Specialist Nurse Kevin wins regional “Parliamentary” Award

Kevin Harris Thorpewood Specialist Nurse low resSpecialist Nurse Kevin Harris from Thorpewood Medical Practice in Norwich has won a regional “Parliamentary Award” for the dedication and extra effort he shows towards his patients.

MPs in England were asked to nominate individuals and teams in the NHS serving their constituents across ten categories in the national Parliamentary Awards 2019.

Kevin was nominated for the “Excellence in Primary Care” category by the MP for Norwich (North), Chloe Smith. As well as winning the regional level in his category, Kevin will now go forward to the national round of judging in early July.

Kevin looks after housebound patients registered with his GP practice, including carrying out annual health checks for people with a learning disability. He also looks after people at nearby Woodside House Care Home. Our photograph shows Kevin checking the health of Mr Donald Long at Woodside.

The main reason for being nominated was because Kevin has “taken Learning Disability Healthchecks to a new level.”

Instead of inviting people with a learning disability to the GP surgery for their annual check-up, Kevin makes contact to talk through the process and visits them at home where they are much more comfortable and confident.

As a result, Thorpewood says he has managed to reach 100% of their adult patients eligible for a health check.

Kevin is typically modest about his work and winning the regional award. “You can send a letter to some people but they do not respond,” he said. “You need to work more pro-actively with many people who have a learning disability. It’s just part of the job, I try to be conscientious.”

Kevin often starts his home visits at 7am because it is convenient for his patients, and sometimes works weekends to make sure he can care for them when it suits them best.

Dr Richard Hampsheir, from Thorpewood Medical Practice, said: “We are thrilled that Kevin has won the regional award for excellence in primary care. The name of the award sums it up, Kevin makes an outstanding difference to our patients who really appreciate his extra effort and caring touch. We are all immensely proud to work alongside him.”

You can read more about the Parliamentary Health Awards at http://www.nhs70awards.co.uk/shortlist