RCGP Bright Ideas Awards celebrate innovative GPs and practices across the UK

Publication date: 21 September 2017

Fresh thinking GPs and their teams who have used innovative ideas to reduce workload and increase efficiency were recognised at an event held by the Royal College of General Practitioners on Tuesday evening.

The Bright Ideas project has been sharing examples of frontline innovation in general practice - small changes that can have a big impact – since it was launched in 2015.

Now the very best ideas from each of the four UK nations are being celebrated by the College’s inaugural Bright Ideas Awards.

Winning entries all demonstrated that their Bright Idea has benefitted the practice in one of several areas: increasing patient satisfaction; reducing workload; increasing practice efficiencies; making the most of resources available; and improving staff morale.

The four winners were:

England: Darwen Healthcare, for implementing a two year improvement plan for diabetic and pre-diabetic patients.

Scotland: Dr Andrew Mackay, St Triduana's Medical Practice, for introducing a simplified care-planning approach to delivering care to new care home residents who lack the capacity to make decisions concerning their welfare.

Northern Ireland: Dr Louise Sands, of the Northern Ireland Medical & Dental Training Agency (NIMDTA) who has produced an e-Booklet for newly qualified GPs.

Wales: Steffan Gimblett, Pontardawe Primary Care Centre for introducing QR info pods for patients, including links to online services.

The RCGP 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.

Attending the event, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “We want new approaches to be recognised, celebrated and shared extensively; this will inspire other practices to both adopt and implement Bright Ideas that have proved successful elsewhere, and encourage them to think of new Bright Ideas themselves.”

Further Information

Find out more about Bright Ideas here.

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7574/7575
Out of hours: 0203 188 7659

Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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