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Long Term Service Award for Health Boss and Local GP

Dr Ions was awarded the Long Service Award at a packed RCGP Annual General Meeting and award meeting in Manchester.

The award recognises Dr Ions’ contribution to improving patient care over a long and distinguished career, his commitment to work and colleagues, and is based on commendations from patients and colleagues.  In particular, it was noted that Dr Ions is highly regarded for his innovative ideas, inclusive style of leadership and for carrying out his work as a GP and as a clinical leader, beyond the call of duty.

Dr Ions said: “I am absolutely delighted to have received this award.  I was particularly delighted because on the same evening, 14 GP practices from East Lancashire achieved Quality Practice Awards, including my very own Pendle View Medical Practice.  This is a highly coveted and extremely difficult award to achieve.  It recognises those practices for their delivery of high quality patient care.

On the night when I was awarded the Long Service Award, I felt it was fitting that a significant number ofGP practices achieved this quality award. Much of what we do in health care relies on team work, commitment and professionalism.  I am grateful for the support of my colleagues, and it has been an honour to support patients to live healthily and well.”

Dr Phil Huxley, Chair of NHS East Lancashire said: “Dr Ions has been pivotal in providing clinical leadership to his practice, the wider health service and the medical profession over the years.  His professionalism, inclusive style of leadership and commitment to improving patient care has characterised a long and distinguished career.

It is telling that on a night when his contribution to patients and GP services was being celebrated, Dr Ions was delighted to see so many East Lancashire GP practices achieving the Quality in Practice Award.  This speaks volumes about Dr Ions’ style. He has always put others first, championing good practice and encouraging those who need encouragement. This award is a superb accomplishment.” Dr Ions has been a GP Prin­ci­pal in Brier­field, Nel­son since 1982.   He pre­vi­ously worked with Pen­dle Pri­mary Care Group, Burn­ley, Pen­dle & Rossendale Pri­mary Care Trust and East Lan­cashire Pri­mary Care Trust, when he was Chair of the Pro­fes­sional Exec­u­tive Committee. Dr Ions will retire from his role as Chief Clinical Officer in March 2016.