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Accolade for local General Practice Manager

Derek Fishwick, Business Manager at Pont Newydd Medical Centre has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
The presentation was made by Professor Mike Pringle, President of the Royal College of General Practitioners in recognition of Derek’s work in primary care for the Welsh Government and more recently as Business Manager at Pont Newydd Medical Centre, Porth.

On receiving the award, Derek said: "This award came out the blue and I must admit I was very surprised.

“It is, however, a great privilege to receive such an honour from a body for which I have always had the greatest respect and admiration.”

Derek retired from the Civil Service to take up the post of Business Manager at Pont Newydd Surgery in Cwm Taf in October 2011.

The skills he acquired in the Civil Service, dealing with health professionals and others, have been of great value in his new role. His understanding of the GP contract and his new personal experience of delivering person-centred care in a deprived community have reinforced his view of the value of primary care, based around general practice. He continues to be a strong and effective advocate for good general practice.

An Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners FRCGP (Hon) is the highest honour the College can award. It is awarded to those who are deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to the work of the Royal College. It can be awarded to doctors or non doctors from the UK and overseas.