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GP wins award for pioneering community project

A GP who has developed a community-based solution to unemployment and isolation was the winner of the General Practitioner of the Year 2013 award, held in London last night.

Dr James Fleming – from the Padiham Medical Centre in East Lancashire - set up the ‘Green Dreams’ project, which links project managers to individual GP practices, who spend time with each patient to define the barriers to enhanced quality of life. It has grown from just one practice to nine across East Lancashire, in six towns.

The General Practice Awards – held by Pulse’s parent company, Cogora – are intended to reward practitioners and staff who have excelled this year. 

The Commissioners of the Year award was presented to Durham Dales Health for its scheme aimed to tackle and improve COPD care in their area, which has the seventh highest COPD population in England.

Victoria Vaughan, editor-in-chief of Nursing in Practice, Management in Practice and The Commissioning Review, said: ‘These awards aim to celebrate the good work you do every day, innovating in effective patient care in what has been a tough year for the reputation of NHS staff.’

‘So much is being asked of you as a result of the Health Bill and the recent GP contract changes. We hope these awards go some way to making you feel it’s all worth it.’

Other winners

Practice Manager of the Year - Brenda Nasr, Earle Road Medical Centre

Nurse of the Year - Philomena Potts, Miriam Medical Centre

Suppliers of the Year - RPM Solutions for Communications, PSUK for Medical Suppliers, Osmosis for Education and PinBellCom Limited for IT Providers

Innovators of the Year - Hadleigh Health Centre

Advisors of the Year - Lloyds Bank for Finance, Capsticks Solicitors LLP for Legal, Hallam Medical for Staffing Agency and Palm Insurance for Insurers

Clinical Team of the Year (Children’s Health) -  Salford Health Matters, The Salford Children’s Community Partnership (SCCP)

Clinical Team of the Year (Cardiovascular) - Dunluce Health Centre

Clinical Team of the Year (Long Term Conditions) - Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust

Clinical Team of the Year (Dermatology) - Wound Healing Centres

Clinical Team of the Year (Respiratory) - City Health Care Partnership CIC

Clinical Team of the Year (Diabetes) - Wolverhampton Road Surgery - award sponsored by B Braun Medical

Clinical Team of the Year (Sexual Health) - Pierremont Healthcare Ltd

Nursing Team of the Year - White Rose Surgery

General Practice of the Year - Brownlow Health