Submissions are now open for the RCGP Bright Ideas awards

The College recognises 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; this will inspire other practices to both take up bright ideas which have been successful elsewhere and encourage them to think of new ideas themselves.

We will be selecting 4 practices/organisations as winners, one from each nation, to celebrate the successful bright ideas across the UK. We will work with the winners to promote and disseminate their idea across the UK through a combination of resources and workshops.

Tell us your idea here. Submissions will close on Monday 31 July 2017.

Ideas which are submitted must have been evaluated (quantitatively or qualitatively) and found to have benefitted the practice in at least one of the following areas:

  • Time savings
  • Cost savings
  • Efficacy of care in clinical area and/or improving care pathways
  • Workload
  • Continuity of care
  • Workforce and/or staff morale
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Practice teamworking

The idea can be led in the practice and submitted by any member of the practice team.

If you have a better way of working submit a bright idea from your practice/organisation here.

You can download a template version of the survey here to view the questions before submitting or to submit via email 

If you have any queries please contact us at

You can see some examples of previous bright ideas below.

Bright Ideas disclaimer

Musculoskeletal practitioners

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Providing an efficient care pathway for patients with musculoskeletal problems.

The Housebound Service

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Schopwick Surgery have developed a holistic service to provide better care to their vulnerable housebound patients

Easing pressure with mail triage

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Ensuring GPs can attend more promptly to patient matters specifically requiring GP action

Offering vasectomy services in primary care

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The Haxby Group Practice has used quality improvement methodology to streamline their vasectomy service and improve patient experience.

Huddles in primary care: promoting healthy team dynamics

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Find out how Pathfields Medical Group implemented daily team meetings to highlight operational and patient safety concerns.

A new approach to medical equipment

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Read how one GP trainee took a new approach to investing in medical equipment

Joint clinic with microbiology to manage recurrent UTIs

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Dr Ruth Tyler shares her experience of a joint clinic with microbiologist to manage recurrent UTIs


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Read about askmyGP, a digital triage system piloted in Northern Ireland that helps to allocate appointments.

Anticipatory care planning in three questions

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St Triduana’s Medical Practice in Lothian have developed brief and simple Anticipatory Care Plan forms, alongside meaningful guidance for staff, care home residents and relatives to talk together about planning ahead.

Improving the quality of care for our children

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By developing an open access ticket for minor illness and improving early identification of childhood obesity, Maywood Surgery are positively impacting on the future health of their children.

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