Care Plus Group is delighted to announce that Open Door has been shortlisted for Primary Care Networks, GP or Community Provider of the Year at the HSJ Awards 2021, recognising their outstanding contribution to healthcare – in what has been an exceptional and challenging period across the sector.

Despite the demanding circumstances of the past 18 months, over 1000 entries have been received for this year’s HSJ Awards, with 205 organisations, projects and individuals making it to the final shortlist. The volume and standards of applications has been a true testament to those health and social care staff, who continue to push outstanding work and transformational projects across the sector.

The judging panel was once again made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community, including Sir Bruce Keogh (Chair, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s FT); Marie Gabriel CBE (Chair, NHS Race and Health Observatory); and former HSJ Trust of the Year winners Ann Marr OBE (Chief Executive, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals Trust) and Richard Mitchell (Chief Executive, Sherwood Forest Hospitals FT).

Following the intense and in-depth judging process, Open Door was shortlisted, ahead of the official awards ceremony to be held later this year (November 18th). Standing out amongst tough competition from hundreds of other exemplary applicants, Open Door was selected based on ambition, visionary spirit and the demonstrable positive impact that their work had and continues to have on both patient and staff experiences.

Open Door is a GP Practice located in the East Marsh ward of Grimsby, which is in the most deprived 1% of wards in England .  As well as providing standard GP Practice services, Open Door also provides extensive wraparound support to underserved individuals such as homeless individuals, people with substance misuse problems, asylum seekers and sex workers. The practice also holds the Violent Patient Register for North East Lincolnshire.

Open Door uses community outreach and innovative service delivery to reach the underserved communities to offer equitable access to all.

Kirsty Newson, Operational Manager – Primary Care and Prevention at Care Plus Group comments:
“We are so thrilled to have been shortlisted for a HSJ Award. This recognition really does reflect the collaborative efforts and dedication of our colleagues who have worked so hard to successfully deliver services to our registered patients and the underserved communities in North East Lincolnshire. Knowing that there was such stiff competition this year really does make this announcement feel like a wonderful achievement for everyone involved and the nomination has been a tremendous boost to staff at Open Door, especially given the extra work they have been doing delivering COVID-19 vaccinations to the local population.”

HSJ editor Alistair McLellan, comments “On behalf of all my colleagues, I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Open Door on being nominated in the category of Primary Care Networks, GP or Community Provider of the Year,  in this year’s HSJ Awards. The applications we receive always present our panel of judges with a very difficult task as the standard is unfailingly high and the breadth of innovation and passion for patient care is always so inspiring.

“This year, we really have been overwhelmed with the level of entries, particularly when set against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and the huge challenges faced by our health and social care workforce.

“We are therefore looking forward to welcoming all our finalists to the live ceremony in November and joining us in celebrating their incredible achievements and commitment to excellence.”

The full list of nominees for the HSJ Awards 2021 can be found on

The selected winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at Evolution, London on November 18th 2021

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