Who we are…

Who we are …

The General Practice Task Force (GPTF) is Derbyshire’s answer to the growing crisis in general practice. Originally formed with an aim at solving problems within general practice in 2016 with HEE funding. We have grown into a recognised support arm for Derbyshire practices.

We deliver support to individual GPs, GP Trainees and Practice Managers throughout their working lives.  We aim to build supported networks of GPs and PMs, advertise opportunities and flexible careers, support wellbeing and above all ensure our workforce feels valued.

By supporting practice teams to adapt to the changing climate and by giving them time, space and expertise to thrive, we hope to future-proof quality general practice for all.

Our programmes are open to all Derbyshire practices and practice teams, and translates the visions of the NHS Five Year Forward View (NHS 5YFV) and the GP Forward View (GPFV) into meaningful change in Derbyshire general practice.

Covering all of Derbyshire

GP Task Force Supports Derbyshire general Practices

Our Team

Our team comprises of clinical, managerial and nursing professionals with a long history of ensuring excellence in general practice.

The team are passionate about improving and sustaining general practice across the county.

Dr Susie Bayley

GP Task Force
Medical Director

Claire Leggett – Practice Resilience Projects DEN

Claire Leggett

 Director – Operations & Strategy

Laura Grainger Programme and Project Coordination DEN

Laura Grainger


Amy Foster

Support Officer

Programme Leads

Dr Gail Walton 
GP Careers and Fellowships

Dr Elise Brogan 
Derbyshire Education Network & New to Practice CPD

Dr Shehla Imtiaz-Umer
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Dr Drew Smith
Partnership Development

Dr Katie Cowley & Dr Heidi Wright
Supporting Mentor Scheme

Change Facilitators

We have a dedicated team of experts to help practices strengthen their workforce, maximise workload and support working at scale projects.


We also support a number of GP fellows across our retention and resilience programmes. Our fellows not only obtain additional skills in different areas such as management and project delivery but also support our core values in improving GP Retention across Derbyshire.

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We would like to thank Derby and Derbyshire CCG, NHSEI, Health Education Derbyshire for their financial support for the General Practice Task Force. We would also like to thank the many practices and individual GPs, PMs and members of the extended practice team who are continuing to support the General Practice Task Force on its journey.

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