to the wider primary care team, including pharmacists, physiotherapists, paramedics, practice managers, health and wellbeing coaches, GPs and all roles within community and social care.

The programme is funded by NHS England and NHS Improvement and delivered by NAPC.

More information can be found in our CARE Leaflet.



It’s been a positive force and helped me implement change that will improve lives.

CARE has enabled me to see problems as opportunities rather than threats and to think clearly about tackling challenges. I now feel I can influence, drive change, and that my voice is being heard.

Pete Roberts

Specialist Paramedic Practitioner



After nearly 40 years of working in the care sector, this is the very first time I have had supported leadership training towards innovation and integrated working.

Everyone should have access to this course – NHS or not, as it offers networking opportunities to share experiences and best practice, enabling better patient care. An excellent component of the course is the ongoing mentorship that is on offer – this is a gold standard that puts any other course in the shade. 

Dawn Osborn

Social Prescriber – GP Link Worker



The CARE programme helped develop me as a leader and increase my confidence to be able to develop my career in a way I hadn’t envisaged.

I was very shy and lacked confidence before the course but through learning more about myself and how I perceive others, I felt more equipped to be able to really think about what I wanted and how to achieve it. I felt better able to connect with people and support the teams around me. This has led me to be able to be more creative with the ideas I have as I know I have the power to influence change by engaging people. 

Kirsty Shanley