Dr Emily Symington, Croydon CCG
Dr Emily Symington has led the development and implementation of group consultations in Croydon, attracting national attention. Group consultations are designed to encourage better self-care and embed shared decision making between clinician and patient. They gather around 10-15 patients who have a similar condition or set of clinical problems. All patients are briefed about the format of the session, what to expect from it and have signed a statement of confidentiality, meaning they are bound to not reveal anything they have heard about any of their fellow participants outside of the session. 80% of patients who attended group consultations reported being more able to cope and keep themselves healthy. 85% of attendees would recommend group consultations to friends and family.
Nominated by: Chris Philp MP