Twenty-five doctors in the UK have been selected from nearly 2,000 nominations for the first UK Top Doctors Awards.
Doctor nominators were asked to put forward those specialists whom they themselves would go to in times of need and whom they would trust with their own health or that of their family
The awards were made by global digital company Top Doctors, which helps patients identify leading private specialists and clinics.
It said the awards acknowledged outstanding medical talent and the highest level of care in private and public healthcare as recognised by fellow doctors and specialists.
Similar awards have been running for a decade in the US and since 2014 within Europe and Latin America.
A spokesman said: ‘This award is positively valued by patients when searching for and choosing a specialist. It serves as recognition of the trust placed in the doctors by their own peers, and as acknowledgement of the high level of care and attention they provide to patients.’
It said specialists were not only identified for their experience, skill and abilities, but also for the time they took with each patient and their level of attention and care.
Globally, Top Doctors has more than 60,000 members and 500,000 appointments booked a year. First launched in the US, it is now present in Spain, Italy, Mexico, Colombia, Chile and now the UK.
It added: ‘Via a rigorous four-step selection process, only one in ten specialists who apply to be a Top Doctor are successful. Selection is through peer-to-peer recommendation, external evaluation by Adecco Medical & Science, approval by a panel of expert clinical leaders and personal interviews.’
Nominations for this year’s awards are now open. All registered doctors can recommend those they feel deserve recognition through the ‘nominate doctors’ section on the Top Doctors web page www.topdoctors.co.uk/nominations, which also contains further information on the nomination process.