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Call out for the GP Heroes

Pulse is calling for nominations for GP heroes who deserve to be recognised for the exceptional care they have been providing during the Covid-19 pandemic and past year.

Our annual Power 50 list of GPs is changing this year to include any GPs who have gone above and beyond to ensure the best possible service for patients and staff during exceptionally challenging times.

We recognise GPs across the UK have been put to the test and are all changing the face of general practice at this time – not just those in positions of national influence, which the Power 50 usually centres on.

We are therefore asking that nominations this year are largely for GPs who have not previously appeared in our Power 50, though will make an exception for some honourable mentions.

The final list of nominations will not be numbered as they usually are, but we would still like to include information explaining what makes your GP hero stand out.

To nominate a GP, please send us as much of the following information as possible by Tuesday 7 July on gpheroes@pulsetoday.co.uk :

1. Their name

2. 150-word summary of why they are a hero and what they have done

3. The name of the GP practice they work at

4. The email address of the GP you are nominating (optional, and only with the GP’s consent)

5. The phone number of the GP you are nominating (optional, and only with the GP’s consent)

6. If possible, a high resolution photograph in portrait of the GP you are nominating (head and shoulders included, not cropped out)

Alternatively, you can fill out our survey here.

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Readers' comments (9)

  • Can we stop with this kind of thing?Everyone who has been working hard during this crisis deserves respect and accolades. Singling out people for one reason or another is crass and does a disservice to those who don't constantly seek attention and self promotion.

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  • we are not heroes when we are expected to work without proper health and safety measures, that should be supplied by our employer, ie the department of health, and as a consequence our colleagues have died. we have done what we have had to do to survive. putting up rewards is just signalling to all out there that it is an acceptable state of affairs. It is not. Its also an insult to everyone who has worked hard to help, have put their lives and those of their families on the line but don't have leadership roles. we have all worked hard and made sacrifices and not by choice either.

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  • As per above, just stop this nonsense, it demeans us all.

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  • JAMIE KAFFASH--I PRESUME YOU ARE ONE OF THE EDITORS WHO WON A ''BRITISH SOCIETY OF MAGAZINE TALENT AWARDS''---TAKE A LONG HARD LOOK AT THE RESPONSES TO THE EQUIVALENT OF ''THE MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENT'S GOT TALENT SHOW''---HOW CAN YOU COULD IMAGINE THAT IT WILL THROW UP SOME DOCTORS WHO ARE WORKING HARDER THAN OTHERS DURING THIS PANDEMIC?.----BUT OF COURSE YOU WILL CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR POSSIBLE RACIST OR SEXIST COMMENTS IN MY CRITICISMS INSTEAD

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  • I agree with what every has said above. I’m sorry I know the intention to do this is well meaning but it just does not feel right at all given the situation we find ourselves in especially as colleagues have died in the line of duty. It almost feels distasteful.

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  • I agree with above comments- everyone who has continued front line working during this time has provided exceptional care in one way or another. For every individual nominated for awards like this, there are hundreds of others who are equally heroic but who don't necessarily get recognised.

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  • Hi all,

    Just to clarify - this is not a list of the very best. We are asking everyone - including patients - to say thanks to any GP.

    The 'hundreds of others' that you quite rightly refer to are the ones we want to hear about. We want to hear about the ones who have supported a colleague, whose patient left the (remote or face-to-face) consultation feeling a bit better, or helped cover a shift at the last moment.

    We will feature anyone who is nominated, except for those who have been on the Power 50 before. They won't be ranked, and ideally you won't recognise anyone we feature from the pages of Pulse (unless you know them personally).

    These are not awards. There will be no ranking of GPs, or judgement around who has been the 'best' or provided the 'most exceptional care'. They are just a chance to recognise those who don't necessarily get recognised.

    If you still wish to criticise, that is completely fine, and I understand. But I did want to clarify what we are trying to do, as I don't think it is that different to what you are talking about.

    Many thanks,

    Jaimie




  • I have assimilated and I agree too. Maybe a blank cover page to remember the wordless void, and those colleagues we sadly lost is more apt. That perhaps would add cohesion and purpose to what we do instead of introspection that we're not doing enough to be the 'best'.

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  • MR. EDITOR---DRESS IT UP AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE---IT IS A ''TALENT SHOW''
    I FIT INTO MANY OF THE ABOVE CATEGORIES AND I ALSO HAVE--TO MY MIND--GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY---BUT I REGARD IT SIMPLY AS MY JOB AND I DO NOT WANT MY NAME INCLUDED ON SOME CRAPPY LIST

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  • NHS SAVES LIVES..SOS..SAVE OUR SERVICES..

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