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Primary care wellbeing service shortlisted for prestigious award

Primary care wellbeing service shortlisted for prestigious award

A new primary care wellbeing service has been selected as a finalist in this year’s General Practice Awards.

Funded by the two local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven and NHS Bradford Districts, the service has been shortlisted in the clinical team of the year- long- term condition category.

The awards are designed to recognise and reward the hard work and innovation carried out in GP practices up and down the UK. The winners will be announced on Thursday 26 November, at a ceremony in London.

Two local GP practices: Kilmeny Group Medical Practice, in Keighley, and Tong Medical Practice, in Bradford, are providing this innovative new service to their patients with long-term illnesses or chronic diseases; and who frequently visit their doctor with physical and mental health problems.

The team, working in partnership with Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, includes a consultant clinical psychologist, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, advanced nurse practitioner and a consultant psychiatrist. Staff work with patients to:

  • better support the patient’s long-term condition or illness

  • improve patient care and clinical outcomes

  • reduce unnecessary hospital admissions

  • improve the quality of care.

Dr Rachel McEnery, GP at the Kilmeny Practice, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award. Our patient feedback has confirmed that this service is making  a positive difference to people’s care, and I would like to thank all those involved in working so hard to get this service up and running. 

Dr Angela Moulson, GP at Tong Medical Practice, said: “We are really pleased to hear the news.

“Providing support and help in this way is giving patients more confidence in managing their condition which in turn reduces pressure on health services.”

Dr Colin Renwick, clinical chair at NHS Airedale Wharfedale and Craven CCG, added: “The service is a great example of how collaborative working between the two CCGs makes a positive difference to patients across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.

“We wish the team the very best of luck for the announcement in November.”

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