RCGP recognises GPs for their contribution to clinical guidelines and standards

Publication date: 30 July 2020

The Royal College of GPs has announced the winners of the RCGP Clinical Adviser Awards 2020 in recognition of the exceptional GP contribution to the RCGP Clinical Advisers Network, a programme that provides GPs with the opportunity to use their knowledge and experience to influence national clinical policy guidelines and quality standards.

The awards acknowledge the outstanding contributions made by both new and long-standing GPs in the network, based on their ability give insight and identify significant and necessary change to clinical policy that will impact GPs on the frontline and the care they give to patients.

The College is delighted to announce this year’s winner of the RCGP Clinical Adviser of the Year 2020 as Dr Marian Davis, a GP in Herefordshire. A member of the Clinical Advisers Network since 2011, Dr Davis was recognised for her specialism and significant influence on key clinical policy issues surrounding adolescent health.

Upon receiving the news, Dr Davis said: "Being part of the network for many years has enabled me to have a voice in the development of policy and practice. It has allowed me to be both an advocate for adolescents and for the role of primary care in improving their patient experience and outcomes."

The College is also delighted to announce Dr Sam Finnikin, a GP in Staffordshire, as the winner of the RCGP New Clinical Adviser of the Year 2020. Dr Finnikin joined the network in April 2019. The award acknowledges his impactful comments following external stakeholder consultations on issues such as the diagnosis and management of hypertension and gout in adults, and the safe prescribing and withdrawal management of prescribed drugs.

He described the programme as a: "Great opportunity to contribute to policy and guidelines. It is easy to get involved and comment on consultations that are of interest, but there is no pressure to do so. You also get to see that the comments made by frontline clinicians really do influence and improve the guidance that will ultimately affect our work and our patients."

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs said: "The RCGP Clinical Adviser Network recognises the importance of the GP voice. It makes sure the profession is heard and taken seriously as recommendations are made to develop and update clinical policy, guidelines and standards that shape the care we deliver to patients. Congratulations to Marian and Sam on this excellent achievement and thank you for your significant contributions to the Network."

The RCGP Clinical Advisers Network aims to bring dynamic change to UK national policy. Over recent years, between 2019-2020, 96% of the clinical policy consultations that have involved the network has directly elicited change to national clinical guidelines. The programme is open to all GPs across the UK with a license to practice. More information and how to join the network can be found on the website.

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7494/7633/7574/7575
Out of hours: 020 3188 7659

Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 53,000 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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