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Dr Ian Greaves: one of this year's GP Enterprise Awards winners
Dr Ian Greaves: one of this year's GP Enterprise Awards winners

Dr Ian Greaves, of Gnosall Surgery in Staffordshire, is one of five category winners in this year’s GP Enterprise Awards, jointly organised by GP and the RCGP.

The practice developed a primary care memory service for its 8,000 patients that dramatically reduced hospital costs.

This year’s winners have all demonstrated innovation and a commitment to improve the quality of care to patients, in ways that can be replicated by other practices across the UK.

The Upton Surgery in Worcestershire set up a complex care team to provide a multi-agency approach to supporting patients with acute needs, which saved £148,000 in a year.

 View our photo gallery of all the Enterprise Awards 2010 winners

GPs at the Churchill Medical Centre in Surrey introduced an urgent care service for children that cut local A&E attendances by 40% in the under-16 age group.

Sheffield University GP Dr Sripat Pai created health information videos for young people that he published on the internet and marketed through social media. The films have been watched more than 9,000 times in six months.

Nurses at the Drs Ross and Robinson Practice in Glasgow set up a clinic to tackle unmet need among patients who had recently undergone cancer treatment.

View all of the category winners with full details of their winning schemes

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