The work of Northamptonshire GP Dr David Smart has been acknowledged with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Royal College of General Practitioners’ (RCGP) Inspire Awards 2021.Image of Dr David Smart

David was commended for outstanding contributions to mental healthcare in England, having been instrumental in establishing the National Depression Care Training Centre.

Described as ‘selfless’ by the peers who nominated him, David’s efforts have achieved incredible strides in mental health services and the care that GPs can offer.

David said: “I am delighted to receive this award as it raises the profile of mental health, which is so needed as a nation as we address the COVID syndemic together.

“I stand on the shoulders of others and alongside many colleagues who have encouraged and enabled progress. I know the importance of reducing stigma, increasing access and coverage for mental illness, and promoting wellbeing interventions (some medical and mostly non-medical).

“Having left clinical practice, I hope to continue to promote mental wellbeing in the community through working on Social Prescribing as Clinical Director of General Practice Alliance, and through education as Director of WORTH with the University of Northampton. Both promote Action for Happiness’ the ‘10 Keys to Happier Living’ and the developing green Wellbeing Hub at Delapre Abbey, where I am a trustee.

“Lastly, I am grateful to my family, friends and previous GP partners who have supported and nurtured my ideas and me personally – the award is theirs as well.”