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Health Spot receives ‘highly commended’ honour at the Health Service Journal Awards

Posted on: 22 November 2021

Last week, Health Spot received the highly commended accolade in the Primary Care Innovation of the Year category at the 2021 Health Service Journal Awards for its work making healthcare accessible and relevant to young people.

Health Spot is a ground-breaking service that provides specially tailored health and well-being support to children and young people in East London. 

The GP Care Group is proud to be a partner of Health Spot, alongside Poplar HARCA and NHS North East London Clinical Commissioning Group (NEL CCG). We were recognised at the annual awards presentation event, held at Evolution London in Battersea Park on Thursday 18 November. This year’s awards attracted more than 1,000 entrants across the 23 categories.

Developed in Tower Hamlets and launched during the first COVID lockdown in 2020, Health Spot is a specialist extended GP hub offering friendly, confidential medical appointments to young people aged 11 to 19 (and up to 25 years for those facing additional challenges).  

Young people helped to co-design the service, which is run in partnership with Spotlight – Poplar HARCA’s award-winning youth service – to make care accessible to those it aims to support. It is delivered in Spotlight's flagship youth centre, set up by Poplar HARCA.  

The service also offers young people the option of help and advice from Spotlight’s youth workers, along with additional specialist mental health counselling and therapy, sexual health advice and alcohol and substance misuse support from Docklands Outreach and Safe East. 

Information on Health Spot and the team behind the service is available here.

For further details visit the North East London Health Partnership website

Meanwhile, Tower Hamlets Together (THT) was shortlisted in the Partnership of the Year category for its work supporting clinically extremely vulnerable children and their families in the borough who were shielding during the COVID-19 pandemic. The GP Care Group is among the six local organisations that make up the partnership, along with NEL CCG, Tower Hamlets Council, Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary Services, East London NHS Foundation Trust and Barts Health NHS Trust.