Mary Kennedy Announced as Host for National GP Awards

Caption: Dr Eileen O’Connor is presented with the Patients’ Choice Award by Joe Newell, CEO, and Karen Walsh, Marketing Manager Hermitage Medical Clinic.

Call for Nominations from Healthcare Professionals Throughout the Country

Renowned broadcaster, Mary Kennedy has been announced as the host of the National GP Awards. Now in its fourth year, the Awards are held annually by, the online networking and educational tool for general practitioners, in association with Affidea Ireland, the national diagnostic imaging provider.

Nominations are now open for the Awards with winners due to be announced at a glittering gala awards ceremony in Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel on Friday 13th September 2019.

Commenting, Dr Shane McKeogh from said: “The National GP Awards have grown into a national date of great importance on the calendar of healthcare professionals country-wide.

At a time when the sustainability of our GP practices and in particular of rural practices is threatened by the lack of financing and resources, this event offers the opportunity for our healthcare heroes to be recognised for the outstanding work that they are doing, deep within the heart of local communities, the length and breadth of Ireland.”

Mary Kennedy said: “I am absolutely thrilled to support the Awards this year. From Donegal to Dingle, from Achill to Dublin, GPs throughout the country and the teams of dedicated people who work in GP Practices, in hospitals and in the healthcare sector in Ireland give so much to us every day. I am honoured to be involved in giving something back to them and recognising their achievements this year at the National GP Awards.”

Barry Downes, CEO at Title Sponsor, Affidea Ireland added: “General Practice is the foundation of our health care system. The commitment and dedication required to provide medical services in this country should never be under estimated The Awards allow us all to stop and think about the work that we all do in delivering health service in Ireland and in particular the difficult and demanding work that GPs do with diminishing resources in communities throughout the country.”

GPs, practice managers and staff of GP practices alongside healthcare professionals and organisations from all over the country are now invited to send in their nominations across 11 categories in order to be considered for an Award at this year’s ceremony in September.

Categories on offer include GP of the Year, Rural Practice of the Year, Safety and Innovation in Practice and the Patients’ Choice Award in which the general public can nominate their own GP.

The Categories for the National GP Awards 2019 are:

- GP of the Year

- Establishing GP of the Year

- GP Trainee of the Year

- GP Trainer of the Year

- Rural Practice of the Year

- Patients’ Choice Award

- Practice Nurse of the Year

- Practice Administrator of the Year

- Best GP/ Hospital Collaboration

- Innovation in Practice Award

The closing date for entries to the GPBuddy National GP Awards is Friday, 28th June 2019.

To enter or nominate an individual or organisation, please Entry forms will also be available at participating GP practices.