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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.

RCGP Bright Ideas Awards 2019 

This year the RCGP sought to capture and share Bright Ideas in general practice which showed qualitatively or quantitatively that they have benefitted the practice in one or more of the following areas:

  • Pioneer Award – these recognise and celebrate ideas which are at the forefront of healthcare and pushing the boundaries of general practice.
  • High Impact Award – this award recognises and celebrates ideas which have taken a fresh approach to addressing the challenges currently facing primary care and have demonstrated tremendous value.

More on the 2019 Bright Ideas Awards

Bright Ideas Awards 2018


The College is organising workshops to share some of the Bright Ideas to help GPs try these Bright Ideas to improve the quality of care and adapt to the changing primary care landscape.

The sessions, hosted and developed by two of the selected winners in 2019, will include an overview of the Bright Idea, a facilitated discussion, and educational materials to help plan and introduce the idea into a practice setting. Attendees will be invited to participate in a peer support network.

If you would like to attend the workshops, please email

Following the workshops, the College will coordinate regular tele-conferences to provide easily accessible peer support and evaluate the impact of the Bright Idea within the various practice settings.

Get in touch:

Email with any queries.

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