Awards & Recognition

Darwen Healthcare's Continual Development

Darwen Healthcare is committed to ensuring that all their staff have access to training and development opportunities and many of them have taken up the initiative to access external course to develop which in turn has resulted in a number of qualifications and national recognition.

Awards and Recognition 2020 to 2021

Dr Ninan at Darwen Healthcare  Some really lovely news ! The Pumping Marvellous Foundation, which is the UK’s only patient led Heart Failure Charity have awarded Dr Mammen Ninan, GP at Darwen Health Centre their National “You’re Simply Marvellous” Award for the exceptional quality of care and treatment he and team offer heart failure patients. Dr Ninan and partners were nominated by a local Heart Failure patient - Gavin Redhead and was one of only 5 individual healthcare professionals chosen nationally. Great work and well done!!


We were delighted In October 22 to receive a Gold Award for quality teaching to SSCP Student during 2022/2023.

2018 to 2019

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GP Practice Awards 2019

The Darwen GP Nursing Team was shortlisted from GP Practice Nursing Teams throughout England and at the London Awards Ceremony on 29 November 2019 were selected as the Winner of this prestigious award for their innovative and quality work, especially involving those patients with Frailty, Dementia, pre-diabetic, Stroke/TIA, Cervical, Bowel and Breast Screening and COPD. We are so proud of their dedication, knowledge, skills and the national recognition achieved.

Not to be outshone by the Nursing Team, all of the Darwen Healthcare Practice Team were recognised for their commitment to our patients and especially for the pioneering work being done in developing a new clinical model within the practice utilising Advanced Clinical Nurse Practitioners, Physician Associates, Paramedics and Clinical Pharmacists to support our GP’s. Highlighted was the amazing work we are doing with our colleagues from the DWP and the Darwen Primary Care Network in getting those with long-term conditions, especially mental health, back in to the community through volunteering or in a number of cases finding paid employment.

2015 to 2017

From 2015-2017 the practice and its staff received multiple qualifications and national awards of recognition please see below

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Training on Advanced Clinical Practice

Debbie and Julia have been successful in achieving the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Advanced Level Practice credential and their role will now be Advanced Clinical Nurse Practitioners.

This means that they have gone through a process which assesses the background and legitimacy to practice at an advanced level through assessing their qualifications, experience and competence.

The RCN have given formal recognition of their level of expertise and skill in clinical practice, leadership, education and research in a way that is recognisable to colleagues, employers, patients and the public and they are included on a publicly available database of Accredited Nurses.

Practice Manager of The Year Award

Ann Neville, Practice Manager wins two awards in one year (2017). 

We are delighted that our own practice manager was successful in being named the winner of two national awards :

Management in Practice (MiP) August 2017 and Practice Manager of the Year at the  GP Awards in November 2017.

Please see link below for full details.

RCGP Bright Ideas England 2017

Professor Martin Marshall, Vice Chair of the Royal College of GPs

Professor Martin Marshall was  one of the presenters at the RCGP's Bright Ideas Awards, on Tuesday 19th September 2017, to recognise and celebrate fresh thinking in primary care. Frontline staff are continuously finding new ways of reducing workloads and increasing efficiencies in practices across the UK, and were deservedly acknowledged.

The Bright Ideas project has been sharing and promoting examples of frontline innovation in general practice for over two years - small changes that can have a big impact.

The Bright Ideas awards, in their inaugural year, have been established to inspire, celebrate and recognise this fresh thinking in primary care. Submissions needed to show that they have benefitted the practice in one of several areas, including reducing workload, increasing practice efficiencies, making the most of resources available, improving morale and increasing patient satisfaction.

On the evening, four winners, one from each nation, were recognised for these innovative ideas from across the UK. The winning submissions included a diverse range of distinctive ideas; an e-Booklet for newly qualified GPs; lifestyle education for patients within the pre-diabetic range; improvements for new care home residents who lack capacity to make decisions concerning their welfare; and a quick response information pod for patients containing links to online services.

At the RCGP we will support the dissemination of these winning ideas through a series of workshops across the UK, continuing to help GPs to adapt to the changing primary care landscape.

The plan is that these new approaches will  be recognised, celebrated and shared; this will inspire other practices to both take up bright ideas which have been successful elsewhere and encourage them to think of new ideas themselves.

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