Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas is an online portal for GPs and practice staff to send examples of innovative working within their practice. GPs and practice staff regularly see opportunities to improve their practice and often do so by taking a fresh approach. We want new approaches to be recognised, celebrated and shared.

We are keen to spread new ways of reducing workloads and increasing efficiencies within GP practices. This inspires other practices to both take up bright ideas which have been successful elsewhere and encourage them to think of new ideas themselves.

Ideas which are submitted must be able to show (qualitatively or quantitatively) that they have benefitted the practice in one, or more, of the following areas:


We'd like to hear from you!

You can submit your own Bright Idea to be showcased on our website.

To do so please email with your completed submission form [DOC] 

Bright Ideas Events

6 June 2018, Antrim

At Scale working and Bright Ideas

RCGPNI invites to you a free half-day event to explore and understand federated working in Northern Ireland. The RCGP is funded by NHS England to deliver the General Practice At Scale programme, to support practices who are both already working or are interested in working 'at scale' in England. The Clinical Champion for the project will be able to share what has been learned about 'at scale' working in England, and how aspects of this working can be introduced in Northern Ireland.

Bright Ideas Award Winners 2017

We have selected the following 4 practices/organisations, one from each nation, to celebrate successful bright ideas across the UK. We will continue to support the dissemination of these winning ideas through a series of workshops across the UK, continuing to help GPs to adapt to the changing primary care landscape.

You can see some examples of previous bright ideas below.

Practice Communication Cell meetings

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Hackenthorpe Medical Centre, Sheffield, introduced a short daily meeting for all practice staff to improve morale and processes within the practice.

Standardised cancer referral form

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A tested, validated and standardised referral form was implemented in North East London to improve suspected cancer referrals.

Gardening for the community

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Dr Stockton and Thompson's Practice in Manchester started up a community garden at their practice to educate patients on wellbeing and provide a place for patients to socialise.

Integrated care programme in mental health

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New Invention Health Centre, Staffordshire, have implemented a new model of CPA review in a primary care setting, involving a much bigger multidisciplinary team to include primary care professionals.

Audit of patients at risk of pre-diabetes

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Glyncorrwg Health Centre, Port Talbot, carried out an audit to identify those with prior abnormal fasted glucose and those at higher risk of pre-diabetes.

Working on weight loss with type II diabetic patients

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Dr David Unwin shares his experience working on weight loss with type II diabetic patients

Tackling health inequalities - Bromley by Bow Centre

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Read about Bromley by Bow experience with social prescribing

Implementation of a pathway for patients with suspected IBD

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Stockport CCG and Stockport Foundation Trust implemented a pathway for patients with suspected IBD referred from primary care to be seen in a Rapid Access Clinic in secondary care.

Routine telephone GP appointments

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Read how the implementation of a new system improved telephone appointments at Nightingale Valley Practice.

'One Minute Wonder' medical education board

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Read how the 'One Minute Wonder’ improved the service at Sunnyside Medical Centre.

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