Norwich health services nominated for national awards

Healthcare in Norwich has been recognised at a national level with the city gaining five nominations at the prestigious General Practice Awards, including the Norwich Primary Care Network (PCN) and one of its member practices.

This year, in one of the most challenging years imaginable, health teams across Norwich have been shortlisted in no less than five separate categories. Those in the running for a national award include the PCN, which represents 21 GP Practices across Norwich and has been shortlisted in the ‘PCN of the Year’ category.

Dr Jeanine Smirl, PCN Clinical Director said ”I am immensely proud of Norwich PCN and our team who have worked tirelessly to support our member practices and deliver excellent care. It is pleasing to see national recognition for these two projects which focus on supporting patients living in the areas of greatest deprivation. Congratulations!”

In addition to the PCN’s nomination, two ground-breaking Norwich projects have also been shortlisted. The ‘Asthma in Schools’ project (also shortlisted at the HSJ Awards) focusses on better outcomes for children with asthma and has been shortlisted in the ‘Clinical Improvement Long Term Conditions’ category. While, the ‘Integrated Motivational Proactive Anticipatory Care Team (IMPACT)’ has been shortlisted in the ‘Clinical Development Public Health and Prevention’ category. The IMPACT team utilises local population health intelligence to better care for patients who are not engaging with healthcare providers.

A mark of the strength of the PCN is that one of its GP practices (St Stephen’s Gate Medical Practice) has been nominated for two awards. These are the prescribing hub team in the ‘GP Team of the Year’ and the practice nurses in the ‘Practice Nursing Award’ category. As a fun fact St Stephen’s Gate Medical Practice have been shortlisted five times in the last three years.

Chair of OneNorwich Practices Sarah Ambrose said “2022 has been a year of significant change for all of us, a new King, a new Prime Minister, a cost-of-living crisis and a slow recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, so for our teams to shine through like they have and be recognised in this way I think is truly inspirational. They are all winners in my eyes and I wish them luck at the awards.”

Also commenting on the achievements OneNorwich Practices CEO, Janka Rodziewicz said “I am immensely proud of all our staff who have been operating under very difficult circumstances, but they have risen to the challenge and have proved that working together in an innovative way can bring real results for patients across Norwich”

The award ceremony takes place on 9 December in London, we look forward to updating you then and in the meantime wish all our teams the best of luck.