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Honourable mentions

These high-profile GPs who have previously featured in Pulse for their contribution to the profession were once again mentioned by colleagues and patients for their hard work during 2020.

Dr Anthony James, London, chair of RCGP Associates in Training, for lobbying to allow trainees to restart exams.

Dr Aumran Tahir, founder and director of AT Medics, for implementing technology across the 40 sites and setting up the Brent Covid hub in north-west London.

Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire LMCs’ executive team, for challenging the primary care network DES, and Dr Matt Mayer, chief executive, for ‘protecting GPs from potential harm caused by political interference’.

Dr Clare Gerada, London, former RCGP chair, whose NHS Practitioner Health Service has become ‘a lifeline’ for GPs struggling during the pandemic.

Dr Dustyn Saint, for running his Norfolk practice solo when his partners were off sick with Covid-19 in April.

Dr Elliott Singer, medical director, Londonwide LMCs, for helping practices with tools and templates.

Dr Farzana Hussein, London, PCN director and Pulse’s GP of the Year 2019, for setting up drive-in child immunisations.

Dr Fay Wilson, chief executive officer of out-of-hours group Badger in Birmingham and Solihull, for providing safe spaces when out-of-hours sites became Covid hubs.

Dr Ishani Patel, founder of Lantum, for helping London CCGs switch to digital consultations ‘almost overnight’.

Dr Jonathan Leach, Worcestershire, RCGP honorary secretary, for ‘working to get information to GPs via the RCGP Covid hub – he is not afraid to speak truth to power’.

Dr Knut Schroeder, Bristol, for leading the design and launch of a Covid app to inform the public.

Dr Lisa Harrod-Rothwell, medical director, Londonwide LMCs, for helping practices navigate the reams of guidance.

Professor Mayur Lakhani, former RCGP president, for volunteering for shifts with the Covid assessment centre, mentoring younger GPs, and championing black GPs.

Dr Michelle Drage, chief executive, Londonwide LMCs, for ensuring GPs’ views are heard.

Dr Mohammedabbas Khaki, for supporting his A&E team in east London, and for his ‘Who is Hussain’ charity, which has provided food and PPE across the world.

Dr Murray Ellender, London, co-founder of eConsult for ‘working day and night’ to ensure the platform could be launched across 2,000 extra practices in just two months.

Dr Neil Modha, NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG chair, for transforming a 27,000-patient walk-in centre overnight and for procuring PPE from China.

Dr Nicole Atkinson, clinical chair of NHS Nottingham West CCG, for helping to increase NHS app uptake to more than 36,000 people within weeks.

Dr Olugbenga Odutola, medical director, BB Healthcare Solutions in Basildon, Essex, for setting up Covid hubs and a home-visiting service for shielded patients.

Dr Russell Brown, East Sussex, for being ‘an amazing boss and a fantastic clinician’.

Dr Sharon Raymond, London, for her Covid-secure minicab service and free pulse oximeter delivery service.

Dr Simon Bradley, former Avon LMC chair, for being a ‘DIY hero’ and installing screens and social distancing measures in his practice even though he was at high risk himself.

Dr Sukhpal Singh Gill, Birmingham, chair of the Sikh Doctors and Dentists Association UK, for ensuring PPE for health workers who have beards for religious reasons.

Dr Susie Bayley, medical director of Derbyshire’s GP Task Force, for ‘effective, clear, well received’ communications.

Dr Toni Hazell, London, regular Pulse contributor, for creating resources with the RCGP for GPs.

Dr Zoe Williams, London, for being ‘a trusted’ media voice, and securing funding for a diabetes lifestyle trial.


John Graham Munro 20 September, 2020 12:10 am


john mccormack 21 September, 2020 2:00 pm

Sounds a bit like the honours system. The vast majority of GPs are doing an excellent job.