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Wales’ BEST doctors named

20 April 2012

Wales' BEST Docs Names MBDr Mick Button collecting his award from Postgraduate Dean, Professor 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.

Dr Mick Button, a Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Velindre Caner Centre, Cardiff and Dr 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.

Wales' BEST Docs Names JRDr John Rees is presented with his award

Dr 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".

Dr Mick Button said: "This award is fantastic recognition for all the hard work that many colleagues put into medical education on the South Wales Oncology training scheme. I hope that this will help us to continue to develop and improve the education experience for oncology trainees here in Wales."

The Awards also honoured Dr Bleddyn Davies, a Consultant Physician, Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr and Dr 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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School of Postgraduate Medical & Dental Education