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North Norfolk doctor named GP of the year

12th Sep 2018

A Norfolk doctor has been named GP of the year 2018 by the East Anglian Faculty of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

Dr Joe Kemp, a GP partner with Mundesley Medical Centre, received the award for the most outstanding contribution to Primary Care service provision of development.

Linda Marquis, managing partner with Mundesley Medical Centre, nominated Dr Kemp using comments gathered from patients and colleagues and data evidence about health outcomes. 

Mrs Marquis said: “It is a pleasure to work with Dr Kemp as he is one of the nicest people you could meet and this is reflected in the relationship he has with staff, patients and colleagues.  The whole practice is extremely pleased and proud that he has been given this award”.

The Awards panel of judges assessed the nominees for evidence of:

  • An outstanding contribution to Primary Care
  • Innovative ideas
  • Commendation by patients and colleagues
  • Work carried out beyond the call of duty
  • Details of personal qualities.

Those who met the criteria were then judged against the duties of a doctor registered with the General Medical Council (GMC), as taken from GMC ‘Good Medical Practice (2006)’.

The list of duties includes:  

  • Make the care of your patient your first concern
  • Work with colleagues in the ways that best serve patients’ interests
  • Treat patients as individuals and respect their dignity
  • Listen to patients and respond to their concerns and preferences
  • Be honest and open and act with integrity

Dr Kemp started his GP career at Mundesley Medical Centre four years ago.  Since then he has enhanced his clinical skills by training to administer joint injections and developed his leadership skills.  Within the practice Dr Kemp is the clinical lead for both the North Norfolk signposting project for receptionists and the Productive General Practice Programme that includes looking at a range of processes, including the appropriate use of appointments, within the practice.

Sally Ross-Benham, head of primary care for NHS North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group said:  “Dr Kemp is very well respected amongst his peers and the primary care commissioning team.  He has a manner that warms the room and gets messages across in a very clear and inclusive way.  Whether you are a clinician or a receptionist Dr Kemp easily relates to all and has an impact that has been fundamental in helping to drive the transformation agenda.  We are very lucky to have Dr Kemp in our patch”.

Mundesley Medical Centre is holding an open event on Thursday 20 September 2018 between 3pm and 7pm at which members of the public can meet members of the practice team and the Patient Reference Group as well as see medical equipment in action and learn about the new appointment system. The Centre’s new Primary Care mental health nurse will also be available to talk about their role.   The Centre’s Integrated Care Coordinator, Healthwatch, Slimming World, Norfolk Family Cares, Norfolk’s Living Well and Aylsham Care Trust will also be available.