Practice offering sheltered working wins award

The Blackthorn Medical Centre in Maidstone, Kent, has beaten over 200 other practices to scoop this year's RCGP Disability Care Award and a £5,000 cheque.

The Blackthorn Medical Centre
The Blackthorn Medical Centre

The national award, sponsored by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, is given in recognition of innovative or significant developments within a practice to encourage excellence in care for disabled people.

The practice, in association with its own charitable trust, provides conventional treatment alongside alternative therapies for patients with long term and complex conditions: encouraging patients to become fully involved in the design and delivery of their care and support.

Other local GPs are also encouraged to refer patients with long-term care requirements to the centre, to benefit from its additional features to aid rehabilitation. These include a café, bakery, a small market garden and craft workshops, offering sheltered working conditions and a learning environment.

RCGP president Professor David Haslam said: ‘Blackthorn Medical Centre is a shining example of the excellent holistic care which can be provided for patients, particularly those with disabilities, by GPs and their teams.’

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