North London Partners in health and care

A celebration of primary care colleagues

A group of GP practice staff chatting and applauding during the awards ceremony to honour GP practice staff for their work

NHS staff from across north central and east London recently came together at an awards ceremony to honour retired and retiring general practice staff who through their commitment and hard work, have played a vital role in our NHS.

The event, hosted by the Royal College of General Practitioners, represents a collaboration between North London Partners in Health and Care and the East London Health and Care Partnership. Open to staff in general practice who have retired or are planning to retire, nominations were received for health visitors, receptionists, GPs, practice nurses, managers, cleaners, volunteers, community teams and many more.

The evening was a compassionate and moving celebration of staff with leaders from across the NHS thanking staff for their work. The National Health Singers, a choir made up of NHS staff, patients and supporters, entertained the gathering.

A special presentation was made to celebrate the career of Dr Dineshwar Prasad, a Haringey GP, who sadly passed away in June. The award was collected by Dr Prasad’s wife, daughters and granddaughters. Dr Prasad worked as a GP in Northern Wood Green for over 40 years and was deeply loved by his community and widely respected by his peers.

Read on for more information and to see the list of people honoured with an award

You can view photographs from the evening here.

Thanking colleagues for their commitment

Speaking at the event Sonia Prasad, Practice Manager Haringey and Dr Prasad’s daughter said: "It was an enjoyable evening and very well organised event which highlighted the dedication and commitment that senior NHS colleagues provide to their communities.

"All practices should be aware of it, so that they are able to thank members of their primary care teams who have dedicated many years to continually improving the quality of patient care. It is these significant team members that encourage patients to gain confidence, understanding and ultimately improve their quality of life.

“It is fitting that as the team members leave, due to retirement or ill health, their hard work and commitment is recognised and thanked at such a special, prestigious event."

Dr Josephine Sauvage, Chair of Islington Clinical Commissioning Group and Clinical Lead for North London Partners said: “General practice is a very rewarding career. But caring for others, at the ‘frontline’ of care, can be challenging, and we want to acknowledge the vital work of those who work in GP practices. We want to say thank you for their commitment and work to support their local communities by working in general practice.”

Dr Gill Parsons, GP, Barnet said: “It was humbling to be recognised for contributing to the NHS, alongside fellow GPs, nurses, healthcare workers, practice managers and administrative staff many of whom had devoted 30-40 years of service to their practices.

“The celebration captured the essence of what it has been like to be part of the NHS family, having a shared purpose of delivering excellence in healthcare for our patients and also supporting one another along the way, to be there when times were tough. Because of this family each person honoured was able to have such a lengthy career and family is certainly something that deserves celebrating.”

Gill Parsons GP Celebration Award

Dr Gill Parsons, GP, Barnet, with colleagues. "It was humbling to be recognised for contributing to the NHS."

Dr Dineshwar Prasad, Haringey GP

A special presentation was made to celebrate the career of Dr Dineshwar Prasad, a Haringey GP, who sadly passed away in June.

Honours were awarded to the following people from each of North London Partners Clinical Commissioning Groups

Honours went to:


Kate Regan

Barnet CCG

Dr Yvette Saldanha

Barnet CCG

Dr Gillian Parsons

Barnet CCG

Dr Simon Figa

Barnet CCG

Christine Greene

Barnet CCG

Dr Mansukh Shah

Camden CCG

Celia Humphris

Camden CCG

Aleksandra Fryzman-Fenton

Enfield CCG

Heather Shewring

Enfield CCG

John Wardell

Enfield CCG / Tower Hamlets CCG

Dr Dineshwar Prasad

Haringey CCG

Dr Gurdev Saini

Havering CCG

Dr Sanjit Palit

Havering CCG

Dr Katherine Haskell

Havering CCG

Dr Ayodele Ola

Havering CCG

Dr Harindra Bowry

Islington CCG

Jennie Hurley

Islington CCG

Penny Borrow

Islington CCG

Karen Gibb

Islington CCG

Jackie Taylor 

Islington CCG

Dr May Cahill

City & Hackney CCG

Dr Beverley Penfield

 Redbridge CCG

Dr Terry Bowley

 Redbridge CCG

Dr Maheswaralingham Sakthibalan

 Redbridge CCG

Maggie Falshaw

 Tower Hamlets CCG

Simon Robinson

Tower Hamlets CCG

Deborah North

Tower Hamlets CCG

Dr Vimaladevi  Hariharan 

Waltham Forest CCG

Provost Award for North London Partners' work to promote Honouring Retiring General Practice Staff event 

North London Partners' Project Manager Alison Dear recently won a Provost Award at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) for Leading on the Pan NCL and NEL Honouring Retiring General Practice Staff event in September 2019. 

Liliana Risi – Chair of the North East London Faulty of the RCGP, nominated Alison, pictured below, for the award for ‘Remarkable collaborative work with the NEL Faculty RCGP in realising a vision for a kinder working world in NEL especially for GPs and Primary Care teams coming to the end of their careers.’

The event was a great success and other London areas are now also keen to participate in future events.

Alison works on the Health and Care Closer to Home workstream for North London Partners. If you would like to get more information on the event or find out how to nominate a colleague that is approaching retirement for an award contact Alison, email  

Alison Dear receiving Provost Award