Pharmacists and pharmacy teams working in general practice and primary care networks (PCNs) have been shortlisted for Cogora’s General Practice Awards 2023.

Six pharmacists or pharmacy teams were shortlisted for the pharmacist / pharmacy team of the year category.

And multidisciplinary teams were recognised for vaccination services and initiatives to achieve clinical improvement in mental health, long term conditions and public health and prevention.

The awards are a joint collaboration between The Pharmacist and its sister brands Pulse, Nursing in Practice, Healthcare Leader, Pulse PCN, Management in Practice and others.

It was a record-breaking year for entries, with over 400 in total being submitted.

A spokesperson for the awards said that the quality of entries was ‘as ever, fantastically high’, and that the judges ‘had a challenge on their hands when it came to the marking’.

‘Reading through the submissions has proven as ever, to be incredibly humbling and inspiring,’ they said.

Shortlisted for the pharmacist / pharmacy team of the year category were:

  • Chester East PCN pharmacy team
  • Gareth Evans MRPharmS, BPharm(hons) – Community pharmacist wansford pharmacy
  • Haringey GP Federation Clinical Pharmacy Team
  • Mrs Katie Smolski – Advanced clinical pharmacist at Park View Surgery and director of pharmacy for Greater Preston Network
  • Mohammad M Rahman – Principal pharmacist and head of medicines management, Lewes Primary Care Network and Foundry Healthcare
  • Spring Hill Practice Pharmacy Team

The Nottingham West PCN Pharmacy Cardiology team have also been recognised within the Clinical Improvement: Public Health and Prevention for their work to improve hypertension case finding, diagnosis and management.

And within the Clinical Improvement: Long Term Conditions category, Dr Bharan Kumar was shortlisted for his work with remote monitoring of hypertension barriers in Hypertension Care: The Remote Monitoring Revolution.

The Driving for Change team were also shortlisted for their work with individuals experiencing homelessness in Hackney, as was a virtual multi-disciplinary team (vMDT) pathway development for heart failure patients in Lincolnshire.

And within the mental health category the shortlist included a team delivering mental health support to NHS Practitioners.

Shortlisted for the vaccination service of the year were:

  • Birkenhead Vaccination Centre (Merseyside)
  • Healthy Hyde PCN
  • Torbay General Practice Covid Vaccination Service
  • The University Health Service
  • Woodgrange Covax

See all the shortlists on the General Practice Awards website.

The winners of each category will be announced at our award ceremony on 8 December at the Novotel London West..

The night will include a sparkling drinks reception, a three-course dinner including half a bottle of wine, and post-awards entertainment.

And an early bird rate is available for those who book before 11 October.

Voting is also open for the 2023 Supplier Awards, in which healthcare professionals can vote from a shortlist for their favourite digital solution provider, medical supplier, recruitment or staffing agency, education provider, telecoms supplier or professional services supplier.