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All primary care beacons for clinical governance in South West have research funding and fellowship by assessment

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 08 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:121
  1. Selena Gray, clinical adviser (,
  2. Lindsay Smith, general practitioner, East Somerset Research Consortium
  1. Research and Development Directorate, NHS Executive South West, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS34 8SR
  2. Westlake Surgery, West Coker, Somerset BA22 9AH

    EDITOR—The NHS Executive has recently established a process for identifying “beacons of excellence” within the NHS.1 As members of the regional panel assessing the applications for beacons in primary care in the South West, we were struck by the number of applications from practices that were either actively involved in research and development or contained one or more partners with fellowship by assessment. We therefore analysed the applications, looking at these two indicators.

    Of the applications for beacon status, two had research and development funding only, …

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