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Clinical Teacher of the Year Awards 2011

09 February 2011

Three clinical teachers at Cardiff University have been nominated for a prestigious award; the BMA Cymru/ BMJ Group Clinical Teacher of the Year.

Dr Helen Pugsley a lecturer in dermatology and wound healing at Cardiff University, Dr Liam McKnight a consultant radiologist and educational trainer at Morriston Hospital, Swansea and Dr John Rees, a GP and education trainer in Carmarthen have been nominated for the award which recognises a clinical teacher in Wales who has excelled in their work supporting postgraduate medical students in Wales during 2010/11.

Nominee, Dr John Rees who has been a GP for 27 years said: "I am thrilled to be nominated for this award and it is without doubt the highlight of my teaching career. I believe that medical educators in Wales provide some of the very best post graduate teaching and tuition opportunities throughout the UK for doctors in training."

Dr Liam McKnight who has been a doctor for over 30 years and who has also been nominated for the award said: "I am honoured and privileged to have been nominated for this award. I have experienced some outstanding training in my undergraduate and postgraduate career and I am delighted to put back into the doctors of the future in Wales some of that experience."

Also nominated for the award are Dr Roger Ramsay, a GP at Llanwrst Surgery and Dr Chris Jones at Swansea University School of Medical Sciences.

Stephen Jones, Deputy Welsh Secretary at BMA Cymru Wales said: "Wales’ clinical teachers play a vital role in delivery high quality training for our doctors entering the profession and encouraging more trainees to look to Wales as the optimal place to train, work and live. This award goes some way to recognising their very important and influential role."

The winner will receive a specially commissioned award from BMA Cymru Wales and a tailored medical education package from BMJ Learning.

Notes to editors

1. Wales Postgraduate Deanery

The Wales Postgraduate Deanery in the school of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education at Cardiff University delivers international excellence in postgraduate medical and dental education for Wales. The deanery provides all 2,600 training grade doctors and dentists across Wales with access to high quality postgraduate facilities and educational support so that they can achieve their potential in service provision to the NHS in Wales.

The deanery, funded by the Welsh Assembly Government works in partnership with the local health boards and NHS Trusts in Wales to ensure that there is an adequate number of fully trained staff to fill future career posts in Wales by promoting Wales as the ‘smart choice’ for training and working.

A programme of ongoing investment provides some of the most modern facilities within the UK for medical and dental education. Medical education research activity within the Deanery is of national and international excellence and is at the leading edge of innovation and thinking.

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2. Cardiff University

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, University President 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. Three major new Research Institutes, offering radical new approaches to neurosciences and mental health, cancer stem cells and sustainable places were announced by the University in 2010.

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Further information on the Clinical Teacher of the Year Awards and the work of Wales Deanery is available by contacting:

Verity Hitchings

School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education

Cardiff University

029 20687504