GP Enterprise Awards 2012: RCGP First5 Award

WINNER: Dr Poppy Freeman, Camden PCT, London

Winner: Dr Poppy Freeman

This newly qualified GP set up a website for local practices, which has since become the leading resource for Camden GPs seeking up-to-date clinical services, pathways and occupational information.

Dr Poppy Freeman qualified in 2008 and began work as a sessional GP, finding that in some London PCTs they represented the majority of GPs.

In 2009 she was appointed sessional GP lead for Camden PCT, where more than 57% of GPs were sessional, and this newly created post was intended to address gaps in communication.

'I recognised that a concern for many GPs was keeping up with changes to the local NHS and non-NHS services,' said Dr Freeman.

'No system was in place for providing information on service changes and each practice built their own information resources. If we all shared our efforts and knowledge in one central place we would maximise our efficiency, reduce workload and improve equity of information for all types of GPs and the patients they treat.'

What the judges said:

This young doctor identified a problem and addressed it with a fantastic website, which should be a role model for every CCG.’

Dr Freeman won £14,000 in funding from the PCT to create a website and with help from the trust's library team, built links with local organisations to provide content.

These included acute and mental health trusts, local charities, community provider services, GP practices, the London Deanery and Camden PCT staff.

Photo gallery: This is the group of professionals involved in maintaining and developing the Camden GP website; previous website manager Sarah Panzetta, current website manager Maria Kordowicz , Steven Howard web-manager of NCL and Dr Caroline Sayer, Camden CCG Chair.

They also formed a user group of Camden GPs who trialled the site during surgeries and gave regular feedback.

The website was launched in January 2011 and has been so successful that it is now being used as the main point of contact for all communication with the Camden GP community, delivering clinical, educational and occupational materials.

The site receives more than 12,000 page views per month from local primary care professionals, and is now staffed by part-time website manager Maria Kordowicz and Dr Freeman.

  •  The RCGP First5 Award is designed to recognise the achievements of GPs in the first five years after qualification.

Highly Commended

Dr Eugenia Lee, Thamesmead Medical Associates, south east London

Dr Lee qualified as a GP in August 2008 and was appointed a partner in her training practice in April 2011.

She has been a clinical supervisor for F2 doctors since January 2011 and aims to become GP trainer in August this year.

Dr Lee completed an MSc in Primary Health Care at Kings College London in 2010, and is studying for a masters in public health at the University of Liverpool. She is also an honorary lecturer in public health at the University of Birmingham.

She is a GP commissioner for NHS Greenwich and has led her practice to deliver opportunistic health checks in a local supermarket – a scheme which won this year’s GP Enterprise Award for Outstanding Practice Team.

What the judges said:

Dr Lee has demonstrated some remarkable achievements. She is a dynamic individual who has also shown how well she can work in a team.’


How to vote for Dr Poppy Freeman as the overall winner

Voting is now closed

The winning practice will receive £4,000 and you will be entered into a prize draw for a fantastic iPod Touch. The closing date is 3 September 2012.

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