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New award to honour GPs and Consultants in Wales

02 September 2009

A new initiative by Cardiff University has been launched to honour Wales’ best medical supervisor or trainer.

The Wales Deanery Best Educational Supervisor and Trainer (BEST) Awards 09 have been launched by the University’s School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education. The Awards pay tribute to GPs and Consultants who have demonstrated excellence in the role of Educational Supervisor of Postgraduate Medicine in Wales.

Any Welsh doctor in training has until mid September to nominate who they believe to be among the best medical educational supervisors in Wales. They can nominate Welsh GPs or Consultants, who in their opinion, have performed outstandingly in one of two categories - primary care and secondary care.

Alongside being named Wales’ top educational supervisor or trainer, a Medical Educational Bursary of £5,000 will also be presented to the winner of each BEST category.

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.

Dean of the School, Professor Derek Gallen said: "Wales’ medical educational supervisors and trainers play a vital role in delivering high quality training programmes for our doctors entering the profession and encouraging more trainees to look to Wales to work and live.

"These awards are designed to thank this group of professionals - both GPs and consultants – who are working so hard to support us in providing one of the best postgraduate education programmes in the country."

The BEST Awards 09 will culminate in a gala awards dinner at Cardiff Castle on 20 November 2009.

For more information about the awards email or telephone 02920 687 418.

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

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Lowri Jones

Public Relations, Cardiff University

T: 02920 870 995