Dr Joanne Watt
Dr Joanne Watt trained in Newcastle upon Tyne and completed her GP training in Leicestershire and Rutland. She has been a GP at Great Oakley Medical Centre in Corby, Northamptonshire since 2005, and is now Senior Partner. During that time, the practice has expanded from 2,500 patients to almost 14,000 patients. She has a particular interest in Sexual Health and has run an integrated satellite community sexual health clinic since 2007. The practice trains junior doctors and medical and nursing students, and Dr Watt enjoys supporting and teaching within the practice and delivering teaching to wider multidisciplinary groups within and outside the practice.
Dr Watt was her practice lead during practice based commissioning and has also been a Northants LMC executive. In July 2012 she was elected on to the Governing Body of NHS Corby CCG as an executive GP leading on quality. In October 2015 she became interim Chair of Corby CCG’s Governing Body and became substantive Clinical Chair of NHS Corby CCG in 2016. In April 2020 the new countywide CCG was formed and she commenced her current role as elected GP Chair of NHS Northamptonshire CCG.
Dr Watt has a particular focus on ensuring that the population receives high quality equitable care, with the provision of effective and efficient care throughout the many changes that are taking place both locally and nationally. She has a particular interest in the wider determinants of health and supporting integration of care while taking advantage of the opportunities that digital transformation offers. She has enjoyed the opportunities that wider system working has presented, and is a member of the Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership Board as well as sitting on the Northamptonshire Health and Wellbeing Board. During the Covid 19 pandemic Dr Watt has continued to undertake clinical work in General Practice alongside a range of system clinical coordination roles, maintaining focus on both Covid and Non-Covid issues in order to support the Northamptonshire population at this difficult time.
Outside work she enjoys international travel, cooking and getting away in her campervan to go walking, cycling and attending music festivals.