Bright Ideas

A better way of doing things, tried and tested by frontline healthcare professionals

Healthcare professionals delivering care on the frontline are busy ensuring people have the best care and the best possible outcomes. Often we see better ways of doing things, better because it's a way to improve patient outcomes or release our time or improve the patient journey or reduce the cost.

At the RCGP we want new approaches to be recognised, celebrated and spread. The RCGP launched the Bright Ideas Awards to recognise and celebrate the interesting fresh approaches frontline professionals are making to improve primary care.

We want to help others to make these changes, award winners will be invited to participate in facilitated workshops to support others to make the improvements they have inspired others to try. We are running regional Bright Ideas Workshops to facilitate learning and support others to try these new approaches.

Bright Ideas Awards 2018 

This year the RCGP is seeking to capture, share and spread Bright Ideas in general practice which are able to show (qualitatively or quantitatively) that they have benefitted the practice in one, or more, of the following areas:

Two categories of awards will be presented in 2018

Pioneer Awards – this award recogises and celebrates the ideas which are at the forefront, those ideas which are pushing the boundaries of general practice.

High Impact Awards – this award recognises and celebrates the ideas which have taken a fresh approach to addressing the challenges currently facing primary care and have demonstrated tremendous value.

We will be supporting a small number of award winners to spread and share their ideas through facilitated workshops. When submitting your Bright Idea please let us know if you are able to commit to participating in 8 workshops over 12 months.

  • Open for applications now - more details and key dates below
  • Applications close: noon 13th August 2018
  • Notification of winning Bright Ideas: week commencing 10th September

We'd like to hear from you!

You can submit your own Bright Idea to be showcased on our website. To do so please complete this online form

Email bright.ideas@rcgp.org.uk with any queries.



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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