Dr Emma Tiffin, a part-time GP and healthcare leader, has won the Healthcare Leader of the Year prize at the GP Awards 2017 in London in November.
She said: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled and honoured to have won this award.
‘Although I am the fortunate recipient, it is actually a tribute to my fantastic team in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).’
Her contribution to developing local mental health service, particularly through her weekly BBC Radio Cambridgeshire presenters show, where she raises the profile of general practice and mental health, has helped her achieve the award.
She recently led on the creation of two community-based mental health services, Primary Care Service for Mental health (PRISM) and First Response Service (FRS), for planned and unplanned care, which involved partnership with colleagues in primary and secondary care, third sector and local authority.
Co-designing these services with service users and carers has been ‘integral to the service developments’, she said.
She is now sharing this work with the national adviser group developing the national community mental health pathway.
With almost 20 years of experience as a GP, Ms Tiffin currently holds a range of non-clinical GP roles, such as strategic adult mental health clinical leads for her CCGand primary care and mental health liaison lead for Comprehensive Research Network (CRN) Eastern.
Her colleagues and staff describe her as ‘energetic, tenacious, passionate, supportive and great team player’, she said.
As well as winning this award, Ms Tiffin’s biggest achievements this year are her appointment to the national adviser role for developing the community mental health pathway and the implementation of the PRISM service.