A Corby doctor whose vision has improved the care of thousands of patients, eased the pressure on Kettering General Hospital and saved money, has been shortlisted for a top national award.
Dr Miten Ruparelia, a GP and partner at the Woodsend Medical Practice, is one of just 10 people in the running to be named the clinical leader of the year in the annual Health Service Journal Awards.
The winners of the awards, the UK’s biggest for health care management, will be announced at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, in November.
Dr Ruparelia was instrumental in forming NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), winning support from GPs in the town to form the country’s smallest clinical commissioning group.
He is now vice-chariman of Corby CCG, which recently celebrated the opening of the town’s urgent care centre.
Driven by a passion to improve patient care and provide health services on the doorstep for Corby residents, the doctor’s success has resulted in a 25 per cent cut in referrals to the Kettering hospital and a saving of £1m.
He said: “My aim was to ensure high quality care close to patients’ homes. People no longer have to be referred to hospital for procedures that can be provided safely in the town.
“As a result of re-evaluating how we work we have found great expertise in-house, which has led to less anxiety and inconvenience for patients.
“Doctors have been able to share their specialist knowledge.”
Dr Ruparelia, who is married to Shima and has two daughters, Deeya, six, and Anya, three, paid tribute to his family and colleagues for their support while he has worked to re-shape health care in Corby.
He said: “I have had the strong support of my practice. It’s a small team but the commitment shown has been commendable.”
Dr Ruparelia previously worked at Leicester Royal Infirmary and Durham. His special interests are paediatrics, substance misuse and training.