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NRI Dr Sanju George's team wins prestigious national award in UK


London, April 14, 2008
Lal Singh

NRI Dr Sanju George along with two experienced GPs, Dr Wallace and Dr Saikia, won Britain’s esteemed national award for proving that addictions specialists and GPs can overcome traditional boundaries to provide top quality treatment to drug-using patients.

Dr Sanju is a consultant in addiction psychiatry at The Bridge, the specialist drug service in Solihull, which is part of the Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Trust (BSMHT) in West Midlands. NHS Trusts from across the country contributed to over 200 applications across 15 categories for this year’s prestigious Hospital Doctor Awards.

The team were selected as the winners of the One Vision award for their ‘very clear feel for leadership and team-working across the primary and secondary care divide’.

Its main objective is for stable drug users to be treated by their own GPs, which provides them with an opportunity to receive holistic care in a less stigmatising environment. Shared care is defined as the joint working of addiction specialists and GPs in treating patients with drug misuse problems and it is a well-established and proven alternative to specialist treatment provision. The objective is for the more stable drug users to be treated by their own GPs: ‘GPs also have a role in the provision of care and treatment of drug misusers within a system of ‘shared care’ with a specialist drug service

Dr Sanju George said:

  • I was delighted to receive the award. This gives recognition to a unique partnership between GPs, nurses, local pharmacists and senior managers in the Drug Action Team, Care Trust and at BSMHT.
  • I am grateful to my team at The Bridge for their hard work and their support. Patients are thrilled with the new system and more Solihull GPs are now prepared to take on prescribing for their own patients.
  • Our team set up facilities to dispense substitute treatment for the substance abusers admitted at the specialist addiction unit in Bosworth Medical Centre Mental Health Clinic in Solihull.
  • This is the first scheme of its kind in the country, the award was proof of the hard work between consultants and GPs to provide a seamless, innovative service across BSMHT and the Solihull Care Trust. The scheme is based at the Chelmsley Wood Primary Care centre.

The judge of the One Vision category also said that it was a relatively simple but extremely effective model.



Dr Sanju George from Kochi, is a consultant in addiction psychiatry at The Bridge, the specialist drug service in Solihull, UK