Doctors and Dentists Named BEST in Wales

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Welsh doctors have been honoured by the Wales Deanery at an event hosted by the British Medical Association (BMA) at the National Museum in Cardiff.

The successful nominees were rewarded with accolades for their excellence in training the next generation of medical and dental professionals across Wales.

All Welsh doctors and dentists in training were asked to nominate a consultant, GP, dentist or staff and associate specialty grade doctor, who they believed performed outstandingly. 

The following healthcare professionals were named BEST trainers of the year 2016: Dr Samantha Wilson, GP Partner and Trainer at Ely Bridge Surgery, Cardiff; Dr Mark Taubert, Consultant in Palliative Care at Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff; Dr Madhan Mohan Natarajan, Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry at the School of Dentistry in Cardiff University; and Mr Suresh Pandalai, Associate Specialist in Urology at Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport.

Professor Peter Donnelly, Interim Postgraduate Dean at the Wales Deanery, said: “The Wales Deanery is extremely proud to have developed the BEST/BSAS awards in recognition of the high standards of medical and dental education in Wales. Once again, the standards have been exceptional, and reflect the time and commitment from those doctors and dentists at the forefront of training and education. The BEST/BSAS awards are a fitting celebration for all those nominated by their trainees for the time, care and effort they put into the role on a daily basis.”

Mr Suresh Pandalai, winner of the Wales Deanery’s ‘Staff and Associate Specialist Award for Clinical Service Innovation’, stated that, “I am delighted and humbled at receiving the Award. I will continue to work and help the next generation to realise their potential for better patient care”.

Meanwhile, Dr Mark Taubert, winner of the Wales Deanery’s ‘Secondary Care Award’, as well as the British Medical Association’s ‘Clinical Teacher of the Year’ Award said that, “I'm very proud of this achievement – in fact, it stands out as the professional highlight in my twelve years here in Wales.”

“I feel very passionate about palliative care, and I try to show others, including trainees, how important good compassionate care is; I suppose it has been noticed by others, and for this I'm grateful. If anyone out there is reading this and has an interest in what palliative care can offer, then I'm happy to chat to them: my Twitter page is @DrMark Taubert”.

Chris Payne, Manager of the Wales Deanery, was presented with the Dean’s Recognition Award for his services to Medical Education. On his winning, Chris said, “I was extremely surprised and humbled to be awarded the Dean’s Recognition Prize; it was certainly not expected. Over my time in the Deanery, a number of significant changes have been suggested and implemented, in the hope of continually evolving, and making the Deanery more business-like, transparent, efficient and effective. Without the support of a great team, and the willingness of the senior team and staff to embrace at times difficult changes, this would not have been possible.”

The awards form part of the Wales Deanery’s extensive programme of work to recognise and reward trainers, and its view that the quality of medical and dental practice and safety of patients are crucially dependent on the quality of training provided.  They also contribute to the Deanery’s implementation of regulatory (GMC) requirements for the formal recognition of trainers in secondary care through the development and support of high quality trainers including Educational and Clinical Supervisors.

The annual BEST/BSAS awards are now part of the BMA/BMJ Clinical Teacher of the Year Awards, which is a collaboration between Cardiff Medical School, Swansea Medical School and the Wales Deanery.

The four winners of the award also received a Medical Education Bursary worth £3,000. The strategic aim of the Wales Deanery is to commission, quality manage and support the education and training of trainees, hospital doctors, GPs, dentists and DCPs in Wales.

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