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Dr Simon Hodes

Watford GP Dr Hodes – described as ‘selfless’ and ‘tireless’ – helped to set up a nationwide group of more than 800 GP volunteers without hesitation when the virus broke, in a bid to support the NHS 111 service and ambulance service. The ‘TeamGPvCOVID’ group provides guidance and advice to emergency and 111 call handers. ‘The mobilisation and esprit de corps that Simon was able to achieve was remarkable…the efforts ensured services were properly staffed with GP volunteers,’ says Dr Kit Latham, just one of the colleagues who nominated him.