International Day of Happiness

GPA Director and Northampton GP, Dr Smart is taking the pursuit of happiness seriously


Ahead of the International Day of Happiness (20 March), the BBC's Mark Easton finds out how Action for Happiness supporters are helping to boost well-being in Northampton and looks at new research suggesting that governments should focus on happiness rather than economic factors if they want to get re-elected. This was the first broadcast on BBC News at Ten on 19 March 2019.

 “Congratulations on great coverage on BBC last night - a brilliant tribute to all the amazing work going on to support the Action for Happiness mission in Northamptonshire.” - Mark Williamson, Director, Action for Happiness.

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GPA & NHFT Joint Venture Announcement

Northampton GP and Community Alliance’ (NGCA)


We are happy to announce General Practice Alliance (GPA) and Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) have created a new joint venture ‘Northampton GP and Community Alliance’ (NGCA). Together we will deliver better value primary, community and mental health services in Northampton, new contracts and investments for members and improved links and partnerships with other local organisations.

NGCA is an equal partnership between GPs and NHFT, collaborating to build healthier communities in Northampton. We will be bold, authentic and compassionate and will work to co-produce solutions that value the individual.

We have identified three priority areas for 2019/20, which are introducing an improved primary care mental health pathway, a new First Contact Physiotherapy model and expanding Triage Control.

Please contact us at if you have any queries about the alliance or would like further information.

Lands End to John O'Groats

Northampton GP Dr David Smart completes his 969 mile cycle ride


David completed the final day of his cycle ride yesterday. What a great achievement and all for a great cause.

"Tailwind really helped although some people blown off bikes by gusts of wind. Great scenery in Scotland"
David would also like to say thank-you to those who very kindly donated money.

Grand to Grand Ultra


Sarah Deeks, Project Manager of GPA has recently completed a 273km trek through the Grand Canyon on foot from the rim of the Grand Canyon to the summit of the Grand Staircase.

The long distance challenge raised £645 for Mind - Mental Health Charity.

"Thank-you to everyone who supported and donated"

The event was self-supported, meaning she carried everything (9.5kg, plus the mandatory 1.5 litres of water) for the week on her back, with the exception of a tent and sufficient water which was provided by the organisers.



Certificate of Excellence

Janet Renn, Advanced Nurse Practitioner from Kings Heath Practice, has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence following faultless five star feedback received via iWantGreatCare.

Here are some of the fantastic comments Janet has received from her patients:

“I have been seeing nurse Janet now for a few months now and she has been amazing.”

“She was friendly and approachable.”

"Mrs Renn is great at her job, willing to listen.”

“What an outstanding nurse it's great to have someone that is not just there for the job and cares about people and their well-being.”

Well done Janet!

For further information please click here.

Clinical Pharmacist for all!


General Practice Alliance has been successful in our application to NHS England for Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice. This means that our member practices will have the opportunity to employ a part-funded Clinical Pharmacist by NHS England.

This new and innovative role will provide additional support in meeting the needs of our patients and, enable our member practices the opportunity to employ Practice-Based Clinical Pharmacists to work across Primary Care Hubs in Northampton.