Celebrating our volunteers

A group of RCGP volunteer award winners holding their certificates, with the words 'Celebrate our Volunteers' emblazoned across the bottom

We love to celebrate our amazing Members and the work they do for us and with us each and every day, often giving their time and energy in tough and challenging circumstances.

We try to say 'thank you' in many ways throughout the year, but our two milestones for showing maximum appreciation are National Volunteers' Week which we celebrate each June and our annual Inspire Awards which are the perfect opportunity to bring Members together to celebrate the year of volunteering in style.

Inspire Awards 2021

We've been so excited to bring these back after a year-long hiatus due to COVID-19. This year we're bringing you a celebration to be proud of.

All the information you need to know is below. Read this carefully, save the date and get nominating!

About the awards

The awards presentation will take place in Liverpool as part of the RCGP Annual Conference 2021. The venue, date and time will be shared before nominations close. You may also be able to attend virtually.

Categories and awards

1. Inspiring the Future

  • Discover GP Champion
  • Student COVID-19 response
  • Foundation Doctor of the Year
  • AiT of the Year

2. Member of the Year 2020-21

  • First5 of the Year
  • Member of the Year
  • Retired or Returning GP of the Year
  • Fellow of the Year
  • Team response to COVID-19 pandemic health
  • Outstanding contribution to a GP community or special interest group

3. Vibrant Faculties

  • Large Faculty Award
  • Small Faculty Award (less than 700 Members)
  • Best Faculty Collaboration

4. Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominate a Member or Faculty for an award

Nominations open 5 July 2021. Entries close 31 August 2021.

All nominations are made online through our online form.

Please read our Criteria and Top Tips information before nominating. Winning submissions take time and these documents will help to give you best chance of being shortlisted.

Once you've been through these, go for it!

Nominate a Member

Criteria, top tips and timeline

It is essential that you read the nomination criteria before submitting.

Any nominations which require ratifying will be judged against the criteria for each award, so don't chance it! Make sure you know what we're looking for and demonstrate this, clearly, in your nomination.

Read the criteria (PDF file, 72 KB)

Our Top Tips graphic will help you make your nomination stand out.

Check our top tips (PDF file, 2.4 MB)

Check out our Timeline so you can see what is happening when so you don't miss out and new information coming out.

Look at the timeline (PDF file, 54 KB)

Register to attend

Want to join in the celebration? No problem!

We're not taking bookings just yet, but you can register your interest with Louise Roocroft who will be in touch the day that registrations open.

Register your interest

Please note: We're keeping everything crossed that this event won't be affected by social distancing regulations, however, we simply don't know what restrictions venues will have to place on capacity beyond 19 July.

We are awaiting government guidance for large scale events and will make any and all necessary adjustments in order to bring you this event safely, though it may mean some precautions remain in place, which we're sure you will be supportive of.

Not what you‘re looking for? Check out our other awards, prizes and bursaries.

Volunteer's Week 2021

During this year's Volunteers' Week we are thanking every single one of our members, staff and the general public for joining the College team and volunteering with us. The last 12 months have potentially been our most challenging to date, so we’re extending a huge ‘thank you’ to our community of volunteers for their fantastic contribution, working together with us tirelessly through the pandemic to continue to help shape general practice. Without our volunteers we could not make anywhere near the impact for the profession across the country and worldwide.

“We want to thank you” – a message with meaning to our advocates and volunteers

“From myself and the RCGP Officer team, we want to say ‘thank you’ to all our volunteer GPs and advocates who have supported the College and continued to do such great work during the pandemic.

"We are hugely impressed and tremendously grateful for all your work locally, regionally and across the UK and beyond.

"It may seem like a peculiar time to say 'thank you' when we know we're not out of the woods just yet. But as we celebrate National Volunteers' Week, we want you to know that we think you have done an amazing job – keeping core services going during periods of great uncertainty and risk, delivering the vaccine campaign and supporting the College in your many, varied capacities… all on top of the day job.

"Without the commitment and dedication of advocates and volunteers like you, we simply couldn’t continue the work we do and affect the change we seek. Thank you!

"Stay well and keep going."

- Prof. Amanda Howe, President RCGP on behalf of the RCGP Officer Team

What is Volunteers' Week?

Every year, Volunteers' Week, 1-7 June, is a time to say thank you for the incredible contribution volunteers make.

Time to Say Thanks

At the RCGP, the professional membership body for general practitioners, our volunteers are a huge range of people making an incredible contribution to the profession and patient care. They are our GP members: 

  • Shaping the future of general practice as school speakers.
  • Being a champion of the profession through our policy and campaigning work and local, regional and UK wide College leadership.
  • Promoting the professional development and education outcomes for GPs through mentoring and international GP training.

They are also our other incredible public supporters like patients and other members of GP teams, offering their time and skills to the College in groups that contribute to the work of our members. Our incredible staff also support us and others in our extended community through employee volunteering programmes and activities.

Recognising the volunteering response during the COVID-19 pandemic

We are also dedicating this year's Volunteers' Week to the nation's incredible volunteering efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, providing assistance to those who need it, including GPs working on the frontline. It's been so inspiring to see our national culture of volunteering and community spirit shine through the many local support groups and volunteering networks. 

We are therefore thanking the huge range of people who give their time to supporting the profession in so many ways. Read the testimonials and watch the video on some of the ways our volunteers get involved.

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