Poole based Shore Medical narrowly missed out a national award at the recent National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) awards, having been shortlisted in the Primary Care Network of the Year category.

The NAPC awards celebrate high standards of care across a number of categories including clinician of the year, Primary Care Manager of the Year and Primary Care Home of the Year.

Primary Care Network of the Year is a new category for 2019 which recognises networks which have made outstanding progress since their formation in line with the NHS Long Term Plan and GP Contract. This year’s winner was East Cornwall Primary Care Network.

Clinical Chair of Shore Medical, Dr Andy Rutland. He said “Whilst we are of course disappointed to not walk away with the top award, being recognised as one of the best PCNs in the country is quite an honour in itself when you consider there are around 1,300 across the country.

Since we formed earlier this year we have worked hard to develop a team culture in our network and this has resulted in a high level of engagement across our sites, allowing us to deliver a number of projects to benefit our patients including a multi-disciplinary visiting team and a diabetes prevention programme.”

Primary Care Networks are groups of GP practices working closely together with their local partners (e.g. other primary and community care staff and health and care organisations) to improve services for local people.

Shore Medical is made up of five local practices and provides services for around 59,000 patients.

  • Heatherview Medical Centre and Fernside Surgery
  • Lilliput Surgery
  • Parkstone Tower Practice
  • Poole Road Medical Centre
  • Wessex Road Surgery

Working as part of a network rather than a stand-alone business means the 82 GP practices in Dorset can share expertise and resources, making them better placed to manage the challenges Primary Care faces including ever increasing demand and recruitment issues. With additional support available it is anticipated that services across the county will benefit from more extended hours and specialist clinics.