National Star GP awarded for services to the community
National Star’s college GP has received a special award for his work with the charity and the Gloucestershire community. Dr Iain Jarvis received a High Sheriff of Gloucestershire’s Award in recognition of his valuable support to charity.
High Sheriff Helen Lovatt said: ‘National Star has been very dear to my heart for some years. It was a privilege and delight to present the High Sheriff’s Award to Dr Jarvis. He is a self-effacing and selfless man who quietly campaigned to ensure the students were vaccinated ahead of schedule, recognising the importance of their health and well-being.’
Determination to get students vaccinated
Dr Jarvis, who is a partner at the Aspen Medical Practice in Gloucester, has been the college GP for National Star for five years. ‘It was Dr Jarvis’ dogged determination that enabled National Star students and residents to receive their vaccine in January,’ said David Ellis, Chief Executive at National Star.
‘Students absolutely love Dr Jarvis to the extent that several of them requested that he personally administered their coronavirus vaccine, rather than a college nurse.
In 2019, Dr Jarvis volunteered for National Star’s ski trip to Andorra where he worked alongside care staff and tutors to ensure the health, wellbeing and enjoyment of the students on the trip.
As well as having a particular interest in supporting patients with learning disabilities, Dr Jarvis has also devoted many years of his working life to helping the homeless and has previously run a health centre for homeless patients in Gloucester.
‘He is a genuine collaborator who proactively shares new ideas that will support students and long-term residents,’ said Mr Ellis. ‘Staff feel genuinely privileged to work with Dr Jarvis.’
‘Working at National Star College is wonderful,’ said Dr Jarvis. ‘It really is my happy place and it is fantastic to work with such a dedicated and highly skilled team of colleagues, and some wonderful students who enrich us week after week.’
His commitment to National Star is being tested again in 2021 when he undertakes a wing walk in June to raise money for our charity.