Medical centre gets thumbs up
BOLLINGTON Medical Centre has scooped two major awards for its services.
The centre won the ‘Best Community Research Contribution’ category at the Greater Manchester Clinical Research Awards 2015, while Sister Ann Burgess, also based at the Waterhouse site, picked up the Research Nurse of the Year award.
The awards were in recognition of the practice’s participation in a drugs trial, an innovative screening programme and a whole person care approach for patients with multiple conditions.
They also tested the use of a special blood pressure monitoring machine to screen 300 patients for atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm that is a leading cause of stroke and has been dubbed a silent killer because symptoms are so hard to detect.
As a result, a number of patients were found to have the condition and have been given preventative treatment including the use of clot-busting drugs.
The award also recognised the team’s participation in a study led by the University of Bristol to test the effectiveness of whole person care.
The study saw patients with three or more long-term conditions having their medication reviewed by a pharmacist, being given longer-thannormal GP appointments and assessing the impact their conditions have on their mental health.
Ann, from Macclesfield, was recognised for her development of skills in sample processing and her use of new technology to record results on mobile devices and online databases.
Practice partner Dr Pete Wilson said: “A big thanks to the Greater Manchester Research Network and National Institute for Health Research for their support and for last night’s awards. Ann and the team fully deserve the recognition for their dedication and the learning we have all had to do in order to deliver excellent quality research in primary care.
“This is recognition that more clinical research is becoming more appropriately placed in primary care settings as that is where the majority of chronic disease management now happens.
“We hope this will encourage other GP practices to get involved.”
Dr Wilson was also shortlisted for the investigator of the year award for persuading GP partners of the importance of clinical research and for getting other Eastern Cheshire practices to support trials.
Dr Paul Bowen, chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG said: “Everyone at the CCG is absolutely delighted for Bollington Medical Centre.
“Staff have shown that participation in clinical research can bring real patient benefits and equip staff with new skills.
“Well done Bollington!”
●● Staff at Bollington Medical Centre collect their award