Dr Mick Button collecting his award from Postgraduate Dean, Derek Gallen
The Wales Deanery, in the School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education has honoured two Welsh doctors for their excellence in training the next generation of medical professionals across Wales.
Mick Button, a Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Velindre Caner Centre, Cardiff and John Rees, GP/Director of Community Based Learning, Ty Cerian from Llandovery have been named Educational Supervisors and Trainers of the year in the BEST Awards 2011.
The Awards by the Wales Deanery are part of an initiative launched by the Deanery’s ’Supervising the Route to Excellence’ programme.
The programme aims to ensure excellence in medical training through the development and support of high quality Educational and Clinical Supervisors throughout Wales.
All Welsh doctors in training were able to nominate the consultant, dentist or GP who they believed performed outstandingly.
John Rees said: "This is a real honour for me. Often teaching skills of senior doctors are undervalued compared with clinical skills and research. If we want future doctors to remain highly skilled, this needs to change and I hope this award will help redress the balance".
Mick Button said: "I feel very privileged to win the 2011 BEST award. I believe that an award for teaching shows the real commitment that the Welsh Deanery has towards training and mentoring young doctors in Wales, which recognises the importance of quality education for the benefit of our patients and our junior colleagues. To be nominated for the award by my trainee, and awarded the accolade by my peers is a real honour."
The Awards also honoured Bleddyn Davies, a Consultant Physician, Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr and Colin Griffiths, General Dental Practitioner, Glenhaven Dental Care, Cardiff, for their contribution to Educational Supervision.
The BMA Cymru Wales/BMJ Learning Group Clinical Teacher of the Year Awards 2012 were also announced and the winner was North Wales based consultant Mr Philip Banfield who won this prestigious award.
Postgraduate Dean, Professor Derek Gallen said: "This is a significant annual event in the Wales Deanery calendar. Wales’ medical educational supervisors and trainers play a vital role in delivery high quality training for our doctors entering the profession and encouraging more trainees to look to Wales to work and live. This Award goes some way to recognising their very important and influential role."
The School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education is responsible for commissioning, overseeing and monitoring the provision of education and training for some 2,600 doctors and dentists in postgraduate training posts in the NHS across Wales.
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