Carers can nominate GPs for support in caring role

The RCGP in partnership with the Princess Royal Trust for Carers is launching a new award to recognise the work of Scottish practices in identifying and supporting carers.

Dr Lawton: the new award allows patients to speak directly to RCGP Scotland
Dr Lawton: the new award allows patients to speak directly to RCGP Scotland

Ann Allcoat, development manager for the trust in Scotland, said: ‘GPs work in close partnership with carers and are key in assisting the 657,000 identified carers in Scotland and in helping support the thousands of carers who remain hidden. Carers can now nominate their GP or surgery for this special award by telling us how they support you in your caring role.'

Dr Ken Lawton, RCGP Scotland chairman, said: ‘Patients are at the heart of what we do as a college and, like our GP of the Year award, this new award allows patients to speak directly to us in their own words.'

To be eligible for this award, Scottish practices must be nominated by a patient. Go to the RCGP website for more information.

Closing date for entries is 11 June. Nominated GPs and teams will be asked to complete a 10-question self-assessment checklist by 9 July.

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