GP Practice Awards back for a third year and we need your nominations

Following the success of last year’s event, The Echo has partnered with the local NHS once again to recognise good work and good people in our GP surgeries in the Quality Awards 2018.

It is estimated that over 4,000 appointments take place every day in GP practices across south east Essex. Most of us never get to hear about the positive stories, the staff that go the extra mile for their patients. It is not an exaggeration to say many of them save lives every day of the week.

From GPs, nurses, pharmacists and health care assistants on the front lines of health care, to reception staff and vital clerical roles supporting people day-to-day, these awards are open to everyone working in GP Practices that helps make a difference to the health of people in south east Essex. With rising demands, a growing population and problems recruiting, GP practice staff are feeling the pressure. Attracting staff to work in the practices is not easy

In a bid to recognise staff and practices who, despite the on-going pressures, continue to deliver an excellent service to their patients, the local NHS is launching the ‘Quality Awards 2018’ – celebrating excellence in our GP surgeries

Tricia D’Orsi, Chief Nurse at NHS Castle Point & Rochford CCG said: “We hear so many wonderful stories about how staff have gone the extra mile for patients. There is outstanding work, care, innovation and services being delivered every day in south east Essex and it is important to focus on the people who have worked so hard and to share best practice with others. “Last year’s event shone the spotlight on the people who are really making a difference and who have gone that extra mile to set a fine example to others. We look forward to recognising the 2018 winners.”

Last year’s winner of the ‘People’s Choice’ award, which was nominated by the public went to Dr Ana Linacero-Gracia from the Island surgery and the other went to Dr Jack and LD Health Check Team. Chris Hatton, Echo editor, presented the People’s Choice awards.
He said: “It was a delight to be present at the awards, which shone a light on the outstanding work going on in general practice and across the NHS in general.”

Nominations for the ‘People’s Choice’ Quality Award 2018 are open. Patients can submit their nomination online here: or via either NHS Southend CCG or NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG websites. Nomination cards (see attached) will be available in all practices for patients to complete and send back to the CCG (freepost). Postal nominations need to be received by 5 October 2018 and the deadline for online nominations is 14 October 2018.If you are on social media, you can follow – Twitter: @CPRCCG / @SouthendCCG or find us on Facebook: NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG or NHS Southend CCG.