Celebrations at Practice after GP of the Year win

Celebrations at Practice after GP of the Year win

A single hander GP from Nottinghamshire is celebrating after winning Pulse magazine’s GP of the Year award.
Dr Karen Brown, GP Principal at Jacksdale Medical Centre, near Mansfield, was commended for improving standards at her practice and patient care during a glittering ceremony in London.
After taking on the role of GP Principal in 2016, Dr Brown put in place a full self-funded refurbishment of the practice, which was red rated by its CCG in 2015 and rated requires improvement by the CQC.
And a number of other improvements have also taken place, in addition to the refurbishment, which has led to improved staff morale and more effective working.
Dr Brown said: “I was surprised to have been nominated and that someone felt that the work I had done at Jacksdale was worthy of the nomination was fantastic. To then be shortlisted was just amazing – to be down to the final six in the whole of the UK.
“Winning the award is an incredible honour. For the judges to feel that my work and efforts at Jacksdale were worthy of winning is the most incredible feeling.
“I have had fabulous support over the last 18 months from my family and practice team.
“I could not have done it without my husband Alex and manager Mel, who have been so incredibly
supportive and given a lot of their own time to make this venture a success.
“Jacksdale has always been a very special place to me, ever since I started working there as a salaried GP in 2008, and even though personal circumstances meant that I left to go to a bigger practice in
Nottingham, I have always yearned to come back to Jacksdale to work in a small village practice.
“Being given the opportunity to take over the running of the practice has meant that I have been able to provide facilities and a service for my patients that I feel they deserve, and a service that I would expect for myself and my family.
“It has come with a financial cost to me, but I have been able to ensure some reimbursement from the CCG and NHSE – and to be honest I don’t do the job for the money.
“I just love being a GP, working with my patients and their families through their everyday lives and problems gives me all the satisfaction I need. This award has been the icing on the cake, and to be recognised nationally is the biggest honour I could ask for.”

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