GP Enterprise Awards 2013: The winning practices

The GP Enterprise Awards have once again delivered some exciting new ideas that should help to improve the working lives of GPs around the UK.

Together with the RCGP and our sponsors the MDU, GP aimed to seek out and highlight some of the best initiatives developed in hard-working surgeries that are the backbone of the NHS.

This year's winners demonstrate the breadth and variety of general practice, adding up to a real celebration of the profession.

Thanks to all of those practices who entered - the judging was a very challenging but rewarding experience.

And thanks also to those GPs and lay representatives who freely gave their time and expertise to the judging process.

The 2013 WINNERS
Outstanding Practice Team

Prize £1,000

For a high quality practice that has shown exemplary teamwork to implement change or meet a new challenge. Please highlight the work of different team members, and links with outside agencies, where appropriate.


WINNER: Robin Lane Medical Centre, Leeds.

Innovative Clinical Care

Prize £1,000

This award recognises innovation in the main disease areas common within the general population, where a GP or practice team has demonstrably improved patient care as a direct result of changes to clinical practice or their practice systems.


WINNER: Frome Valley Medical Centre, Bristol.

Caring for Vulnerable Groups

Prize £1,000

This award aims to highlight innovation by a GP or practice team to meet the needs of a specific group of vulnerable patients, for example the elderly, homeless, drug misusers, or those with physical or learning disabilities.


WINNER: Padiham Medical Centre, East Lancashire.

Best use of Media and Technology

Prize £1,000

For an innovative GP or practice team that can demonstrate how they have utilised new media and the internet, or IT in general, to improve any aspect of patient care or practice services.


WINNER: Summercroft Surgery, Orpington, Kent.

Improving Quality and

Prize £1,000

For a practice team, group of surgeries, or CCG, that has raised quality and/or productivity. They should be able to demonstrate efficiencies in areas such as prescribing or unplanned admissions.


WINNER: Robin Lane Medical Centre, Leeds.

RCGP First5 Award

Prize £1,000

For an individual GP who, in their first five years since passing the MRCGP exam, can demonstrate how they have made a positive and innovative impact on the NHS, by working to improve clinical care, patient services or healthcare systems.


WINNER: Dr Neil Metcalfe, York.

The MDU Enterprise Award

Prize £4,000

We ask the readers of GP magazine to vote for an overall winner from the successful entrants in the six categories. The award will be presented at the RCGP’s annual awards ceremony in London.


Click here to cast your vote

The winning practice will receive £4,000 and you will be entered into a prize draw for a fantastic iPad mini.

The closing date is 2 September 2013.


Highly commended

Outstanding Practice Team:
Tudor Lodge Surgery, Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset

Each member of staff at this practice has 'adopted' a list of frail elderly patients who are at risk of A&E admission, and telephones them each week to identify problems before they reach crisis point.

Innovative Clinical Care:
Old Town Surgery, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex

This practice-based memory assessment service enables GPs and senior practice nurses to diagnose and manage the common types of dementia in straightforward cases without recourse to secondary care.

Caring for Vulnerable Groups:
Whitehouse Centre, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

This centre provides primary care to asylum seekers, refugees, substance abusers and the homeless, and has adapted its patient assessment to include services such as catch-up vaccinations and testing for blood-borne viruses, aiming to provide holistic care despite having a high patient turnover.

Health E1 Homeless Medical Centre, East London

This nurse-led practice has seconded a GP to visit every homeless patient who is admitted to the Royal London Hospital. The aim of the programme is to provide integrated, person-centred care and make plans with the patient for their discharge from hospital.

Improving Quality & Productivity:
Elmham Surgery, Dereham, Norfolk

This practice linked up with a local hospital to develop an 'integrated care hub'. They hold weekly multidisciplinary team meetings to manage vulnerable patients. Six practices are now involved in the scheme and they have reduced hospital admissions by 28.3%.


The GP Enterprise Awards 2013 are proudly supported by the Medical Defence Union

Proudly supported by the Medical Defence Union

The MDU is proud to support the GP Enterprise Awards 2013, recognising innovation and excellence in general practice.
The MDU is the UK’s leading defence organisation, a not-for-profit organisation wholly dedicated to our member’s interests. Our team is led and staffed by doctors with real-life experience of the pressures and challenges faced in practice.  

The MDU offers members expert guidance, personal support and robust defence in addressing medico-legal issues, complaints and claims. Our customised services range from legal assistance, indemnity, training, support and risk management advice.

Members can access services to support their NHS and private work; including a free 24-hour medico-legal advice line, assistance and representation at trust and GMC hearings and full educational support with courses and workshops. Members can also benefit from GROUPCARE, the free MDU group scheme for GP practices.
Please visit to find out more about GROUPCARE* and other benefits available for to GP members.

  • If your practice has two or more MDU GPs (excluding GP locums, GPSTs and trust indemnified) you could set up a GROUPCARE scheme absolutely FREE and enjoy even more exclusive member benefits.


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