Health Champions

One Health Lewisham Awards 2019

We are delighted that Grove Medical Centre has won two One Health Lewisham Awards this year!

Practice Best Quality Improvement Project – Health Champions Project

GP Trainee of the year – Dr John McGuiness (Parkrun Project)

The One Health Lewisham GP Awards set out to celebrate, recognise and reward the contribution of staff and practices across Lewisham.


Monica Gittens and  Chrisais Scotidou (two of the Health Champions) receiving the Practice Best Quality Improvement Project Award, presented by Damian Brady, Chief Operating Officer of One Health Lewisham



Dr John McGuinness receiving the GP Trainee of the year award, presented by Damian Brady, Chief Operating Officer of One Health Lewisham


See below for more information about the Health Champions.


We are a group of patients who are working voluntarily to introduce, organise and promote a programme of activities to support the wellbeing of the community. We work collaboratively with Grove Medical Centre to find new ways to improve the service and to meet the health needs of patients and the broader community. See below for our current timetable of activities.

Health Champions Activities 2018

Monday Diabetes Coffee Morning (Last Monday of the month only)
Tuesday Couch to 5K/Walking group Meditation
Wednesday Couch to 5K/Walking group
Saturday Southwark Parkrun

5K Your Way (Last Saturday of the month)


Couch to 5K/Walking group

Starts at 10.00. Meet outside Grove Medical Centre. All levels of ability welcome. No registration required-just turn up!

Diabetes Coffee Morning

Starts at 10.00 at the Grove Medical Centre. Report to Reception. No registration required-just turn up! Last Monday of the month only. Giving participants the opportunity to discuss Diabetes.

Southwark Parkrun

The Health Champions and Grove Medical Centre are keen to promote the activities of Parkrun, to promote the health and wellbeing of staff and patients.

Grove Medical Centre is a Royal College of General Practitioners accredited Parkrun Practice:

Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.

They are not races: walk, run, jog, volunteer or spectate. Parkrun is open to all, including those who are inactive or have health conditions or disabilities. Our closest Parkrun is Southwark Parkrun.

Meet at Southwark Park for a 09.00 start. You may wish to register at their website though it is not essential:

For more information see the leaflet:

Parkrun printout

Dr John McGuinness has written a letter published in the British Journal of General Practice, explaining the benefits of Parkrun:

Lewisham CCG are supporting Parkrun:


5K Your Way

Southwark parkrun host ‘5k your way’ event on the last Saturday of every month. This is a recent initiative where a local coordinator encourages people ‘living with and beyond cancer, families, friends and those working in cancer services’ to come along to parkrun.

For more information see their website:

If you would be interested in seeking further information about our activities or would like to contribute  to our work please email the practice at