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DDA Board member celebrates PCN team success

Cornwall triumphs in national awards

October 24th 2019

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By Ailsa Colquhoun

DDA Board Member Mark Stone is among those to be recognised in the recent National Association of Primary Care  (NAPC) awards.

He and the team from East Cornwall Primary Care Network (a group of nine practices) scooped the Primary Care Network of the Year award in recognition for their innovative approach to working collaboratively both as practices as well as with the acute hospitals, community and voluntary sector.

Dr Penny Atkinson, GP partner at Rosedean House Surgery in Liskeard, was also named runner up in the Clinician of the Year award. She is pictured here (far left) with Mark Stone (far right).

East Cornwall Primary Care Network (a group of nine practices) scooped top awards in recognition for their innovative approach to working collaboratively both as practices as well as with the acute hospitals, community and voluntary sector.

Dr Atkinson said: “ We decided to form one PCN with three neighbourhoods to build on the Primary Care Home approach of tightly-knit teams formed around natural communities of about 30,000 to 35,0000.  We have been able to see the benefits of this size of neighbourhoods while continuing to offer bespoke services to patients. The CCG has been very supportive in helping us move towards a PCN.”

Andrew Abbott, NHS Kernow director of primary care, thanked the GPs, nurses, allied health professionals, administration teams and volunteers who work together to make general practice services so well regarded.

He said: “The innovation and commitment to service improvement these awards demonstrate is why we believe general practice. The new primary care networks they have formed will be the foundations for our integrated health and care system.”

The ceremony was held in Birmingham alongside the DDA 2019 annual conference.

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