Delight as nominations make awards shortlist

24 August 2021

Two Kent and Medway nominations submitted to a national awards scheme marking the very best in healthcare practice have been shortlisted.
Entries for the Primary Care Networks, GP or Community Provider of the Year and for Clinical Leader of the Year have made it through to the shortlist for the HSJ Awards 2021.

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Margate, Mocketts Wood and Coastal and Rural Excellence primary care networks (GP practices locally grouped together), which have been delivering the GP-led local vaccination centre in Thanet and Margate GP (Primary Care Networks, GP or Community Provider of the Year) are recognised for the work they have put into the Covid-19 vaccination programme, while Thanet Clinical Leader Dr Ashwani Peshen (Clinical Leader of the Year) is acknowledged for this and other work he has done.
Made of up the GP practices mentioned above, the Thanet local vaccination site at the Saga Centre, has given more than 100,000 vaccinations through the dedication of the team on the ground. It has achieved more than 90 per cent coverage in vaccine cohorts one to nine.
Dr Peshen said: “We are absolutely delighted to have made it to the shortlist of these awards. We had a very simple vision to ‘get the vaccinations done’ as quickly and safely as possible within best practice guidance. Our programme was designed with the support of our staff; we walked through the whole patient journey as a team. It’s really helped build relationships with our partners – we had to work at speed and, most importantly of all, have delivered a vaccination programme to be proud of.
“I would also like to take a moment to recognise the enormous hard work of all colleagues involved in the vaccination programme in Kent and Medway.’’
The Thanet primary care networks:

  • ran the local vaccination site at the Saga centre in Ramsgate
  • set up multiple pop-up clinics, including Westwood Cross Shopping Centre in Broadstairs and the Open Golf Championship in Deal
  • set up roving teams to get to harder-to-reach communities
  • set up a call centre for booking patients who could not book online
  • responded to patient feedback, including changing the way reception worked
  • responded quickly to any vaccine supply issues so patients did not miss out.

Dr Ash Peshen

In his category, Dr Peshen is recognised for being an outstanding clinical leader, ‘whose vision for the improvement of patient experience has galvanised teams across organisations to work together to make changes and improvements in the safety, quality and experience of the patient journey’.
His work has included:

  • development of an enhanced primary care service and GP home visiting service
  • development and delivery of the complex response team in Thanet, which supports patients in staying at home and to get the care and support they need in their own homes
  • leading the vaccination programme in Thanet
  • using digital innovation to provide better patient access and experience
  • transforming the primary care model in Northdown GP practice in Margate, including recruitment of more healthcare professionals, such as an advanced nurse practitioner, mental health worker and advanced paramedic practitioner
  • development of the GP streaming service in Thanet.

More than 1,000 entries were submitted to this year’s HSJ Awards, with 205 organisations, projects and individuals making it to the final shortlist.
The full list of nominees for the HSJ Awards 2021 can be found on
Winners will be announced during the awards ceremony on 18 November.

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