The Excellence in Primary Care Award
Primary care services are the ‘front door’ of the NHS and our first port of call when experiencing symptoms. Primary care practitioners are GPs, community pharmacists, dentists, optometrists, community midwives and health visitors, family planning or sexual health clinic staff.
This award recognises the primary care practitioner or team who is working with patients to help them stay healthy in their own homes for as long as possible.
As the needs of patients and the wider NHS evolves, so does the role of primary care, and this award seeks to recognise primary care practitioners and teams that are working with patients to help them stay healthy and avoid long stays in hospital or being admitted in the first place.
This could be through:
- bringing in different kinds of professionals and/or working with the voluntary and community groups to broaden the range of services in their local practice;
- working closely with colleagues in hospitals, community teams and the third sector to plan patient care better, or;
- joining together with other practices to jointly deliver more convenient appointments for patients.