Thousands of Liverpool GPs and practice staff are set to come together for a health and wellbeing event, with celebrity guests and trainers.

A first for the city, it’s been organised by LGPPO (Liverpool General Practice Provider Organisation) uniting staff from 92 practices across the city and supporting its main aim to ensure the future of general practice.

Jude Mahadanaarachchi, chief executive for LGPPO, says: “This is a wonderful example of how we in general practice can look after each other, so we are in the best place possible to help our patients.

“There will be careers and recruitment support to assist people professionally, but there will be many opportunities to help those who attend to look after themselves personally too. By making ourselves stronger and better, we can continue to provide the best care for our patients – and that is vital.”

Former Hollyoaks star Gemma Merna will give taster yoga classes at the event being held on Wednesday and Thursday, May 30-31, at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool, while the more energetic will be able to pick up training and exercise tips from ex-Emmerdale star Kurtis Stacey, who’s now a personal trainer.

Celebrity stylist Lorraine McCulloch will also be on hand to treat the fashion-conscious to a wardrobe make-over at the event which includes a recruitment fair opening up career opportunities for staff and offering guests the chance to network.

As well as medical staff from the city’s GP practices, invitations have gone out to student nurses, pharmacists, trainee GPs and physician associates from universities across the north west.

LGPPO was established three years ago to give GP practices a stronger and more united presence across the city.

Run by local GPs and business managers it aims to ensure the GP practice remains at the forefront of primary patient care by supporting GPs and practice employees, and by working with health care trusts, hospitals, Liverpool CCG and NHS England.

It has vowed to help GP Practices through planned re-organisation, and lead campaigns and education programmes to help them and their patients.

Tom Jennings, LGPPO co-opted director, adds: “The GP practice is at the very heart of the community, of the city. As we look forward to re-organisation and changes to primary care in England, it is vital that heart is beating as strongly as ever.

“Events like this help us to support each other so we can be stronger and provide the best care for our patients.”image2