Local healthcare heroes shine at the General Practice Stars of 2018 Awards

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NHS healthcare heroes in Sandwell and West Birmingham have been recognised at the prestigious General Practice Stars of 2018 Awards. 

Following the huge success of last year’s event, the event was run again this year, showcasing and celebrating the hard work and staff commitment that goes into delivering excellent patient care in general practice.

Chairs Special Recognition Award Dr Saira Khan

Picture: Chair's Special Recognition Award Winner, Dr Saira Khan







Organised by NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group the winners received their awards at a special ceremony held at West Bromwich Albion Football Club.

There were over 150 submissions for the awards, and the winners were:

Dr Parmjit Marok received the title of GP of the Year for making an exceptional difference in her day to day clinical practice at Rotton Park Medical Centre. She also shines as a GP trainer, GP appraiser and one of the CCG GP Forward View clinical leads.

Davinia George from Regis Medical Centre was awarded Practice Nurse of the Year for having passion, drive and giving everything and everyone 100%.

This year’s Patient Champion is Pam Jones who was recognised for her commitment to working with the CCG and her GP practice to ensure that the patient voice is heard to help develop and strengthen local healthcare.

Dr Saira Khan was a truly deserving winner of the Chair's Special Recognition Award. While enjoying a social break in London, Dr Khan stepped in to provide first-aid support during the attacks at Borough Market in London. 

There were also:

  • Antibiotics Champion Award - The Nurse Practitioner Team; Lianne White and Rebeca Cobane from Hill Top Medical Centre.
  • Collaboration of the Year Award - Broadway Health Centre
  • Primary Care Innovation Award - Dr Manir Aslam and Dr Imran Zaman, Broadway Health Centre
  • Rising Star Award - Santokh Sohal from Laurie Pike Health Centre and Helen Sargeant from Smethwick Medical Centre
  • Unsung Hero Award (Non-clinical) - Paulette Riley from Oakham Surgery and Betty Colbourne from Laurie Pike Health Centre
  • Unsung Hero Award (Clinical) - Gillian Williams from Smethwick Medical Centre and Dr Emma Andrews from Church Road Surgery
  • Practice Team of the Year Award - The Diabetes Team: Amelia Cook, Frances Fletcher, Dr Swayam Iyer, Tara Stevenson from Smethwick Medical Centre.  
  • Practice Manager Award - Michael Lacken-Whelen from Handsworth Wood Medical Practice
  • GP Trainee of the Year Award - Dr Rachael Maher from Oakham Surgery

Dr Nick Harding, Chair of NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, said:

“These inspirational awards are a celebration of the dynamism and dedication of our primary care teams to improve patient care by delivering high quality services. This special event gave our staff and patients the opportunity to recognise, once more, the outstanding contribution that primary care staff and clinicians make to our communities on a daily basis.

“From Primary Care Innovation through to the Rising Stars in our field, we celebrated and demonstrated once again the commitment and talent in primary care in the Sandwell and West Birmingham area. It was a delight to recognise the breadth of experience we have from seasoned GPs, to young trainees just starting out on their career.

“I was personally delighted to present the Chair's Special Recognition Award to Dr Saira Khan, a very special lady who has gone above and beyond her professional duties. She was having a meal out with friends last June when she was interrupted by what she thought was a car crash.  This turned out to be the London Bridge and Borough Market terror attacks. Despite the dangers, Dr Kahn helped victims by administering first aid and CPR to one of the victims.  She maintained professionalism during the event and has been praised by colleagues for her ‘heroism and courageous act for humanity’.”

“The event also gave us the chance to reflect on just some of our successes in primary care in Sandwell and West Birmingham: Practices in Sandwell and West Birmingham are providing more than 2.6 million consultations per year. That is equivalent to an average of 110 consultations per 1,000 patients per week, far in excess of the national average of 74.”

The event also played host to some prestigious figures in the field of primary and wider health care, including:

  • Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard – Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Dr Helen Hibbs, Black Country STP lead
  • Toby Lewis, Chief Executive of Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Hospitals Trust
  • Dr Jonathan Swindells, Consultant Microbiologist at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust
  • Prof Helen Cameron, Dean and Chair of Medical Education at Aston Medical School, Aston University
  • Dr Samar Mukherjee, Chair of the Quality and Safety Committee and Caldicott Guardian
  • Karen Storey, Primary Care Nursing Lead, NHS England
  • Dr Jamie Hynes, GP and Regional Ambassador, Royal College of General Practitioners

See a full gallery of photos from the evening here