A group of GP Practices in South Somerset has been chosen from hundreds of applicants to represent the South West in a prestigious competition to mark the NHS’s 70th birthday.
The Chard, Langport, Ilminster and Crewkerne GP Federation (known as CLICK) were nominated for The Excellence in Primary Care Award by Yeovil MP, Marcus Fysh.
As regional champion in this award category, theywill now vie with other regional winners from across England for a national award to be presented at a special ceremony in the Palace of Westminster in July.
The NHS70 Parliamentary Awards, sponsored by IBM and Teva, recognisethe massive contribution made by the individuals and teams who work within and alongside the NHS.
Launched in February, the NHS awards asked the region’s MPs to find and nominate those individuals or teams they thought have made the biggest improvements to health services in their constituencies across ten categories.
From over 750 entries, senior experts have chosen four outstanding nominations in each category, which exemplify the best of what the NHS and its partners do day in, day out.
Commenting on the CLICK Federation’s nomination, Dianne Kibblewhite, the Practice Manager at the Church View Medical Centre in Broadway, near Ilminster, said:
“We are delighted to have been nominated by our local MP, Marcus Fysh, for the prestigious NHS70 parliamentary awards.
“As a small group of eight GP practices, the CLICK GP Federation (Chard, Langport Ilminster and Crewkerne) works together to serve the health needs of some 50,000 patients. As a group of practices, we promote good health and deliver effective and sustainable healthcare to our patients and the NHS.
“The federation has taken part in a number of pilot schemes which have brought together a team of professionals which we call the CHAMP service (Community Health Alliance of Multidisciplinary Professionals). The team includes a pharmacist, physical activity advisor, emergency care practitioners and even village agents, to support patients, some of whom have quite complex needs.
“Although we operate as separate GP practices, patients and team members have come to see the benefits of primary care professionals collaborating more closely together. Not only does it benefit patient care but it also helps ease the workload upon individual health staff and colleagues.”
Dr Caroline Gamlin, Medical Director for NHS England (South West) said:
“These awards are a fantastic showcase on how the General Practice Forward View is being put into action in the South West. This award recognises those who are working with patients to help them stay healthy and avoid long stays in hospital or being admitted in the first place. It is great to see that the CLICK GP Federation is making such a positive impact. ”
All of the champions will now be invited to the national awards ceremony, which will be held on July 4th, the day before the NHS’s 70th birthday.
The ceremony will be hosted by Dr Sara Kayat, NHS GP & TV Doctor best known for This Morning, Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls and GPs: Behind Closed Doors.
The regional champions will now go forward to a final stage of judging by a panel including the leaders of Royal Colleges, the Unison trade union, and the Patients Association – collectively representing millions of health and care workers and patients.
Follow this link for NHS England's NHS70 Parliamentary Awards shortlist