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Haringey GPs’ outstanding work celebrated at Haringey CCG’s Innovation Awards

The exceptional work produced by Haringey’s GP practices was recognised and celebrated at Haringey CCG’s 2016 Innovation Awards on Thursday 18 February.

The awards highlighted the variety of inspirational projects being delivered by GP practices across Haringey to improve primary care services and health outcomes for local people.

Practices could submit entries into three categories – ‘Innovation in clinical care’, ‘Quality and productivity’ and ‘Access’ – which were then voted for by other practices to determine the winners.

An effective system to cut down on inappropriate antibiotic prescribing, a gym club for patients and a successful social prescribing pilot were just some of the pioneering projects that won prizes.

Michelle Rina, Practice Manager at Westbury Medical Centre, which won second prize for setting up the gym club for patients, said: “We are overjoyed at receiving the Innovation Award, as it is recognition and validation of this fantastic project. We hope it will lead to funding so we can increase the number of classes to cope with the demand.

“Our patients are motivated and involved because the training is bespoke for each person and practice staff also come to the training. It is so effective that our GP (who also trains with the group) said that if some of the patients carry on training, they will soon be off their medication!”

The winners and runners-up in each category received £1,000 and £500 respectively, plus a certificate of commendation for their innovative work.

FULL LIST OF WINNERS

CATEGORY: INNOVATION IN CLINICAL CARE
• 1st - West Green Medical Practice for using a three pronged approach to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing.
• 2nd - Charlton House Medical Practice for using an ‘Alivecor’ mobile ECG machine accompanied by a smartphone app to screen patients for atrial fibrillation.

CATEGORY: QUALITY AND PRODUCTIVITY
• 1st - West Green Medical Practice for creating clinical templates and patient care plans to improve the care for over 75 year olds with long term conditions.
• 2nd - JS Medical Practice for working in collaboration with HAGA and Haringey Council to pilot social prescribing.

CATEGORY: ACCESS
• 1st - Grove Road Medical Practice for developing a system to enhance keeping track of all referral letters
• 2nd - Westbury Medical Practice for setting up a gym club for their patients