Dr Jonathan Cope from our Plympton Health Centre was awarded The ‘Pulse’ General Practitioner of the Year at a prestigious awards ceremony held in London last night (Thursday 24 November).
Hosted by Dr Phil Hammond, presenter of BBC 2’s ‘Trust me, I’m a Doctor’, at the Lancaster London Hotel on Thursday 24th November, the awards are designed to recognise, highlight and reward the hard work and innovation that gets carried out in surgeries up and down the UK.
They are held in association with Nursing in Practice, Management in Practice, The Commissioning Review and Pulse.
Jonathan was nominated for The ‘Pulse’ General Practitioner of the Year award, which was the top award of the evening, Claire Oatway, our Chief Operating Officer, for his relentless determination to challenge the way GP practices are run.
In the last two years he has introduced dermatology and musculoskeletal GP-led clinics, telephone outreach clinics for vulnerable COPD patients and an Urgent Care Team which brings together a combination of Advanced Paramedic Practitioners, Clinical Pharmacists and Nurse Practitioners working alongside the duty doctor.
The introduction of these initiatives has made a dramatic difference in GP waiting times and a significant reduction (70-80%) in hospital referrals for secondary care.
Speaking of his award, Dr Jonathan Cope, GP Partner at Beacon Medical Group, said: “I’m overwhelmed with receiving this award, it’s been so unexpected. I couldn’t have done this without the fantastic team of managers, clinicians and allied health professionals here at Beacon. We have all pulled together in the same direction over the last two years to make wonderful things happen. It’s important to recognise all the hard work everyone’s done in the practice.
“We’ve got a fantastic new management team. A lot of them are new to the NHS and they’ve done some really cool stuff – it’s just a really exciting place to be.”
Jonathan was surrounded by cheerful colleagues as a total of 19 members of staff from across Beacon Medical Groups four medical practices (Plympton Health Centre, Ivybridge Health Centre, Chaddlewood Surgery and Wotter Surgery) were finalists for six different categories at the awards.
Claire Oatway, Chief Operating Officer at Beacon Medical Group, who was a finalist for The ‘Management in Practice’ Practice Manager of the Year award, said: “To have 19 members of staff being finalists and being recognised at these national awards is a true testament to the hard-work and dedication each and every one of them gives to our community and health care. I am so proud of the Beacon Medical Group ‘family’ – everyone has been a winner in my eyes. But most of all – Jonathan really deserved to walk away as the shining star of the night and I’m so pleased to be working with such an inspirational doctor.”
The six awards that the Beacon Medical Group were finalists in were; General Practice Team of the Year, Clinical Team of the Year Physiotherapy and MSK, Clinical Team of the Year – Dermatology, The ‘Management in Practice’ Practice Manager of the Year (Claire Oatway), Innovators of the Year and of course The ‘Pulse’ General Practitioner of the Year (Dr Jonathan Cope – winner).