Published on Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Clark Weightman, having won the national healthcare property advisor of the year award in 2016, again attended the prestigious GP Awards ceremony at Lancaster London Hotel on Thursday 30th November 2017. 

We were again finalists for the Property Advisor of the Year Award (our fourth consecutive nomination) narrowly missing out to a London based developer.
As part of the evening Clark Weightman had the privilege of sponsoring the main award for the night which was the Lifetime Achievement Award.  This was presented to equality campaigner, Professor Anees Esmail.

The academic, who is a lecturer at the University of Manchester, was presented the award by Clark Weightman Director Simon Weightman and Dr Sam Everington.

In 1993, Professor Esmail and Dr Everington – now the chair of NHS Tower Hamlets CCG in east London – produced a seminal study into discrimination in the NHS jobs market, which found white candidates were twice as likely to be shortlisted for a hospital job as BME applicants with the same qualifications. They were both threatened with arrest for fraudulent job applications.

Professor Esmail has made waves more recently when his research into the MRCGP exam – commissioned by the GMC – found that ‘subjective bias due to racial discrimination in the clinical skills assessment’ may contribute to the gap in success rates between white and black and minority ethnic (BME) candidates.

When asked how he feels about his win, Professor Esmail said: ‘Quite humbled really actually. I never expected it. I’m just so delighted that I got an award like this and it’s a recognition, not only of what I’ve done but also of the people I mentioned in my speech so I’m really happy.’

He added: ‘It gives you inspiration to carry on doing what you do actually and it’s great that you’re recognised by your peers and your colleagues. I’m really proud of that.’

For further information please contact Simon Weightman at Clark Weightman on 01482 645522.