A GP business partner at the Crookes Practice bagged a top national award, beating other nominees from across the country.
Kate Carr was voted Practice Manager of the Year at the National Primary Care Awards after being nominated by colleagues and recognised by a panel of expert judges.
“It’s a great honour,” said Kate. “There’s lots of practice managers out there, but for someone to take the time to write down a nomination for you really makes you feel appreciated.”
Kate attributed her success to her participation in the Prime Minister Challenge scheme which had her on call every day of the week until 10pm and weekends until 6pm for over a year, in order to provide better care for patients.
“Even when I’m on holiday I’m there with my phone,” she said. “All Christmas I will be on call.”
In his nomination Martin Billington, former GP at the Crookes Practice, said: “I have rarely been lucky enough to work with someone with such drive, enthusiasm, stamina, and resourcefulness. Her appetite for taking on new projects, fully committing herself, and then delivering successfully is remarkable.”
“She really is a great leader.”
Regarding new projects, Kate is already looking to find new ways to further the quality of health care in Sheffield.
“We are looking at working with six other practices nearby to see if we can offer more services in the community,” she said.
“Instead of a patient having to go to hospital for a procedure we can pool our resources and as a group train people up to offer that service locally.”