BEST Trainee Awards

The BEST Trainee Awards are a new initiative being run by the Wales Deanery to recognise those trainees who go the extra mile. These Awards support and reinforce our strategy to provide an exceptional Welsh Offer. They are designed to reward individual achievements and contributions across all specialties.

The Award categories for BEST Trainee are:

  1. Outstanding contribution to the Training Programme

  2. Outstanding contribution outside the Training Programme (i.e. charity)

  3. Outstanding contribution to raising the profile of their specialty in Wales

  4. Outstanding contribution to leadership

  5. Research Project

  6. Medical or Dental Education

  7. Quality Improvement Project

Further details of the categories and criteria can be found here.

The Awards are open to trainees working in a Health Board in Wales on a primary or secondary care training programme in either Medicine, General Practice or Dentistry at foundation, core or specialty level.

Each winner will receive a £500 bursary which must be claimed before the end of February 2018.


Nominations have been sought from the STC Committees. Where local BEST Awards have already taken place within a Specialty Training School, the School may put the winner forward for one of the categories listed. If the School has decided to put forward more than one trainee for each category, an internal panel will be held to evaluate the candidates, such that one nomination is put forward for each category. Nominations will be submitted to the Awards Judging panel for intial ranking and agreeing a final shortlist of top two scoring individuals from each category. The shortlisted nominees will give a presentation before the Awards Judging Panel and they will decide upon the final winners and runners up.

Guidance for nominations


The results will be announced at the BEST Trainee Awards ceremony to be held on Tuesday 28 February 2017 in Aberdare Hall, Corbett Road, Cardiff.

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