Case Study: Mark Taubert


We asked previous winners of the BEST Trainer Awards to give us more information on what they did after winning. Dr Mark Taubert, Clinical Director/Consultant in Palliative Medicine at the Velindre Cancer Centre, and winner of BEST Trainer Award 2016 and BMJ/BMA Clinical Teacher of the Year, discussed his work with VR technology in palliative care.

“Winning the 2016 BEST and also the 2017 BMJ/BMA Clinical Teacher of the Year Award was very special - no doubt about it. I promised my trainees I wouldn’t let it get to my head too much.

SASC Northern Ireland Conference Highlights


The Northern Ireland Staff, Associate Specialist and Specialty Doctors Committee (NISASC) held their bi-annual conference on Friday 15 September 2017. The new Chair, Dr Carole Cairns, opened the conference and delegates had the opportunity to hear from a range of speakers. 

Recruiting Clinical Tutors in Patient Safety Education


The Centre for Medical Education at the School of Medicine, Cardiff University, are inviting applications from Wales trainees (Foundation Year 2 doctors and above) with an interest in medical education to support final year medical students to learn about patient safety.

BEST Trainee Awards 2017


Following the success of the 2016 Awards, Wales Deanery is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the BEST Trainee Awards 2017!

The Awards are open to trainees working in a health board in Wales on a primary or secondary care training programme in either Medicine, GP, or Dentistry at Foundation, Core, or Specialty level.

Each award winner will receive a £500 bursary and the opportunity to attend an awards ceremony in Cardiff City Hall on 22 February 2018.

My Award-Winning Experience: Rachel Lee


Rachel is an ST4 Obstetrics and Gynaecology trainee who won the 2016 ‘Wales Deanery BEST Award for Outstanding Contribution to Training’ after being nominated by her training programme director. In her own words, this what it felt like for her to participate in the event:

Doctors and Dentists Named BEST in Wales


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. 

Assembly Health Social Care and Sport Committee Medical Recruitment


The work of the Wales Deanery was mentioned several times during the Assembly Health, Social Care and Sport Committee’s inquiry into medical recruitment. Representatives from the Deanery also gave evidence to the inquiry, with the Committee hearing from Professor Peter Donnelly, Interim Postgraduate Dean; Dr Phil Matthews, Deputy Director of General Practice/Head of Specialty Training School for General Practice; and Dr Helen Baker, Associate Director (Secondary Care).

QIST Conference


On 13th January 2017, the Quality Improvement Skills Training (QIST) section held their inaugural conference. With over 100 attendees from across all areas of healthcare delivery across Wales, the popularity of the event was not only a reflection of the interest in the Wales Deanery programme but also a real desire to advance the Quality Improvement agenda across Wales. The conference was not only an opportunity to learn about Quality Improvement but also for delegates to showcase their Quality Improvement projects.

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