Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)  | Inspire Awards 2021

GPA are delighted to announce that Dr David Smart has been awarded with a life-time achievement award in mental health from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

“GPs are the beating heart of patient care and primary care. 2020-21 has been one of the most challenging times in our history. Our awards recognise the excellence, the efforts and the contributions that have been made to general practice.” Says the RCGP.

Statement from Dr David Smart: 

“I am delighted to receive this award as it raises the profile of mental health which is so needed as a nation as we address the COVID syndemic together.

I stand on the shoulders of others and alongside many colleagues who have encouraged and enabled progress. With my own personal experience, I know the importance of reducing stigma, increasing access and coverage for mental illness, and promoting wellbeing interventions (some medical and mostly non-medical).

Having left clinical practice, I hope to continue to promote mental wellbeing in the community through working on Social Prescribing as Clinical Director of General Practice Alliance, and through education as Director of WORTH with the University of Northampton.  Both promote Action for Happiness’s the ‘10 Keys To Happier Living’ and the developing green Wellbeing Hub at Delapre Abbey where I am a trustee. A further growing partnership is with Churches as Health Healing Hubs that could be adapted and taken forward by other faith communities.

Lastly, I am grateful to my family, friends and previous GP partners who have supported and nurtured my ideas and me personally – the award is theirs as well”

To view David’s award, please see 31 minutes into the video.

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