Feature BMJ Group Awards

Primary Care Team of the Year: Primary care that makes a difference

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2118 (Published 12 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2118
  1. Helen Macdonald, assistant editor,
  2. Domhnall MacAuley, primary care editor
  1. 1BMJ, London WC1H 9JR, UK
  1. Correspondence to: D MacAuley dmacauley{at}bmj.com

Outstanding teams develop innovative ideas beyond their normal remit. When the judges were discussing the shortlist for the primary care team of the year, the emphasis was on seeking out those who had gone beyond what would normally be expected in general practice. Each of the three shortlisted practices—from Bristol, Cambridgeshire, and Nottingham—identified a particular clinical need in their patient population and went out of their way to make a difference by, respectively, improving access to primary care for young people in temporary hostel accommodation, managing alcoholism in rural areas, and providing additional mental health services for university students.

Improving access for young people in hostel accommodation

Young people in temporary accommodation are often not registered with a general practice. With high levels of risk from drug and alcohol misuse, as well as sexual behaviour, they often present late to emergency services. The …

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