Hundreds of hard-working primary and community practitioners filed into the opulent Lancaster Hotel in London on the 27 November for the 2013 General Practice Awards. Each year the best of the best are invited to a five-star meal and awards ceremony, giving desk-ridden GP`s, nurses, and back office staff the chance to celebrate best practice – and themselves.
Comedian and presenter of the Infinite Monkey Cage on BBC Radio Four, Robin Ince brought a tone of light-hearted fun to the evening as the compere.
Of the 650 people in attendance Danetre Medical Practice was one. The Practice were being recognised as one of the year’s highest achievers in primary care. In addition the practice manager Jo Gilford had been shortlisted as Practice Manager of the Year.
The General Practice Awards are designed to recognise, highlight, and reward the hard work and innovation that gets carried out every day in surgeries up and down the UK.
Dr James Management Lead at DMP said: “The intention of these awards are to praise the good work we do by way of innovation to provide effective patient care in what has been a challenging year for all NHS staff. Although we were not an eventual winner to be in the top twenty of the country is an achievement in itself”.
Jo Gilford Practice Manager said: “ so much is being asked of surgery staff as a result of the fundamental changes happening within the NHS, these awards go some way to help boosting their moral”.
In her speech to kick off the evening Victoria Vaughan, editor-in-chief of Nursing in Practice, Management in Practice and The Commissioning Review, paid tribute to the positive impact which primary care professionals have on patients’ lives: That is you, you provide the good care, sending legions of patients away with their minds eased, their problems heard and with an antidote to their ailments.