Announcement: NHS Parliamentary Awards 2020 postponed

We must regrettably announce that due to the COVID-19 and the need for NHS staff to give this their full attention, we have decided to postpone the NHS Parliamentary Awards due to take place on 10th July 2020 in the House of Commons.

If your MP has already submitted a nomination for the awards, this will still be considered when the awards take place. MPs will also be able to submit new nominations or make any necessary changes to their current nomination(s) as the nomination platform will remain open during this time.

As soon as we are able to confirm a new date and deadline for submissions for the awards, we will share that with you.

The Excellence in Primary Care Award

Primary care services provide the first point of contact in the healthcare system, acting as the ‘front door’ of the NHS for the public. GPs in particular have one of the highest public satisfaction ratings of any public service, at over 85%. GPs provide over 300 million patient consultations each year, but many more patients also rely on community pharmacy, dental, and optometry services for initial and ongoing support.

As the needs of patients and the wider NHS evolves, so is the role of primary care. This award seeks to recognise primary care practitioners and teams that are working with patients to help them stay healthy and avoid long stays in hospital or being admitted in the first place.

This could be through:

  • bringing in different kinds of professionals and/or working with the voluntary and community groups to broaden the range of services in their local practice;
  • working closely with colleagues in hospitals, community teams and the third sector to plan patient care better; or
  • joining together with other practises to jointly deliver more convenient appointments for patients.